Hulk Ho­gan loses match against ‘Fan­tas­tic Ford’

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO — Toronto Mayor Rob Ford rolled up his sleeves and got down to work — de­feat­ing his child­hood hero Hulk Ho­gan in a friendly armwrestling match.

The light-hearted blend of staged events — part wrestling bravado, part me­dia photo op­por­tu­nity — was held in a down­town Toronto ho­tel Fri­day to help kick off Fan Expo.

Walk­ing into the room to the tune of Sur­vivor’s Eye of the Tiger, Ford wasted no time get­ting on stage, tak­ing off his suit jacket and tie, rolling up his sleeves and un­tuck­ing his shirt.

Ho­gan made a show of also rolling up a short sleeve on his red T-shirt be­fore the two set­tled into their left-handed match.

The 14-time wrestling cham­pion’s bi­ceps bulged as he started in on the smack talk.

“Oh, big man, oh that’s all you got, huh,” Ho­gan shouted.

“Oh brother, you know some­thing? Not only am I go­ing to rip this arm off, I’m go­ing to take your job while I’m at it, brother. Mayor Ho­gan.”

The mayor, with a wide grin on his face, clasped the edge of the ta­ble with his right hand and de­liv­ered his own line be­fore leap­ing up from the ta­ble in vic­tory.

“I own this town, man,” Ford yelled.

Ho­gan later sug­gested Ford had missed his true call­ing, and came up with a wrestling name for the mayor: The Fan­tas­tic Ford.

The wrestler-turned re­al­ity TV star was in Toronto to hold a ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion at Fan Expo. The pub­lic­ity stunt of­fered a re­prieve to the con­tro­ver­sial mayor, who in re­cent months has been dogged by al­le­ga­tions of drug use.

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