With the recent news of Kane winning as mayor of Tennessee, there’s another name to the list of WWE personalities who got involved into the drama of real-life politics. Going from the intensity of the squared circle to the government is no joke as they have to leverage their fame from WWE Superstar to effective politician. Today, Fox Sports Philippines explores other people who had a go inside the WWE ring, and also ran for politics.
Jesse “The Body” Ventura
Jesse Ventura began his public career as a wrestler in 1975, and went on to have a long and flourishing career until the early 2000’s. At the same time, he’s also seen himself outside of wrestling as he took on stints as an actor and bodyguard. Adding more to his professional duties are his positions in government with tenures as Mayor of New York (1991-1995) and Governor of Minnesota (1999-2003). He’s gone on the record of expressing interest in running for president in 2020.
Intensity and GORE fueled Rhyno into his professional wrestling career. He would parlay his success here into an attempt at a seat in the Michigan House of Representatives. After winning the Republican Primary, he failed to land the position as he lost by a big margin against his Democratic opponent.
Primarily, she is the wife of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and handler of some corporate affairs. She then found her way in the middle of WWE feuds by the start of the new millennium. She was appointed to the Connecticut State Board of Education in 2009 and left upon her resignation a year after. The setback didn’t stop her as she ran for the US Senate twice in 2010 and 2012. Issues and controversies on both campaigns hindered her from getting into congress. She now holds a seat in the US Cabinet as the 25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration.
President Donald J. Trump
In what may be the biggest swerve in the history of US politics, TV celebrity and business mogul Donald J. Trump was elected as the 45th President of the United States. This would pale in comparison to his other accolade as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2013. All it took was winning a billionaire vs billionaire feud against Mr. McMahon in 200 – giving him the privilege of shaving the WWE boss’ head – to cement his legacy in the WWE.
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