Thursday, August 22, 2013
Mayor Rob Ford to take on Hulk Hogan in arm-wrestling match
Mayor Rob Ford will have an arm-wrestling match with Hulk Hogan Friday to kick off Fan Expo Canada.
“I’m ready,” Ford said Thursday. “Ooh yeaaah! I can’t wait, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“It’s the first time the Hulkster is in Toronto (at Fan Expo), from what I understand. I want to thank him for coming because Fan Expo is going to be amazing.”
The match is set to take place at the Intercontinental Hotel adjacent to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, home to Fan Expo throughout the weekend.
Hogan’s people reached out to the mayor’s office with the arm-wrestling offer and he accepted the challenge, sources told the Toronto Sun.
But Ford admitted he’s not sure if he’ll be able to beat the 14-time world wrestling champ.
“I don’t know if I’m going to win the arm-wrestle but we’ll see,” he said. “I haven’t lifted too many weights lately, so we’ll see.”
The mayor said his brother, Councillor Doug Ford, was a big Hulkamaniac back in the 1980’s.
“He used to sit in the mirror and do one of these,” Ford said, flexing his arms.
Asked what he’s going to do when “Hulkamania runs wild” on him, Ford shrugged.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m really glad that (Hogan) is coming here, it’s going to bring a lot of excitement and that’s what we need.”
In a press release, Fan Expo described the face-off as a “friendly” competition between the mayor of Canada’s largest city and the legendary wrestler.
“Find out who will have reason to cheer: Hulkamaniacs or Ford Nation?” the statement read.
Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong — a member of Ford’s executive committee — wasn’t optimistic about the mayor’s chances against Hogan.
“I’m putting my money on Hulk,” Minnan-Wong said.
More than 100,000 fans are expected to attend the Expo for a chance to meet sports and entertainment celebrities.
Along with Hogan, stars Carrie Fisher, David Hasselhoff, Dean Cain, Linda Hamilton and comic book legend Stan Lee are all expected to attend.
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