The WWE is taking over government. First, former professional wrestler Jesse "The Body" Ventura became governor of Minnesota. Then, frequent guest — and WWE Hall of Fame inductee — Donald Trump became president. Now, WWE wrestler Kane is trading the squared circle for city hall.
Kane — real name Glenn Jacobs — was elected Thursday as the Republican mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, easily winning over Democratic nominee Linda Haney.
"As mayor, I am confident he'll be fully focused on the job," current Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett told the Knoxville Sentinel. "Glenn has gone out of his way over the past year to meet one-on-one with county staff and department directors, and has done a great job learning about Knox County and preparing himself to become mayor on Sept. 1."
Not familiar with WWE wrestlers? Here’s everything you need to know about Mayor Kane, AKA Glenn Jacobs.
Glenn Jacobs been in the WWE for nearly 25 years
Jacobs started his WWE wrestling career in either 1993 or 1994, but his first notable character was as Kane, the brother of The Undertaker. He was touted as the only member of the Undertaker’s family who survived the fire he set and wore a mask to cover burn scars and other disfigurements.
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He’s accumulated sixteen championships throughout his WWE career, largely thanks to his signature finishing move, the Chokeslam.
He's still going to appear in the WWE
He might be major now, but he’s still planning to continue his work with the WWE.
"I’m sure some people will say that (I’m not focused) and some others will say that’s the coolest thing ever," he told the Knoxville Sentinel. "Again, you can’t make everyone happy. You just do what you can and that’s it … you’re always going to catch criticism no matter what you do."
And if that wasn’t enough, Jacobs owns and operates an insurance agency, Jacobs Insurance Associates, in Knoxville.
Glenn Jacobs only won the primary by 23 votes
Jacobs’ superstar status didn’t make his political run an easy one. He only one the Knox County primary by 23 votes in May.
"Every vote really does count and I want to make sure I get as many as I possibly can," Jacobs told WATE. "Since May, we've been knocking on doors, continuing that. We've also continued the process of meeting with department heads, school board, county commissioners, that kind of thing."
The 6-foot, 8-inch, 300 pound wrestler-turned-mayor hit the campaign trail in a two-seat SMART car with a small-government platform of low taxes, quality education, new jobs and improved local infrastructure.
"Millions of people have watched me perform live," Jacobs wrote on his campaign website. "Who would have thought that all this could happen to a guy like me? Well, it could only happen in America."