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https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.si.com/.amp/wrestling/2020/03/11/rob-gronkowski-wwe-joining-comeback

Even if he signs, they will turn him into just another guy the fans won't care about within a month. WWE fans are finally figuring out it's all about the (shitty) brand name, and not the so-called superstars. If Gronk had any brains, he'd sign with AEW.

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I don't care about him today. To me, he's the goof that almost got stopped by a tiny lady security guard at WrestleMania and is Mojo Rowley's best friend. Not everyone watches US sports. If they turn him into a good wrestler or a good promo, then okay.



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Kriss wrote: I don't care about him today. To me, he's the goof that almost got stopped by a tiny lady security guard at WrestleMania and is Mojo Rowley's best friend. Not everyone watches US sports. If they turn him into a good wrestler or a good promo, then okay.WWE is incompetent & incapable of turning ANYONE into a good wrestler or promo or a draw. Hence my AEW reference.

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Heenan Fan wrote: Kriss wrote: I don't care about him today. To me, he's the goof that almost got stopped by a tiny lady security guard at WrestleMania and is Mojo Rowley's best friend. Not everyone watches US sports. If they turn him into a good wrestler or a good promo, then okay.WWE is incompetent & incapable of turning ANYONE into a good wrestler or promo or a draw. Hence my AEW reference.

That's just not true at all. They ruin a lot of people of the main roster, but they still produce good home-grown wrestlers in the PC, people who had never wrestled before they signed with WWE.



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PWInsider says it's a done deal:

WWE revealed on last night's edition of WWE Backstage that retired NFL star Rob Gronkowski, 30 years old, was "close to signing" with the company. That was storyline as Gronkowski has signed and will debut on the 3/20 edition of Smackdown from New Orleans. Last night's announcement was specifically timed and made so FOX could have the story first and to get some mainstream buzz for the company.

PWInsider.com is told that Gronkowski will be working as an active pro wrestler, not as an employee of the company as an announcer or similar non-wrestling role role. One source described it as a deal similar to Ronda Rousey, bringing a big name from another sport into the company.

Gronkowski is a long-time wrestling fan and close friend of Raw star Mojo Rawley. He got involved in 2017's Andre the Giant Battle Royal, assisting Rawley to get the win at Wrestlemania 33 in Orlando, Florida.

Triple H teased the potential of Gronkoski taking part in Summerslam, set for this August in Boston, MA, where Gronkowski played the New England Patriots, just a few weeks ago on Twitter during Super Bowl week.



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I hate the cross over stars, I can’t think of one that I was a fan of. Who exactly do they think Rob is going to appeal to?



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Franchise wrote: I hate the cross over stars, I can’t think of one that I was a fan of. Who exactly do they think Rob is going to appeal to?Their main fanbase.  Which obviously doesn't include wrestling fans.  WWE has been going to shit for years, and while I'm not against them signing this guy, it is just another kick in the teeth to all of the talent that they have signed and don't use properly. 



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Franchise wrote: I hate the cross over stars, I can’t think of one that I was a fan of. Who exactly do they think Rob is going to appeal to?

It was a huge deal back in the day with names like Ernie Ladd and Wahoo McDaniel to name but two of many famous footballers who had successful wrestling careers. Of course, that was when you could get paid more to wrestle than to play football. Either Gronk is broke, or he really loves wrestling. The way pro sports work today, no one is going to allow their guys to wrestle while they are still under contract (look at former TNA World Tag Team Champion Pacman Jones, I don't think he ever actually wrestled). So any cross-over stars have to enter wrestling when they are in their 30s, and there is a lot a catching up to do, or they are failed/injured football players like Goldberg. I can't see NFL fans becoming WWE fans, or returning to WWE to see this. Bob Holly was probably the last real two sports superstar we will ever see.



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Ahh bob holly, the WWF magazine promoted him as a 3 sport athlete. Fake fighting, driving in an circle and recreational softball.


Due to my age I knew of Wahoo and Ladd as wrestlers first and didn’t know anything about their football careers other than a mention on TV until much later.



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What did Bob Holly ever legit due in auto racing? I don't even know what constitutes a good career in that sport much less a minor league career, but I'm curious how much "he made it" in the sport.

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Bob holly wasn’t as good at local / regional semi pro auto racing as Braun Strowman’s dad was at softball.



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srossi wrote: What did Bob Holly ever legit due in auto racing? I don't even know what constitutes a good career in that sport much less a minor league career, but I'm curious how much "he made it" in the sport.

Read Holly's book. I guarantee you won't regret it. There are a couple of chapters about his racing career. He was a legit driver for two seasons, 1992 and 93. Not NASCAR, but some lower level of stock car racing. He did also legit race the WWF car a few times in 95. Apart from his brief run in SMW, Holly was only a weekend wrestler, and he left that because his day job as a welder paid way more. It wasn't until he signed for WWF that he took it seriously as his source of income.



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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: What did Bob Holly ever legit due in auto racing? I don't even know what constitutes a good career in that sport much less a minor league career, but I'm curious how much "he made it" in the sport.

Read Holly's book. I guarantee you won't regret it. There are a couple of chapters about his racing career. He was a legit driver for two seasons, 1992 and 93. Not NASCAR, but some lower level of stock car racing. He did also legit race the WWF car a few times in 95. Apart from his brief run in SMW, Holly was only a weekend wrestler, and he left that because his day job as a welder paid way more. It wasn't until he signed for WWF that he took it seriously as his source of income.

I actually did read his book years ago, but couldn't remember the details.  Plus, like I said, I have no knowledge of auto racing and what constitutes being a star or not in that sport.  If it's not NASCAR, it doesn't seem like it means much. 



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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: What did Bob Holly ever legit due in auto racing? I don't even know what constitutes a good career in that sport much less a minor league career, but I'm curious how much "he made it" in the sport.

Read Holly's book. I guarantee you won't regret it. There are a couple of chapters about his racing career. He was a legit driver for two seasons, 1992 and 93. Not NASCAR, but some lower level of stock car racing. He did also legit race the WWF car a few times in 95. Apart from his brief run in SMW, Holly was only a weekend wrestler, and he left that because his day job as a welder paid way more. It wasn't until he signed for WWF that he took it seriously as his source of income.

I actually did read his book years ago, but couldn't remember the details.  Plus, like I said, I have no knowledge of auto racing and what constitutes being a star or not in that sport.  If it's not NASCAR, it doesn't seem like it means much. 

I think it was very local, as in all the races were at his local speedway in Mobile.



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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: What did Bob Holly ever legit due in auto racing? I don't even know what constitutes a good career in that sport much less a minor league career, but I'm curious how much "he made it" in the sport.

Read Holly's book. I guarantee you won't regret it. There are a couple of chapters about his racing career. He was a legit driver for two seasons, 1992 and 93. Not NASCAR, but some lower level of stock car racing. He did also legit race the WWF car a few times in 95. Apart from his brief run in SMW, Holly was only a weekend wrestler, and he left that because his day job as a welder paid way more. It wasn't until he signed for WWF that he took it seriously as his source of income.

I actually did read his book years ago, but couldn't remember the details.  Plus, like I said, I have no knowledge of auto racing and what constitutes being a star or not in that sport.  If it's not NASCAR, it doesn't seem like it means much. 

I think it was very local, as in all the races were at his local speedway in Mobile.

That doesn't seem all that impressive.  It's the equivalent of an indy wrestler just doing shows at the local national guard armory once a month.



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