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WWE's Kane plans run for mayor in Tennessee

The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN. (Source: Miguel Discart/Wikipedia) The WWE wrestler Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office of mayor in Knox County, TN. (Source: Miguel Discart/Wikipedia)

(RNN) - He's been the "Big Red Machine" and the "Big Red Monster," but the WWE's resident firestarter, Kane, is making plans to take on a new role: Big Red Mayor.

The long-time professional wrestler, real name Glenn Jacobs, is preparing to run for the office in Knox County, TN.

Jacobs filed paperwork to name a treasurer for his campaign, reported WVLT in Knoxville, TN. While he hasn't formally announced, his statement did all but confirm a mayoral run.

"As county mayor, my goals would be to keep taxes low; work with both the school system and private sector to provide our young people with the skills necessary to compete for high paying jobs while, at the same time, supplying Knox County with a world-class workforce," he stated, "and to make sure that Knox County remains as business friendly as possible - a place where existing businesses can grow and thrive, as well as a place that will attract investment and new businesses."

He also said his WWE career doesn't tie him to one particular place, and he and his family chose to live there "because East Tennessee is such a wonderful area."

His alter ego has gained a few nicknames in the 20 years since he first donned the mask, including the "Devil's Favorite Demon." Billed at 7'0" tall and 300 pounds, Kane was introduced in 1997 as the even-scarier "brother" of the Undertaker.

The character did not show his face for many years, a result of severe burns leaving him scarred, as the story went. His relationship with fire has continued, as Kane can "summon" a fiery blast to rise from the ring posts, usually to celebrate a victory.

His storylines have strayed from tragedy to comedy more than once, including once when he and his tag-team partner sought counseling for anger management.

Jacobs has been credited by his wrestling contemporaries for his consistent quality over the span of 25 years in a business where many fail or must retire from injuries.

Jacobs also starred in films produced by the WWE, including the 2006 horror film See No Evil. He's had multiple guest appearances on shows and commercials, as well as interviews to discuss politics on places like Fox Business and The Blaze.

Jacobs wouldn't be the first to jump from the sports entertainment world to the political one. Jesse "The Body Ventura spent one term as governor of Minnesota, Rhino (Terrance Guido Gerin) ran for Michigan state representative in 2016, and former WWE CEO Linda McMahon joined the Trump administration as the head of the Small Business Association. 

President Donald Trump also has appeared on WWE programming and is a member of the company's Hall of Fame. 

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