For a brief period of time, former WWE CEO Linda McMahon was rumored to be in the running for Secretary of Commerce, but the job went to another. However, Donald Trump, kept McMahon on his shortlist, picking her to be the head of the Small Business Association, according to Reuters.
McMahon, 68, is a co-founder and former CEO of the professional wrestling franchise WWE, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. She ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut in 2010. She was an early supporter of Trump’s presidential campaign.
The SBA, which has at least one office in every U.S. state, provides support to small businesses such as extending loans and making sure they get a percentage of federal contracts.
McMahon ran as a Republican in that 2010 Senate race, and the Trumps and McMahons have been friends for years. Trump was friendly enough to even be a part of Wrestlemania, the biggest event in professional wrestling.
McMahon and her husband, Vince, are responsible for making the WWE the global entertainment powerhouse that it is today, taking a niche sport and creating household names of professional wrestlers. According to a release sent to Reuters, McMahon’s role appears to be part of his plan to “generate stronger job growth and roll back federal regulations.”
Donald Trump is in the WWE Hall of Fame’s Celebrity Wing, which also includes Pete Rose, disgraced baseball player and manager who was routinely “attacked” by WWE Superstar Kane.