In another sobering “Kayfabe is Dead” moment, we recently discovered that WWE’s resident Deadman is a normal human being who does normal human things like vote in elections and donate money to divisive political figures.
Okay, clarification: in the year of our Lord 2018, pretty much all political figures are divisive (see? We remain apolitical). But while we recently spoke at length about WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and his not-so-surprising shift towards a more GOP-centered professional wrestling product, the politics of the wrestlers themselves are often obfuscated under layers of pseudo-characters and carnival presentation.
Which is why it’s interesting to note here that Mark Calaway, aka The Undertaker, donated almost $10,000 to a combination of individual campaigns, political action committees, and political parties – money that eventually got funneled to Paul Ryan, the NRA, and Donald Trump himself.
A cursory glance at the numbers shows Calaway (whose occupation is hilariously listed as generic “sports entertainer”) offered just over $3,000 to “Joint Fundraising Contributions,” which is a fancy way of say two or more PACs/committees joined together to funnel money to eventual candidates. This isn’t illegal nor is it irregular. In some fringe cases these Joint Fundraising Committees use vague or even dishonest names to encourage secret political donations. However, the Joint Fundraising Committees Calaway donated to both use the rather-obvious-yet-distinctly-awkward titles “TRUMP MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN COMMITTEE” and “TEAM RYAN.”
All of these Joint Committee donations were made during the presidential election season after Trump had already secured the nomination. They resulted in eventual donations to Trump himself, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Republican National Committee.
Calway also made donations to individual committees and PACs both late in the election season and throughout 2017. These included: the National Republican Congressional Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the enthusiastically-named Great America Pac (which served as a Donald Trump Super PAC), and, in what should surprise no-one who knows anything about Texas and her citizens, the National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund.
Curiously, Calaway also gave $250 to South Carolina U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy in what appears to be his only state-level contribution.
Celebrity political donations are certainly nothing new. But this mental image of The Undertaker, in full Ministry of Darkness regalia, at home writing checks for the Washington D.C. elite, is more amusing that pretty much any WrestleMania storyline WWE could throw our way.
And here’s the real question: why hasn’t The Undertaker donated any money to his “brother” Kane, who is currently running for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee?