I was slapped by Wayne Rooney but I want to fight Manchester United legend Roy Keane at WrestleMania and ‘knock his teeth out’

Roy Keane may have to dust off his boots after he was called out for a sensational WWE match at WrestleMania London.

The former Manchester United hardman went toe-to-toe with the best during his playing days but wrestling legend Wade Barrett is confident of dropping him in seconds.


Keane was unhappy with Rooney’s WWE crossoverCredit: WWE
Rooney memorably delivered a smackdown of Barrett


Rooney memorably delivered a smackdown of Barrett

Keane has earned himself a number of rivals for his cutting views since retiring with even old teammates not avoiding his wrath.

One of his most infamous rants was aimed at England icon Wayne Rooney after a 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven in November 2015.

Keane accused Rooney of failing to deliver as former United skipper and cited his appearance in WWE where he slapped Barrett at a show in Manchester earlier that month as a distraction.

He told ITV after the game: “I always question certain players what are they doing off the field.

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“Last week I saw him slapping a wrestler and I’m thinking ‘Why is he getting involved in all that nonsense?’ There’s no benefit to him. I’d have a look at that side of it.

“It’s certainly not helping him. I wouldn’t begrudge him going out and enjoying himself, but if you’re not at it yourself you’ve got to have a look and lead by example.

“He didn’t do that tonight. He doesn’t look sharp, he looks awful.

“Mentally he doesn’t look really sharp, physically he doesn’t look in great shape. He needs to have a look at himself.”

Keane's no-nonsense views are still getting him into trouble


Keane’s no-nonsense views are still getting him into troubleCredit: Getty

Five-time Intercontinental Champion Barrett retired just a year after the Rooney incident and has since followed Keane in picking up the microphone.

But the avid Preston North End fan has admitted he would definitely leave the commentary table to get back in the ring should WrestleMania be held in London.

And during an exclusive interview with talkSPORT’s talkWRESTLING podcast on behalf of WWE 2K23, Barrett called on Keane to swap his cleats for wrestling boots.

Keane was a ferocious competitor on and off the pitch


Keane was a ferocious competitor on and off the pitch

He said: “If it’s not Wayne Rooney, I think the entirety of the UK and Ireland would really appreciate somebody shutting up Roy Keane once and for all.

“He talked a little smack once upon a time about me, he’s probably forgotten about it, but I haven’t.

“He actually ridiculed WWE and he mocked the fact that Wayne Rooney was having fun on his day off at WWE instead of focusing and being a miserable git…on Manchester United and training with them and getting his goals up at Man United, whatever he was saying.

“Listen, [if] Roy Keane wants a piece of me I would knock his teeth out in a heartbeat. I probably have 100 pounds on Roy Keane.

“I know he was the tough guy on the pitch. It’s a very different world when you step into a WWE ring and you’re in there with real men like Wade Barrett.

“I would whoop him, I would send him back to Old Trafford, I would send him back to Ireland, wherever he wants to get sent.

“But trust me, I think that will be a spectacle for the ages, WrestleMania in the UK, of me dropping Roy Keane in about five, maybe six seconds.”

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Wade Barrett was a five-time IC champion


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Wade Barrett was speaking to us courtesy of WWE 2K23 and will be available as a playable character from this Wednesday!

The Bad News U pack is available Wednesday, August 16 and can be purchased on its own, or as part of the Season Pass.

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