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(L-R) Rob Gronkowski, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

Nobody knows for sure when Rob Gronkowski will end up retiring, or what he’ll end up doing what he does. Except for Gronk, of course. But if there’s anyone who could have some insight into whether the Patriots tight end would be interested in going to WWE to become a pro wrestler, it’s his real-life friend Dean Muhtadi, better known by his ring name, “Mojo Rawley”.

The WWE star spoke briefly about Gronk’s potential future in pro wrestling when TMZ caught up with him at a recent event. Mojo sounds convinced that Gronk will eventually trade in his life on the football field for a life in the squared circle.

“Are you kidding? It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when, come on now,” he said. But he quickly added “I don’t know, I can’t speak for him, whatever he wants to do.”

“It’s A Matter Of When”

(L-R) Rob Gronkowski, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

(L-R) Rob Gronkowski, WWE wrestler Mojo Rawley (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

The big rumor is that Gronkowski is thinking about retiring from the NFL to become a Hollywood actor. That’s also a distinct possibility. But considering that Gronk has minimal acting experience, he’d presumably be a long way away from reaching the heights of the stars who reportedly tried to sell him on the idea, Sylvester Stallone and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

However, Gronk could quite easily have his own reality show or be some kind of game show host, possibly immediately. And he’d certainly have a lot of potential as a pro wrestler as well. But you’d assume that his early retirement from football would be for injury reasons, including concussions – which would make WWE a tough proposition for him. But Mojo Rawley clearly expects Gronk to eventually make another appearance in the WWE ring, even if it’s as a part-time performer.

Until Gronk’s football future is definitively known, rumors and stories like this will continue to surface over the Patriots’ offseason.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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