Jon Stewart hasn’t even left “The Daily Show” yet, and is already finding new work -- in professional wrestling.
Stewart confronted WWE superstar Seth Rollins on “Monday Night Raw,” the culmination of a back-and-forth that started when Rollins said on a previous edition of "Raw" that he could make Stewart’s show “watchable” by hosting after Stewart leaves sometime this year.
Stewart responded with a YouTube video criticizing Rollins for everything from his backbiting ways to his two-tone hairstyle.
Last week Rollins crashed an episode of "The Daily Show," leading to Stewart's appearance on "Raw" Monday. Rollins opened up "Raw" by saying Stewart was on his way to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Rollins was then confronted by former Shield cohort Roman Reigns, and told Reigns he could both outtalk Stewart while retaining his spot as the "future" of WWE.
Reigns then dispatched Rollins and his flunkies Noble and Mercury from the ring, although it was announced that Rollins would host his own version of "The Daily Show" later in the evening.
When it was finally time, Rollins set up his own "Daily Show" set in the ring and opened his incarnation of the show by disparaging Newark as an "armpit." He added that if Stewart showed up he'd have to retire immediately because it would be hard to do a phony news show with his "jaw wired shut."
Just then Stewart's "Daily Show" music started playing and he made his way to the ring. Stewart started with a shoutout for his native Jersey, then sat down and dismissed Rollins as a "SWAT team stripper with Lady Gaga's hair."
He then chided Rollins for not earning his spot like WWE legends Bruno Sammartino and Gorilla Monsoon, among others, and continued to rant until Rollins had enough and grabbed Stewart by the lapels.
Just then, Randy Orton's music started playing, and the distraction allowed Stewart to kick Rollins in the groin. Stewart then escaped, waving his jacket over his head as he ran up the entranceway toward Orton.
The Rollins-Stewart feud harkens back to other times when TV shows and pro wrestling frivolity intertwined.
In the ’80s Jerry “The King” Lawler slapped Andy Kaufman on “Late Night with David Letterman” to advance their Memphis, Tennessee-based feud -- a moment Rollins referenced in his opening spiel Monday.
In the ’90s “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan and his entourage staged an overthrow of “The Tonight Show,” a gimmick that ended with Jay Leno competing in a tag-team match at a World Championship Wrestling pay-per-view.
This isn’t Stewart’s first connection to the squared circle. He once decreed that Long Island’s Mick Foley, an ex-WWE champ and best-selling author, would be the “Senior [expletive] Kicker” of “The Daily Show.”
"I think Jon did a great job on 'Raw,'" Foley told Newsday via text Monday night. "Fans have to respect his knowledge of wrestling."