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At Fan Expo 2013, Mayor Rob Ford Arm-Wrestled Hulk Hogan

The problem with writing this sort of article is that once you have written the headline, ninety percent of the story is told and you just have to then sit, wondering what else to type. What more is there to be said here, really? We could wax rhapsodic for a hundred words or so about how Rob Ford untucked his shirt when he dramatically pulled off his suit jacket (see, that was twenty-five right there), but what would be the point of that? Rob Ford is a big guy; a big guy’s dress shirt shall on occasion become uncomfortable, and need to be untucked.

We could delve into wrestling minutiae and point out that Hogan entered to his classic mid-’90s New World Order theme music, whereas Ford entered to “Eye of the Tiger” (which was in fact Hogan’s first entrance theme as a wrestler, when he was wrestling in the now long-dead American Wrestling Association), but frankly, does this whole little stunt—held far away from the public eye, so all the Fan Expo attendees would be guaranteed to miss it, and in fact one that was officially closed to the general public—deserve that level of detail?

This was not about Fan Expo, really, which neither Ford nor Hogan even bothered to mention. This was, as we all knew it would be, PR for Ford and Hogan—and Hogan did his best to entertain the crowd of press, unlike our mayor, who blasted past the emcee and seemed determined to get in, arm wrestle, and leave before anybody could ask him any embarrassing questions. Which then demands we ask: what is the point of a PR event that really doesn’t promote anything?

Well, at least Hogan seemed to have fun.

If the photos aren’t enough, there’s also a video after the jump.


  • John

    I think the guy is a crook and douche and a crack head. I think he is the worst thing that ever happened to us. But you know what, let him have this. I have never seen him happier.

  • TomLuTon

    I was sort of hoping there’d be a least a chair involved

  • wklis

    The fix was in. Rob Ford (born May 28, 1969) beating up on a senior citizen (Hulk Hogan was born on August 11, 1953).

    • Eric S. Smith

      “Rob’s next opponent? Senior-senior Hazel McCallion.”

      Tag-team partner, you mean.

    • dsmithhfx

      Hulk made it out of the ’50s. Rob didn’t.

  • OgtheDim

    “Which then demands we ask: what is the point of a PR event that really doesn’t promote anything?”

    It promotes Rob and Hogan.

    BTW, the sight of Rob taking his shirt tails out with not enough bottom buttons should be banned.

  • iSkyscraper

    Rob Ford is about as real of a mayor as WWF wrestling is to being a sport.

    • Jacob

      They both involve shouting easy to remember catchphrases into a mic, endless promo cuts, trash-talking opponents, and unexpected but predictable plot twists.

    • the_lemur

      Now it looks like arm-wrestling is fake as well.

    • dsmithhfx

      You DON’T want to see the mayor in spandex.

  • Tedhealey

    One degree of separation: Two guys with really embarrassing videos brought to our attention by Gawker.

  • Joe Clark

    When you say “big,” you mean “fat,” but, not atypically for your social circle, cannot be honest about it.

    • dsmithhfx

      Ohhh! Ouch! Joe, I think you finally landed one. Go give yourself a wank.

      • Joe Clark

        Let’s compare and contrast. Canadian rugby player Jamie Cudmore, at 6′6″ and 260 pounds sopping wet, is a “big guy.” Since we’re talking about hiked-up shirts, compare Cudmore in compression shorts.

        Rob Ford is a fatso. It is one of the many reasons why downtown progressives loathe him. Yet it is his right-wing-asshole supporters, like Sue-Ann Levy, who have no trouble describing him (to use her words) as “fat and sweaty.” You people can’t.

        I hope this clears up any confusion.

        • Christopher Bird

          People call fat people “big guy” all the time. For example, at 5’10″ and 220 pounds or so, I get a lot of “big guy.” I’m also definitely on the fatter side of things than not. Jamie Cudmore is a big guy too, but there are muscular big guys and fat big guys; there’s hardly some classification system one of us is using improperly here.

          But really: what you’re failing to recognize is that if you write anything even remotely critical of Rob Ford and mention the fact that he’s fat, you offer his idiot supporters the opportunity to derail the criticism by calling you out for mentioning that he is fat. “Fat” becomes considered a sort of slur in these cases. Hence the use “big guy,” which is polite and even perhaps mildly positive, and which offers less chance of the conversation being derailed.

          In short: your critique is bad and you should feel bad.

        • tyrannosaurus_rek

          I’m not convinced; posting more pictures of Cudmore may sway me, however.

    • Testu

      i realize your raison d’être is semantic quibbles, but Rob Ford is by any definition of the phrase a big man.You don’t need to go looking for some weightist slight here.

    • OgtheDim

      The point was about big men in general. Big men have issues keeping their shirts in because the non-bespoke world doesn’t make decently lengthened large men shirts.

      That you think they are making a comment about Ford says more about your need to find fault.

  • Duckworth

    This was too homoerotic for me to watch.

    • tyrannosaurus_rek

      It wasn’t nearly homoerotic enough for me to watch.

  • Punned_It

    I’ve found the perfect career for Rob. Gravy Wrestling!