Predicting Most Likely Winners of Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2014

Predicting Most Likely Winners of Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal

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    It wouldn't be WrestleMania without a Battle Royal. This year, the multi-man extravaganza takes on extra significance.

    As Hulk Hogan announced on Raw, the Battle Royal at Mania will decide the first winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.

    That means the winner will have to be chosen carefully from a huge field of 30 Superstars, many of whom will feel a win could launch their career post-WrestleMania.

    Unfortunately, there is a whole host of men for creative to choose from, even some that are only just stepping up from NXT.

    Let's take a look at five of the most likely winners of this fascinating Battle Royal match.

Dolph Ziggler

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    Surely the WWE is going to give Dolph Ziggler a break soon?

    The night after WrestleMania 29 saw him cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase, beating Alberto Del Rio. Since then, things have been pretty dismal for Dolph.

    Could this Battle Royal be the moment when Ziggler relaunches his timid career with the company? There will be plenty of people who are hoping so, that is for certain.

    He can still draw a reaction from the crowd and can still entertain in the ring. This seems to be Dolph's big chance to show everyone what he can do.

    With all the big names occupied elsewhere, Dolph Ziggler could be one of the men to beat in this Battle Royal.

Big E

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    The Intercontinental champion was one of the first to confirm his entry in the Battle Royal, and the fact he is in possession of the belt nudges him ahead of the pack when it comes to possible winners.

    It is bizarre to think that Big E won't be defending his championship at WrestleMania—that is a big loss for the show. However, names like Big E are going to be needed in a Battle Royal involving 30 men.

    The champion certainly has a chance in this match. If the WWE is going to make something worthwhile out of his reign as champion following WrestleMania, winning this event would be a great start.

    Big E certainly has to be considered as one of the favorites when it comes to winning this match.

Big Show

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    It may seem farfetched to some, but you have to consider the Big Show as one of the main players in this match.

    His return to WWE TV a couple of weeks ago was pretty impressive, and he seems to be coming back into the WWE at the right time.

    And above all else, the match is in honor of another great giant in Andre. Having him outlast the rest in this gargantuan battle could be the perfect way to cement Big Show as a legend in the eyes of many WWE fans.

    The only argument against Show winning is that there could well be guys backstage who need a victory more than he does. The likes of Dolph Ziggler and Big E—guys we've already touched upon—are two such examples.

    However, it doesn't mean Show can be immediately discounted. He will be in the running.

Alexander Rusev

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    Let's be honest. There is clearly a reason why Lana and Alexander Rusev have been appearing each and every week on Raw.

    The big Bulgarian made his debut at the Royal Rumble, a match similar to the one we're going to have at WrestleMania. He has rarely been seen in action since, so could the company be building up towards him winning this match at Mania?

    It could certainly be a possibility. If the future is indeed bright for Rusev, then don't rule out him winning his WrestleMania debut in 2014.

    Quite where it would take him is anybody's guess. However, in terms of the runners and riders for this match, all the hype Alexander Rusev has been getting puts him towards the front of the queue.

Roman Reigns

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    The first teasing of a split between The Shield came at the Royal Rumble when Roman Reigns eliminated both Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

    Could the final straw come in the Battle Royal at WrestleMania XXX? It may not be completely out of the question. A potential Triple Threat match between all three members of the group is looking less likely by the week.

    The Shield will need to be somewhere on the card if they aren't going at it with each other. This Battle Royal looks like the most likely place.

    Could it be the moment Roman Reigns finally breaks away from Rollins and Ambrose and wins the event? Perhaps. The momentum—and popularity—Reigns has gathered makes him a credible winner.

    There are plenty of candidates to win this event, but Roman Reigns sure is a possible one.