It's official: former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the latest veteran professional athlete to sign with WWE.
A source for The Wrap says that Gronk will debut on the March 20 episode of WWE Smackdown, and he will also make an appearance at WrestleMania 36. He will not be leaving his analyst gig with Fox Sports; WWE's partnership with FOX will allow Gronk to juggle both gigs. It means, most likely, that Gronk's WWE deal will make him a part-time feature attraction, as opposed to the full-time performer that Ronda Rousey was from 2018-19.
Obvioulsy, due to Coronavirus, everything in the sports world is up in the air, including Wrestlemania, which is said to still be happening, but likely at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. Still, with the show going down, it appears that Gronk will have some sort of presence in the WWE going forward.
Gronk retired from the NFL a year ago and was bound to find something befitting his athleticism and outsized personality to pass the time. But really, we've seen this coming for years. His dad was college roommates ay Syracuse with Mike "I.R.S." Rotunda, the father of current WWE superstar Bray Wyatt. It was the Gronkowskis who convinced current WWE superstar Mojo Rawley to follow his sports entertainment dream. And in 2017, Gronk interfered to help Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33.
Still, it's important to keep expectations realistic; Rousey was unusually gifted in the squared circle, and she had the fighting background to begin with; Gronk will probably take a little longer to get adjusted. Here are 7 WWE superstars Gronk should fight at WrestleMania (either this year's or next year's)--a combination of midcarders and main eventers who could build his WWE career to the stratosphere.