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Rob Gronkowski Interferes in Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WWE WrestleMania 33

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski looks on prior to the 59th Annual DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Jinder Mahal learned the hard way not to insult New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Gronkowski, a friend of WWE star Mojo Rawley, interfered in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday after Mahal threw a drink at him outside the ring. WWE shared a replay of Gronkowski shoulder-blocking Mahal:

WWE @WWE

The #AndreBattleRoyal just got a dose of @Patriots' @RobGronkowski. Watch #WrestleMania streaming LIVE at 7e/4p on @WWENetwork! https://t.co/fpoMaJAEHw

Rawley went on to win the match after eliminating Mahal last.

Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick wishes he could've hopped the barricade at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida:

Josh Reddick @RealJoshReddick

This is all I want to do in wrestling. Jealous of Gronk

MLB Network's Robert Flores noted jumping inside the wrestling ring may not have been a wise decision for the All-Pro tight end given his injury troubles:

Robert Flores @RoFlo

Luckily Gronk doesn't have a history with injuries. #Wrestlemania #Patriots

ESPN.com's Bill Barnwell wondered if Gronkowski's WWE excursion will become a bigger issue:

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

It will be very weird if we have to eventually write that Bill Belichick soured on Rob Gronkowski after he shoulderblocked Jinder Mahal.

Gronkowski certainly looked healthy after undergoing season-ending back surgery in December.

The four-time Pro Bowler isn't the first NFL star to involve himself at WrestleMania. Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor is perhaps the most notable example. He beat Bam Bam Bigelow in the main event of WrestleMania XI in 1995.