Editors' Choice: Who is the greatest Superstar in Battle Royal history?
It takes a special type of Superstar to dominate a Battle Royal. With so many Superstars confined to a 20-by-20 squared circle, competitors must pick and choose their spots. They need to somehow disappear yet be everywhere at the same time.
With a massive, 50-Superstar Battle Royal looming at WWE Super Showdown, WWE.com editors make a case for the best Superstars — male and female — to compete in the chaotic, over-the-top-rope stipulation.
Andre the Giant
Thanks to his 7-foot-4, 520-pound stature and his sheer dominance, Andre the Giant was always the biggest threat in Battle Royals. Gorilla Monsoon credited him with winning more Battle Royals than any other WWE Superstar.
As the obvious target in every Battle Royal, Andre typically had to fight off teams of Superstars — like at WrestleMania 2 when he shook off both members of The Hart Foundation to be the last man standing. Andre even has an annual WrestleMania melee named after him! As of now, every Superstar is chasing the giant. — JEFF LABOON
For all the wild feats of strength he’s managed in his very young career, Braun Strowman has low-key carved out a niche for himself as a reliable, feared Battle Royal competitor. This is no small accomplishment. Battle Royals often seem to have one big man who the commentary team anoints as the odds-on favorite, only for the big fella to be eliminated by some unlikely alliance of two or four or 15 Superstars, thereby clearing the field.
The Monster Among Men has been no such paper participant, however, winning the sixth Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal and the Greatest Royal Rumble Match within the span of a year, setting a few records in the latter while he was at it. Let’s not forget the time he also won a Tag Team Battle Royal by himself, which led to one of the more memorable WrestleMania moments of the past few years. Your faves could never. — ANTHONY BENIGNO
On Oct. 3, 1991, The British Bulldog won one of the greatest Battle Royals in WWE history at Battle Royal at the Albert Hall in London. Facing off against the likes of Hercules, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Earthquake, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and more, The Bulldog outlasted 19 other Superstars before eliminating Typhoon in a tremendous show of strength, to the elation of his countrymen.
The British Bulldog earns the title of “Mr. Battle Royal” given the legends he outlasted that night, and the fact that the match took place in his home country only adds to the impressive feat — KEVIN POWERS
Thesis: Carmella is better than all other living beings.
Argument: By their very nature, Battle Royals put the best in one ring with the goal of determining who the very best is. It’s only natural, then, that Carmella be deemed “Ms. Battle Royal.”
Princess Mella’s key Battle Royal victories include a 2016 Battle Royal in NXT (that earned her an NXT Women’s Championship Match), as well as winning this year’s WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal — a rare example of a Superstar triumphing in Battle Royals in NXT and as a member of Raw or SmackDown LIVE.
Conclusion: Carmella, as always, is better than you. She’s better than me. She’s better than all of us — and she is the Princess of the Battle Royal. — RYAN PAPPOLLA
The Great Khali
When a Superstar stands tall at 7-foot-3 and tips the scales at 420 pounds, there are not many arguments against calling him “Mr. Battle Royal.” The Great Khali’s frightening power was on display in a 20-man fray for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship in 2007.
The Punjabi Nightmare chopped through the competition as the field whittled down. He also proved to be a smart Battle Royal participant, as he waited for the right opportunities to strike. That was no better exemplified than when Batista and Kane were preoccupied with each other, allowing the powerful Khali to dump them both out of the ring and claim the World Heavyweight Championship. Khali had the makings of a great Battle Royal competitor, and he got the opportunity to show it that night. – BOBBY MELOK
To be known as “Mr. Battle Royal,” your name must be synonymous with jaw-dropping, never-saw-it-coming surprises. WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle more than earned that moniker on the Jan. 13, 2006, edition of SmackDown, when The Olympic Hero emerged as a surprise entrant in a historic 20-Man Battle Royal for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship.
As Superstars like JBL, Bobby Lashley, Mark Henry and Rey Mysterio packed the ring in Philadelphia, Angle — a Raw Superstar — stared down the field of competition and went on to eliminate a sizable chunk of the opposition right away. Even after being slammed through the announce table by The World’s Strongest Man, the resilient and crafty Angle re-entered the fray, muscled the behemoth over the top rope and snared hard-earned championship gold. – JAMES WORTMAN
For more than a decade, Randy Orton has instilled a state of paranoia into everyone who steps into the nest of The Viper. This fear stems from the hovering possibility of being struck with those lethal three letters (R-K-O), an impending doom that doesn’t only apply to singles competition.
When it comes to who is “Mr. Battle Royal,” no Superstar is better qualified than WWE’s Apex Predator. After all, he mastered the biggest Battle Royal in WWE history. In 2011, Orton dropped his magnum opus in a 41-Man melee on SmackDown, where he outlasted the biggest and baddest, using an RKO to snare a win and remind us why to fear The Viper. — RALPH BRISTOUT