Baron Corbin Wins Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WWE WrestleMania 32

Danny Webster@@DannyWebster21Analyst IIIApril 4, 2016

MetLife Stadium is packed with fans as they watch the WWE Wrestlemania 29 event Sunday, April 7, 2013, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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In a night of unexpected moves, there was plenty of room for one more as NXT star Baron Corbin won the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by eliminating Kane at Wrestlemania 32 on Sunday.

WrestleMania's official Twitter account shared a shot of Corbin posing with his newly won trophy:

WWE WrestleMania @WrestleMania

STATEMENT MADE by @BaronCorbinWWE, winner of the 3rd Annual #AndreTheGiant Memorial Battle Royal! #WrestleMania https://t.co/dskwoJKkdS

In a field of entrants that ranged from Big Show to Diamond Dallas Page to Shaquille O'Neal, the rising star earned the victory. But yes, the Big Aristotle was the final entrant in the Battle Royal, though he lasted all of two minutes.

WWE captured the NBA legend's entrance:


It's @NBA great @SHAQ as the final entrant in the #AndreMemorial Battle Royal!! #WrestleMania https://t.co/EkdUvzLXGr

Fresh off the Shane McMahon-Undertaker Hell in a Cell match, the crowd didn't have enough energy to care about the outcome, especially once Shaq was eliminated. The final four of the matchup featured Corbin, Kane, Tatanka and Darren Young.

Kane eliminated Tatanka and Young simultaneously before Corbin came from behind to eliminate The Big Red Machine and capture the signature moment of his young WWE career.

The former NFL offensive lineman even got some love from former teammates, including Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee:

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Pat McAfee @PatMcAfeeShow

Former Colt offensive lineman.. @BaronCorbinWWE wins the Andre The Giant Battle Royal... This is really cool.. Congrats brother

WWE Hall of Fame announcer Jim Ross thought this was a perfect way to launch Corbin on to the main roster, if WWE wants to go that route soon:

Jim Ross @JRsBBQ

Another surprising finish at #WrestleMania with @BaronCorbinWWE winning the Battle Royal. Nice way to introduce him to the main roster

Bleacher Report's Donald Wood feels the same way:

Donald Wood @Donald_Wood

I don't hate Baron Corbin. This is a good way to introduce him to the main roster. #WrestleMania

Corbin was coming off a loss to the debuting Austin Aries during Friday's NXT TakeOver: Dallas special. He's been on the wrong end of NXT decisions in the last couple of months, notably in the NXT Championship picture with Sami Zayn and Samoa Joe.

Despite those shortcomings, this could be the moment that gets Corbin into a more prominent role in NXT and perhaps on the main roster. The Battle Royal hasn't served much of a purpose over the last two years in terms of buildup after WrestleMania, but it could be different this time around with Corbin as the winner.

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