Jesse “The Body” Ventura went from being a star in the wrestling ring to the Governor of the great state of Minnesota. Since then, he has hosted several television shows centered on conspiracy theories and other odd content. His latest gig came on the American arm of one of Vladimir Putin’s Russian propaganda outlets.

Venture hosted, “The World According to Jesse” on Russia Today. The network is considered one of Putin’s top propaganda networks. It has been pulled from most major television providers in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine.

Despite working for one of the world’s most tyrannical dictators, Jesse Ventura said he was given full creative control by Putin. During a recent appearance on “Talk Is Jericho,” Ventura admitted that he met with Putin before signing on with the controversial network.

“I’ll admit this, I met Vladimir Putin before I signed,” Putin said. “They flew me and my wife to Russia for the 10-year anniversary of RT. Putin was the keynote speaker. I met [Mikhail] Gorbachev that night too. The Putin I met that night I’m having a hard time identifying today, because the Putin I met that night walked across the room to me, I didn’t go to him.

He came to me, held his hand out, said ‘Thank you, Governor.’ Called me by my title. And he said, ‘I want to assure you, you have total creative control and there will never be any interference in your show.’ And I said, ‘Thank you, Mr. President.’ And Chris, I have to tell the truth. For four years, they never interfered in my show at all. He was a man of his word, so I can only judge him by my relationship with him, and I’m trying to figure out who this guy is today. What in the hell happened to him, because I got the feeling when I met him, he truly wanted to be our friend. That was the vibes I got from him, and you know me Chris, I’m not too far off with my vibes, but this guy, whoever Putin is now, either he worked me like hell, and working a wrestler is tough to do.”

After the international community began to heavily sanction Russia, RT was essentially destroyed. Jesse Ventura went on to say that he does not agree with Putin’s invasion. Those are pretty strong words from someone who was happy to take his money for several years.

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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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