Report: Big Change Planned for Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal?

Aaron Bower@@aaronbowerFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2014


One of the big matches planned for WrestleMania XXX is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal—and it seems there is a big change planned that may shock a few fans.

You would imagine that a match of this caliber would have a significant place on the WrestleMania card, but according to F4WOnline (h/t Lords of Pain), it may not even make the main show, as Marc Middleton of Lords of Pain writes:

It's said that the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal for WrestleMania XXX may end up on the pre-show, which seems like a waste for a match that was announced by Hulk Hogan and features several top WWE Superstars.

This seems like an absolutely bizarre decision from those backstage in the WWE. First and foremost is the fact that the match is being held as a tribute to Andre the Giant, one of the most iconic wrestlers in the history of WrestleMania. His match against Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III is still regarded as one of the biggest matches in the history of WrestleMania.

It seemed like a pretty big thing last week when Hulk Hogan opened up Raw to announce the trophy. We even had John Cena coming out and declaring his intent to wrestle in the matchalthough that quickly changed when Bray Wyatt came out.

We are likely to get a raft of entrants from people who do not have any plans for the show. The likes of Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler and even Sheamus could enter the match. There will be some pretty big names involved, and that gives the match plenty of substance.

The decision to seemingly consign the match to the pre-showbefore the event actually even beginsis ludicrous. It would fill up plenty of time across the four-hour event that will be WrestleMania XXX, and it would give some of the aforementioned guys a chance to be on the show and in the spotlight.

You would imagine there would be plenty of other matches that could be dropped into the pre-show instead of this Battle Royal, which will be a great event. WrestleMania has had plenty of great Battle Royal matches on the card in the past, and this surely would have been another.

Hopefully the guys who ran this story have got it badly wrong. But if it's true, hopefully the WWE creative team decides to change its mind and put this match in the actual WrestleMania cardwhere it surely belongs.