Rob Gronkowski has exercised a release clause in his WWE contract and is no longer signed by the company, according to a report by Wrestling Inc. that was confirmed by Dave Meltzer.
As part of the release clause, he will reportedly not be able to join another wrestling company “for a set period of time.”
Gronkowski signed with WWE in March and made a few appearances, including hosting WrestleMania, but in April he came out of football retirement and returned to the NFL to play on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the upcoming season. His signing with the Bucs very likely prevents him from wrestling while under contract due to the risk of injury.
The expectation was that he was going to have a match at this year’s SummerSlam, which was originally scheduled for Boston, but that wasn’t going to work out anyway because of the pandemic. He was also expected to wrestle at the Saudi show later this year. That also won’t be happening now.
Gronkowski dropped the 24/7 Championship to R-Truth in a segment that aired last night on Raw and is now considered done with the company, though he could always return next year or whenever he’s really done with the NFL.