As noted earlier this week at this link, The Wrap reported that former NFL player Rob Gronkowski has signed with WWE. Gronk is reportedly making his SmackDown on FOX debut during the March 20 episode from New Orleans, then will appear at WrestleMania 36 to begin a storyline that will lead to a match. The Wrap's report came after it was reported on Tuesday's WWE Backstage that WWE was close to finalizing a deal with the former New England Patriot, who retired from the NFL last year at age 29. WWE issued a teaser on Gronk possibly coming in to the blue brand after The Wrap's report, but they did not confirm the signing.
In an update, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Gronk's WrestleMania 36 role is still being decided, and that an appearance is not a lock at this point.
Gronk is expected to wrestle at least a few matches under his WWE contract. It's likely that he will wrestle at the SummerSlam pay-per-view in Boston from the TD Garden, which should get him a good pop as he played his entire NFL career with the Patriots.
It will be interesting to see if WWE has Gronk work with his good friend Mojo Rawley. Gronk, a noted pro wrestling fan, made his WWE debut at WrestleMania 33 back in 2017, to help Mojo win the 4th Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter
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