WWE Wrestler Rhyno Wins Republican Primary for Michigan House Seat

“SmackDown” star’s platform could include tax reduction on tables and steel chairs

WWE wrestler Rhyno could be laying the smackdown on the jabronis in the statehouse before you know it.

Rhyno, whose real name is Terrance Gerin, won the Republican primary for the Michigan House of Representatives 15th District seat by just 56 votes, according to MLive. He will now face off against Democrat Abdullah Hammoud in the general election come November.

“I understand some people might be hesitant thinking it’s a gimmick, but my friends and family know my love for this country, my passion for politics and my love for helping people out,” Gerin said. “If elected, that becomes my number one priority.”

Gerin got his start in pro wrestling in the early 1990s. His first big break came in 1999 when he joined the hardcore promotion ECW. He stayed with the company for two years until it was acquired by WWE. An ankle surgery kept him out of commission for over a year, but he returned to the ring in 2003 but was released from WWE in 2005.

Following stints at TNA, Ring of Honor, and the independent circuit, Gerin got a chance to return to the big leagues with a spot at the WWE developmental promotion NXT in 2015. Just last week on July 26, he made a surprise return to “SmackDown” where he attacked Heath Slater.

This is not the first time a pro wrestler has waded into politics. Perhaps most famously, Jesse “The Body” Ventura won the governorship of Minnesota in 1999, serving one term.

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