Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WrestleMania 30: The Paycheck

Hulk Hogan recalled his match with Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III as his inspiration for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania. But, as you may know from watching WWE Network at the very least, Andre was in the first ever WrestleMania winning the Body Slam Challenge against Big John Studd.

This would be a great honor for the first inductee to the Hall of Fame, if this wasn't an over promotion of the typical let's-give-these-guys-a-paycheck-and-throw-them-in-a-battle-royal match held during many WrestleManias. The only difference is this year, there's a trophy.

Yes, this is the consolation match for all the guys in the locker room who didn't make their way to a compelling or semi-compelling story worthy of WrestleMania by now, but did work hard all year to be at WrestleMania.

Since this is also the 30th Anniversary, I wouldn't be surprised if a few guys from the first WrestleMania, like Rowdy Roddy Piper, Cowboy Bob Orton, Ricky the Dragon Steamboat, the Iron Sheik, Jimmy Snuka or even Mr. T find their way into the match. Having one of the guys from "Legends House" (which premieres April 10), like Piper, could help with cross-promotion.

I would like to see Big Show win, since the big guy never wins Battle Royals and this one is named after the wrestler with the same condition he has. Big Show was even once upon a time Andre's son in a story. Another guy with "big" in his name may be more likely- Big E Langston seems to be getting a push lately, and I'm pretty sure that was new entrance music I heard for him...


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