According to multiple reports, including the first by FS1’s WWE Backstage news correspondent Ryan Satin, former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is finalizing a contract with WWE to join the brand in some sort of role. The Wrap confirmed this, reporting that the contract was officially signed, and Gronk would make his return to professional wrestling on the March 20 episode of FOX’s Friday Night Smackdown in New Orleans.
The Wrap also reported that Gronk will begin building a feud and is expected to appear at WrestleMania 36 on April 5 in Tampa, Florida.
And the answer is yes: I will be very upset if his finishing move isn’t “The Gronk Spike.”
Rob Gronkowski Reportedly Signs with WWE
For those thinking this is a pointless stunt, you need to realize that WWE is largely failing to capitalize with its audience.
Take for example how 53-year-old WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg returned to defeat “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt to become Universal Champion. This move confused the WWE Universe at large, despite many, like FanBuzz‘s Chris Featherstone, acknowledging that the move resets a completely new storyline for all parties involved. Many think WWE Creative misused The Fiend for months, as well as faltered with other storylines. Back in October, Brock Lesnar defeated WWE Champion Kofi Kingston in nine seconds, which infuriated many, then spiraled into a weird, yet brief, feud with former UFC opponent Cain Velasquez.
WWE needs something new. They need something fresh. They need, well, Gronk.
Gronk Hangs with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon
The three-time Super Bowl champion is must-see television. He’s proved on numerous occasions that his theatrics and commanding presence are perfect for WWE. He set multiple records during his NFL career, including the single-season record for touchdown catches by a tight end (17). He made five Pro Bowls and four All-Pro teams before injuries forced him out of the game, but Gronk’s brand is hotter than ever in retirement.
He previously entered the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 to help friend Mojo Rawley eliminate Jinder Mahal and claim victory, and it sparked rumors of Gronk pursuing a WWE run for years.
Gronk Invades WrestleMania 33
It remains to be seen who Gronk would feud with, and what the 30-year-old former Patriot’s involvement as a full-time wrestler will look like, but one thing is certain:
There aren’t many people better suited with a microphone in their hand to draw a new audience to pro wrestling than Rob Gronkowski.