It was reported by Editor-in-Chief of Wrestling Sheet, Ryan Satin, that the former tight end could make an appearance in the WWE as early as Friday Night SmackDown on March 20, and it appears that will be the case.
According to the WWE, Rob Gronkowski is set to appear during Friday Night SmackDown on March 20. Here is the official reveal tweet from the WWE:
It’s unclear at this time what role Gronk will fill, and in what capacity he will be used by the WWE. It has also not been revealed if there will be a live audience for the event, or if the location will change.
CNN reported that March 13’s Friday Night SmackDown moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The show was scheduled to go on without a live audience as well. March 20’s Friday Night SmackDown is currently scheduled to take place at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.
Gronk Has Experience in the WWE Ring
March 20’s Friday Night SmackDown will not be the first time the former New England Patriot steps into a wrestling ring. In April of 2017, Gronk made a brief appearance during Wrestlemania 33 at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to help out his friend, Mojo Rawley.
During the match, Jinder Mahal threw Rawley through the second rope and outside of the ring. After beating on Rawley a little more, Mahal ended up throwing a drink at Gronk, who was in the audience.
After that, Gronk followed Mahal into the ring and he devastated the wrestler with a powerful tackle. Because of that move by the former tight end, Rawley ended up getting his hand raised as the victor.
Here is the video:
The Tight End Retired From the NFL in March of 2019
After nine seasons with the New England Patriots, Gronk retired from football in March 2019 at 29 years old. During his run with the Pats, he won three Super Bowls, Super Bowl XLIX, LI and LIII.
Gronk earned many NFL records, including the most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history with 23, and the most receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl history with 297. Many analysts and fans view Gronk as the greatest tight end to ever play in the NFL.