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Toronto to host 2012 Wrestlemania?
By DON PEAT - Toronto Sun


Let's get ready to rumble Toronto ... maybe.

Rumours are rampant in wrestling circles that Hogtown will be the host of Wrestlemania 2012.

The 28th annual event -- which Toronto has hosted twice before -- would draw in wrestling fans from around the world and pile drive an estimated $50 million into the city's economy.

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) officials said the announcement usually comes the year before the actual event.

Robert Zimmerman, vice-president of public relations for WWE, told the Sun yesterday Toronto has submitted a bid to host the event.

"We've requested and received several bids from cities in North America and I believe Toronto is definitely one of those," Zimmerman said.

"As far as a decision on Wrestlemania 2012, I don't believe there is any decision that's been made."

Along with fun, ringside drama and body slams, Wrestlemania -- which includes about a week's worth of fan-packed festivities and several charity initiatives -- brings an estimated $50 million worth of economic impact to host cities.

Jay Stenhouse, vice-president of communications for the Rogers Centre, refused to confirm the event is coming but said anything is possible.

"It's safe to say we've done it successfully before," Stenhouse said. "We're always interested in hosting world-class events."

Chris Cash, senior editor of WrestleZone.com, said the site received tips from fans hinting the event is heading to Toronto. He's also heard Miami and Atlanta tossed around as possible host cities.

"It seems that Wrestlemania is a frontrunner for the (Rogers Centre)," Cash said.