Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney did the unthinkable when he took time out to unwind at a WWE match in Manchester in company of coach Ryan Giggs, former teammate Darren Fletcher and son Kai.
The watching Manchester crowd were thrilled after spotting the footballer at the fighting game but saw drama when Manchester-wrestler Wade Barrett attempted to playfully humiliate Rooney. Wade, 35, goaded him, saying: ‘In this ring are two men who can easily be described as championship material. Which is, of course, more than can be said of Wayne Rooney and Manchester United.’
Barrett didn’t end there. He now goaded Rooney and his son seated ringside which the England striker apparently couldn’t take.
‘I’d hate for your little boy to sit there and watch his own father fail. Because let’s face it, he gets to experience that every single time you step on a football pitch.’
Wayne Rooney then stood up and challenged Barrett to a fight, gesturing to the wrestler to come down from the ring to which the wrestler responded. Upon reaching Rooney’s ringside sit, the Manchester united striker slapped him, all to the amazement of little son Kai Rooney.
The amazed Manchester crowd chanted Rooney’s name as the striker’s blow left Barrett sprawling on the floor. The incident – true to professional wrestling – was of course scripted and England skipper Rooney ‘revelled’ his role.
Afterwards, Barrett tweeted: ‘I’m heading to Old Trafford early tomorrow morning. I hope @WayneRooney has the guts to meet me there.’ He then added: ‘Does anyone have Phil Bardsley’s phone number?’
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