WWE’s latest celebrity signee, Rob Gronkowski is officially returning to the NFL after announcing his retirement last year. The New England Patriots have agreed to trade Gronkowski and a seventh-round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fourth-round pick.
Gronkowski’s agent Drew Rosenhaus has stated that the trade is subject to a pending physical test.
The latest development has put his WWE status in serious doubt. In fact, Gronk’s return to football essentially nixes all plans WWE has in store for him on the main roster. As previously reported, the plan was for Gronkowski to make his in-ring debut at SummerSlam but that most likely won’t be happening anymore.
While fans continue to speculate on Gronk’s in-ring career, WWE hasn’t future endeavored him just yet. As a matter of fact, the billion-dollar promotion has tweeted that the 30-year-old Buccaneer Tight End will still have to defend the 24/7 Championship despite his NFL return. Gronk, who captured the title at WrestleMania 36, may even have to defend the same while his celebration with fellow teammate Tom Brady on the pitch.
The 5-time Pro Bowler had hinted at a potential NFL return during a recent interview with Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
“The day that I retired, within 24 hours there was already rumors that I was coming out of retirement. “I’m feeling good right now, I’m happy where I’m at. You just never know, man. You just never know. You never know. I’m not totally done.”
Meanwhile, 35-time 24/7 Champion R-Truth has already issued a warning to Gronk. Rumors suggest that Gronk could be dropping the belt on the upcoming episode of Friday Night SmackDown to conclude his WWE career for now.
It remains to be seen whether WWE can book Gronkowski for a match at SummerSlam but it’s likely that the NFL won’t allow him to do anything that can potentially cause an injury.