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Rob Gronkowski takes a beating at WWE event in Boston, and he wasn’t even there

Rob Gronkowski (right) announced his retirement from football on Sunday.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

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Lio Rush certainly did not win over any Patriots fans on Monday night.

Just one day after Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement, the professional wrestler took a not-so-subtle shot at the former Patriots tight end while, at the same time, talking some smack to Irishman Finn Bálor at the WWE’s Monday Night Raw event in Boston.

“You should have just quit while you were ahead,” Rush said to Bálor. “You really should have. Now you’re going to be forced to leave the game as a beaten, broken, hot piece of garbage like Rob Gronkowski.”


As expected, it didn’t take long for the crowd at TD Garden to begin vehemently booing.

Could the jab be setting up a possible Gronkowski storyline in WWE? There has been speculation Gronkowski could make a foray into WWE after his football career ended, so planting the seeds for that in Boston certainly makes sense.

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