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Big Show Wins Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WWE WrestleMania 31

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 29, 2015

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Sunday, Big Show forever carved out a piece of WrestleMania history by winning the second Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Big Show bulldozed his way through the contestants, taking out Ryback and others before a head-to-head encounter with Mizdow. 

 Mizdow, the fan favorite after quitting his job by eliminating The Miz, put up a fight but couldn't eliminate the man seemingly destined to win and take his place in history.

WWE Universe captured Big Show with his new hardware:

Credit: WWE.com.

ESPN's Michelle Beadle offered another perspective:

WWE Universe @WWEUniverse

Twins! #AndreBattleRoyal @WWETheBigShow @WrestleMania http://t.co/KtAFcwCew5

Things started in hectic fashion, as they tend to do in a Battle Royal. A number of individuals put on strong performances over the course of the match. 

NXT sensation Hideo Itami displayed some of his innovative offense, eliminating Bo Dallas, much to the delight of the entire NXT promotion:

Michelle Beadle @MichelleDBeadle

Big dude. Big trophy. #Wrestlemania http://t.co/z8EeSpIIp6

Hideo Itami's brief appearance in the big leagues ended after he thought it wise to go toe-to-toe with Big Show.

As WrestlingNewsSource points out, it was a bit surprising to see Kofi Kingston without his usual high-flying survival spot:

WWE NXT @WWENXT

Let’s go @HideoItami! HI-DE-O! HI-DE-O! #AndreBattleRoyal #WrestleMania

Curtis Axel and Axelmania put on a show at the very start, before the other contestants grew tired of his shirt-ripping charade and ganged up on him to throw him over the top rope.

WWE WrestleMania captured the moment:

WrestlingNewsSource.com @WNSource

No Kofi spot for this battle royal. Big Show, Ryback or Mizdow really are the men to watch. #Wrestlemania

His pre-match premonition didn't exactly pan out:

WWE WrestleMania @WrestleMania

#AXELMANIA did not run wild at @WrestleMania. #AndreBattleRoyal @RealCurtisAxel http://t.co/P1qofXglsp

Ryback had to be considered the early favorite, eliminating The Ascension and Darren Young on his own. He looked ready to eliminate Big Show too, until The Authority cohort Kane stepped in and made the save.

In the end, Big Show got the best of a red-hot Ryback, leaving just he, The Miz and Mizdow in the ring.

Rather than team up on the bigger contestant, a heated conversation caused Mizdow to turn on his boss and eliminate The Miz himself:

Curtis Axel @RealCurtisAxel

Walked into #WrestleMania as the Royal Rumble winner, walking out the winner of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal! #AxelMania @WWE

Mizdow was actually the only superstar in the match—other than Curtis Axel, of course—to have a storyline building up to and possibly through the match. 

Instead, in a bit of a swerve, Big Show survived an onslaught of offense from Mizdow to score the gigantic trophy.

Big Show joins Cesaro, last year's winner of the inaugural match by eliminating the giant himself, as a winner.

Where Big Show goes from here is up to The Authority, with the most obvious repercussions of the historic match centering on The Miz and his ex-underling, Mizdow.


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