André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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The André the Giant Memorial Trophy, awarded to the winner of the Battle Royal

The André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is an annual namesake battle royal held at WrestleMania by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE.[1]

The match is named in honor of André the Giant - a WWE Hall of Fame inductee wrestler who at over seven feet tall and weighing 500 pounds was known as "The King of the Battle Royal" due to winning a large majority of such matches he participated in.[2] In 2018, a female counterpart to this match was established, which debuted at WrestleMania 34 - the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal.

History[edit]

On the March 10, 2014 episode of Raw, WrestleMania XXX host Hulk Hogan established the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in honor of André's legacy that would take place at the event on April 6, with the winner receiving the André the Giant Memorial Trophy (made in the likeness of André).[2] Cesaro won the match after eliminating Big Show using a body slam just as Hogan did to André at WrestleMania III.[3]

At WrestleMania 31 on March 29, 2015, the second annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal took place at Levi's Stadium as part of the pre-show, establishing the match as a yearly tradition. Big Show - a wrestler often compared to André due to his similar size and stature and originally billed as André's (storyline) son when he debuted in World Championship Wrestling in 1995 - won the match by last eliminating Damien Mizdow.[4]

At WrestleMania 32 on April 3, 2016, the third annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was held on the main card with Baron Corbin last eliminating Kane to win the match, which was also notable for former NBA player Shaquille O'Neal entering as a surprise participant.[5]

The fourth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was held at WrestleMania 33 during the pre-show April 2, 2017 as part of the Kickoff Show. The match was won by Mojo Rawley, who was assisted by his friend, NFL player Rob Gronkowski, in last eliminating Jinder Mahal to win.

The fifth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal took place at the venue where the original match occurred - the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana - as part of WrestleMania 34's pre-show on April 8, 2018. The match was won by Matt Hardy who last eliminated Baron Corbin to win.

The sixth annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal was held at WrestleMania 35 during the pre-show on April 7, 2019. Comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live were confirmed as participants on the March 25, 2019 episode of Raw as part of a storyline involving Braun Strowman, who won the match by last eliminating Jost.[6]

Heath Slater is the only wrestler to have been in all six battle royals.

Reception[edit]

Writing for PWInsider in 2017, Dave Scherer saw no reason for viewers to care about the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, given how winners have been booked and further said: "It's great that talent will get on the show for WrestleMania, but that match hasn't meant anything thus far."[7]

Winners[edit]

Winner Date Location WrestleMania Runner Up
Cesaro April 6, 2014 New Orleans, Louisiana XXX Big Show
Big Show March 29, 2015 Santa Clara, California 31 Damien Mizdow
Baron Corbin April 3, 2016 Arlington, Texas 32 Kane
Mojo Rawley April 2, 2017 Orlando, Florida 33 Jinder Mahal
Matt Hardy April 8, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana 34 Baron Corbin
Braun Strowman April 7, 2019 East Rutherford, New Jersey 35 Colin Jost

Participants[edit]

Cesaro was the first ever winner of the battle royal at WrestleMania XXX.
Big Show was the 2015 winner at WrestleMania 31.
Baron Corbin was the winner of the 2016 André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
Superstar XXX 31 32 33 34 35
Adam Rose Yes Yes
Aiden English Yes Yes
Alberto Del Rio Yes
Alex Riley Yes
Ali Yes
Andrade Yes
Apollo Crews Yes Yes Yes
Baron Corbin Won Yes
Big E Yes Yes
Big Show Yes Won Yes Yes
Bo Dallas Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bobby Roode Yes
Brad Maddox Yes
Braun Strowman Yes Won
Brodus Clay Yes
Cesaro Won Yes
Chad Gable Yes Yes Yes
Cody Rhodes Yes
Colin Jost Yes
Curt Hawkins Yes Yes
Curtis Axel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Damien Sandow/Mizdow Yes Yes Yes
Darren Young Yes Yes Yes
Dash Wilder Yes
David Otunga Yes
Diamond Dallas Page Yes
Dolph Ziggler Yes Yes Yes
Drew McIntyre Yes
EC3 Yes
Epico Colón/Fernando Yes Yes
Erick Rowan Yes
Fandango Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Goldust Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gran Metalik Yes
The Great Khali Yes
Heath Slater Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hideo Itami Yes
Jack Swagger Yes Yes
Jason Jordan Yes
Jeff Hardy Yes
Jey Uso Yes
Jimmy Uso Yes Yes
Jinder Mahal Yes Yes Yes
Justin Gabriel Yes
Kalisto Yes Yes
Kane Yes Yes Yes
Karl Anderson Yes Yes
Killian Dain Yes
Kofi Kingston Yes Yes
Konnor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Lince Dorado Yes
Luke Gallows Yes Yes
Luke Harper Yes Yes
Mark Henry Yes Yes Yes Yes
Matt Hardy Won Yes
Michael Che Yes
Mike Kanellis Yes
The Miz Yes Yes
Mojo Rawley Won Yes
No Way Jose Yes
Otis Yes
Primo Colón/Diego Yes Yes Yes
R-Truth Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rey Mysterio Yes
Rhyno Yes Yes Yes
Ryback Yes
Sami Zayn Yes
Santino Marella Yes
Scott Dawson Yes
Shaquille O'Neal Yes
Sheamus Yes
Shelton Benjamin Yes Yes
Simon Gotch Yes
Sin Cara Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tatanka Yes
Tian Bing Yes
Titus O'Neil Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tucker Yes
Tye Dillinger Yes
Tyler Breeze Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tyson Kidd Yes Yes
Viktor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Xavier Woods Yes Yes
Yoshi Tatsu Yes
Zack Ryder Yes Yes Yes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Caldwell, James. "WrestleMania 30 PPV results: (Hour 2): Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Cena vs. Bray, big moment for Cesaro in the Andre Battle Royal, Shield vs. Outlaws". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Raw results: Bryan occupies Raw and Triple H says 'YES!' ... with a twist". WWE.com. Stamford, Connecticut: WWE. March 10, 2014. Retrieved March 10, 2014.
  3. ^ Paglino, Nick (April 6, 2014). "And the Winner of the Andre the Giant Battle Royal Is..." Wrestlezone.
  4. ^ McCauley, Kevin (March 29, 2015). "WrestleMania 31 results: Big Show wins Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal". SBNation.com. Vox Media.
  5. ^ Passero, Mitch. "Baron Corbin won the 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal". WWE. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Killam, Mike. "'Saturday Night Live' Hosts Colin Jost & Michael Che Will Compete At WrestleMania". ProWrestling.com. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  7. ^ Scherer, Dave (March 14, 2017). "Can anything still happen in WWE, Why should we care about the Andre Battle Royal, Is Anthem the new Turner where management is concerned and more". PWInsider. Retrieved March 14, 2017.