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File:Jesse Ventura 1506.jpg
"My governor can beat up your governor"
—T-shirt popular during his term as governor of Minnesota.

Wrestler, actor, politician and broadcasting personality from the Twin Cities, born James George Janos.

He performed in the AWA and the World Wrestling Federation under the name Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a Heel, from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s, when he had to leave the ring due to blood clots in his lungs (which he claimed were the effects of exposure to Agent Orange). At that point, he took up color commentary with both the WWF and WCW.

In 1987, Ventura appeared alongside fellow future governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator. Ventura and Schwarzenegger would also appear together in The Running Man and Batman and Robin. In the same year as Predator, Ventura made a guest appearance on Small Wonder; he also appeared in the famous X-Files episode "Jose Chung's from Outer Space".

He was elected mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, in 1990, serving from 1991 to 1995. In 1998, he successfully ran for the office of governor of Minnesota (as a third-party candidate, the first such occurrence in modern political history), serving from January 1999 to January 2003.

In late 2003, Ventura hosted a show on MSNBC called Jesse Ventura's America. He returned to broadcasting in 2009 with Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.

His life resembles that of Mike Haggar.


Jesse Ventura provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Ain't No Rule says a wrestler can't be governor.
  • Appropriated Appellation: As governor of Minnesota, he handed out media badges labeled "Media Jackal". These quickly became a hot commodity.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Okay, so he was a wrestler before becoming a governor, but still.
    • His role as ref during the 1999 Summerslam main event.

  (After literally throwing out Shane McMahon for interfering) That's for your old man, you little bastard!

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