Mojo Rawley’s heavy hands and explosive power meet the ring expertise of Curt Hawkins on this Sunday’s WWE Elimination Chamber 2017 Kickoff.
Rawley and Hawkins have had their share of volatile run-ins, including one recent locker-room showdown that was precipitated by Hawkins mocking Rawley’s friendship with New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Curt Hawkins steps up to Mojo Rawley clearly with the intention of insulting him, but gets a little more than he bargained for in the process.
Hawkins also took to Twitter to take potshots at not only Rawley, but Gronkowski as well, days after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory, which earned the team an honorary WWE Championship in addition to the Vince Lombardi Trophy:
With boundless energy and strength to spare, Rawley is a supreme athlete and a dangerous threat to anybody on Team Blue’s roster. Yet, the former NXT Superstar sacrifices much experience to Hawkins, who may well view his Kickoff competition as a puppy who hasn’t yet grown into his oversized paws. Will Hawkins lean on his universally admired ring IQ to claim a big singles victory? Or will Mojo’s bruising physicality run roughshod over the former WWE Tag Team Champion, making Hawkins regret opening his mouth about Gronkowski in the first place?
Just as intriguing is the matter of whether Rawley will consult Zack Ryder, who is currently on the disabled list, prior to Sunday. As a former teammate of Hawkins and the Hype Bros partner of Rawley, Ryder possesses key insight into both Superstars’ strategies. Could that make the difference this Sunday?