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Sunday, July 12, 2020

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WWE wrestler Kane pursuing mayoral run in Tennessee


Wrestler Kane, a 23-time WWE/WWF champion, is looking at a new career in politics.

Kane, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, has formally filed paperwork appointing a political treasurer in order to run for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, according to WCYB.

Jacobs runs an insurance company in addition to his WWE duties, and he identifies as a Republican. This is only the first step toward a run, and the election itself would not be until May 1, 2018.

“Knox County is a great place and we’re so happy and feel so blessed to live here,” Jacobs said. “I want to do my part going forward.”

Kane has been mulling this for over a year and it seems he’s decided to go through with it, though he still has a long way to go.


Wrestler Kane contemplating run for mayor in Knox County


Wrestler Kane is contemplating a run for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee, in the near future.

Kane, whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, conducted an interview with WBIR — an NBC affiliate in Knoxville — and stated his interest in running for county mayor in 2018.

“Yes, I’ve talked about it with some folks but there’s nothing too solid yet,” Kane told WBIR 10News. “Mayor Burchett’s term is coming up and I think he’s been really good for Knox County.”

Kane, a 7-foot-tall wrestler who has won 18 total championships in the WWE/WWF realms, says he will wait until after the presidential election later this year to decide whether he will pursue the mayoral seat in Knox County. The longtime East Tennessee resident believes in low taxes and less government interference.

“What I’ve seen in Knox County the past several years is that taxes have remained low because it’s a great place to live,” Kane told WBIR. “People move here and that helps expands the tax base.

“My political philosophy is the ‘smaller the better,” he said. “Government should stay out of the way and let free enterprise do what it does best.”

Though Kane does not have much political experience, he does not see that as a negative. Instead, he spins that well by saying he thinks the citizens are tired of the same old politicians and want a new, outside voice.

Kane still appears at special events for the WWE and participated in WrestleMania32 and the Royal Rumble this year, though he hasn’t been on any WWE programming since WrestleMania.

Kane would not be the first wrestler to go into politics; Jerry Lawlor has run for mayor in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. in the past, and Jesse Ventura was elected governor in Minnesota.

Kane warns he will chokeslam Dwyane Wade if Wade leaves Miami


Dwyane Wade’s future with the Miami Heat is still very much up in the air. Rumors of the three-time NBA champion’s potential departure from South Beach have been floating around wildly over the last couple of weeks. But with Miami lucking into Duke’s Justise Winslow in Thursday’s NBA draft and president Pat Riley’s subsequent public comments that “We want [Wade] back for the rest of his career” and “We’ll do everything to make that happen,” it looks like the tide may be turning back in favor of the Heat. Now Wade just might have another incentive to remain with the team that drafted him back in 2003.

In an interview with 560 WQAM’s “Marc Hochman Show with Zach Krantz” in Miami that aired Thursday, WWE superstar Kane offered to choke slam the 11-time All-Star in the event that he does decide to depart the Heat.

When posed with the question, “Do you have a particular move or threat we can use against Dwyane Wade if he in fact decides to leave the Miami Heat?,” the 48-year-old wrestler, whose real name is Glenn Thomas Jacobs, replied, “I’d be happy to chokeslam him if that’s okay.”

You can listen to the clip below (at the 11:05 mark).

Well that sure is one convincing way for the Heat to gain leverage in their negotiations with Wade. Seeing as Kane is a 23-year wrestling veteran who has won 18 total championships in his career and clocks in at seven-feet tall and 324 pounds, I would say that gives Wade a pretty damn compelling reason to stay. Then again, Kane’s rivalry with his brother The Undertaker makes for a good metaphor for the relationship between Wade and former teammate LeBron James.

Let’s hope for Miami’s sake that Wade stays so that the Heat Lifer winning culture remains intact. And let’s hope for Wade’s sake that he stays so that he can manage to avoid gross bodily harm, because it is definitely not fun to be on the receiving end of one of Kane’s signature chokeslams.

H/T Sports Illustrated