The real reason that the WWE Andre The Giant Battle Royal was removed from WrestleMania 37 has been revealed in a new report.
With the exception of last year’s show, every edition of WrestleMania since 2014 has featured the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. It was previously announced that this match will return this year, but on SmackDown, the day before WrestleMania 37.
This decision seemed odd to many, who viewed the battle royal as a chance for many stars to step inside the WrestleMania ring. According to a new report, this change was made to shorten the length of the April 10 and 11 shows.
As per Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE don’t plan for either night to exceed 3 and a half hours. Melzer also noted that the show is starting later than he anticipated, leading him to believe that both nights will be streamlined and shorter than other recent WrestleMania cards.
Here is the full quote:
“Yeah, because I think they don’t wanna go more than 3 and half hours on both shows, especially since they’re starting an hour later than I expected. They’re starting both shows at 8 (pm EST) instead of 7 (pm EST).”
Participants confirmed for this year’s battle royal include Akira Tozawa, Angel Garza, Cedric Alexander, Drew Gulak, Elias, Erik, Gran Metalik, Humberto Carrillo, Jaxson Ryker, Jey Uso, Kalisto, King Corbin, Lince Dorado, Mace, Murphy, Mustafa Ali, Ricochet, Shelton Benjamin, Shinsuke Nakamura, Slapjack, T-Bar, and Tucker.
WWE also announced a four-way match for the Smackdown Tag Team Championship for the go-home Smackdown show. Bobby Roode & Dolph Ziggler will battle The Street Profits, Rey & Dominik Mysterio and Otis & Chad Gable on the last WWE show before WrestleMania 37.