More on Rob Gronkowski's Signing With WWE & His Wrestling Future

-- It was reported last night on 'WWE Backstage' that Rob Gronkowski was "close" to signing a contract with WWE with a strong hint that he would be appearing on the 3/20 edition of Smackdown in New Orleans. Tony Maglio of The Wrap is reporting that Gronk and WWE have actually already signed their agreement and that not only will he will be appearing on the above episode of Smackdown, but that he is set to make an appearance at WrestleMania 36 next month. The WrestleMania appearance though is not expected to be in any sort of wrestling capacity (ie. he will not be in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal) but rather in an angle that will set up a future match, perhaps at SummerSlam in Boston, MA. Gronk is also expected to continue in his role as a FOX NFL analyst.

-- PWInsider adds that Gronkowski signed with WWE specifically as a wrestler rather than an announcer or commentator in a role similar to another part-time, Ronda Rousey.