Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer recently reported that the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal won’t be taking place at WrestleMania 34. We can now confirm that this is certainly not the case!
According to The Dirty Sheets (which is the most accurate source for WWE News currently), the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will happen at WrestleMania for the 5th time and heavy emphasis will be given to the match due to HBO Sports’ documentary on Andre the Giant premiering just 2 days after WrestleMania 34.
WWE officials think they would be able to work on more projects with Bill Simmons (man behind the Andre documentary) & HBO Network if this Andre documentary draws strong viewership.
Not only this, The Dirty Sheets also revealed the current plan for who is scheduled to win this match. You can read it below if you wish to know.
Current plan is for SmackDown Live Superstar Rusev to win this match and give the fans a feel good moment to kick off the show (if this match is on the Kickoff Show or the first match on the main show).
However, we noted earlier that Braun Strowman is in a weird position right now as WWE officials are worried about more information coming out regarding Roman Reigns’ involvement in the steroid distribution ring.
This is the reason why they booked Braun Strowman to attack Reigns after the match, so that they can book a Triple Threat match for the Universal Title at WrestleMania 34 if something goes wrong for Reigns in this steroid distribution case and they have an “out” by booking Strowman in the match.
With that being said, Strowman’s previous plans of him teaming up with Ronda Rousey or being involved in the Intercontinental Title picture at WrestleMania 34 are out of the window.
If Strowman doesn’t end up getting booked in the Universal Title match at WrestleMania 34, then he could end up doing something lame at WrestleMania 34 – like facing Kane once again or being a part of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (which he was a part of last year as well and lost).
If Strowman is a part of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34, then it’s almost a guarantee that he’ll win the match.
So the winner of the 5th Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner at WrestleMania 34 will either be Braun Strowman (if he’s in the match) or Rusev (if Strowman isn’t in the match).
Below are 4 winners of this annual match till now:
– Cesaro (WrestleMania 30 in 2014)
– The Big Show (WrestleMania 31 Kickoff Show in 2015)
– Baron Corbin (WrestleMania 32 in 2016)
– Mojo Rawley (WrestleMania 33 Kickoff Show in 2017)
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