WWE: Why a Wrestling Background Prepared Linda McMahon for Politics
WWE wrestling has proven to be a training ground for many of its stars who have moved onto bigger and sometimes better things.
Dwayne Johnson, also known as "The Rock", is now a action film star in Hollywood. Johnson comes to mind for his portrayal of one of the most popular wrestlers in the history of the...ummmm....sport?
Of course, you had the original breakout star of the WWE (then known as the WWF) Hulk Hogan, who appeared in Rocky III before landing in several more films and television shows.
And now, Linda McMahon, one of the founding members and former CEO of WWE, is gunning for a seat in the United States Senate as the Republican nominee from Connecticut.
Along with her husband Vince, Mrs. McMahon has gone to great lengths to give the wrestling faithful and outstanding basis since the company was founded in the early 1980's. Not only has she been a force behind the scenes, Mrs. McMahon has frequently appeared in the ring to add to the allure.
How has her business acumen as the mogul for one of the most successful companies in the United States prepared her for a run for the Senate?
Let's take a look.
10. The Ted DiBiasie Factor: Plenty Of Experience With Budgets
Ted Dibiase wrestled for McMahon and the WWE in the 80's and 90's as "The Million Dollar Man" under the guise that he was extremely well-off financially. He enjoyed pulling random fans out of the seats to do things for money that they would not ordinarily do.
McMahon made a fortune for the WWE as she helped to engineer its tremendous financial growth from a small, regional establishment to a World-wide entity.
Maybe she can land a spot on the appropriations committee if she wins?
9. The Hillbilly Jim Factor: Plenty Of Tall-Tales Telling Experience
Hillbilly Jim was a short-lived fan-favorite in the WWE in the 80's, claiming to hail from the backwoods and wearing overalls into the ring.
Wrestlers have to be believable as characters, and I'm not sure Hillbilly Jim was.
But, portraying something you really aren't has been going on in Washington for how long now?
8. The Tag-Team Champion Factor: She Plays Well With Others
You've got the WWE Heavyweight Champion, several other individual champions, and you also have tag-team champions.
Tag teams work together to accomplish the ultimate goal of winning matches and are sometimes better together than they would be as individuals.
Mrs. McMahon would be one of 100 people on the floor of the Senate and would need to know how to blend in to gets those bills signed into law.
7. The Knowing Her Role Factor
One of the many catchy phrases of "The Rock" during his soaring popularity in the WWE, Mrs. McMahon would be the junior senator from Connecticutt, working alongside long-time Washingtonian Joe Lieberman.
She already worked very closely with her husband in the day-to-day operations of the company without trying to step on his toes too much.
No. 6 The IRS Factor: She Has Connections
Mike Rotunda wrestled for the McMahon's as a character known as "I.R.S.", or Irwin. R. Scheister.
So naturally, knowing Mr. Scheister would give her a direct line of communication to the true IRS when tax season was upon us.
Perhaps that previous relationship would lead to tax cuts for all!.
No. 5: The Steroid Factor
Sure, Congress made a spectacle with the steroid mess in baseball a few years ago, taking Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens, and Mark McGwire to the woodshed for their alleged involvement.
But Mrs. McMahon and the WWE were trailblazers with steroid investigations. When she was named president of the company in 1993, her husband was on trial for allegedly distributing steroids to his wrestlers. He was acquitted of all charges, and the WWE instituted mandatory steroid testing as a result.
No. 4: The Great Debater
Mrs. McMahon has undoubtedly been involved in her fair share of contract negotiations over the years with all of her talent, which sure should take her a long way on the Senate floor when she is debating a hot bill.
Plus, I'd bet she could put most of the counterparts in the sharpshooter if they crossed her.
No. 3: The Waffle Factor
Being in the entertainment business doesn't allow one to make a decision and then change your mind.
Or wait, does it? That would be a resounding yes. Talking out of both sides of your mouth is a must, and she surely has had to do plenty of that over the years.
No. 2 : Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You....
JFK really set the gold standard with that quote for future politicians.
After making a small fortune through capitalistic enterprise, Mrs. McMahon is ready to give back to the American people through service.
It's the only just thing to do.
No. 1: The Battle Royal Factor and Good Against Evil
Let's face it, the political landscape in the country right now is pretty divided, maybe even more so than it was before the elections in 2008.
Her WWE training has already exposed Mrs. McMahon to this type of behavior. On one side of the ring, you've got the good guys. On the other side of the ring, you've got the bad guys. Funny thing about it is that each side thinks they are the right about things.
Sometimes, the only way to settle that is with an all-out, over-the-top battle royal to settle disputes and install some clarity.
What a country.