If there’s one thing you don’t do, it’s interrupt Jon Stewart during his “Moment of Zen.”
And yet, that’s exactly what WWE superstar Seth Rollins did during a surprise appearance on Thursday night’s episode of The Daily Show – receiving a headlock for his efforts and further extending an unlikely feud between wrestling’s top heel and the heavyweight champ of fake news.
As Stewart was preparing to wrap another week behind the desk, he was interrupted by the man known as “Mr. Money in the Bank,” who crashed the Daily Show’s traditional “Zen” segment with some fighting words: “I hope you are prepared for a world of hurt.”
Rollins and Stewart then traded barbs in split-screen, with J.Stew advising his adversary “Mind your manners; I’ve got a little wrestling in my background as well.” That tough talk quickly ended when Rollins showed up on The Daily Show set, looking to cash in on that challenge (he even brought his MITB briefcase!)
“Why don’t you shut your mouth and bring it, pal?” he spat.
“I will bring it, although unfortunately I don’t have it with me right now,'” Stewart stammered. “So I will perhaps look for it and meet you somewhere at a later date.”
Turns out, that “somewhere” will probably be Stewart’s spiritual home of New Jersey: Monday night’s episode of WWE Raw is set to air from the Prudential Center in Newark. And to turn up the heat for that appearance, Stewart ended last night’s Daily Show by leaping on Rollins’ back and putting him in a headlock.
The beef between the two started earlier this month, when Rollins called out Stewart with a promo on Raw. That led to a scathing (and really pretty hilarious) response from J.Stew, who told Rollins he had made “the biggest mistake of his life” by disparaging him and The Daily Show.
What happens next? Seems like we’ll find out on Monday – hopefully Stewart’s bringing his singlet.