Bizarro Land, 2017

I didn’t mention this in my report, but the long, strange tradition of Toronto as WWE’s “bizarro land” continued this week:

To the WWE, Toronto is sometimes “Bizarro Land.” To those who live here, we march to the beat of our own drummer. Toronto has a history of going against the WWE grain. Hence why Bayley was booed and Jinder Mahal was cheered as Raw, Smackdown and 205 Live emanated from The Big Smoke this week.

As for why we do this? John Powell has a theory:

Mahal’s current stint in the WWE mirrors that of Bret “Hitman” Hart to some degree. In the late nineties, Hart was welcomed as a hero in Canada and the rest of the world but portrayed as a villain in the U.S. when he turned on his American fans for not supporting him during his feud with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Although they were at times crass about it, for many outside America, Hart and the Hart Foundation (Owen Hart, Jim Neidhart, Davey Boy Smith and Brian Pillman) expressed their general feelings about America while many Americans rightfully railed against those who would put their homeland down.

I think a lot of people forget that WWE is not only an American product, but tinged with a lot of Americana. Jinder Mahal’s pro-India character isn’t something Canadians are as likely to boo. As for Bayley, Toronto crowds are a lot like Brooklyn’s: knowledgeable. These are people who subscribe to the Network and watched Bayley in nXt, and they’re unsatisfied with how her character has been portrayed since moving up to Raw.

Why doesn’t Toronto want a Wrestlemania?

Justin LaBar:

It makes me wonder how any city ­ — unless they feel they don’t have the facilities to support this kind of volume — wouldn’t put their name in the hat. Toronto gets constant requests from fans on social media who are disappointed WWE hasn’t done as many “big” events in the Canadian city in recent years. I’ve heard from several people in the media industry based in Toronto that officials there aren’t interested in WrestleMania despite a strong wrestling fan base. If that’s the case, I’d love to know the reasoning.

If we did, Hogan would probably return to Raw one month before the event and ruin the whole thing. Again.

TTC workers charged with theft

…alleged employees working inside subway station ticket booths pocketed the $3 fare after giving passengers change for cash transactions.

When I was 17 I worked as a games operator at Canada’s Wonderland. For a lot of the games, we weren’t allowed to even touch people’s money. They had to put it in a little collector. And the cash we did have was counted by a scary carny stereotype at the end of the shift. If someone was caught stealing anything, they’d be walked to the exit with their stuff and put on the bus. The TTC has those little collector things. You know what else they have? Crummy employees.

Also of note: they mention that they were arrested and charged, but not specifically fired​. The TTC is run so poorly they can’t even shitcan a couple of thieves.