Pro wrestler Booker T to run for Houston mayor
A WWE Hall of Famer is ready to trade in the wrestling ring for the political arena.
 
Pro wrestler Booker Huffman — who starred for decades under the name Booker T — on Tuesday announced that he is running for mayor of Houston in 2019.
 
"I am happy to report that after great deliberation and with the counsel of my family and friends, I have decided to run for the office of Mayor in the 2019 race," Huffman wrote in a letter he posted to Twitter.
 
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"I believe in my heart that all Houstonians, regardless of their economic circumstances, deserve the same opportunities to build a better life for themselves," he added. 
 
"I look forward to having a dialogue with the voters of Houston and if I am so privileged to serve, I will fight for them as hard as I fought for myself and my family over the last 30 years," the letter concludes.
 
Huffman, 51, grew up in Houston. Performing as Booker T, he won pro wrestling championships in the 1990s and 2000s and battled the sport’s biggest names including The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, eventually being inducted into the WWE’s pro wrestling Hall of Fame. 
 
Since retiring from active wrestling, Huffman has worked as an announcer for WWE.
 
Prior to his career, Huffman served 19 months in prison after pleading guilty to armed robbery at a Wendy's restaurant in Houston.
 
Huffman will challenge Mayor Sylvester Turner (D), who took office in early 2016. 
 
It was not immediately apparent what party Huffman would seek to run under.
 
 
Trump himself was an occasional performer at WWE shows, including some of the same shows Huffman performed on, although they never crossed paths onscreen.
 
Former pro wrestler Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota in 1998.