The emerging Cesaro should be WWE's top choice to end the inaugural Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as the trophy-wielding victor.
As a means to capitalize on his surging momentum and to push a midcard star into headlining status, it's the right move to have Cesaro earn his WrestleMania moment by outlasting 29 other Superstars. The Swiss Superstar isn't quite ready to stand in the spotlight of the main event, but this is a far more effective move for him than a simple one-on-one contest.
Hulk Hogan announced that for the first time, WrestleMania would feature a battle royal in Andre the Giant's memory.
The honor of winning that bout won't help established stars. If John Cena, for example, were to win it, the trophy he claimed that night would get lost in his pile of accomplishments. Instead, this is a resume-booster best suited for a wrestler on the rise.
Championships are the most common way to signify a wrestler's success, but one-off accomplishments like this are powerful tools as well.
With the King of the Ring tournament gone and WWE likely to only have one Money in the Bank briefcase to offer now that the world titles have merged, the Andre the Giant Battle Royal is a welcome new option for men like Cesaro.
He has recently added to his collection of standout matches with Match of the Year candidate against Sami Zayn at NXT ArRIVAL and a clash against Cena on the Feb. 17 Raw.
It's performances like these that had fans' appreciation for him skyrocket. The reactions for him have grown increasingly loud, now becoming cheers befitting a top babyface.
WWE has apparently noticed F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, reported that Cesaro will "be pushed big time and is being planned for a big match at SummerSlam."
Winning the WrestleMania battle royal would be a fantastic jump-start for that reported push. It gives him an honor that no other Superstar has earned.
Like a championship belt, the trophy he'd win would be something for him to show off to the crowd, boast about and raise above his head to remind the audience of his victory.
The battle royal format can also include his burgeoning feud with Jack Swagger. The Real Americans have recently shown just as many signs of splintering as The Shield.
On Monday's Raw, Cesaro laughed at his partner for losing and then crushed his hand with a handshake.
That felt like heavy-handed foreshadowing that Cesaro and Swagger will face off at WrestleMania. Winning that potential match would be good for Cesaro, but nothing compared to what the battle royal can do for him.
Besides, it would be easy to book the battle royal so that The Real Americans break up during it and Cesaro last eliminates Swagger to signify that.
Singles matches are commonplace. No fan remembers all the one-on-one wins any Superstar has earned, but many folks can rattle off accomplishments like Jim Duggan winning the first Royal Rumble, Edge becoming the first-ever Mr. Money in the Bank and Shawn Michaels claiming the first Elimination Chamber victory.
Should the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal become WrestleMania tradition, winning the first edition will thrust one Superstar forward in a major way.
Choosing Cesaro for that role gives him added spotlight and gives more prestige to the match than if a Superstar lower on the card were to win it.
Cesaro resides just below the main-eventers. He proved he belonged on that level with his showing at Elimination Chamber.
His resume, growing popularity and in-ring style make it easy for the audience to buy into him winning the battle royal.
Imagine him overpowering his foes, dizzying an opponent with the Cesaro Swing before sending him over the top rope or uppercutting some unlucky Superstar from off the top turnbuckle.
Creating that image is the smart way to go.
After being the talk of both Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble, Roman Reigns doesn't need to win this battle royal. He has plenty of momentum as it is.
Big E is already wearing the Intercontinental Championship and Bray Wyatt is going to snatch his WrestleMania moment by way of tearing into Cena. Men like Damien Sandow and Dolph Ziggler haven't had enough recent success to build on.
Giving them the win isn't taken advantage of preexisting upward movement, it's a move that will feel forced.
Cesaro is the best choice to be the last man standing and to take home the trophy. It's the last bit of propulsion he needs.
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