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Ding, ding, ding: Gronkowski’s comeback might be in the ring

Rob Gronkowski is seen in Times Square

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When you think about it, it really would be a perfect match.

The hot rumor of the day is former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski may soon become a professional wrestler with the WWE. That’s according to a report by FS1’s WWE Backstage program.

From the day The Gronk retired after the 2018 season, there was speculation he’d become a wrestler. And why not? He has the physique and certainly the outlandish personality. If you close your eyes, you can picture him in the ring as either a good guy or a villain.

Of course, as the 2019 season progressed, there was also a constant rumbling that the Patriots were trying to lure him back to help their undermanned receiving corps. Gronkowski never said he was thinking about a comeback, but he never denied it.

“I wouldn’t say ‘never coming back,’” Gronkowski told ESPN late last year. “I’m 30 years old. I’m young. I still stay fit, still watch the game whenever I can still enjoy it. I’m feeling good, but you know, one year off could possibly be the case. Or maybe two years off, man.

“It’s always an option in the back of my head. It’s not like I’m not staying in shape and not doing anything. I’m never stressed over it. …With the offense, they’re finding ways to make it work like they’ve always done, putting guys in the right situation to make plays. But man, they’re missing some guy who is 6-6, 260 [pounds]. They’re missing that guy, for sure.”

Gronkowski  retired after nine seasons, saying he’d been emotionally and physically worn down by the injuries he suffered. Earlier this year, he was named to the NFL’s 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.

But now we’re hearing that Gronkowski is immersed in serious discussions with the WWE. The FS1 report did not indicate what type of role it envisioned for him, but it did intimate he might show up on WWE SmackDown as early as March 20.

Gronkowski admitted at a news conference over the summer he could be talked into a big WWE match – in about five years. But he also admitted he could not really envision a full-time career in the sport.

Gronkowski’s friend, wrestler Mojo Rawley, Rawley told ESPN in October it wouldn’t be surprising if Gronkowski showed up in the ring very soon.

“Hey, man, we’ve got SummerSlam in Boston [this coming August],” Rawley said. “Maybe we’ll do a tag match. I’ve been doing my own thing, but for him, maybe I’ll do a tag match.”

Rob Gronkowski

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You’ll recall Gronkowski has been in the wrestling ring before. He participated in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 in 2017. The Gronk leapt into the ring to help Rawley win his match.

“With wrestling, I don’t feel like I would be a full-time wrestler, but there is one thing I’m down for,” Gronkowski said. “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 [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.”

So don’t be shocked if we soon see The Gronk in a ring, bopping some guy in the head and looking for something to spike in the ring.

“It’s definitely a different chapter, doing a lot of different things, just finding what I really like I do, and finding out things sometimes I don’t like to do. It’s definitely interesting because I’ve played football my whole life,” Gronkowski told ESPN.

“I have to keep things going, that sports competitiveness going. I love to play backyard games, pickup games, because I still have that competition in me. That’s how I’ve been my whole life, playing sports. Also with the fun aspect, too. Even since I was a little kid – we always hustled, always played sports, but then we would always have a party after, go enjoy ourselves, because that’s what life is all about.”