KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The World Wrestling Entertainment will present a $100,000 donation to the Knoxville Public Safety Foundation at the request of Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs in appreciation for making a series of appearances for WWE last fall.
The check will be presented at the event Saturday night. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. As of 3 p.m. Friday, tickets were still available here.
"The foundation provides assistance and support to the City of Knoxville Fire Department, Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Tennessee’s Police Department employees as well as their immediate families who’ve suffered a catastrophic injury, illness, death or another significant life-altering event," a release from the mayors office said.
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon announced the donation in a press release in September. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, who is also known as wrestler "Kane," requested the donation in appreciation for making WWE appearances this fall, according to the release.
Jacobs has made several WWE appearances since becoming mayor including a trip to Melbourne, Australia back in October where he wrestled as his alter ego.
He also made a controversial appearance in Saudi Arabia in November. Jacobs said he wrestled in the events in exchange for the donation.
“I’m extremely proud that my career with WWE will have a positive impact on the community through my role as Knox County mayor,” Jacobs said in September. "[This] $100,000 is a significant contribution especially for the family of a fallen police officer or a firefighter that could help them through that transition of losing a loved one."
According to WWE, superstars scheduled to appear are Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins, “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntryre, Finn Balor, Elias, Acting General Manager Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush, “The Modern-Day Maharaja” Jinder, Natalya, Alexa Bliss, Riott Squad, and many more.