If you thought Donald Trump would be the only person in the White House to fall victim to WWE star Steve Austin’s Stone Cold Stunner, think again. The woman he appointed to head his Cabinet’s Small Business Administration is also quite familiar with the move.
Yes, Linda McMahon, who co-founded WWE with her husband Vince McMahon, has a new job.
Two of Linda McMahon’s duties, according to Trump’s announcement, will be to generate more jobs while rolling back federal regulations.
“Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe,” Trump said in the announcement.
McMahon, 68, who will have to be confirmed by the Senate before she takes the reins, endorsed Trump in April while being interviewed on CNN.
“I’ve known Donald for over 20 years. And when I’ve been asked before, I’ve said, ‘Look, let me tell you what I know about him personally,’ ” she said (via Inquisitr). “I said he’s loyal. I said he absolutely is a good businessman. He hires smart people around him…. He is very patriotic…. He’s a good man. And very accomplished. And I think he would make a very good president.”
The McMahons first did business with Trump in the 1980s when WWE, then known as the WWF, held two WrestleManias at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Trump would later return to WWE lore when he famously played a starring role in a story line at WrestleMania 23, where he body slammed Vince McMahon then shaved McMahon’s head.
Trump appeared in another story line in 2009, and, in 2013, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Linda McMahon, meanwhile, made sporadic on-screen appearances while working behind the scenes to build the brand until she retired to unsuccessfully run for a Senate seat from Connecticut in 2010.
According to pro wrestling’s wiki site, Linda McMahon usually played a face, or benevolent character, during her years at WWE, often opposed to her husband, the company’s “evil owner.” She also feuded with her real-life daughter Stephanie and son-in-law Triple H as part of a bit, which resulted in a slap fight.
In one of McMahon’s most famous appearances, however, she ended up taking on Kane, who wound up tombstoning her. The move has since largely been banned because it’s so dangerous.
McMahon won’t have a titantron (a video package that plays as wrestlers as they enter the ring) when she steps into the White House for the first time, but if she did, it probably won’t look all that different from the one she used at WWE. She shakes hands with former New York City mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in it.