Thirty years ago today, professional wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka inspired millions of young men worldwide to do exceptionally ill-advised things.
On October 17, 1983, Snuka pounced from atop a 15-foot steel cage onto a prone Don Muraco below, thus planting the seeds of imprudent and foolhardy behavior in the minds of impressionable males worldwide.
Over the three decades hence, thousands of sprains, breaks, concussions, and pieces of broken furniture have resulted from Snuka’s influence.
In the crowd that night was a teenaged Mick Foley, who was so impressed by Snuka’s feat that he devoted a career to performing acts of self-destruction that apparently seemed like a good idea at the time.
“What a magical night that was at Madison Square Garden,” Foley recalled between visits to an orthopedic surgeon and a chiropractor. “I can practically still hear the roar of the crowd — in the one ear I’ve got left, that is.”
Today, on the 30th anniversary of Snuka’s fateful leap into history, the “Superfly” winced in agony as he slowly eased out of bed and put on a pair of fuzzy slippers.
Snuka’s memorable leap will go down in history as the earliest beginnings of WWE’s “Don’t Try This at Home” campaign.
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