Mojo Rowley Reveals Possibilities Of Rob Gronkowski’s potential To Be A WWE Superstar
Winner of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal Mojo Rowley recently spoke to Fox Sports where he discussed a lot of interesting stuff including Rob Gronkowski’s potential to be a wrestler, Zack Ryder’s injury and more. Below are some highlights;
Fox Sports: It’s been a crazy few months for you. Back in December, the Hype Bros became No. 1 contenders, but Zack Ryder suffered an injury at the end of the match that derailed your run. Do you remember what you were thinking and feeling that night?
Mojo Rawley: “That was a big night for us because Zack and I had kind of had an unconventional route to the main roster. a lot of teams, they either get called up together or they’re formed when they’re already on Raw or SmackDown, but not often has there been a team where one guy was currently in NXT and one guy was up on the main roster. So right away, we kind of had a disadvantage from the start – never really getting to see each other, being booked separately and whatnot.
You fast forward through a year or so of hard work, of trying to make this team work but never having it be easy or convenient for us too. We’re stringing together a bunch of wins, but there hadn’t been any really career-defining wins. And now we come to Washington D.C., my hometown, where I was born and raised five minutes from the arena. And we have this No. 1 contender’s battle royal. It was a pretty crazy match, in the end, we ended up winning – and I didn’t know that Zack got hurt on the last move of the match.”
Mojo Rawley on Zack Ryder’s injury:
“I came flying out to celebrate with him, and I kind of like bear-hugged him and dove on him, and I saw the look on his face afterwards and I was like ‘man, I think something bad just happened. Something’s off here.’
He was a tremendous amount of pain, and I don’t want to get graphic or anything, but sitting there with him… he was a mess. And the docs come out and they pulled his kneepad down, his knee cover, and his kneecap was off to the side of his leg. The second I saw that I was just like ‘oh no.’ I didn’t think anything about the future at that moment, I was just hoping my buddy would be alright. We carried him to the back and he sat there in the trainer’s room and he was just in so much pain. He had a patella rupture. I know a lot of knee injuries, but I don’t know much about the patella, so there are so much doubt and uncertainty associated with it.
It was crazy, man. Yeah, we just became No. 1 contenders and yeah I knew he was probably going to be out for a while, but I just wanted to focus on making sure my friend was going to be alright. Because he had been so good to me, coming back to NXT to try and make this team work. Spending his off days on the road coming back. The guy was… he had no life the entire time as a team. He had to take care of both his Raw and SmackDown commitments in addition to NXT. Absolutely brutal.
So to kind of get chopped down right at the height of our tag team, the biggest moment of our team’s career was just really unfortunate.”
Fox Sports: You tweeted that you worked out with Zack recently? How much have you been able to keep in touch and how is he doing?
Mojo Rawley: “Well Zack and I live in the same city, now, so I get to see him a lot more than I normally would have. When guys are injured, they have the option to go rehab wherever they really want to. Being in Orlando is convenient because the WWE Performance Center’s there. I’ve seen Zack in rehab before, you know, we were just kind of joking around and having a little fun with the fact that we were both in the weight room at the same time.
Granted, we’re doing completely different workouts, and he was still focusing on his rehab as opposed to me going through one of my typical workouts. It was just good to see him in there and kind of be back on the grind and get to the gym together, one way or another. It’s good to see the progress he’s made, and he’s getting close to coming back. I can’t wait for that to happen.”
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