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Ford comes out on top against Hogan
By Don Peat ,City Hall Bureau Chief - Toronto SUN


Hulk Hogan takes on Mayor Rob Ford in an arm wrestling match (ERNEST DOROSZUK/Toronto Sun)



Mayor Rob Ford has another comeback under his belt.

Ford won a "friendly" arm-wrestling match with Hulk Hogan Friday.

The come from behind victory gave both Hogan and Ford a chance to show off their wrestling chops - particularly their acting skills.

Ford hammed it up for the event in true wrestling style. With Eye of the Tiger playing as he entered a room packed with media, Ford jumped on the stage, throwing off his suit jacket, dropping his tie and untucking his dress shirt.

Hogan was winning the match, about to lay down Ford's hand to the table and trash-talking up a storm.


"Oh, big man. Is that all you've got?" Hogan asked Ford. "You know something? Not only am I going to rip this arm off but I'm going to take your job while I'm at it, brother. They're going to call me Mayor Hogan."

That's when Ford managed to pry the world champion's hand back over and slam it flat on the table.

"I own this town!" Ford crowed.

Ford immediately jumped up and threw his arms in the air. Hogan went over

and raised up Ford's arm as a salute to the victorious mayor.

"That was a set-up," Hogan fired back.

After the match, Hogan saluted Ford and complimented his skills.

"The only reason he beat me, he's younger," Hogan said. "Good job Mayor, number one Hulkamaniac right here."

As he left the hotel where the match was staged, Hogan joked that Ford may have pulled his shoulder out.

"I may have to go straight to the hospital," he said.

"I think I'm going to shave the middle of his head and turn him into Hogan Number 2, my brother. He's got a good arm on him."

Hogan said Ford could be a "great wrestler" if he "ever gets tired of being the mayor" and dubbed him the "Fantastic Ford."

"He seems like a really nice guy," he said.

Councillor Doug Ford was also on hand to meet Hogan.

"I didn't know who was who," Hogan said. "I thought I was going to get sneak attacked. I thought they were twins, I thought somebody was stacking the deck."

The 60-year-old said he'd love to be mayor of Toronto.

"I love this city," Hogan said.

Ford also called the showdown - a kick off for this weekend's Fan Expo Canada - a big win for the city.

"I encourage people to come to this city, create good jobs and stimulate our economy," Ford said.

"Thank you so much to the Hulkster for coming to town."

Asked how he beat Hogan, Ford shrugged.

"I never back down and I never will," he said.