Gronkowski Close to Deal With WWE

Rob Gronkowski with Patriots in 2017. Photo by Stephen Lew/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9065478cs)

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is close to making a deal with WWE Pro Wrestling promotion. Reports are unsure exactly how he will be used, but he will likely appear on WWE SmackDown within the next month.

Gronk played nine seasons with the Patriots, was selected to five Pro Bowls, and helped New England win three Super Bowls. He retired after the end of the 2019 season despite being only 30-years-old, saying that the pain and injuries he suffered during his career have worn him down mentally.

Gronkowski has hinted that he’d be interested in working with WWE in the past and took part in Andre the Giant Battle at WrestleMania in 2017. His friend Mojo Rawley, a pro wrestler, told ESPN in October that the idea of Gronk participating in WWE is not far off.

In August, Gronkowski spoke at a sponsor’s news conference: “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.”