Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has never been afraid to show his more feisty side, either on the pitch or off it.
And the England international revelled in the chance to show off his pugilistic abilities while attending a WWE Raw show.
When wrestler Wade Barrett left the ring to tussle with Rooney, the footballer took him down with a swift blow which brought a rousing cheer from those in attendance.
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All part of the show? Perhaps. After the curtain went down on the event Rooney was all smiles alongside former United team-mate Ryan Giggs.
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Rooney arrived at his ringside seats with his six-year-old son, Kai.
After spotting the record England goalscorer in the front row, 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.