WWE Hot Beds: Toronto

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August 30, 2011

You wouldn't think we'd leave out our friends from The Great White North.

Besides laying claim to some heralded Superstars - think Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Edge and Trish Stratus, Canada - more specifically the city of Toronto - has been the spot for some terrific WWE action. (PHOTOS)

WrestleMania X8 - playing to the tune of 70,000 has some incredible matches. On the card was Icon vs. Icon, and the Undisputed Championship between Chris Jericho and Triple H. Who could also forget, just recently, Bret Hart becoming United States Champion in his home country on Raw in 2010, returning to action after 13 years?

In 1984, WWE held its first ever exclusive show at Maple Leaf Gardens and would tape shows for a Canadian program called Maple Leaf Wrestling. The show had exclusive matches and even "Piper's Pit." This show also gave opportunities to Bret Hart and the British Bulldogs, who would eventually work for WWE.

Canadian native Trish Stratus sums up what makes Toronto one of the top cities to see WWE live:

"WWE has a deep-rooted history in Toronto, specifically the Maple Leaf Gardens where I went to watch WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event with my family. WWE is very much part of Toronto’s culture. Torontonians, also known as 'Stratuspherians' [laughs], love WWE. They are probably the most loyal and loud WWE fans in the world."

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