Rob Gronkowski’s record reign as WWE’s 24/7 champ is over after nearly two months.
FILE PHOTO: Jan 31, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (87) addresses the media at a press conference for Super Bowl LIII at Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Gronkowski, who recently came out of retirement to resume his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was pinned Monday by Ron “R-Truth” Killings on the “WWE Raw” show.
The former New England Patriots tight end had claimed the 24/7 belt at WrestleMania 36 on April 5 when he pinned Mojo Rawley.
In the video shown Monday night, Gronkowski was set to film a TikTok dance video in a front yard, with a friend holding a cell phone to film him. Gronkowski questioned the presence of an unknown gardener in a hat and facemask before starting his dance routine.
As Gronkowski’s companion took off his sweatshirt to reveal a WWE referee uniform, R-Truth took Gronkowski by surprise, pulling him down from behind and pinning him before grabbing the 24/7 belt.
After R-Truth clicked his heels and ran away with the belt, Gronkowski shouted, “Seriously?”
His friend/referee replied, “I’m serious, man. You got a new career started. C’mon. Let’s go. You’re with the Bucs now. C’mon, let’s do this.”
Gronkowski, 31, held the 24/7 belt longer than anyone in a single stretch since the competition was initiated in May 2019. There have been 36 champions, with the belt changing hands 97 times. R-Truth has been the champion 36 times, and Rawley is second on the list with seven reigns.
The list of 24/7 champions includes basketball player Enes Kanter, race car driver Kyle Busch and musician Marshmello.
—Field Level Media