Former WWE pro-wrestler Kane elected mayor in Tennessee

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NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 22: WWE Wrestler Kane attends the “Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery” New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Glenn Jacobs, aka Kane, aka “The Big Red Machine”, has been elected to political office in Knox County, Tennessee.

Republican Jacobs had his Democratic opponent, Linda Haney, on the ropes Thursday, roundly defeating her 51,804 to 26,224.

Jacob’s wrestling persona, Kane, is known for wearing a red mask and playing the “heel” or “villain.” His popularity was large enough for WWE Films to give him starring roles in the horror films “See No Evil” and “See No Evil 2.”

His new responsibility is Knox County, the third-most populous county in Tennessee.

A self described “farm boy from rural Missouri,” Jacobs was aiming for a career in pro football before a knee injury shattered those dreams. The injury allowed him to instead focus on wrestling and after several years of performing in local competitions he signed for the WWE in 1995. He debuted the Kane character two years later.

His final WWE appearance — assuming he doesn’t mount a post-politics comeback — was an Extreme Rules SmackDown Live tag team championship match, which he and partner Daniel Bryan lost to the Bludgeon Brothers, according to Bleacher Report.

Jacobs will be the second major, former professional wrestler to hold public office in the US — in 1998 Jesse “The Body” Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota on the third-party Reform Party ticket, after serving as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995.

In 2016 he mulled a third-party tilt at the presidency, but ultimately threw his weight behind Donald Trump.

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