Former WWF Superstar and Canadian wrestling icon Ray Rougeau has followed in Kane’s footsteps by becoming the latest star to swap the squared circle for the Mayor’s office.
Rougeau competed in the then-World Wrestling Federation along with his brother Jacques in the latter half of the eighties. The Fabulous Rougeaus competed on WrestleMania 3, 4, and 5 but were unable to pick up any victories on The Grandest Stage Of Them All.
Following the end of Ray Rougeau’s in-ring career, he took up announcing for the WWF and was the company’s French-language announcer for a decade until leaving in 2002. Ray Rougeau returned to the company in 2017 providing French commentary on pay-per-views but left again in April 2021.
However, Rougeau is not lacking for things to do now he has been elected as Mayor for the town of Rawdon, Quebec, Canada on November 7th. Ray Rougeau is the latest in a stream of wrestlers to turn their hands at politics with Kane, better known now as Glenn Jacobs, currently the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, and Jesse Ventura previously having served as Mayor of Brooklyn Park and later as Governor of Minnesota.
After his victory Rougeau Patric Laprade for a TVA Sports interview where he said:
“I feel privileged and honoured because it’s your fellow citizens who put you there. It’s such a great recognition. To have reached the highest elected position in my municipality, I am…very happy.”
“I am so proud of the work done by my entire team of counselors and all the volunteers. Even today, I had 24 operators to bring out the vote. I was the prime contractor for the whole campaign, I had a game plan and I am proud to never have deviated from my plan.”
“There was disinformation during the campaign and I saw it while going door to door. The things I could hear…even I wouldn’t have voted for myself! So we had to work very hard, my team and I, on the pitch, to correct the situation. But I am proud to say that we carried out a clean and positive campaign.”
“My wrestling career has helped me I would say. When you knock on a door, it’s not the same when you have a familiar face. People were happy to see me. They told me that they had seen me wrestle on television or that their father had brought me to see me wrestle when they were younger. It has really been a plus.”