On Sunday night, The WWE held WrestleMania 33, their biggest pay-per-view of the year.
In the event's opening match, a bevy of WWE superstars competed in the annual "Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale," and in a stunning turn of events the match was won by Mojo Rawley.
While this may not mean much on the surface, it should be pointed out that Mojo Rawley is the character portrayed by former Maryland Terrapins defensive lineman Dean Muhtadi.
After a solid career at Maryland in which he set numerous team weight room records and became the only player in school history to play every position on the defensive line in a single game, Muhtadi spent two seasons in the NFL as a member of the Cardinals and Packers practice squad. Muhtadi turned to pro wrestling and signed with WWE in 2012, becoming Mojo Rawley .
On Sunday night, Rawley scored undoubtedly the biggest victory of his career, besting the likes of Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman. But it wasn't without some outside help from none other than Rob Gronkowski. The real-life friend of Muhtadi hopped into the ring and helped Mojo Rawley gain the upper hand and eliminate the final two superstars.
Gronk just went HAM at WrestleMania!!! pic.twitter.com/CEk111smgY— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) April 2, 2017
As you will see in the video, Rawley's trunks and pads were emblazoned with the Maryland state flag.
Yes, wrestling is scripted. But heading into WrestleMania, few could predict Rawley be one of the final superstars left in the Battle Royale, let alone win it. But it wouldn't be WrestleMania without some outside celebrity help, and there are few celebrities inside the sports world bigger than Rob Gronkowski.