STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Former Gov. Lowell P. Weicker Jr. opted out of the rough-and-tumble world of presidential politics and landed in the body-slamming business of pro wrestling.

Weicker, 68, was appointed Monday to the board of directors of Stamford-based World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, the parent company of cable television's World Wrestling Federation.

The position pays more than $25,000 a year and includes options to buy 25,000 shares of the newly issued WWFE stock.

The WWF's Monday night program, ``RAW is WAR,'' is wildly popular, drawing about 6 million viewers each week. Millions more tune in to monthly pay-per-view matches, and last year, former pro wrestler Jesse ``The Body'' Ventura got elected governor of Minnesota.

Weicker was Connecticut's governor from 1990 to 1994.