Report: Rob Gronkowski Nearing Deal to Join WWE
The former NFL star is "deep in talks" with the pro wrestling organization
According to a report from Ryan Satin on WWE Backstage on Tuesday, Rob Gronkowski is close to pinning down a deal to join WWE.
Though Satin didn’t give specifics about what the former Patriot tight end’s role would be within the organization, he said the former New England star was “deep in talks” with the pro wrestling company.
According to Satin, Gronkowski could pop up on WWE SmackDown as early as March 20.
In October, Gronkowski pal Mojo Rawley, a WWE wrestler, was asked about the possibility of Gronk joining pro wrestling.
I asked WWE’s Mojo Rawley, a friend of Gronk, about the tight end’s potential WWE future back in October at the SmackDown premiere pic.twitter.com/Q7dTmgw7Wg
— Marc Raimondi (@marc_raimondi) March 11, 2020
A few months earlier, Gronkowski talked about the prospect of joining up with WWE but said he didn’t see himself as a full-time wrestler.
“With wrestling, I don’t feel like I would be a full-time wrestler, but there is one thing I’m down for,” Gronkowski said. “And that’s to do one crazy match. Practice it for a little bit, go out there — like in a Royal Rumble — go out there, I got my friend in WWE [Rawley], practice it and do a full-on WWE match. I’m not saying when, maybe five years. I got the rest of my life to do that. I’ve always dreamed about doing that, just one time, going in there and going full-out. That may be a possibility, one time, down the road.”
During an appearance at WrestleMania 33 in April 2017, the 33-year-old helped Rawley defeat Jinder Mahal in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Gronkowski retired from the NFL in March 2019 after playing nine seasons and winning a trio of Super Bowls.
During his playing career, Gronkowski was selected to five Pro Bowls and was a four-time All-Pro first-team selection.
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