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André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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.

HistoryEdit

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.

ReceptionEdit

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]

WinnersEdit

ParticipantsEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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.