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Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal returns on ‘WrestleMania SmackDown’ next week

As has become the norm, WWE is calling the final episode of Friday Night SmackDown before WrestleMania 39 “WrestleMania SmackDown” and putting a match that was supposed to become a new WrestleMania tradition on it. Indeed, the promotion announced that the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal will happen next Friday night in Los Angeles.

Here’s who is going to be in this year:

  • Joaquin Wilde
  • Cruz Del Toro
  • Mace
  • Mansoor
  • Karl Anderson
  • Luke Gallows
  • Shelton Benjamin
  • Cedric Alexander
  • Angel Garza
  • Humberto Carrillo
  • Ashante Adonis
  • Top Dolla
  • Santos Escobar
  • Dexter Lumis
  • Ridge Holland
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Mustafa Ali
  • Rick BOOGS
  • Elias
  • Johnny Gargano
  • Xavier Woods
  • LA Knight
  • Bobby Lashley
  • Karrion Kross
  • Baron Corbin
  • Bronson Reed
  • Madcap Moss

That’s 28 names and pretty much everyone who is anyone who doesn’t already have something to do otherwise. Lashley being included is awfully interesting, considering his status trying to promote a WrestleMania match that may or may not be happening. This could mean he got bad news, but we’ll have to wait to find out.

Moss won last year’s Andre and ultimately didn’t make much of it. We’ll see if this year’s winner can do more like Jey Uso did in 2021 and run with it.

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