SLAM! Sports SLAM! Wrestling
   July 28, 2014



News & Rumours
Bios
Obits
Canadian Hall of Fame
WrestleMania 30
WrestleMania 30 photos
Video
Movie Database
Minority Mat Report
Columnists
Features
Results Archive
PPV Reviews
SLAM! Wrestling store
On Facebook
On Twitter
Send Feedback




Photo Galleries

Raw in Miami


Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions


WWE Battleground


ROH in Detroit


Smackdown & Main Event in Ottawa


Raw in Montreal


WWE in Kingston







SCOREBOARD
PHOTO GALLERY
VIDEO GALLERY
COMMENT





Iron Sheik challenges Mayor Rob Ford to arm wrestle
By DON PEAT, QMI Agency


Legendary wrestler The Iron Sheik showed up at Toronto City Hall to try to meet with Mayor Rob Ford Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

TORONTO - The Iron Sheik knocked on embattled Mayor Rob Ford’s office door Wednesday.

The wrestling legend’s unexpected entrance at City Hall amid Ford’s ongoing crack cocaine scandal captured the attention of the media waiting outside the mayor’s office.

The spectacle was just one part of the surreal media storm swirling around Toronto’s top municipal politician.

Wednesday’s bizarre drama included a former school board trustee dropping off a Dr. Seuss book for Ford, a supporter of the civic leader showing up to shout at the media and the mayor blowing a kiss at the cameras from behind his office windows as he avoided questions.

Just before 3 p.m., the Iron Sheik rolled into City Hall in a wheelchair challenging Ford to an arm-wrestling match and daring him to show up at his roast Thursday night.


“I saw he beat Hulk Hogan (in an arm-wrestling match in August). I want to know if he can beat the Iron Sheik or not,” he said. “I was the champion before Hulk Hogan.”

In full wrestling bravado, the Sheik told reporters he wants to face off with Ford. “The man eats a cheeseburger and smokes crack. What kind of role model is that for the city?” he asked. “I just want to know if he is a real man or not.”

City Hall security warned the Iron Sheik he was being too loud and asked him to do interviews outside in Nathan Phillips Square.

Just after the Iron Sheik left the building, former trustee Elizabeth Hill showed up with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ book, Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!

“I want to give it to the mayor so he can read it and ponder it,” Hill told reporters after reading a few pages for the cameras.

Although she is no fan of his policies, Hill said she objects to Ford’s “lying and deceitfulness.”

Tajinder Singh Bains, who identified himself as a Ford supporter, confronted reporters in front of the mayor’s office.

“Have you never done anything wrong?” he asked. “The mayor has done good by the taxpayers and done good by the citizens. We didn’t elect this man to be our moral compass, we didn’t elect this man to be the Pope.”

RELATED LINKS

  • Iron Sheik story archive
  • theironsheik.org
  • Twitter: @the_ironsheik