- Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from football on Instagram on March 24th
- Conor McGregor followed suit by announcing his retirement from MMA soon after
- Which pop culture icon will compete under the bright lights of WWE first?
Rob Gronkowski and Conor McGregor are no strangers to sports entertainment, having been two of the most talked about athletes in the entire world for years now. That was why it came as such a shock this past week when they announced their retirements from football and mixed martial arts, respectively.
To be fair, it has been rumored for a while now that Gronkowski was looking to ride off into the sunset and focus on other endeavors. The timing of his recent retirement couldn’t have been better coming off his latest Super Bowl win with the Patriots in early February.
Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019
As for McGregor, he was still at the top of his game when he made it clear on Twitter that his days in the octagon are over. Then again, he has pulled pranks on people in the past by declaring he was retired only to fight a few months later, so there’s no telling whether this will stick or not.
Either way, it seems only inevitable that Gronkowski and McGregor will wind up in WWE. Bovada has odds up on which pop culture icon will wrestle for the company first.
Who Will Fight in WWE First?
|Who Will Fight in WWE First?||Odds at Bovada|
*Odds taken 03/27/19
Gronkowski appears to be the safe bet as of now, but not by a long shot whatsoever. Unlike McGregor, he has appeared for WWE on a number of occasions but is best known for his involvement in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33.
Unlike McGregor, Gronkowski has appeared for WWE on a number of occasions.
During the bout, Gronk rushed the ring and aided his longtime friend Mojo Rawley to victory by delivering a massive shoulder block to Jinder Mahal. He has also been seen in the crowd at various WWE events (specifically in the northeast area), so there is no denying that he’s a fan of the product.
The same can not be said for McGregor, however, who has publicly criticized WWE and its performers in the past. Of course, it’s tough to tell when the former UFC Lightweight champion is joking, so it’s entirely possible his comments aimed toward the Superstars were meant to be taken in jest as part of an angle of some sort.
Regardless of whether he grew up watching wrestling or not, McGregor would be a fantastic fit for WWE eventually. He is a master trash-talker and would likely be able to hold his own in the squared circle similar to fellow UFC alums Brock Lesnar, Matt Riddle, Ronda Rousey, and Ken Shamrock.
The only thing holding McGregor back from fighting for WWE soon is the success of his line of whiskey. He’ll be busy with that for the foreseeable future and probably won’t have to fight ever again based off the money he’s made from that alone. However, a thick paycheck or two from WWE for a minimal amount of work wouldn’t hurt.
The only thing holding McGregor back from fighting for WWE soon is the success of his line of whiskey.
For now, though, expect to see Gronkowski competing under the bright lights of WWE before McGregor. Maybe the multi-time Super Bowl champion can help drag Rawley’s career out of the doldrums and bring him back to relevancy.
Pick: Rob Gronkowski (-220)
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