Rob Gronkowski Reportedly Discussed WWE WrestleMania 33 Cameo with Patriots

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2017

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR WWE - New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski delivers a body tackle to WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal during a match at WrestleMania 33 on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for WWE)
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When Rob Gronkowski hopped over the barricade and entered a WWE ring at WrestleMania 33, most envisioned Bill Belichick spontaneously combusting at home over his star tight end risking his body.

It appears that's not the case.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported Monday that Gronkowski cleared his in-ring debut with the New England Patriots.

The four-time Pro Bowler interfered in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal during the WrestleMania pre-show after an altercation with Jinder Mahal. As Mahal was attacking Mojo Rawley, a longtime friend of Gronkowski, he began taunting Gronk before throwing a drink in his face.

Gronkowski responded by hopping the barricade—not before a well-intentioned security guard could briefly get in the way—and then shoulder-trucking Mahal to the ground. Rawley would go on to win the battle royal and celebrate with Gronkowski in the ring. 

A former University of Maryland defensive lineman, Rawley (real name Dean Muhtadi) was briefly signed by the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals but never made an NFL roster. He and Gronkowski became friends when Muhtadi played at Maryland.

Gronkowski was limited to eight games last season due to injury and underwent back surgery in the fall. By the looks of things, he should be back at full strength sooner than later. 

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