In WWE, when is a loss really a win?

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August 22, 2012

Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka

Back in the ’80s and early ’90s, future Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka brought WWE matches to a new level, building an incredible legacy on the back of his high-flying innovation. One would be hard-pressed to find a member of the WWE Universe at that time who was not impressed by the fearless feats of the Fijian Superstar. Ironically, though, his enduring greatness was not born out of the number of championships he captured or his momentous victories, but rather his defeats.   

Take Snuka’s legendary leap off the top of the Steel Cage at Madison Square Garden in 1983, a feat of wonder that is still talked about today. In spite of its magnificence, few remember that the historical moment ultimately came on the heels of a loss to then-Intercontinental Champion Don Muraco.

Moreover, Snuka is less remembered for triumphing over “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in numerous matches between the fierce brawlers than for the infamous moment that started their rivalry —when Hot Rod hit him with the coconut heard around the world on “Piper’s Pit.” It was a humiliating day for “Superfly,” but a great day for his overall legacy.

And while no one would ever wish to lose at WrestleMania, Snuka also holds the distinction of being the first Superstar to fall to The Undertaker at The Showcase of the Immortals, forever linking him to a run of 20 ’Mania victories so great that it can simply be referred to as The Streak.

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