Recently, it was learned that former NFL star Rob Gronkowski would be officially taking his talents to WWE.
He’d previously appeared at a WrestleMania years ago, and got into it with Jinder Mahal during the pre-show Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Now, the former New England Patriots tight end is going to get involved once again on the grandest stage of them all.
Gronk, as fans affectionately know him, will have a major role when it comes to the company’s WrestleMania 36 pay-per-view — which takes place in early April.
Gronk tweets about WrestleMania role
On Wednesday, Rob Gronkowski tweeted out the big announcement about what fans can expect from him when the WWE’s biggest pay-per-view of the year takes place.
He’ll serve as the official host for WrestleMania 36, and it won’t just take place on one night, but over the course of a weekend.
It’s official! I’m hosting @WrestleMania this year…and it’s gonna be too big for just one night. For the 1st time, #WrestleMania will be a 🚨2-NIGHT🚨event: Saturday, April 4 AND Sunday, April 5 on @WWENetwork! Tell you more this Friday night on #SmackDown at 8 ET on @FOXTV.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) March 18, 2020
Based on Gronkowski’s tweet, WrestleMania will be two nights, with the event spanning Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. Typically, the event only takes place on Sunday and runs for up to six hours or more.
Gronk also mentioned that he’ll give fans more details when he makes his appearance on WWE SmackDown this coming Friday (March 20). His friend, Mojo Rawley, confirmed that Gronk was coming to the show in last week’s episode.
Rob Gronkowski becomes the latest in a line of mostly WWE superstars who served as the host of WrestleMania. That included Alexa Bliss last year in New York, as well as New Day at the New Orleans WrestleMania the year prior. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hosted WrestleMania 27 in Atlanta, Georgia.
WrestleMania 36 moved out of Tampa
Due to the ongoing coronavirus concerns, WWE had to change plans for WrestleMania. It was originally set to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. That venue can hold up to 70,000 fans, but with mass gatherings a risky idea these days, there was no way to go forth as planned.
Instead, WWE had to shift the event to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, with no spectators for this year’s Mania.
It should be interesting to see what they’ll do now with two nights to present WrestleMania to the fans and Rob Gronkowski presiding over the event.
It also opens up questions about Gronk’s role going forward. Will he become one of the superstars, or was this merely a publicity stunt to involve a major sports star in WrestleMania?
More details will arrive on the upcoming WWE SmackDown. It airs this Friday on FOX starting at 8/7c.
Fans can watch WrestleMania 36 on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 on WWE Network.