Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford squared off against professional-wrestling icon Hulk Hogan in an arm-wrestling contest Friday to kick off the annual Fan Expo Canada at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. According to the Associated Press, Hogan was in full-on character mode as he made his entrance to his theme song, “Real American,” while Ford walked in to the song “Eye of the Tiger.”

Ford prepared for the match by rolling up his sleeves and untucking his shirt. When the two locked arms, Hogan hit him with taunts. “Big man, oh, that’s all you got?” Hogan said. “Not only am I going to rip this arm off, I’m going to take your job while I’m at it, brother. Mayor Hogan.”

As AP reported, Ford and Hogan were locked in a stalemate for the first few seconds until the Toronto mayor overcame the pro wrestler and won the contest. “I own this town!” Ford, 44, exclaimed.

Hogan, 60, was having none of it. “That was a setup,” he said. “The only reason he beat me is because he’s younger.”

Ford later took to Twitter to express his thanks to the Hulkster for participating in the event:



Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, also weighed in on the event via Twitter:



According to CBC News, Ford praised Fan Expo Canada, which is considered the Comic Con of the Great White North and runs through Sunday. “It encourages people to come to this city, creates jobs and stimulates the economy,” Ford said. “I’d like to thank the Hulkster for coming to town.”