By: Nnamdi Ebo
Wayne Rooney has faced some fearsome opponents in his career in the Man United squad, but they don’t come much bigger than 6ft 7in, 246l pounds WWE wrestler Wade Barrett (photo above: right).
And when the pair went head to head at the Manchester Arena on Monday night, it was the Manchester United captain who came out on top, giving Barrett the slap down.
Photo: Wayne Rooney (left) slaps Wade Barrett
This bizarre ‘feud’ dates back nine months when British wrestler Barrett accused Rooney on Twitter of diving to win a penalty in an FA Cup win against Preston North End, challenging him to a tag team match.
When Preston fan Barrett spotted the striker in the front row with his son Kai at WWE Raw, he saw a chance for revenge.
Photo: Rooney attended the wrestling with former team-mates Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher, who are pictured with wrestler Triple H
He began goading Rooney and offered him a fight in the ring – before adding that he did not want to embarrass the striker in front of his son, saying that he experiences that “every time you step on a football pitch”.
I think Rooney, the England and Man United captain must have flipped (orchestrated).
According to BBC Sport, Rooney began taunting Irish wrestler Sheamus during his fight with Antonio Cesaro, which prompted Barrett to confront his footballing nemesis face-to-face at ringside.
He told Rooney to mind his own business and prodded the England star in the chest.
The England captain responded by slapping Barrett (in front of his son, Kai), and Barrett fell to the ground theatrically as part of the stunt – to the delight of the crowd.
I think that under normal circumstances, Barrett would have mauled Rooney, buy hey, it was all acting stuff – don’t you think?
Up Man U!