Through hellfire and brimstone, “The Big Red Machine” has emerged victorious not inside the squared circle, but in the race to become the new mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.
Republican Glenn Jacobs, better known to the WWE Universe as Kane, won the election by defeating Democratic nominee Linda Haney and nearly doubling her vote total.
The victory was essentially in the bag for Jacobs from the beginning, as Knox County hasn’t elected a Democratic mayor since the early 1940s.
Jacobs, who also works as an insurance salesman, announced his candidacy in March 2017, eventually edging out Brad Anders by just 23 votes in the GOP race to earn the Republican nomination a year later.
Some of the issues Jacobs pushed in his campaign included keeping taxes low, improving roads and infrastructure, and keeping communities safe.
Jacobs has been a part of the WWE since 1995, making his television debut as Jerry Lawler’s private dentist, Isaac Yankem. In October 1997, he appeared as The Undertaker’s brother Kane for the first time during “Badd Blood: In Your House,” donning his signature mask and attire.
He’s held the WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, ECW Championship, Intercontinental Championship, and numerous versions of the Tag Team Championship over the years with multiple partners.
Kane’s last high-profile match was his return to pay-per-view on July 15, teaming with Daniel Bryan in a losing effort to The Bludgeon Brothers for the SmackDown Tag Team titles.