— The Morning Call reports that a Lehigh County grand jury will investigate the 1983 death of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka’s girlfriend Nancy L. Argentino. District Attorney James B. Martin made the announcement today.
Argentino was removed from Snuka’s George Washington Motor Lodge motel room (which is now a Home Depot on MacArthur Road and Route 22) on May 10, 1983. Snuka, who was married at the time, returned from a WWF taping at the Allentown Fairgrounds to find her gasping for air and “oozing yellow fluid” from her mouth and nose. She was declared dead hours later at Lehigh Valley Hospital from traumatic brain injuries usually seen from a moving head hitting a stationary object.
The autopsy showed that Argentino had over two dozen cuts and bruises on her head, ear, chin, arms, hands, back, buttocks, legs and feet, signs of “mate abuse”. Forensic pathology Isidore Mihalakis wrote in 1983 that the case should been investigated as as a homicide until police could prove it wasn’t. Snuka originally told around five people, including the police officer who responded to the case, that he pushed Argentino and caused her to fall and hit hear head. He later said that he was “misunderstood” and that she actually slipped and hit her head when they stopped to go to the bathroom on the highway.
Martin announced in June that he had a deputy review the case three weeks after a story was published (by the Morning Call) which revealed an autopsy report and police interviews that were previously unreleased to the public. Chief Deputy District Attorney Charles Gallagher has recommended a grand jury looking at the case to determine if there should be charges filed. The Grand Jury would consist of 23 Lehigh County residents.
— Traditional Championship Wrestling will promote the first-ever Mid-South Legends Fanfest on WrestleMania weekend. It will take place at The Sigur Center (8245 W. Judge Perez Drive) in Chalmette, Louisana, a few miles away from New Orleans, on April 4. Those scheduled to appear include Bill Watts, Jim Cornette, Bobby Eaton, Dennis Condrey, Bill Dundee, Robert Gibson, Ricky Morton, “Mr. Olympia” Jerry Stubbs, Mr. Wrestling II, Danny Hodge, Luke Williams, Porkchop Cash, Kamala, Dark Journey and more.
There will be events all day from 9 AM until that night, including autograph sessions, a Q&A with Jim Cornette, The Midnight Express, Bill Dundee & The Rock N’ Roll Express and a Q&A with Cornette and Watts.
Platinum VIP tickets cost $149 and feature early admission, two autographs of each talent, both Q&As, an exclusive morning “coffee talk” with the stars, an exclusive Cajun Dinner with the stars, a Fanfest program, a fanfest t-shirt, a ringside seat for the TCW live event that night and a DVD set of the entire day. There is also a $99 Gold VIP that includes everything previously mentioned but not the autograph sessions. Tickets for everyone else cost $19. The public gets in at 10 AM while VIPs can get in at 9 AM.
Here’s a card for the “Battle Lines” event that happens at 7:30 PM:
*JYD Memorial Cup Battle Royal featuring talent from eight different promotions.
*”The Empire” (Matt Riviera, Tim Storm and Greg Anthony) managed by “Dark Journey” vs. Tommy Dreamer, Americos and Scott Phoenix
*Former WWE and TNA star “The Pope” Elijah Burke vs. Steve Anthony
*Chris Adonis (fka Masterpiece Chris Masters) vs. Lance Hoyt
*Mickie James vs. Angelina Love
*Bill Dundee vs King Shane Williams
*The Rock and Roll Express in action.
There will also be separate tickets sold for the TCW event. You can find more details here.