Professional Wrestlers Say Would-Be Senator Linda McMahon Didn’t Provide Proper Health Care
Co-Founder and former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Linda McMahon aspires to be a senator from Connecticut, replacing Chris Dodd. She is not being helped by wrestlers who once worked for her who claim their health care needs were not provided for.
Several of the former wrestlers say they are nursing injuries from their years in the ring and are hoping to deliver a smackdown of McMahon for WWE’s lack of long-term health benefits and coarse, hype-driven image under her leadership from the 1990s until earlier this year.
McMahon’s detractors range from Bruno Sammartino (right), a crowd favorite known as “The Living Legend” for his exploits in the ring in the 1960s and 1970s, to Chyna, a popular late-1990s female wrestler who later appeared on the cover of Playboy and wrote a best-selling memoir.
“If there is a race to Capitol Hill, I hope she gets knocked off before she even starts,” [says Chyna].
“If the people in Connecticut are stupid enough to elect Linda, that’s their problem,” added Larry Zbyszko, a onetime Sammartino protégé who debuted in the early 1970s but later battled him in a famed “steel cage” match at Shea Stadium in New York. “I wouldn’t want to waste the time or money.”
Most pronounced in his criticism is “Superstar” Billy Graham (right).
“This campaign is the height of hypocrisy,” said Graham, whose real name is Eldridge Wayne Coleman. “I believe the voters and citizens in Connecticut deserve to be told the truth. In no way does she have a rightful place in the U.S. Senate. The fact that we were out there experiencing trauma and drawing in untold millions for the company [means] we should have at least had some sort of health insurance.”
Graham is portrayed as a disgruntled former employee by the McMahon campaign. McMahon is polling in second place in the race, behind GOP frontrunner Rob Simmons. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, she leads Dodd in a head-to-head match-up.Click here for reuse options!
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