Terrance Guido Gerin, AKA Rhyno, Not Elected to Michigan State Legislature

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2016

Photo Credit: WWE.com

Terrance Guido Gerin, a WWE superstar under the ring name Rhyno, lost his bid Tuesday night to become part of the next Michigan Legislature. 

The Associated Press (via Fox 17 West Michigan) reported Gerin, a Republican, came up short in his contest against Democratic candidate Abdullah Hammoud for an open seat in the state's House.

Rhyno posted a message on Facebook about the result Wednesday morning:

After winning the primary in August, the professional wrestler stated he's serious about politics and would focus on better allocating money to where it's needed, per CBS Detroit.

"There's money there, we just need to shift it to the right areas, you know a lot of districts are getting road dollars that they don't need, but then they're tearing up roads that don't need fixing just so they'll get the same amount of money the following year," Gerin said.

His campaign website listed Paul Heyman, Dixie Carter and the McMahon Family from the world of wrestling as those who helped develop his leadership skills. It also provided insight into how his career travels have shaped his political philosophy:

Mr. Gerin believes that government is very important and business is very important. But, limited government is the most important. The two need to work together for the betterment of the people. Because the bigger the government the more they control and the more they control the less freedom you have. One thing Terrance learned from working and traveling through 20 countries and 49 of the 50 states is that people just want to be free and not controlled by the government.

Along with campaigning, Gerin continued to work as Rhyno as part of WWE's SmackDown Live brand. The program airs Tuesday night on the USA Network, and The Man Beast is one-half of the show's tag team champions with Heath Slater.

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The 41-year-old Michigan native has wrestled for numerous promotions during a wrestling career that's now spanned more than two decades, including work with TNA, ECW and Ring of Honor in between stints with WCW and WWE.

It's unknown whether the loss will mark the end of Gerin's political ambitions or if he'll continue to fight for a political position in future elections. For now, he's scheduled to take part in WWE's marquee Survivor Series pay-per-view event on Nov. 20.