Current WWE champion returning to the NFL

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WWE 24/7 champion Rob GronkowskiIt looks like Rob Gronkowski will be putting his WWE career on hold.

That’s because the current 24/7 champion is headed back to the NFL. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he will be reuniting with his former Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Gronk retired from the NFL in March 2019 after nine seasons in the league, saying that the pain and injuries he had suffered throughout his career had taken a toll on him both physically and mentally. However, he never truly closed the door on a return. Recently, he made it clear that he could return to the gridiron but would only want to play with Brady who he won three Super Bowls with during their time together with the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski signed with the WWE in March and was the special guest host for WrestleMania 36. On day two of the event, he pinned his friend Mojo Rawley to become the 24/7 champion.

The question will be when,  not if, Gronk will return to WWE programming to drop the title. And him getting in the ring for a match – something that was rumored to happen in August at SummerSlam that is tentatively set to take place in Boston – is likely off.


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