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Rob Gronkowski Granted WWE Release

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Gronk has left the building...

Rob Gronkowski
WWE

WWE has released Rob Gronkowski.

Wrestling Inc.'s Raj Giri broke the news shortly after last night's Raw had aired, with sources inside the company stating that Gronk chose to exercise a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the promotion in the event of an NFL team signing him. As was confirmed shortly after WrestleMania 36, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have acquired Gronkowski ahead of the upcoming football season, so he's gone.

The writeup notes a non-compete clause preventing him from doing anything with other wrestling promotions for an unspecified period of time. It is also stated that while Gronk is no longer under WWE contract, there's a chance he could make freelance appearances in the future.

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Signed to WWE in March, the former New England Patriot was with the promotion for just 10 weeks, with his most notable moment being his 24/7 Championship triumph at 'Mania. He lost the comedy belt to R-Truth in a video aired on last night's episode of Raw.

Gronkowski had been linked to a big SummerSlam match this August. That now looks to be off the table, with football Gronk's priority once more.

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Somebody check on Mojo Rawley, please.

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