In recent months, Glenn Jacobs – better known to WWE audiences as Kane – has been on the campaign trail to secure the seat of Mayor for Knox County, Tennessee.
His efforts to sit in office have taken him away from WWE and active competition – did anyone notice? – but after his return to action, reforming Team Hell No with Daniel Bryan on the June 26 Smackdown Live, his democratic opposition has spoken out against his decision.
In an interview with the Knoxville News Sentinel, Linda Haney went on the warpath against the ‘Big Red Machine’ by claiming that Jacobs wasn’t taking his political responsibilities seriously by still holding a torch for professional wrestling. Seemingly blind to the fact that people can multi-task, Haney said this:
“I was really stunned to find out he was still pursuing it [WWE]. I thought it was in the past. I thought in this crucial time he’d want to be here and be with the people.”
A clear attempt at sabotage, endeavoring to make the voters believe that Jacobs has better things to do with his time, Haney awoke the demon who responded in his best political voice by orating that his focus will fully be on the office after the people have elected him Mayor. It was a great comeback which basically ruled his competitor out.
Refusing to be pigeon-holed into just one career, the man who has made a career out of feuding with The Undertaker spoke on wanting to do several things with the company he’s called home even after being elected:
“After I am elected mayor, I’ll be mayor. Though I may still do a few special things! I’ve done it for 23 years now and have quite a history, it’ll always be part of my life. I think the question is, if I am taking it seriously, and of course I am. I wouldn’t be running if not. I’m sure some people will say that I’m not focused and some others will say that’s the coolest thing ever. Again, you can’t make everyone happy. You just do what you can and that’s it … you’re always going to catch criticism no matter what you do.”
Arguably, politics is Jacobs’ retirement plan. It’s certainly clear an out-of-shape Kane no longer belongs in the squared circle in 2018.
For residents of Knox County, Tennessee, early voting begins July 13 and runs through to July 28. Election Day will be held on August 2 and WrestleTalk will keep you up to date on all the latest, including whether Jacobs secures the seat he yearns for.