Western New York native and former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski with host WrestleMania next month, he announced on Twitter on Wednesday.
Gronkowski reportedly signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment last week and is scheduled to make his first appearance Friday on SmackDown. The expectation is that Gronkowski will eventually perform in the ring, perhaps wrestling at SummerSlam in Boston in August.
WrestleMania was planned for Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on April 5, but has moved to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and will be held without a live audience and only essential personnel in a closed set. Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that the event will take place at multiple locations, and not solely the Performance Center.
Gronkowski announced that WrestleMania will be a two-night event for the first time, on April 4 and 5. The show is typically six or seven hours and doing that many hours in an empty arena might be too much. The show will begin at 7 p.m. each night on WWE Network.
It’s official! I’m hosting @WrestleMania this year...and it’s gonna be too big for just one night. For the 1st time, #WrestleMania will be a 🚨2-NIGHT🚨event: Saturday, April 4 AND Sunday, April 5 on @WWENetwork! Tell you more this Friday night on #SmackDown at 8 ET on @FOXTV.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) March 18, 2020