The moment Wayne Rooney SLAPPED Wade Barrett on WWE Raw
After taking a load of trash talk at the MEN arena, Wayne Rooney decided to take revenge by cleaning Wade Barrett's clock on WWE Raw.
Wayne Rooney SLAPS Wade Barrett at WWE RAW after 6ft 7in wrestler trash talks Manchester United superstar from the ring
Wayne Rooney attended RAW with former Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher
Rooney took his six-year-old son, Kai, to the wrestling at the Manchester Arena on Monday night
Manchester United striker was called out by Wade Barrett who goaded him from the big screen
England international called the 6ft 7in behemoth down to ringside before theatrically slapping him to the floor
The pair have previous after Preston fan Wade criticised the striker for diving to win a penalty in a FA Cup defeat
Wayne Rooney theatrically slapped a brash 6ft 7in WWE superstar in front of thousands of fans during a ringside stand-off last night.
The Manchester United and England captain hit Briton Wade Barrett at the Manchester Arena after the wrestler trash-talked him.
Rooney, 30, was sat in the front row with his son Kai, six, last night when Lancashire-born Barrett grabbed the microphone and said: 'In this ring are two men who can be easily be described as championship material.
'Which is, of course, is more than can be said of Wayne Rooney and Manchester United.'
Footage shows the professional wrestler and former bare-knuckle boxer climbing down to confront Rooney before the footballer knocked him down in a theatrical climax to the mock battle, resulting in huge cheers from the crowd.
Last night's fight was a culmination of a previous row between the pair on Twitter, dating back to last February when Barrett, whose real name is Stu Bennett, accused Rooney for diving during a FA Cup clash against his beloved Preston North End.
The Manchester United and England captain attended the Raw show along with Old Trafford assistant manager Ryan Giggs and former team-mate, now at West Bromwich Albion, Darren Fletcher.
The trio were pictured backstage before the event, smiling alongside former World Wrestling Entertainment champion John Bradfield Layfield.
But things soon turned 'heated' for Rooney as he arrived at his ringside seats with his six-year-old son, Kai.
After spotting the record England goalscorer in the front row, Manchester-wrestler Wade Barrett attempted to humiliate the 30-year-old striker on the microphone.
Behemoth Barrett, 35, goaded the England international, saying: 'In this ring are two men who can be easily be described as championship material. Which is, of course, more than can be said of Wayne Rooney and Manchester United.'
Barrett then made his insult personal as he made reference to Rooney's eldest son.
He sneered: '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.'
The rant prompted Rooney to rise from his chair and challenge the one-time bare knuckle boxer Barrett to a fight. And moments later the pair came to blows with Rooney landing a thumping slap across the wrestler's face.
The frenzied 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?'