Rob Ford vs. Hulk Hogan: Reality meets something else entirely

'I can't wait,' Toronto Mayor says of 'friendly event' with former wrestler

TORONTO – Toronto’s mayor often takes on the media, but on Friday morning he’ll face an even more intimidating opponent — his “hero,” Hulk Hogan.

Rob Ford says he “can’t wait” to arm-wrestle Hulk Hogan in a friendly event.

The legendary shirt-ripping wrestler will be in town for Fan Expo, where he is set to hold an “uncensored” question-and-answer session on Friday evening.

But first, the 14-time world wrestling champion will arm-wrestle Toronto’s mayor, Ford’s spokesman announced on Twitter.

“The Hulkster…he’s a good guy,” Ford said Thursday. “(Hogan) has been my hero for a long time.”

“When I was a little guy — the wrestling and stuff — it was good,” Ford said.

Ford was asked about the event while at the Ontario legislature for the swearing-in ceremony of Doug Holyday, the former deputy mayor of Toronto who was recently elected as a provincial Progressive Conservative. Specifically, Ford was asked if he had seen a scene in the movie “Rocky III,” in which Hogan fights Rocky.

“(If) he starts swinging, I’m going, man. I’m right out the door,” Ford said, laughing. “I’m not going to sit there and take him on.”

Fan Expo Canada runs Aug. 22 to Aug. 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.