Former New England Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski made his highly-anticipated WWE debut during Friday Night SmackDown on March 20. Because of the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States, Fight Night SmackDown featured no audience.
Gronk still made an energetic entrance, however, dancing his way into ring. He was introduced by his longtime friend, fellow WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley. Here is the video:
It was reported by the editor-in-chief of Wrestling Sheet, Ryan Satin, the Gronk was signing with the WWE. March 20’s Friday Night SmackDown was his first official night performing on the roster.
Gronk will be the host of WrestleMania on April 4 and 5. He announced is via Twitter:
His tweet reads: It’s official! I’m hosting WrestleMania this year…and it’s gonna be too big for just one night. For the 1st time, WrestleMania will be a 2-NIGHT event: Saturday, April 4 AND Sunday, April 5 on WWE Network! Tell you more this Friday night on SmackDown at 8 ET on Fox.
Wrestlemania Has Not Been Canceled, Continuing Without an Audience
Most major sporting leagues and promotions have canceled their events, however, the WWE has decided to continue to press forward without a live audience. Wrestlemania 36 was originally supposed to take place during the first weekend of April in Tampa Bay. The wrestling promotion decided to move the event to the WWE training facility in Orlando.
The WWE revealed their decision in a statement on their website:
In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.
After this statement, it was revealed that WrestleMania 36 will be taking place over two days instead of one. It will air on April 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. on the WWE Network. Huge names are scheduled to wrestle, including Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, Goldberg, Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch, John Cena, AJ Style and The Undertaker.