The Manchester United captain stood up and gave the WWE star a slap down.
When WWE star Wade Barrett spotted Manchester United strike Wayne Rooney in the front row with his son Kai at WWE Raw, he saw a chance for revenge.
It was around nine months ago that their feud began when the British wrestler Barrett accused Rooney on Twitter of diving to win a penalty in an FA Cup win against Preston North End.
After spotting the record Englishman 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.’
Rooney then 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.
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.
Wayne Rooney has faced some fearsome opponents in his career, but they don’t come much bigger than 6ft 7in, 246lb WWE wrestler Wade Barrett.
This would go down on history as one of the most bizarre crossovers in sport, and a feather to Rooney’s hat.