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Wrestling insider Dave Meltzer on DHK: WWE will not outbid NFL for Rob Gronkowski

Ryan Hannable
February 21, 2018 - 5:08 pm

Could Rob Gronkowski actually retire from football to be a pro wrestler?

A few weeks ago, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer reported the WWE would be interested in the tight end if he retired from the NFL, and on Wednesday Meltzer joined Dale & Holley with Keefe to further discuss his report.

“I think that is more of a Gronkowski is going to make the call himself and I don’t think it is WWE is trying to — they are not going to outbid him," he said. "They are not going to spend $10 million a year on him. But, if he’s done with football, are they interested in him? Yeah, it is pretty clear they are.”

As for what kind of money Gronkowski would get, Meltzer guessed around a couple million dollars a year.

“It’s really hard to say because I can’t imagine him going in and doing 200 dates a year," he said. "James Laurinaitis is a perfect example. He comes from a wresting family. His uncle is a former executive at WWE. His father was a great wrestler. He had an open door of whenever his football career was over, and when his football career was over he was too beat up. He didn’t want to do it.

"Kevin Greene was the same way when his football career was over — he was actually good at pro wrestling, but he said, ‘I can’t do this on a regular basis.’ Now, can you do it on a Brock Lesnar schedule of 10 matches a year? Yeah, probably. Lesnar was a unique type of character. He made probably $5 million-plus a year in wrestling the last couple of years.

"I could imagine [Gronkowski] could get a part-time job in wresting if he clicks and make a couple of million, maybe. It’s hard to say. So many of their contracts are incentive-based and things like that. I would say a couple of million probably.”

Meltzer also said he doesn't expect the tight end to be at WrestleMania this year like last April.

From what Meltzer said, the WWE is not going to match Gronkowski's NFL salary, it would just be something for Gronkowski to do part-time if he did in fact step away from the NFL.