Mr Ventura was elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in 1990, going on to be elected state governor in 1998.
Mr Jacobs rose to fame in the mid-90s with his breakthrough character Kane, the masked half-brother of The Undertaker.
But despite Kane being described as “a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares”, Mr Jacobs believes his former career will be a help and not a hindrance.
“The thing someone like me brings to a race like this is, because of who I am, I can put Knox County in a positive light, nationally,” he told local news station WBIR. “There are so many great things our county has to offer, and frankly the rest of the country needs to know about it.”
His colleagues at the WWE were also quick to tweet congratulations.
It is unclear if the wrestler now plans to hang up his mask for good, in order to allow him to focus on his political career. He last appeared as Kane just a few weeks ago, in June.
Mr Jacobs, who also owns an insurance business in Knoxville, will be sworn in as mayor on 1 September.
In the meantime, Knox County’s reporters are no doubt scrambling for ideas on how best to interview the 6ft 8in mayor. Luckily, at least one of them had a crate on hand on Thursday.
This story is from The BBC News. To read the full story, please go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45056801.
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