Gronkowski emerges from WrestleMania with a title belt

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Rob Gronkowski’s second career is off to a pretty good start.

Although he was serving only as a host for the event, the former Patriots tight end won the WWE 24/7 championship at WrestleMania. It’s a title that apparently must be defended at any time, as long as a WWE referee is present to determine that a pin has lasted the requisite three counts.

Gronk dove from an elevated platform onto a scrum of non-social-distancing wrestlers who were brawling outside the ring. Gronk then pinned prior champion MoJo Rawley.

Before the weekend, Gronkowski and Rawley were good friends. But the script resulted in a rift that was cemented when Gron swooped in and capturing the belt.

WWE’s signature event happened this weekend in a studio with no fans present, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The wrestlers had no apparent concerns about possibly passing the virus from person to person. After all, getting sick or worse from COVID-19 falls near the bottom of the risks that the wrestlers assume on a regular basis.

Even though the outcomes are determined in advance, the wrestling entails a significant amount of physical risk. And Gronk, who has had more operations than the guy in the Operation game, definitely assumed a physical risk by jumping onto a scrum of wrestlers.

11 responses to “Gronkowski emerges from WrestleMania with a title belt

  1. A straight vertical drop like Gronk did, from maybe 8 to 10 feet, isn’t quite as risky as you make it sound. Last night, a guy jumped off the Wrestlemania sign (that should have been hanging at Raymond James Stadium) that was probably 15 feet up and 5-8 feet away from the opponent on the table.

  2. Yeah I guess WWE isn’t worried abput Coronavirus too much, but I’m sure they probably had some safeguards in place to screen them for signs of Coronavirus before having the event. Congrats to Gronkowski for finding a career after football he enjoys. He left football on his own terms and has his finances in order. Buffalo area native and hopefully Hall of Famer, I wish him the best.

  3. I hope that Gronk didn’t also emerge with the coronavirus…seems kind of senseless to dive into a pile of sweaty guys given the fact that we are in the middle of a pandemic. Go figure…

  4. The Gronkowski life – awesome! Bet he got paid some coin for the weekend.

  5. I feel for any of those wrestlers if it turns out to be their career highlight.

    (20 years from now)

    “Grandpa, what was your favorite thing you ever did in wrestling?”

    “Honey, in fifteen years in the ring grandpa’s favorite day was when he wrestled in Wrestlemania. The biggest event in wrestling.”

    “Did you win?”

    “No honey, Gronk pinned me for the title belt. He was a former football player.”

    “He must have wrestled a long time for that.”

    “It was his first day.”

  6. Gronk’s nose lights up and honks when the doctor makes an errant move trying to extract the funny bone.

  7. Really? Someone felt the need to post that it was “scripted”? It’s 2020. No one who watches wrestling thinks it’s a real competition.

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