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WrestleMania XXX staff predictions: Andre the Giant Battle Royale Odds
By MATTHEW ASHER and JON WALDMAN - SLAM! Wrestling


We're picking Dolph Ziggler in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale. Who are you taking? Photo by Ricky Havlik, RickyHavlik.com


With WrestleMania XXX quickly approaching, it's time to get our staff predictions for the Show of Shows. First up is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale.

While a few of the 30 spots are still open for participation, here are the current odds of those superstars already in the match.

We will keep adding people and their odds as the week goes on. Knowing WWE, a few names will be held back for surprise entries. Rob Van Dam is a name that keeps popping up, for example, and Chris Jericho wouldn't turn down an invitation.


THE FAVOURITES

Dolph Ziggler- Odds 5:3


It's been a rough year for the Showoff. The night after last year's ‘Mania he become the new WH Champ. Then bad luck followed when he lost the title following a legitimate concussion. Ziggler has been busting his ass more than usual lately. This is when he begins his comeback.

Sheamus- Odds: 2:1

There's been a lot of talk of Sheamus getting a push coming out of WrestleMania and he's certainly a constant threat. The dynamic with the Celtic Warrior that must be considered is a potential heel turn, which could start with a run of eliminating faces.

Mark Henry- Odds: 3:1

Henry plays perfectly into the "how is anyone going to eliminate this guy?" role, which either helps him or hinders him as a potential first elimination by a group of 10 Superstars. A final push for the big man isn't out of the question by any stretch.

Big E- Odds 7:2

Langston should be considered the true dark horse of the match. He's already established as the IC champ. He doesn't have to win this match to get more notoriety, just either eliminate a bunch of guys or last a long time (like Roman Reigns at the Rumble).

The Miz- Odds: 5:1

Miz has been pretty damn successful at 'Mania, and there's a good chance that WWE would look to keep his winning streak alive. Having said that, Miz's in-ring career seems to be winding down -- his matches are becoming fairly sparse on WWE TV.

Alberto Del Rio- Odds: 6:1

Del Rio is one of those Superstars who the brand extension helped greatly. He's an upper echelon heel who is above the secondary titles (IC, US) but now gets lost in the shuffle, hence his spot on the card. He's a definite threat to win, but his retirement talk could push him off the radar.

Rey Mysterio- Odds: 7:1

Sadly, Mysterio's legacy is being tarnished by his continual injuries. The only way Rey Rey wins is if this is his sendoff. Rey's so battered and bruised, tossing him out would almost be as risky as the prospect of Iron Sheik being eliminated at WM17's battle royal.

Santino Marella- Odds 9:1

Hear me out on this one! Remember back when it was down to him and Daniel Bryan in the Elimination Chamber for the World Heavyweight title? The crowd went nuts. Don't forget that Emma might be involved and save him from elimination once or twice. If this match kicks off ‘Mania rather than the pre-show, I could see it happening.

Big Show- Odds 10:1

A few weeks ago we had a mini battle-royal with Show looking like one of the favorites. If you know the WWE, that means he will put up a good fight but should be one of the final participants eliminated.


MIDCARDERS
Damien Sandow- Odds 11:1

Much like Ziggler, this past year hasn't been kind to Mr. Sandow. He won the MITB match, yet became the first person to lose his title match (Cena won his by DQ, but didn't get the title). He's had a string of bad luck including a terrible squash match against Sin Cara.

Christian- Odds 12:1

With a concussion scare, Christian is at long odds to even be part of the battle royal. An early elimination likely would serve him best, but then again this is WWE and if they're giving him one last run, this would be a good hype point.

Kofi Kingston- Odds: 12:1

Kofi's acrobatics will make him a star in the match but his chances of winning are long. Still, there's a bit of a hope here, as he's maintained a solid spot on the roster.

The Rhodes Boys (Cody and Goldust)- Odds 15:1

If this match was taking place at the Royal Rumble or even the Elimination Chamber, I could see one of the brothers winning, thus setting up a match at ‘Mania. Since this will already be at ‘Mania, it doesn't seem likely. Cody has the better odds of the two men, but it's unlikely either will win.

The Great Khali- Odds 20:1

Just like the Big Show, Khali's size and strength means he SHOULD be in there close to the end. However, you can't have a lot of big men ganging up on the smaller guys so expect Khali to be one of the first 10 men out.

Titus O'Neal- Odds: 21:1

Eliminating 10-15 Superstars would do wonders for a push that's been stalled. O'Neal has the opportunity to make a name here, but it's going to be hard given the depth of the overall field.


LONGSHOTS
Fandango- Odds 22:1

Remember just last year when Fandango's first official WWE match was a win against Chris Jericho at 'Mania 29? Me neither. Assuming Summer Rae joins him to the ring, fans should hope for him to stay a long time, at least so Summer Rae will be out there strutting her stuff.

Brodus Clay- Odds: 25:1

There was a point where Brodus seemed to be getting a push after breaking up with Tensai, but he's all but completely stalled now. At this point, Brodus is more likely to be NXT fodder than a serious contender.

Darren Young- Odds: 30:1

Young needs a breakout moment if he's going to not be the next Marty Jannetty. A couple big eliminations here could help that, but ultimately he's not taking home the trophy.

Sin Cara Odds: 45:1

At least we know for certain now who will be under the mask. Cara isn't a factor in this one at all... well, unless Camacho gets involved.

Zack Ryder- Odds: 75.6:1

Ryder's popularity hasn't stalled but his WWE career pretty much has. I could see WWE teasing him as the winner by going into the final four, but there's no way he's winning.

Justin Gabriel- Odds: 100:1

Gabriel is in a dangerous position in WWE. Unless the rumoured Cruiserweight show gets going, there's a probability that Gabriel will wade in the NXT waters for the remainder of his active career before becoming a trainer. He's not winning.

R-Truth- Odds: 250:1

What's Up? Your body, before it careens over the top rope and to the floor.

Brad Maddox - 499:1 (announced on Raw Mar. 31)

The only reason Maddox isn't a full 500:1 listing is because of the faint, faint thought of a powerplay that would get him support of a larger superstar like Big Show until the final elimination.

3MB (Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal & Drew McIntyre)- Odds ∞:1

That's right, there is NO chance any of the members of 3MB are leaving NOLA winning this match. Until they stop being jobbers for literally everybody else on the roster, they're not winning this. McIntyre has the best odds of the three members, but it's not going to happen.



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