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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 02:28 pm
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One of the most recognizable moments in history as Snuka leaps from the top of the cage onto Magnificent Muraco. The match itself really isn't that long and one could argue 'over-rated' but all the intangibles line up --  the incredible buildup, the bloody feud, the historic venue (MSG) the popularity of Snuka, etc

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 Posted: Sun Sep 10th, 2017 02:42 pm
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Me all time favorite match when I first became a fan as a kid. I saw this one before the Backlund/Snuka cage match, and still like this one better even though I think the Backlund one was the better match. 



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The Ghost Of Amerorig Past wrote: Me all time favorite match when I first became a fan as a kid. I saw this one before the Backlund/Snuka cage match, and still like this one better even though I think the Backlund one was the better match. 

Same.  As a kid growing up in Toronto, I never had the chance to see this show on tv.  First chance I got was in 1985 or so with the Coliseum Home Video "WWF's Most Unusual Matches".  The match, well - the ending anyway - blew me away and made me a Snuka mark for life.  The only reason why I can't say it's my all time favorite match then or now is because Snuka lost.

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That whole clip was amazing. I'll say it again in that Vince McMahon is one of the three greatest wrestling announcers ever. Snuka, overflowing with emotion, tearing his nancybeater, err...ummm....I mean wifebeater shirt. Muraco acting calm, cool, collected, and cool again. The match was very solid for a short gimmick match. They recycled the Sammartino/Graham cage match finish from 1978.

I like the Backlund/Snuka cage match better though. For one thing, the intense anticipation of thinking that Snuka "might" try to jump off the top was really palpable through the Garden that night. In the Muraco match you knew it was a definite. Plus, Jimmy had really beaten the hell out of Bobby in the two previous Garden matches so he was considered a real threat. Also, I think Jimmy's face turn began when he started to climb to the top during the Backlund match. He climbed it like a face, paused at the top like a face, and leapt off like a face. But like I've said a bunch of times on here, make no mistake, the Garden was 95% behind Bobby that night and exploded when he got out of the cage.



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Now you're talking. It was watching the Rogers Corner that ignited this feud that turned me from a very casual fan of wrestling into a parked-in-front-of-the-TV-all-Saturday-morning fan. My first two live cards were the Snuka/Muraco shows at The Aud in Buffalo, and bless his heart, despite his murderous schedule that summer, Snuka made both shows. The second of which, in September, was a cage match. However, at the end of that match, instead of the cage leap Snuka rammed Muraco's head into all 4 ring posts. So when I went to my best friend Kevin's house in October to watch the blowoff match on USA, I wasn't expecting the cage leap. To put it mildly, it blew my mind. Sure, I really wanted Snuka to win the title, but after he jumped from the cage I forgot all about that.

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Great match, but I was hoping for Snuka to win the title.



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How many of you watched this and then attempted your own version of the Superfly Snuka Death Leap off the top of your bedpost on to the mattress?

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beejmi wrote: How many of you watched this and then attempted your own version of the Superfly Snuka Death Leap off the top of your bedpost on to the mattress?
It's funny because it's true.  I had a large, stuffed panda bear that took the brunt of my abuse. 

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Same as most others, seeing that spot actually hit was something. Adonis had missed off the top in the AWA a couple of years previous, then the Backlund match.

As time has gone on I think I appreciate the misses a little more. Snuka leaping at a Backlund he knew was going to move and absorbing the impact of that mat has to be more daunting than landing on Muraco where Don has adjusted his body to at least partially catch you as you made impact.



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KGB wrote: beejmi wrote: How many of you watched this and then attempted your own version of the Superfly Snuka Death Leap off the top of your bedpost on to the mattress?
It's funny because it's true.  I had a large, stuffed panda bear that took the brunt of my abuse. 

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