Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said during a press conference to announce his partnership with Abacus Health Products on Tuesday that he is interested in wrestling for WWE at some point.
According to Brent Brookhouse of CBS Sports, Gronk said that while being a full-time wrestler doesn't necessarily interest him, he would love to take part in a one-off match:
"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. Practice it for a little bit, go out there, like in a Royal Rumble, go out there, I got my friend in WWE [Mojo 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."
There has long been speculation about Gronkowski joining WWE after retiring from football, and that path is now clear, as Gronk retired at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
Gronk's first foray into WWE as a performer came more than two years ago at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando, Florida. After Jinder Mahal threw a drink in his face at ringside, Gronkowski jumped the barrier and took out Mahal, which allowed Rawley to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
In an interview with SI.com's Justin Barrasso in February, WWE executive Triple H made it clear that Gronk would be welcomed into WWE with open arms: "Gronk has mentioned WWE before, that he loves it and said had so much fun doing it. I don't know if it's something he'd be seriously interested in, but that's how the conversation started with Ronda Rousey, too. Certainly, the door is open for him at WWE."
While Gronkowski went back to football after his WrestleMania moment, multiple injuries caused him to retire just shy of his 30th birthday after nine NFL seasons.
During Tuesday's press conference, Gronk did not rule out an eventual return to the NFL if he can get back to full health.
Since Gronk is still young, he has plenty of prime athletic years left for both football and wrestling. If Gronkowski does opt to get involved with WWE in a part-time or one-off capacity, it would likely be far less taxing on his body than football as well.
Gronkowski's idea of participating in a Royal Rumble match could be a good way to utilize him since it would allow him to do a few spots without having to learn how to actually work a whole match.
That scenario could also allow WWE to make him an unexpected entrant, which would go down as one of the biggest surprises in WWE history.
At the same time, WWE may want to advertise a Gronk match ahead of time due to how much star power and name recognition he possesses, which may prompt WWE to use him a different way if and when he decides he wants to test the pro wrestling waters.
Gronkowski is an elite-level athlete, and he has the type of larger-than-life personality that all WWE Superstars need, so it seems like a safe bet that Gronk will find his way back into a WWE ring at some point.
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