Former tight end for the New England Patriots, Robert Gronkowski, may be coming out of retirement, but he won’t be heading back to the football field. It has been reported that Gronk is close to finalizing a deal with the WWE.
The Editor-in-Chief of Wrestling Sheet, Ryan Satin, reported that, “According to multiple sources, former NFL star, three-time Super Bowl champion and current Fox Sports NFL analyst, Rob Gronkowski, is deep in talks with WWE and close to finalizing a deal.”
Satin said that it’s unclear in what capacity Gronk will be used by the WWE, but “he could be making an appearance in the WWE as early as March 20 on Friday Night Smackdown in New Orleans.”
Gronkowski Has Experience in the WWE Ring
Gronk has some experience in the WWE ring. On April 2, 2017, the former tight end made a brief appearance in the ring at WWE’s WrestleMania 33. It was during the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Here is the video:
After Mojo Rawley was thrown through the second rope and out of the ring by Jinder Mahal, Mahal taunted Gronk and threw a drink at him. That prompted the tight end to enter the ring and tackle Mahal. After getting a few foot stomps in, he left the ring and went back into the audience.
Rawley, who is Gronk’s friend in real life, ended up winning the Battle Royal because of Gronk’s actions. He slammed Mahal, who was the second-last man standing, out of the ring and celebrated his victory with a pumped-up Gronk.
Standing at 6’6″ and weighing over 260 pounds, the 30-year-old former tight end fits the part of a professional wrestler.
Gronk Retired From the NFL in March 2019 at the Age of 29
The beloved tight end, who spent his entire NFL career with the New England Patriots, retired in March of 2019 at the age of 29. During his nine seasons with the Pats, Gronk won three Super Bowl rings (XLIX, LI, LIII).
The tight end was drafted in the second round, 42nd overall, by the New England Patriots during the 2010 NFL Draft. He scored his first career touchdown in September 12, 2010 in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
By the end of his career, he had accumulated multiple NFL records, including most receptions by a tight end in Super Bowl history at 23, and most receiving yards by a tight end in Super Bowl History with 297.
He is regarded by many analysts and fans as one of the greatest tight ends to ever play in the NFL.