MANCHESTER, England (AP) Wayne Rooney was goaded into retaliation, and slapped the sportsman. For once, this wasn’t the England striker’s fiery temperament resurfacing but a playful clash with a WWE star.
Wade Barrett has had a feud with Rooney ever since he accused the Manchester United captain of diving to win a penalty last year against Preston – the northern English club supported by the wrestler.
Rooney came face to face with the wrestler at RAW in Manchester late Monday.
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”I don’t like the way you’re looking at me, Wayne,” Barrett yelled at Rooney. ”You’re looking at me like you’ve got some kind of problem with me.”
Rooney was sitting with six-year-old son Kai in the front row.
”I would offer to have you step inside this ring so we can fight this out like men,” Barrett said. ”But I would 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.”
Barrett climbed out of the ring to confront Rooney in person. He threatened to knock Rooney out and prodded the player in the chest. Rooney responded by slapping Barrett and he theatrically fell to the floor.