Jimmy Snuka Discusses Undertaker Using 'The Phenom' Monicker, Being A Heel In ECW, More
|By Raj Giri||January 26, 2013 | Comments|
Source: ClubWWI.comJimmy "Superfly" Snuka joined ClubWWI.com for a 34 minute uncut interview with James Guttman. Jimmy and James discuss his new book "Superfly: The Jimmy Snuka Story", whether he was approached to join the New World Order, why he didn't turn heel and wrestle Hulk Hogan, seeing both of his children in WWE, and much more.
If he realized that he was influencing an entire generation: "You know, brother, not really. It's just like when I'd travel somewhere and meet all these great guys who are coming up and getting into the wrestling business, I have a chance to sit down with them and talk to them. They pick my brain about the wrestling business. (They ask), 'Why did you want to become a wrestler.' I tell them, 'Brother, you got to love it. You've got to enjoy it. You've got to work at it. You've got to train. You've got to take care of number one. You've got to be healthy and you've got to be strong about what you're doing. Don't be negative about nothing. Just go out there and have fun with the fans, bro.'"
Being a character in the 1980s WWF Rock-n-Wrestling cartoon: "I thought back to being a little kid again, enjoying myself. When I saw myself in the cartoon, I just went coocoo, man. I loved it. It was a beautiful blessing for me."
The Undertaker being called "The Phenom," which used to be his nickname: "I love it. Because I'm there like a teacher for these kids. The Undertaker? I looked forward to that, brother, when Vince (McMahon) Jr. told me to wrestle The Undertaker (at WrestleMania). Brother, I loved it. I loved it. I said, 'Why not?' Here's a kid that's blowing up. He looks the part. He looked good. It was a pleasure for me to go in there and work with him. Look at him today. He hasn't lost yet. But someday - I hope someday that I can come back and beat him for the record, you know? (laughs) So I gotta say that I'm the real phenom! But he can carry it. That's alright with me. As long as they know I'm the real phenom."
Being a heel in the early days of ECW: "A lot of (fans bring it up to him). I love it, brother. That's why I enjoy doing things that I do. Being places and wrestling different guys. It's a beautiful trademark for me. I'm sure it is for them too… Being a bad guy, brother. It's totally different than being a good guy, a babyface, against a heel. Brother, if I'm going to be a heel, I'm going to turn who I am, what I am, and what I'm gonna do. I love it. I love both sides of the fence. When I became a babyface again, I just had to turn the light on, brother."
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