Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski made his debut on Friday’s WWE SmackDown, dancing his way to the ring without any fans to cheer him on.
However, he did make noise in a different way, by unofficially booking a match that looks like it’ll be a part of WWE’s WrestleMania 36 card.
Rob Gronkowski dances in SmackDown debut
This past week, fans learned that Gronk will be a WrestleMania 36 host, as the former New England Patriots tight end tweeted the message out. He also revealed the big news that Mania will take place over two nights rather than the traditional one night that other WWE pay-per-views are shown.
Rob Gronkowski also told all the fans that he’d have more to share when he showed up for WWE SmackDown on FOX.
Earlier in the day, Gronk was seen arriving for the show at the WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. He arrived as one of the passengers in a black SUV with tinted windows. Mojo Rawley was also in the vehicle.
Both got out of the vehicle and gave a WWE employee elbow bumps in the parking lot in the 43-second video.
The bigger news came when Gronk finally made his debut on WWE SmackDown. He came out to talk to Michael Cole and Mojo Rawley in the ring.
Gronk orders WrestleMania 36 match
Gronkowski’s big debut featured the multiple-time Super Bowl champ coming out to his own entrance music —complete with graphics on the boards in the background. Gronk also did some dance moves as he made his way down the ramp, up the steel steps, and into the ring.
— James Monical (@jwmonicalKSTP) March 21, 2020
After all of the dancing, Gronk stepped into the ring to talk about his passion for the wrestling business. That extended to being in places where there were only five fans in the stands, so having no fans in attendance should be fine for the WrestleMania host.
Gronk reminded everyone that he’s hyped no matter how many other people are around. He also cut a pretty good promo — which may have worked even better in front of some fans.
— WWE (@WWE) March 21, 2020
All of that brought out a displeased King Corbin to interject, saying he’d heard enough. What Corbin didn’t realize was that Gronk was ready and called for a match involving Elias and King Corbin.
The match will be a part of WrestleMania 36 when it arrives on Saturday, April 4, from WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Fans can watch WrestleMania 36, starting at 7/6c (4 Pacific) on WWE Network on Saturday, April 4, with the second night taking place in the same time slot on Sunday, April 5.