Rob Gronkowski hosts WrestleMania 36; Twitter doesn’t react kindly

Former NFL star Rob Gronkowski opened WWE’s biggest event of the year Saturday night as the host of WrestleMania 36. He kicked off the first night by introducing himself as “Gronk, your WrestleMania host with the most.”

In typical Gronk fashion, he had no trouble capturing the audience’s attention. The three-time Super Bowl champ sported sunglasses and a blue animal print zip-up jacket to start the show.

“WWE picked the right guy to host [WrestleMania] because I know how to start a party on Saturday night and finish it 30 hours later,” he said.

Twitter seemed entertained early on. 

WrestleMania 36 is one of the very few sporting events taking place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The event went on as scheduled, but no audience members were present at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

Gronk hosting WrestleMania, then, seemed to fit in with the weirdness of everything else mid-pandemic. 

The Twitter reactions to Gronk appeared to become more negative as the night went on.

Gronk himself got in on some WWE action. He took down former champion R-Truth in the middle of a segment, but co-host Mojo Rawley jumped in, stole the pin and reclaimed the 24-7 title. 

It was an eventful Saturday night for Gronk inside an empty arena. His work earned him only mixed reviews on Twitter. 

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