Professional Wrestling has gotten weird during the COVID era. We’ve seen social distancing matches with Joey Janela, Shawn Spears and Maxwell Jacob Friedman bet on matches in the Dynamite audience, we’ve seen a number of cinematic masterpieces, at least by the standards of wrestling. But perhaps nothing was more strange than the 10-week WWE run of Patriots legend Rob Gronkowksi.
After a very cringeful debut on the March 20th edition of SmackDown, he announced that he has signed a deal with the WWE and was set to host the 36th annual WrestleMania, in which he did. This is after his involvement at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando where he helped guide friend Mojo Rawley to victory in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
At WrestleMania 36 he jumped on a pile of wrestlers to pin Mojo Rawley to become the WWE 24/7 Champion, which he held for a record 57 days, beating Riddick Moss’ previous record by sixteen days. He lost it to R-Truth on tonight’s Raw. He did not perform in front of a single fan as a member of the WWE roster.
It is now being reported by WrestleInc that he has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract, as he looks to return to the NFL for his first season with the Buccaneers, whose offense looks to be explosive as he pairs with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Ronald Jones as the supporting cast for new Tampa Bay Quarterback Tom Brady.
Over his career in the NFL, Gronkowski has played in 115 games, all in a Patriots uniform, and has been elected to five Pro Bowls, scoring 79 touchdowns and winning three championships.
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