Is Rob Gronkowski going to be the next WWE superstar?

Liv Briggs, Opinions Editor

Gronk jumps in to backup his friend Mojo Rawley at WrestleMania 33.
Photo Credit: WWE

   Retired NFL football player Rob Gronkowski has reportedly signed with WWE. He is currently a football analyst on FOX Sports, making him closely tied to Friday Night SmackDown, which owns the broadcasting rights. Gronk’s last appearance on WWE was WrestleMania 33, which was in 2017, and to back up his real-life friend Mojo Rowley. WWE teased Gronkowski’s return on their website on March 11, and hinted to stay tuned as more information evolves. According to The Wrap, he has signed and will make his debut on the March 20th episode of Friday Night SmackDown. FOX Sports posted the same message that WWE posted on their website: 

“What’s next for Rob Gronkowski? Speculation around the WWE Universe has ramped up, as the former New England Patriot and three-time Super Bowl champion appears to be closing in on his first WWE action since WrestleMania 33, potentially as soon an upcoming edition of SmackDown later this month.Gronkowski’s current role as an NFL on FOX analyst ties him closely to the blue brand’s home network, and the football icon spent time with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Mojo Rawley at this year’s Super Bowl in Miami.Gronk’s larger than life personality and tailor-made nickname have long caused the WWE Universe to speculate over his sports-entertainment potential.Are the stars aligning for Gronkowski to tackle his latest post-playing career challenge on SmackDown? Don’t miss Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7 C on FOX and stay tuned to WWE digital platforms as the story develops.” (, on March 11th.)

Fans are definitely excited to see what the future holds for this former New England Patriots tight end, and his wrestling career.