Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Kurt Angle is featured in a satirical campaign commercial for fellow pro wrestler Rhyno, who is running for state rep in the Dearborn, Michigan, area.
In the video, Angle identifies himself only as an Olympic gold medalist (and wearing the hardware from his 1996 victory in Atlanta to prove it) who is canvassing the neighborhood for the candidate.
A disappointed Angle puts his signature Angle Lock on a would-be constituent who unwisely reveals that he’s an undecided voter as Rhyno looks on approvingly and warns “don’t let this happen to you.”
“Vote for Rhyno,” Angle chants as he tortures the constituent in the make-believe encounter.
Still an active grappler, Rhyno, a.k.a. Terrance Guido Gerin, 40, learned that he won the Republican primary in early August while he appeared on a WWE Smackdown broadcast.
Rhyno prevailed by just 56 votes in a three-candidate primary field and apparently faces an uphill political fight in the November general election in Michigan’s heavily Democrat 15th House District.
On TV, Rhyno is currently teaming with Heath Slater in a quest for the WWE tag team belts.
Rhyno’s opponent is Abdullah Hammoud, 26, a healthcare advisor for the Henry Ford Health System.
“I’m the most experienced and qualified man for the job,” Rhyno declares in the Kurt Angle commercial. The seat became open because the incumbent was term limited out.
See the Kurt Angle Rhyno endorsement video embedded below.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Angle is rumored to be returning to the WWE after a 10-year absence during which he wrestled for TNA and on the independent circuit. In a recent interview, Angle indicated that he met with WWE’s chief operating officer, Paul “Triple H” Levesque, about a possible comeback with WWE.
On his campaign website, Rhyno expressed support for limited government and effective public/private cooperation. “One thing Terrance learned from working in and traveling through over 20 countries and 49 of the 50 states is that people just want to be free and not controlled by their government.”
In March, when he threw his figurative hat in the political ring rather than the wrestling ring, Rhyno told Fox Sports that “improved teacher salaries, road construction, and more government accountability with tax dollars [are] part of his platform,” as well as ensuring sufficient funding for Michigan public schools.
Upon winning the August 2 primary, Rhyno explained to MLive, “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. If elected, that becomes my number one priority.”
Shane Douglas, “The Franchise,” endorsed Rhyno’s candidacy in May.
“As for his political plans, he points to his experience working with corporate sponsors in his wrestling career as a valuable attribute. His campaign slogan is ‘I’ll Fight for You’ and he’s highlighted the potential closing of Dearborn’s public pools as a key issue,” MLive added about the Rhyno for state rep candidacy.
Nicknamed the “Man Beast” and known for his “Gore” finishing move, Rhyno has won numerous titles in his pro wrestling career, notably the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, the NWA World Championship, and the WWE Hardcore Championship.
Unrelated to Rhyno, readers may be aware that the derisive term “RINO” (Republicans in Name Only) is one that is often applied to GOP office holders whose take positions indistinguishable from liberal Democrats. “That kind of ‘RINO’ led to the rise of Donald Trump, and so this ‘Rhyno’ may need a new moniker. Then again, maybe not!,” CW39-TV joked.
Rhyno has even incorporated a rhino in his official campaign logo.
Rhyno has “one message for the Democrats: Let’s get ready to rumble,” the New York Daily News quipped.
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