Masquerade balls, the masques of fashionable criminals in gaslit Europe, the fearsome masks that gladiators would don to intimidate snarling adversaries and beasts.... The masks that brought Glenn Jacobs his fierce reputation as Superstar Kane in professional WWE wrestling must have originated from the latter. The world, however, turns in irony—at a time when masks are a necessary appendage across the world, Knox County in Tennessee, made it mandatory to wear them—grumblingly, we imagine—in certain buildings. The board of health officials voted 7-1 in favour of the move. The lone dissenting vote came from the man who covered his unlovely mien in public under a mask for long—Mayor Jacobs.

Saudi wrestling fans celebrate as they watch the World Wrestling Entertainment "WWE" stars during Crown Jewel matches at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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