This literary project helped occupy Snuka’s time as he recuperated from a very extensive ankle replacement. It was a foot reconstruction in January 2012 that required six or seven months of pretty much doing nothing, which Snuka isn’t accustomed to.
There are bolts in his heel, his toes, and he basically has a new ankle, but he believes he is walking now better than he has in years. As Snuka reiterates in the memoir, he believes his days in the ring aren’t over.
He has wrestled twice already but says he had to wear his boots instead of going barefoot (a trademark) as a precaution.
“It has worked out so far,” Snuka said. “That was three months ago. Whenever they call, these promoters, my wife takes care of that. I’m ready. I’ve been training hard and trying to get back in shape. If I don’t get back in shape, then I may as well forget about the ring…I still love what I do and can still do it. It’s up to me to prove it to the people.”
Aside from his own career, Snuka has enjoyed watching his son, Jimmy Snuka Jr. (former WWE superstar Sim Snuka and Domino) and daughter, Tamina. The WWE diva has paid tribute to her dad by using his Superfly Splash and shaka (I Love You) hand signal in the past.
“She loved [wrestling] ever since she was young,” Snuka said. “Most of the time when I would come back and try to go to sleep, the kids would Superfly Splash me in bed. That tells me, ‘Uh oh, okay then.’
“I made sure, though, all my kids graduated college. Sarona [Tamina] is a very smart girl. She wanted to learn martial arts, just like my son. I taught them both. I’m so proud of her out there. Hopefully, things will work out good for her.
“…I’m very grateful to my daughter for keeping her name on the list there. I’m really proud of her. She really surprises me at times when she is in there. I get tears in my eyes. That’s the love that I have for her. It’s a beautiful trademark brudda.”
The proud dad wouldn’t mind stepping into a WWE ring one day with his children.
“That would be great if they can bring me back for a show and bring my son back and have a three-way tag team,” he said. “That would be a family affair.”
• “Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story” (Triumph Books, 256 pages) is available now. For information on the book and signings, visit http://www.jimmysuperflysnuka.com.
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