Wade Barrett reflects on former football player Wayne Rooney punching him on WWE RAW

Wade Barrett believes the physical confrontation with former football star Wayne Rooney at WWE RAW was one of the highlights of his career.

On November 9, 2015 edition of RAW, Wade Barrett confronted footballer Wayne Rooney while sitting in the front row during a match between Sheamus and former WWE Superstar Cesaro. The confrontation resulted in Rooney hitting Wade with a punch in the jaw as the crowd cheered.

Speaking to Kenny McIntosh during an Inside the Ropes live event, Wade noted that everyone loved the backstage angle and it immediately went viral on social media.

“So it was a really great segment,” Barrett said. “It achieved exactly what we set out to achieve. And then I came to the back, the usual handshake, everyone is excited. And I’m looking at my Twitter and this thing went viral right away, and it’s on ESPN in the US, it’s on Sky Sports over here. And I’ve got these notifications set up on my Twitter that will let me know what’s going on in the Twitter world and they’ll even tell me when my name @WadeBarrett, which it was then, is trending.” (H /T: in the ropes)

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Wade Barrett on how the Wayne Rooney segment was a success in WWE RAW

Wade Barrett recently joined the SmackDown commentary team as a temporary replacement for Pat McAfee as the former punter works full-time for ESPN College Gameday. Barrett is expected to return to NXT commentary once the former NFL punter returns to the blue brand.

The 42-year-old said the angle with Wayne Rooney was trending around the world after it aired on WWE RAW. Wade joked that when you’re trending in Nigeria, you know you’ve hit a home run.

“So I was trending in the UK,” Barrett said. “Because all these papers picked it up and when they got clicks on the story, and then I was trending in the US and then I was slow as the sun all over the place.” world would rise and people would wake up and it would be in their news all over the world it will be [saying] You’re trending in Australia now, you’re trending in Japan now and the one I really knew we’d hit a home run like they say in the US – you’re trending in Nigeria now.” H/T : in the ropes

WWE has often featured sports and entertainment celebrities on RAW and SmackDown. It will be interesting to see what stars from outside of wrestling make their appearance next on the company’s schedule.

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