Wrestlers transitioning over to the world of professional wrestling is not something that is rather uncommon. A number of NFL players have actually gone on to have long wrestling careers after leaving the field. There are also players that sometimes like to step into the ring during the offseason like Pacman Jones did years ago, but would the New England Patriots allow star tight end Rob Gronkowski to do so? If so, he’s going to have to answer the challenge made by TNA wrestler Robbie E.
Yes, one of the most physically fit and put together players in the NFL has been challenged to a wrestling match. FOX Sports reported that Robbie E of TNA Impact Wrestling actually called Gronk out and wants to meet him one-on-one in the ring.
Now, this may seem like something that isn’t the smartest thing in the world, but Robbie E is trained to fight. After all, it is his profession, but thinking that Gronkowski stole from him by referring to himself as “Robbie G” may be a silly reason to pick a fight. Then again, it is wrestling and there has been worse.
Looking at the tale of the tape, Robbie E is not actually that evenly matched with the star tight end of the New England Patriots. Robbie E stands 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 201 pounds. Gronkowski is 6-foot-6 and weighs 265 pounds.
Then again, Robbie E has a physique that isn’t so bad for himself.
If this ever were to happen, one has to wonder if Gronkowski would have any sort of back-up, because he’ll be outnumbered in TNA. Robbie E has teamed up with Jessie Godderz of Big Brother fame, and they are the tag team known as the Bro Mans.
The video made by Robbie E was recorded last week and he had some things to say about the Patriots and their upcoming game with the Dallas Cowboys.
“Robbie G, you know that you only got that name from me, Robbie E. So here’s the deal: I’m gonna beat you worse than the Dallas Cowboys are gonna beat you, bro. I challenge you to a match on Impact wrestling.”
On Sunday, the New England Patriots didn’t quite get beaten by the Dallas Cowboys as Robbie E said they would. The Pats actually destroyed the Cowboys 30-6 and Gronkowski ended the game with 67 yards receiving on four receptions.
Back in 2007, Adam “Pacman” Jones joined TNA for a short period of time, but it took some time for him to actually appear on-screen and in the ring. That was all due to the NFL and other things needing to be taken care of.
During his time in TNA, Pacman Jones even won the TNA Tag Team Championship with Ron “The Truth” Killings by defeating Sting and Kurt Angle. Jones was still not really allowed to wrestle in the ring so Consequences Creed joined the team and wrestled in his place.
In the past, a number of former NFL players have had successful careers in wrestling such as Steve “Mongo” McMichael, Baron Corbin, Bill Goldberg, “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan, Ron Simmons, and Brock Lesnar.
For now, the Patriots are likely not going to let Rob Gronkowski step into any wrestling ring. It’s definitely not going to happen during the regular season, and it’s actually doubtful that it would happen in the offseason either, but one never knows.
Robbie E may continue to work the angle that Rob Gronkowski hasn’t answered him or won’t show up in TNA Wrestling, and that could prolong things. Maybe in the offseason, the New England Patriots tight end could show up for a segment or two, but don’t expect him to get clearance for actual in-ring action.
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