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Trump picks wrestling tycoon for cabinet

NEW YORK: Nine years ago, Mr Donald Trump shaved off her husband's hair after a wrestling match on live television.

On Wednesday, the US president-elect nominated wrestling tycoon Linda McMahon to his cabinet.

The incoming Republican president announced that he had nominated Mrs McMahon to serve as head of the Small Business Administration, a cabinet-level position.

Mr Trump, who has promised to slash corporate tax rates and roll back regulations in an attempt to drive economic growth, called his new pick "one of the country's top female executives".

"She helped grow WWE from a modest 13-person operation to a publicly traded global enterprise with more than 800 employees in offices worldwide," Mr Trump said in a statement released by his transition team.

"Linda is going to be a phenomenal leader and champion for small businesses and unleash America's entrepreneurial spirit all across the country."

The Small Business Administration is responsible for supporting America's 28 million small businesses, which employ about half the country's private-sector workforce.

Mrs McMahon, 68, said she was "honoured" to have been picked.

WWE says it reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages.

Her wrestling-promoter husband Vince McMahon's staged feud with his wife's new boss culminated in a 2007 wrestling match dubbed Battle of the Billionaires in Detroit that was supposed to determine which tycoon had more money.

Both selected wrestlers to fight on their behalf.

Mr Trump's wrestler won, after which the New York tycoon body-slammed Mr McMahon to the mat, sat on him, then shaved off his rival's head in the middle of the wrestling ring. 
- AFP

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