ByJosh Molina, writer at
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Josh Molina

Linda McMahon, former WWE CEO and wife of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, is the newest member of President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet.

Yes, it's true, and not part of the wave of fake news spreading throughout the internet.

She will lead the nation's Small Business Administration.

McMahon, 68, and her husband Vince built the WWE from a small regional promotion with a dozen employees into the greatest professional wrestling empire in the world, a publicly traded company and global enterprise. From coffee cups, action figures and T-Shirts, to multi million dollar cable television contacts, a subscription network and a dynamic social media presence, the WWE has become tightly woven into the fabric the nation's business, sports, entertainment and popular culture.

McMahon during the Attitude Era and early 2000s, was a popular on-air character, but took a step away from the limelight in the last decade as she pursued a career in politics. She ran unsuccessfully twice for U.S. Senate in Connecticut.

Trump said of McMahon: “Linda has a tremendous background and is widely recognized as one of the country’s top female executives advising businesses around the globe.”

McMahon backed Trump, who is in the WWE Hall of Fame, during his presidential campaign, donating more than $6 million to a Trump political action committee.

She is also the mother of Stephanie McMahon, the WWE's Chief Brand Officer and on-air Raw Commissioner, and Shane McMahon, who wrestled The Undertaker at Wrestlemania and is the on-air Smackdown Commissioner.

McMahon may seem like a strange pick to someone who doesn't know pro wrestling, but wrestling fans know that she has always been the on-air sensible one of the McMahon family. And she's tough.

Check her out taking this Stone Cold Stunner from Stone Cold Steve Austin.


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