Political debates are filled with partisan bias, name calling and fake news. Sometimes, I just wish someone would stand up and choke slam political opponents, taking the seat for themselves. Leave it to WWE wrestler “The Big Red Machine” to go out and win a seat as mayor in Knox County, Tennessee.
In truth, Glenn “Kane” Jacobs, a libertarian, is a highly educated and worthy candidate to be mayor of Tennessee’s third-largest county. Jacobs won the race for mayor in the heavily republican Knox County by a landslide, 51,804 votes to democrat Linda Haney’s 26,224.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Jacobs claimed victory at his watch party, saying his decision to seek the mayor’s job was first met by some politicians with “pretty resounding laughter.”
“But this professional wrestler got into a no-holds-barred, last-man-standing match, and when the bell rung, he was victorious,” Jacobs said. “We were victorious.”
Glenn Jacobs, who works as an insurer and owns a real estate company with his wife, Crystal, in Knoxville, had been active in the political world preaching libertarian ideals for years before entering Knox County’s mayoral race.
Jacobs, who has vocally approved of the job President Donald Trump has done in office, is a champion for small businesses and limited government.
“The great thing about libertarianism is that it really is the American dream,” Jacobs said in a 2014 interview. “It’s the ability of everybody to live their life, and build their life, according to what they want, so long as you don’t hurt anybody else.”
Don’t hurt anybody? I guess Jacobs is going to have the remove the political tombstone from his repertoire.
As a professional wrestler, Kane was active from the mid-90s all the way until July of this year, when he appeared at WWE’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view event as part of “Team Hell No” alongside partner Daniel Bryan.
Billed from Hell at 7-feet tall and over 300 pounds, Kane’s professional wrestling career brought three world titles under WWF, ECW and WWE banners, two Intercontinental Championships, as well as being a 12-time Tag Team champion with various partners, including his character’s brother, The Undertaker.
Two of the most decorated professional wrestlers to ever step into the ring still have a profound respect for each other.
The Undertaker, whose real name is Mark Calaway, posted this photo in Instagram accompanied by only two words.
Glenn Jacobs hasn’t ruled out another return to the WWE in the future. He’ll be sworn in as mayor on September 1.
The Big Red Monster is your mayor, Knox County. It’s probably best you show him some respect before he puts on the red mask and tombstones you to straight to Hell.