Shortly after the New England Patriots were defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl LII, star tight end Rob Gronkowski told reporters he was undecided on his future in the NFL. He’s only 28-years-old but that isn’t exactly young in a game like football, especially considering how often he’s been injured in his career, though he said that wasn’t necessarily a factor in his thinking.
Naturally, it wasn’t long after that Mojo Rawley, his close friend in WWE, started talking about him coming over. As he told TMZ:
“It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of WHEN. ... I can’t speak for him.”
Gronkowski has already done multiple angles with WWE, including getting involved at WrestleMania 33 to help Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at the expense of Jinder Mahal. He later shot an angle with Mahal at a SmackDown Live show.
Mahal, by the way, kept their rivalry going by reveling in New England’s loss to Philadelphia on Twitter.
Now, in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (subscription required), Dave Meltzer indicates he could get something like a Ronda Rousey deal:
This comes at the same time that reports from wrestling indicate WWE is willing to offer a similar style deal to Gronkowski that they offered to Ronda Rousey. Given that would be far less than he would make in football, it’s hard to say, but he’s been hurt a lot in football and while wrestling full-time is very hard on the body as well, a part-time deal isn’t so bad.
Gronkowski would undoubtedly offer some mainstream exposure but could he work? We may find out sooner rather than later.