Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Rob Gronkowski is now freed of his commitment to the WWE (for the time being), having lost his 24/7 belt in unbelievable fashion. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Rob Gronkowski’s fledgling career in the WWE seemingly has been put on indefinite hold with him coming out of NFL retirement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. One of the issues preventing Gronkowski from walking away completely from the WWE was how he recently became the wrestling organization’s 24/7 titleholder.

In light of events that occurred on Monday night, that particular issue has been resolved. Further, a report also states that Gronkowski has now been granted release from his WWE contract.

In a fittingly outrageous scene befitting the world of pro wrestling — not to mention the nature of the WWE 24/7 title — Gronkowski was relieved of his championship belt by R-Truth, who ambushed the superstar tight end on his own property after being disguised as a landscaper.

The terms of holding the 24/7 title belt dictates that anybody can steal it away at any time. The only caveat is that a WWE referee has to be present, a condition that was satisfied by Gronk somehow being unaware that the man filming him doing a TikTok dance or some such nonsense was in fact one.

It was a good run for Gronk, who held the 24/7 title for 58 days after winning the belt at WrestleMania 36 on April 5. With the “pressure” of having to be on guard at all times against those seeking to steal the belt in the rear view mirror, Gronkowski can presumably focus himself entirely upon getting back into NFL shape following a one-season hiatus.

What’s more, he won’t have to be looking over his shoulder to see if Bruce Arians is about to make a move for the belt, as the Bucs head coach jokingly threatened to do so last month.

Whether Gronkowski chooses to return to the WWE once his NFL career comes to an end (again) remains to be seen, although it sounds like he wasn’t too keen on the dangerous stunts required to become a legit pro wrestling star.

This article first appeared on Sportress of Blogitude and was syndicated with permission.


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