In case you missed it, it was first reported on WWE Backstage that Rob Gronkowski was deep in discussions with WWE about the possibility of the NFL legend joining the company.
It was confirmed later on in the week that Gronk will be appearing on next week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown that will likely take place from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
Gronkowski made his first appearance back at WrestleMania 33 in 2017 when he helped real-life friend Mojo Rawley win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal on the kickoff show.
Mojo appeared on this week’s SmackDown on commentary to announce that Gronk will be on next week’s show. This is interesting, as Rawley is a Raw star.
PWInsider has noted that WWE may have subtly moved Rawley over to SmackDown to work with Gronkowski. During his appearance on SmackDown, Rawley noted that he will be appearing with his friend.
“Mojo Rawley, who had been on the Raw brand, appeared on Smackdown tonight and announced Rob Gronkowski would appear on next week’s episode. Rawley said he would be with Gronk.”
Some may be asking why WWE didn’t just have Gronk debut on Raw. However, Gronkowski already works for FOX as an NFL show contributor, so it is likely that the network wanted to have him on SmackDown.