From Kane to Lawler: Wrestling and politics mix just fine in Tennessee

On Tuesday night, WWE superstar Glenn Jacobs aka Kane won the Republican primary for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee by just 17 votes. According to the official results, the 51-year-old defeated Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders 14,633 to 14,616. Earlier this year, Jacobs, who made his debut with the WWE back in 1992, said he will quit wrestling if elected mayor of Knox County. He is currently favored to win the general election against Democrat Linda Haney in August. Wochit

Professional wrestling and politics aren’t the strange bedfellows some might think.

In fact, pro wrestlers have become increasingly cozy with politics — from Jesse Ventura’s successful political career in Minnesota to Glenn “Kane” Jacobs’ successful run for the Knox County Republican mayoral nomination this week in East Tennessee to Jerry Lawler’s two runs for mayor of Memphis.

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Lawler made his first run at the top job in Memphis against incumbent Willie Herenton in 1999, when Herenton was seeking a third term. Lawler’s campaign was marred by an arrest over an incident with a parking enforcement officer at Memphis International Airport.

Lawler allegedly ran…

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