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Rick Santorum Knows More About Professional Wrestling Than You Do
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Rick Santorum Shows His Signature Wrestling Move, the "Thumbs Up"

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Rick Santorum says he's all about family values these days... but before he was elected to office, he was a lobbyist for what was known at the time as the World Wrestling Federation.

That's the WWE today.

And while Rick Santorum and Hulk Hogan might not seem to have a lot in common, you might say they both needed each other for a time: Santorum helped get wrestling deregulated in Pennsylvania and have its status changed from "sport" to "entertainment."

"I was at the center of that," Santorum told the Philadelphia Inquirer, according to a report in the Daily Beast. "Pennsylvania was the most pernicious of states when it came to regulation. They made you pay all this money to the boxing [athletic] commission. They used to just rape these guys. You’d have to pay a certain percentage of the gate receipts to have these officials just stand around and watch the match. It was ridiculous."

Rapin' and Rasslin' -- just another day at the office.

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