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BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots drinks beer during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Ex-Patriots star Rob Gronkowski did much more than host WrestleMania 36 over the weekend. In fact, the host of the two-night left the WWE Performance Center a champion, as Gronk used his platform to capture the WWE’s 24/7 title.

This always seemed to be in the works, really, as it’d make almost no sense to bring Gronk in just to talk. But that expectation that Gronk was going to indeed become a participant in the Showcase of the Immortalities became an inevitability after the 6-foot-6 Gronkowski came close to pinning R-Truth for the title on Saturday night. That was before his bid for the first title reign of his pro wrestling career was denied when his friend, Mojo Rawley, pushed him out of the way to seize the opportunity. And Rawley didn’t care about throwing his sneaky win in Gronkowski’s face before departing for the evening.

But when given a second chance at the (WWE’s unabashedly gimmicky) gold on Sunday as Rawley tried to evade wannabe champions, Gronkowski didn’t miss. Literally.


Gronkowski didn’t stick around long after pinning Rawley. In fact, he quickly made his way for the exits and departed for the evening, leaving Titus O’Neil to fill-in as the show’s on-the-fly host for the remainder of the evening.

The future Hall of Fame tight end is not the first Boston athlete to win the title, by the way, as Celtics center Enes Kanter actually won the belt during a WWE show at Madison Square Garden last September. (Kanter won it in a C’s jersey, too.)

The 29-year-old Gronkowski, who was recently unmasked on The Masked Singer, signed with the WWE on Mar. 11.

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