Former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski will host World Wrestling Entertainment’s first-ever two-night WrestleMania next month in Orlando, the organization announced Wednesday.
Reports last week said Gronkowski was set to join WWE after more than a year of rumors about the possibility. Gronkowski is almost exactly one year removed from announcing his retirement from the NFL.
WrestleMania 36 will be held April 4-5 at the WWE Performance Center with a closed set using only essential personnel, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision to have the event with fans was made last week.
Gronkowski, 30, is no stranger to WWE, having jumped in the ring for a cameo appearance at WrestleMania 33 in 2017 on behalf of friend Mojo Rawley. Gronkowski helped Rawley win the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at the event.
WWE executives Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Stephanie McMahon were photographed at Gronkowski’s Super Bowl party in Miami in February. Gronkowski’s former Patriots coach, Bill Belichick, also made the photo that circled on social media.
“With wrestling, I don’t feel like I would be a full-time wrestler, but there is one thing I’m down for, and that’s to do one crazy match,” Gronkowski said in August, per ESPN. “Practice it for a little bit, go out there — like in a Royal Rumble — go out there, I got my friend in WWE (Rawley), practice it and do a full-on WWE match.
“I’m not saying when, maybe five years. I got the rest of my life to do that. I’ve always dreamed about doing that, just one time, going in there and going full-out. That may be a possibility, one time, down the road.”
Gronkowski was a four-time first-team All-Pro who won three Super Bowls with New England. In 115 games (100 starts), he caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns.
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