August 12, 2004
Ont. Premier welcomes SummerSlam
By CHRIS DOUCETTE - Toronto Sun
Ontario's honcho and the top dog of pro wrestling squared off at a WWE press conference at Ontario Place, but it wasn't much of a fight. Premier Dalton McGuinty and World Heavyweight Champion Chris Benoit -- one of several Canadian wrestlers in the World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. -- exchanged pleasantries about Summerslam hitting Toronto on Sunday
"People may not think of me as a wrestling fan, but I'm familiar with hardcore, bare-knuckle, no-holds-barred contests," McGuinty said.
"I grew up with five brothers and I've had to break up a few bouts over the years in the livingroom involving my three sons," the premier explained. "My finishing move was predictable but effective. I'd threaten to tell their mother."
Benoit, who arrived in a boat with his championship belt over his shoulder, chuckled upon learning of McGuinty's finisher before modestly admitting his signature move -- the crippler crossface -- would be no match for it.
"That's one of the manoeuvres I use when I'm at home," joked Benoit, a father of three, after presenting McGuinty with his own commemorative belt.
When asked if McGuinty would be a good or a bad guy in the ring, Benoit's answer was as good as any politician's.
"A lot of times you go out there and the people decide that," he said.