Many Patriots fans, including myself, were pretty shocked to see Pats star tight end Rob Gronkowski not only in attendance at Wrestlemania 33 Sunday night but IN THE RING giving a full on shoulder tackle!

This was the same Gronk who had back surgery and missed eight games last season including all of the playoffs and the Super Bowl. As we are only a few months removed from football season it’s easy to understand why Patriots fans showed immediate concern.

In Gronk’s defense though, you don’t just steal Gronk’s beer and get away with it.

It turns out that according to Pro Football Talk and a “source close to the situation” the Patriots not only aware of Gronk’s WWE debut but even gave permission.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski obtained permission from the team before climbing into the ring, assuming a three-point stance, and blasting a fake-sport participants with a very real shoulder blow at WrestleMania 33.

Specifically, the situation was discussed with the team in advance, and the team did not object.

The Patriots have declined to comment on the matter.

This actually made me feel a little better about the whole situation. If Belichick and Kraft are cool with Gronk in the ring, I’m cool with it too.

Gronk is definitely more of a fit in the WWE than the NFL. His gigantic size, mad man personality, overall craziness fits WWE brand 100 percent. This could be his calling once that injury prone body finally takes too many hits in the NFL. If you don’t think Gronk has taken meetings with Vince and the boys after being in New England all this time you’re high. Get ready for the Gronk-era of WWE coming soon. Maybe even sooner than you think.

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