WWE Superstar Terrance "Rhyno" Gerin is trading in his singlet for a suit, as the veteran grappler announced his plan to run for political office in Michigan on Thursday.
Rhyno revealed his intentions on Twitter:
It's official, I'm on the ballot for State Representative. Hope I make you proud Dearborn, MI pic.twitter.com/bRYKoV11vv— Rhyno (@Rhyno313) March 3, 2016
Alex Marvez of Fox Sports confirmed that the 40-year-old native of Detroit is attempting to capture a state representative position in Dearborn, Michigan as a Republican.
Per Marvez, Rhyno believes his time as a wrestler will be beneficial to his political bid: "The cool thing about what wrestling has done for me is opening a lot of doors. It's given me a loud voice. That's very important when you represent people and want to try to get stuff done. You want someone representing you who knows how hard it is to get doors open."
While he expects his opponents to take shots at his background, Rhino is interested in running a campaign based solely on the issues, according to Marvez:
I don't think it will hurt me at all. I think candidates that run against me will try to make fun of it to discredit me so they can win the election, which is understandable. But I want to go out and discuss how we can make this state better, how we can make people's lives easier and educate the kids.
During his 20-plus-year career in the squared circle, Rhino has won many of the business' most prestigious titles. That includes the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and WCW United States Championship.
He was also the final Heavyweight and Television champion in the history of ECW before its ill-fated revival as a brand under the WWE umbrella in 2006.
The Master of the Gore performed in a WWE ring as recently as December when he teamed with former ECW cohorts in the Dudley Boyz and Tommy Dreamer against the Wyatt Family and TLC and on the ensuing episode of Raw.
Before that, Rhyno wrestled for WWE's NXT developmental brand. He made an impact on NXT star Sawyer Fulton during that time, as he is rooting for his peer to come out on top in the political realm:
Rhyno. Pro Wrestler. Beast Man. Idol. State Representative?!?!?! I really hope he wins! Good luck! https://t.co/S8b3LQFsuv— Sawyer Fulton (@SFulton_WWE) March 4, 2016
Rhyno figures to feel right at home in the hardcore environment of politics, as he competed in some of the most violent and brutal matches in wrestling over the years.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura proved in his successful bid for governor of Minnesota in 1999 that wrestlers can have success in government, and the Man Beast has a chance to follow in his footsteps.
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