You know how the saying goes. Keep your friends close, your enemies closer and if you’re the 24/7 Champion, keep yourself away from both friends and enemies because all of them want the belt. On night two of WrestleMania 36, Mojo Rawley learned that the hard way. After regaining the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth on night one of the show, Rawley found himself needing to run from the locker room on night two. As several wrestlers engaged in a scrum, Rawley in the midst of it all, WrestleMania host Rob Gronkowski took a leap of faith (literally), as he stage dove on top of the pile to take everyone out. Gronk landed on top of Mojo, all importantly hooked the leg, and managed to do what he couldn’t on night one by walking away with the 24/7 Championship.
R-Truth found himself in between a Gronk and a hard place on night one of WrestleMania as he was lamenting the challenges that come with having to defend a title 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. He was hoping Rawley and Gronkowski would watch his back but instead, the duo took advantage. Gronk elbowed Truth and started to pin him before Rawley pulled his friend off, stealing the pin and the title for himself. Gronk stood back as Mojo grabbed the title and peaced out, leaving the three-time Super Bowl champion looking anything but pleased. But Gronk, who made known his desire to win the title during the WrestleMania broadcast, got his measure of revenge the following night.
Following his crowd dive, Gronk left the Performance Center immediately. Cameras caught up with him afterward to which Gronk said, of all his awards (and he has many) – namedropping Espys, Super Bowl rings, Comeback Player of the Year, that this 24/7 title would be his most cherished.
Whether that is an exaggerated statement or not, this belt marks Gronk’s first with WWE and could lead to his first official feud with the company as well. It’s been reported that the future NFL Hall of Fame tight end signed a deal with WWE beyond just his ‘Mania hosting gig. And while teaming with Rawley made a lot of sense, it also makes sense for Gronk’s WWE career to open by feuding with someone who can help him through the paces of the match in the ring in such a way that his buddy can. In the meantime, Gronk should watch out because as R-Truth taught us a few weeks ago, social distancing doesn’t prevent this title from being up for grabs.
No matter what happens next, one thing is true. WrestleMania truly was “Yo Soy Fiesta” for at least one man as Gronk is now officially, a WWE Champion. And unlike his last WrestleMania moment, where he helped Rawley win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, this moment belongs solely to Gronkowski.
Rob Gronkowski -Gronk won the 24/7 title at WWE WrestleMania 36 😆
Posted by ESPN on Sunday, April 5, 2020
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