Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney challenged WWE fighter Wade Barret to a fight in front of thousands of wrestling fans on Monday in Manchester.
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.
After spotting the record England goalscorer in the front row, Barrett attempted to humiliate the 30-year-old striker on the microphone.
Behemoth Barrett said: '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 said: '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.'
Soon afterwards Rooney rose from his chair and challenged 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 incident - was of course scripted and England skipper Rooney 'revelled' his role.