As it stands, the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal has yet to be been announced for WrestleMania 37. There’s a chance it just doesn’t come back, just as it wasn’t part of last year’s WrestleMania, but I still think it’s a possibility (and have tossed out my top 5 favorite options to win)
However, there’s even less of a chance the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal will make its return this year. These matches aren’t prioritized and the women’s version has even less of a legacy, as well as a flawed title, after the whole Fabulous Moolah Memorial name change. I still think it should be retitled the Chyna Memorial and everyone would be okay with it, since she was the Ninth Wonder of the World and it would be a great reference to Andre, but that’s not the point of this post.
Instead, I’d like to toss out two ideas I would pitch to WWE if I were on the creative team right at this particular moment, as opposed to something I would have spent weeks or months being able to build. Assuming I can’t change anything in the past and I can only start with this upcoming episode of SmackDown on March 26th, here are the two ways I would like to see something like this go down.
Option A – The Regular WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal
Let’s say WWE isn’t interested in doing something different and, at best, is just open to the idea of a regular battle royal the way things have been the past few years.
I’m okay with that. In fact, there are plenty of options for what to do with this match that I think it could be one of the more interesting outcomes of the night.
My go-to thought would be Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler are the two most dominant people in the match and one of them eliminates the other. Let’s do the opposite of Royal Rumble, in fact. Ultimately, whoever would take out the remainder would win the match, as that would be the finale.
Ideally, I’d go with Reckoning, but without that gimmick. Let’s just have her be Mia Yim again. Winning a match like this could help propel her to becoming a featured part of the women’s division on Raw going forward and I think she’s more than deserving of the victory.
If that’s not something Vince McMahon is okay with, how about Chelsea Green? The poor girl has had so many roadblocks in her way that it’s halted her momentum multiple times. Let’s allow her the chance to do something positive and feel like it was all worth it. Again, giving a win to someone helps establish them so they don’t go onto the main roster cold.
That idea’s shot down? What about Sonya Deville winning when she inserts herself into the match using her powers as an authority figure? Deville is great, people would pop and it would give her her first big victory in WWE.
Still no? Maybe you want something funny to add a comedic element to WrestleMania and put smiles on faces? Billie Kay. You can even tie it into her saying she’s going to put that at the top of her resume going forward.
Finally, if you need a top five to be rounded out, we can go with the more obvious pick of the bunch and give it to Bayley. She’s the biggest name in the women’s division who isn’t somewhat factored into the WrestleMania plans. It’s the least interesting scenario in my mind, but it’s the one that makes the most sense for picking the person highest on the totem pole.
All in all, this is a simple, easy match to book. Toss every name in there that doesn’t have another spot on the card, let them call it in the ring and just settle on the final pieces of the puzzle like the winner ideas above. It will take longer to make the graphic for the match than it would to have booked this.
Option B – Women’s Tag Team Championship Battle Royal
What I’d rather have, though, is for WWE to change things up a bit. The trophy is bland and the name “WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal” is even more boring. Since the trophy means nothing, as nobody gets a solid push by winning it, let’s put something else on the line.
Jax and Baszler have run through the division, for the most part. They can come out on SmackDown or next week’s Raw and say that there is no single tag team that can beat them, as they’ve proven they’re able to take down every one of the other teams registered in WWE.
Then, someone like Sonya Deville can bring up the wording there: no single team can beat them. That means it’s time for a bigger challenge of multiple teams. And this year, instead of having a Fatal 4-Way or Six-Pack Challenge, Deville is going to have Jax and Baszler put the tag titles on the line in the battle royal.
Here’s the other kicker of the storyline: Deville has a sign-up sheet where people can register. If they want to make a team out of thin air, they can. There doesn’t need to be a precedent of having teamed before. You don’t have to be The Riott Squad to enter the match, for instance.
So that gives us these teams as guarantees:
- Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler
- Sexy Muscle Friends (Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose)
- The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan and Ruby Riott)
- Natalya and Tamina
- Lana and Naomi
Bayley isn’t doing anything, so let’s reform Baymella and put her with Carmella.
Chelsea Green was just backstage with Santana Garrett. There’s a new tag team and the “surprise new additions to the roster” that will make people pop.
Nikki Cross can approach Mia Yim. Reckoning is no longer a thing (at least, I’d pitch that) and backstage, they could chat about how they want to bring a different sort of reckoning to the table as a team. Yim’s got fire, Cross has spunk, and they could pair well together, at least temporarily.
Finally, Billie Kay cannot find anyone who is willing to sign up to join her…that is, until Peyton Royce fills her name in the blank. We’re reforming The IIconics, because neither one has been able to fully make it on their own and it’s time to admit that was a mistake.
The IIconics would definitely be the sentimental favorites to win and if you want the crowd to love this match, they’ll capture the tag titles and celebrate together, now as babyfaces.