6 Most likely candidates to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
A look at potential candidates to win this year's Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
It seems like a distant memory now but when the WWE announced the first-ever Andre the Giant Battle Royal at Wrestlemania 30, fans were very excited at the prospect. Battle royals are often fun and exciting matches, and it seemed like a nice way to get more superstars on the card.
The original match, which was won by Cesaro, was so hyped that it felt as though the victory could be a career-defining moment for the chosen superstar. Fast forward 4 years, however, and the match has become little more than a joke.
Mojo Rawley's victory at last year's event cemented the match's speedy fall from grace and the match is now seen as nothing more than a pre-show filler.
That looks set to change this year, though, with the company reported wanting to push the match back into relevance to coincide with the release of ESPN's documentary about Andre the Giant. Reports have suggested that the winner of this year's match will be in for a big push, and if that is the case, then you can expect this year's winner to be someone a lot more notable than Mojo Rawley.
Conflicting reports from earlier this week suggest that the match may be replaced by the first ever Women's version of the bout, but considering how many rumored changes there have been to this card, it's safe to assume the WWE will likely change their mind on this again.
If handled correctly, and given a relevant placing on the Mania card, the winner of this year's match could be instantly elevated up the card, so let's take at the five superstars most likely to win the fifth ever Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal match.
If the match is truly going to be used to help somebody advance their career for once, then Elias would be my first choice for this year's winner.
The former drifter is on the best form of his career at the moment, and having him get a big victory at Wrestlemania would be a big signal of intent for the character from the WWE.
The Andre the Giant Battle Royal was originally supposed to be a launching pad for mid-carders within the company, and while the victory has certainly not benefitted previous winners, the WWE's renewed interest in the match, for this year at least, may mean that the winner could be in line for a big push.
The company would be crazy not to cash in on Elias' momentum right now, and with the former NXT star currently without someone to walk with at Wrestlemania, this might be the best way to give him a big moment on the grandest stage of them all.