As promised, Unindicted Murderer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka
Nancy Argentino’s death (mostly from Wikipedia). My comments in italic.
On May 10, 1983, a few hours after wrestling at a WWF TV taping in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka placed a call for an ambulance. When emergency personnel arrived at his hotel room, they found that his girlfriend, Nancy Argentino, had been injured. At the time, he was still married to his second wife, Sharon. Nancy was transported to Allentown’s Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she died shortly after arrival of “undetermined craniocerebral injuries.” The coroner’s report stated that Argentino, 23, died of traumatic brain injuries consistent with a moving head striking a stationary object. Autopsy findings show Argentino suffered more than two dozen cuts and bruises – a possible sign of serious domestic abuse – on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs, and feet. The forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, wrote at the time that the case should be investigated as a homicide until proven otherwise. The Deputy Lehigh County coroner later said, “Upon viewing the body and speaking to the pathologist, I immediately suspected foul play and so notified the district attorney.” According to Vice’s “Dark Side of the Ring” documentary, Vince McMahon descended on the Allentown prosecutor’s office with all of his corporate attorneys. They intimidated the prosecutor into not charging Jimmy with murder and let him go to make it to the next show. This was at the peak of Jimmy Snuka’s value to the WWF as a performer. Last week’s “coconut attack” by Roddy Piper occurred less than a year after her death.
Snuka was the only suspect involved in the subsequent investigation. Although charges were not pressed at the time, the case was left officially open. In 1985, Argentino’s parents won a $500,000 default judgment against Snuka in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Snuka appears not to have ever paid, claiming financial inability. On June 28, 2013, the Lehigh County District Attorney announced that the still-open case would be reviewed by his staff. On January 28, 2014, he announced that the case had been turned over to a grand jury.
On September 1, 2015, 32 years after the incident, Snuka was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter for Argentino’s death. On November 2, 2015, Snuka pleaded not guilty. A hearing to determine Snuka’s competency for trial began in May 2016. Snuka’s attorneys argued that a forensic psychologist found Snuka’s mental and physical health to be deteriorating. Prosecutors countered by showing a tape of Snuka performing wrestling moves at a May 2015 match. On June 1, 2016, the judge ruled that Snuka was not mentally competent to stand trial for the murder and that a new hearing would be held six months later to re-evaluate his competency, though his attorneys maintained that his condition wouldn’t improve over time. The judge dismissed the charges on January 3, 2017, deeming Snuka not mentally fit to stand trial. He died on January 15, 2017.
I promise, next week will be more fun.
My fun fact. I went to a Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL hockey game in Allentown, PA and bought two Phantom Mules. I still have the brass cups they came in. Yes, that does sound inappropriate, even to me.
On to the brain damage:
Let’s see. You lost your main event last week due to Covid. The president, first lady and half the republicans in congress tested positive this week. How many people can we pack into Daily’s Place at $30 a pop? Let’s try to celebrate Chris Jericho’s 30 year career without getting sued by WWE. They have no footage they can show from the first 28 years of his career. Unless someone has cell phone video from an independent show in a high school gymnasium when he was between WCW and WWE contracts. Maybe there is some NJPW footage.
- Jericho and Hager vs Chaos Project (Luther and Serpenitico)
- Brian Cage vs Will Hobbs for the FTW championship
- Brodie Lee vs Cody in the world famous dog collar match
- FTR vs TH2 for the tag championship
- Big Swole vs Serena Deeb
I still think it is hilarious that Cody can’t use his last name as a wrestler. Both his wife and brother can. Not him. WWE even renewed their copyright claims on “Cody Rhodes” earlier this year. Four of the five announced matches include wrestlers who have been working on the secondary AEW Dark show on YouTube. This is how you build your own roster, not just hiring people who were released from WWE. Great move. (Chaos Project, Will Hobbs, TH2 and Serena Deeb). And I know Serena was released from WWE, but she hadn’t wrestled on TV for 3 years.
/read in old man voice/ Back in my day, there was such a thing as an “Indian Death Strap Match”. Two wrestlers, joined at the wrist with a long leather strap. Now it is a “Dog Collar Match”. PC Libtards!
Please let me know below if you checked out “Crime in Sports” and what you thought. This week is Kellen Winslow Jr. I went back and listened to their Mark Gastineau episode over the weekend. I like the show and I think this group would like it as well. Last time I will mention it.
I guess I picked Wednesday’s because there is shit sports on TV, especially when I ignore the National Communists Against Athletes.
- AEW Dynamite: 7:00pm, TNT
- Rays vs Yankees: 6:00pm, TBS
- Padres vs Dodgers: 8:00pm, FS1
Let the beatings commence!