New England Patriots

By Matt Dolloff,

Rob Gronkowski’s NFL career might be over sooner rather than later, but the 29-year-old certainly has a future elsewhere in entertainment. One of his logical destinations could be WWE, as he transitions to a second career as a sports entertainer.

Add WWE legend John Cena to the list of people who believe Gronk would be a big success in the “squared circle”.

“I think he’d be a great WWE superstar, I really do,” said Cena in a new sit-down interview with ESPN, which you can watch above. “I think he’s got this unbelievable energy and infectious electricity about him.

“I think if he wants to take off the pads and step right into the arena, he’d be right at home.”

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 16:  Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots celebrates his touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the fourth quarter of the game at Lucas Oil Stadium.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

As you may expect, Cena, a native of West Newbury, Mass., is a big Patriots fan. He admires them for a similar reason that most people do: their ongoing sustained success in the salary cap-era NFL will go down as one of the greatest runs in the history of pro sports.

“When you’re good, you can have a good season and then be forgotten. When you’re good over a long period of time, that’s amazing. when you’re good over a long period of time, when the circumstances and the element is not supposed to allow that to happen, that’s super-impressive,” Cena explained.

The thought of Gronkowski, who contemplated retirement after the 2017 season, joining WWE felt like a major concern a year ago. Now that Gronkowski has struggled to regain his usual form in 2018, perhaps a transition will happen quicker than imagined.

Gronk would likely never be a full-time performer in WWE, where the physical toll is at times just as punishing as pro football. But as a part-time performer? There’s little reason to believe he wouldn’t have the kind of success that Cena envisions.

By the way, there’s a good chance you’ll get thoughts on this from our own James Stewart and Mike “Sarge” Riley on the next episode of the highly successful Sports Hub podcast Wrestling Inside The Ropes.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at