KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Glenn Jacobs, better known as the towering WWE Superstar Kane, is stepping into the political ring with a bid for mayor in Tennessee.
Jacobs has filed paperwork naming a campaign treasurer, the first step needed to raise or spend money in an effort to succeed term-limited Knox County mayor Tim Burchett in 2018.
Tea party groups urged Jacobs to challenge U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary in 2014, but he deciding against a run.
Jacobs isn’t the first professional wrestling star to try his hand at politics in Tennessee. WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler made unsuccessful bids to be elected mayor of Memphis.
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WWE Hall of Famer Bob Backlund, WWE Superstar Rhyno, former WWE Superstar B. Brian Blair and WWE Executive Linda McMahon also ran for political office. Blair won, becoming a county commissioner in Hillsborough County in the Tampa area.
Two other WWE Hall of Famers made history in the political arena. Jesse The Body Ventura shocked the world to win the election for Governor in Minnesota, and Donald Trump shocked the universe by winning the nod to become President of the United States.
WrestleMania 33 Week is March 29-April 4 in Orlando, and with fans from every state converging to City Beautiful, maybe Kane will be conducting a meet-n-greet with Tennessee voters during the week-long extravaganza.
WrestleMania 33 Week Orlando
WWE WrestleMania 33 is Sunday, April 2 in front of a sold-out crowd at Camping World Stadium (the Citrus Bowl) in Orlando and live around the world on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
WrestleMania is more than just a one day event; it is a week-long celebration.
In addition to WrestleMania 33, other events include:
Thursday, March 30-Sunday, April 2: WrestleMania Axxess – WWE’s four-day, interactive fan festival at the Orange County Convention Center.
Friday, March 31: The 2017 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Amway Center.
Saturday, April 1: NXT TakeOver at the Amway Center.
Monday, April 3: Raw at the Amway Center.
Tuesday, April 4: SmackDown Live at the Amway Center.
Plus, WWE will host activities designed to give back to the local community during WrestleMania Week including “Be a STAR” anti-bullying rallies, hospital visits and Make-A-Wish events. There will be more than 25 events hosted by WWE during WrestleMania Week.
Orlando (and Orange County) is very excited to be hosting WrestleMania for a second time. In the past nine years, WrestleMania has generated more than $700 million in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event, and that includes WrestleMania 24 in Orlando.
Last year WrestleMania 32 set a WWE attendance record of 101,763, as fans from 50 states and 35 countries converged on AT&T Stadium in Arlington/Dallas.
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