Rob Gronkowski hits the ring at Wrestlemania

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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hasn’t taken part in any physical activity on a football field since leaving a November 27 game against the Jets early because of a back injury that led to season-ending surgery.

He was active in a football stadium on Sunday, however. Gronkowski tried the sports entertainment game on for size by making an appearance at the WWE’s annual Wrestlemania event at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Gronkowski was ringside during a battle royal when a participant named Jinder Mahal brought him into the action by taking a break from brawling with Gronk’s buddy Mojo Rawley to throw water on the Patriots star. Gronkowski jumped the barrier and lined up in a three-point stance before nailing Mahal with a shoulderblock.

Rawley, who played with Gronkowski’s brother Dan at Maryland and had offseason stints with the Packers and Cardinals under his given name Dean Muhtadi, went on to win the match.

Gronkowski said recently that he has “no doubt” that he’ll be ready for the 2017 season and that he wants to keep playing for as long as he’s physically able to keep going. Sunday’s stint in the ring shouldn’t do anything to get in the way of that — assuming it was met with approval by Bill Belichick, a.k.a. the Classy Freddy Blassie of New England — and may have even opened a door for post-NFL life for a player with a personality that’s long seemed suited for the professional wrestling world.

39 responses to “Rob Gronkowski hits the ring at Wrestlemania

  1. Gronk is a amazing TE in the NFL he really is ( when he is playing. but dude seems to be only healthy durring the offseason when its party time.

  2. but yet although his team won the super bowl he was not available…makes you wonder about this kid.

  3. That’s the kind of thing Bill wants to see from his guy coming off back surgery. Yessiree, that’s gonna go over like deflating footballs with ole Bill.

  4. orangeraider says:
    Apr 2, 2017 7:03 PM

    Grink, has a few screws loose.
    You mean like the Grink who stole Christmas?

  5. When did “immature, embarrassing and childish” become part of the patriot way?
    What a tool….

  6. terripet says:
    Apr 2, 2017 7:28 PM
    I bet he is the dumbest NFL player

    This coming from a sentence-fragment poster who is historically 0-100 or so in the realm of predicting game and season record outcomes.

  7. ” but dude is a complete meat head”

    No he’s not actually, you’ve been brainwashed by his public persona.

    He’s been smart enough for instance to save all of his NFL money and live off endorsement funds for example. He will not be one of those players broke 2 or 3 years after is career is over. He will in fact never have to work another day in his life.

  8. This is hilarious.. A shoulder block just enough to dislocate it.. That would be the funniest thing ever.. Funny Security didn’t even realize he was scripted to enter.. what a tool bag..

  9. ikeclanton says:
    Apr 2, 2017 8:06 PM
    terripet says:
    Apr 2, 2017 7:28 PM
    I bet he is the dumbest NFL player

    This coming from a sentence-fragment poster who is historically 0-100 or so in the realm of predicting game and season record outcomes.


    terripet’s post, “I bet he is the dumbest NFL player,” has a typo. It’s missing a period. But it’s not a sentence fragment. It has more than enough to not be classified as a sentence fragment…genius.

  10. It’s either the coach is too gruff or the player is too much a party animal or the QB is too smug…. I love how the Patriots TEAM owns so many of the simpletons out there….

  11. Gronk, Eifort and Kelce are all excellent TEs who like to have fun and beat to a different drummer. For some reason this pisses some people off. I’m sure they don’t care.

  12. A Colts player would have tapped out in 5 seconds and then claimed the turnbuckles were underinflated.

  13. For all you guys dogging him out saying he’s participating in some silly side show circus…

    The superbowl attendance was 72k.

    Tonight’s Wrestlemania attendance in Orlando is announced at 74k.

  14. but yet although his team won the super bowl he was not available…makes you wonder about this kid.


    Since the Pats put him on IR on 12/3, healthy or not he was ineligible for the Superbowl. So it actually says nothing about Gronk

  15. The MVP was the tiny blond security lady who had Gronk by the arm, yelling at him to get back across the barricade. Three refs came over, told her the gig, she let go and they yelled at Gronk to get out while leaving a path to the ring.

    Typical WWE.

  16. Well… one thing for sure… he’s not a linebacker. That ‘tackle’ of his looked about as bad as it gets. He needs to get with Goldberg or Roman Reigns ahead of his next appearance on the show and learn how real men do the spear.

  17. Well, it sort of made sense since he is friends with the wrestler that won the match–Mojo Rawley aka Dean Muhtadi. Dean did play college football with a Gronkowski brother and then played in the pros a bit before going into Wrestling. Just good cross promotion. I think the security guard that tried to stop Gronk from entering the ring was Rhonda Rousey. She needs the work!

  18. Not for the first time it occurs to me that it is good to be The Gronk. His brand may be a strange combination of meathead meets overgrown frat boy that anyone over 35 doesn’t quite get but it sells to and he obviously has fun doing it in addition to laughing all the way to the bank.
    As for how the Pats are with it don’t kid yourself, it sells their brand too and without any of the silliness sticking to them. That’s some slick marketing all the way around.
    Yep. it really is good to be The Gronk.

  19. I respect the Patriots, hate their fans, but love this guy. He’s living the life most of us want or wanted to live in our 20s.

  20. Gronk shouldn’t be risking injury by doing something as silly as this.
    The guy is a great player — one of the best TE’s I’ve ever seen — but when it comes to making smart decisions, sometimes his elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.

  21. “Ha! Puny humans try to hurt Gronk! Gronk no like puny humans! Gronk smash!!!”

  22. Are these all the same people on here that complain about the NFL’s celebration policies? Seriously, lighten up. Gronk probably made a cool 50k for doing that, and he’s a lot smarter and harder-working than non-Pats-fans understand. He’s just playing his “Gronk” character off the field… seems like a lot of fun.

  23. It’s the potential for injury that has me worried. Three back surgeries along with various other surgeries. Next bad injury could be a career ender. Gronk shouldn’t be screwing around like this. Save it for the field, Gronk.

  24. The best wrestling characters have always said their in ring persona is really just them cranked to 12. Steve Austin, notably.

    Gronkowski is a great football player, and Gronk is a great persona. He’s a natural for WWE cameos.

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