Fifteen months of campaigning comes to an end on Thursday for Glenn Jacobs — who you may know as WWE’s Kane — as he looks to win the mayor’s race in Knox County, Tennessee.
During that period of time, he’s shaken hands, kissed babies, and eaten his fair share of catfish dinners while talking to rotary clubs, women’s groups, and boy scouts.
He’s also battled Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman for the Universal Championship, landed in the final four of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at Wrestlemania, and hugged it out with Daniel Bryan as Team Hell No reunited last month.
The dual life of politician Glenn Jacobs and wrestler Kane culminates Thursday as voters head to the polls to pick their next mayor.
And just like many of his matches in the squared circle, Jacobs is expected to win.
Knox County leans red and then some. In May’s GOP primary, Jacobs collected more than 14,000 votes. In comparison, his Democratic rival Linda Haney received 4,250 voters in her primary. Plain and simple, there are far more GOP voters than Dems.
That primary was probably Jacobs’ tougher test. He barely squeaked by his closest Republican rival winning by a mere 23 votes.
Since then, he’s shined in mayoral forums and picked up a key endorsement from the Knoxville News Sentinel.
If Jacobs wins, he follows in the footsteps of WWE legend Jessie Ventura who served as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota in the early 90s. Much like Jacobs, critics questioned whether a wrestler could lead a city. As we later found out, Ventura did pretty well for himself — later being elected Minnesota’s governor.
One of Ventura’s longtime aides, John Wodele, told KnoxNews.com he sees plenty of comparison between “The Body” and “The Big Red Machine.”
“A lot of people (not only) underestimated his ability to get elected but they underestimated his intellectual capacity, “Wodele said of Ventura. “He’s a smart man. We could see this as we went about forming and government and hiring people.”
Unlike Ventura, Jacobs would be a mayor and potentially active wrestler. It was just two weeks ago when Kane stepped into a WWE ring at Extreme Rules. Back in May, he even told Pro Wrestling Sheet he wouldn’t rule out competing as mayor.
“I never rule anything out,” Jacobs said after chuckling. “I think it would be great to have a PPV here in Knoxville. We haven’t had one in forever. If there’s a PPV, it would be an honor for me to take part in that.”
While it looks like Kane’s next WWE run would include the title “mayor,” we know politics can be a lot like wrestling.
As Vince McMahon would say, “anything can happen…”
Stick to Pro Wrestling Sheet Thursday night for coverage of the results after the polls close.