Mojo Rawley has discussed how he got his tryout with WWE and reveals he was helped by his friendship with four-time Super Bowl winner Rob Gronkowski.
Rawley joined WWE in 2012 as part of the NXT brand. His over-the-top enthusiasm and ‘Stay Hype’ mentality won him over with the fans. He formed The Hype Bros tag team with Zack Ryder in 2015 and was teaming with Ryder when he was called up to the WWE main roster in 2016.
The highlight of Rawley’s WWE career came in the André The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 33 in 2017 when Rawley won the trophy with a helping hand coming from The Gronk.
Now speaking to Chris Van Vliet on his Insight podcast, Mojo Rawley has revealed that his connection with Gronkowski is what helped him get to WWE in the first place.
“It was such a strange thing. Rob Gronkowski’s brothers are like brothers to me and his dad is like a dad to me. His dad, Mr. Gronk, was college roommates with Mike Rotunda. So I guess they were having a conversation and my name came up. IRS [Rotunda] said that this is a guy we would like to look at. I went to a house show in Buffalo, the boys had a blast. We went to a RAW in DC and met Mr. Regal. I also talked with some of the guys to see all things backstage. That was it, they offered me the developmental deal right there on the spot. I had no idea what I was getting into that was it. All of it was based on a phone call I wasn’t on.”
Mojo Rawley stayed with WWE before he was released from his contract along with a slew of talents on April 15th, 2021. His last match in the company had come ten previously when he lost to Shorty G [Chad Gable] on SmackDown.