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John Cena thinks Gronk would 'feel right at home' as WWE superstar

John Tomase
December 19, 2018 - 10:32 am

John Cena is a Merrimack Valley native and huge Patriots fan, but he wouldn't mind seeing tight end Rob Gronkowski transition to a new medium.

Speaking to ESPN in advance of Bumblebee, his new Transformers movie, Cena made it clear that Gronk would have a home in the world of professional wrestling.

"I think he'd be a great WWE Superstar. I really do," Cena said. "I think he's got this unbelievable energy and infectious electricity about him."

Cena should know. He's been WWE's biggest star for years, and forays into comedy and film have greased the skids for the 41-year-old's transition to Hollywood in the style of The Rock.

A West Newbury native and former football player at Springfield College, Cena comes by his Patriots fandom honestly, though his respect for the team extends well beyond hometown ties.

"I love the long-lens aspect of success over the long term," he said. "Time under tension. When you're good, you can have a good season and be forgotten. When you're good over a long period of time, that's amazing. And when you're good under a long period of time when the circumstances and the element is not supposed to allow that to happen, that's super impressive."

As for Gronk, Cena sees a pretty clear future for the wrestling-minded tight end, should he choose to pursue it.

"If he wants to take off the pads and step in the arena," Cena said, "I think he'll feel right at home."