Update: Oney Lorcan has now reacted to his name coming up in this story. He admitted to giving Drake the money, but he didn’t know what it was for. Now Drake Wuertz could be in line for a campaign finance investigation.

Original: Drake Wuertz finally made it to WWE in 2014 after a career filled with dangerous death matches and bloody brawls. Wuertz eventually became the head referee for the then-booming NXT brand. A series of political controversies led to his release in May of 2021.

Wuertz made unsubstantiated arguments about masking that went against the available science during a Zoom school board meeting in Seminole County, Florida. Wuertz then cranked up the volume when he showed up to an in-person meeting of the same board and said that the masking of children helped pedophiles and predators to prey on kids while simultaneously no-showing an NXT taping. Drake has even called himself an “extremist for Christ.” Most of his anti-human trafficking talking points stemmed from the far-right, discredited QAnon movement.

Before his WWE release, Drake was heavily critical of COVID-19 vaccinations. After Triple H said that people of all religions were welcome in WWE, Wuertz walked out of the 2020 TakeOver: In Your House event. That same year, Drake Wuertz used his official WWE corporate email account to help coordinate a QAnon-related event.

All the controversy simply encouraged Drake Wuertz to run for office. Wuertz is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Florida State Representative in the 30th district. Several of his former WWE colleagues and fellow wrestlers have contributed to the cause.

A search of the Florida Department of State campaign finance database reveals the names of several donors from the world of pro wrestling. These public records include donations from Karrion Kross, Matt Riddle, Elias, Bobby Fish, Oney Lorcan, and Jimmy Jacobs. Wuertz himself contributed $3,605.14 to the campaign. The total raised amounted to 161 contributions for $17,733.56. Surprisingly, EC3’s name was not found on the ledger.

It was previously reported that Elias donated to Wuertz’s political campaign. As of this writing, there is no talk about Elias’ in-ring return either.

It might change some fans minds to discover the political leanings of some of their favorite superstars. Others won’t care or will agree with Wuertz’ take on politics. One thing is for sure: Drake Wuertz has plenty of supporters from the world of professional wrestling who are willing to pony up to see his brand of politics take up a seat in the Florida legislature.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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