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On the soon-to-be-released Episode 17 of the My 1-2-3 Cents Podcast, Chad and I speculate who will win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. My first instinct was Sheamus, even though he hasn't been announced yet, I could see him being a "surprise" return for Mania and fitting nicely into the battle royal. But then thinking about the NXT tournament and how one star from that brand will get a shot at the event, I changed my mind.
While there are plenty of talented men (and women) on the NXT roster, my favorite remains Adrian Neville. Right now he's the most logical choice to move up to the main roster and winning the tournament and battle royal would certainly give him some momentum moving forward. I do caution against this move though if the WWE doesn't have a solid (long term) plan for the artist formerly known as PAC. I think some of the recent moves to the main roster have fallen flat, and I think too highly of Neville for that to happen.
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I think by him (or whichever NXT star makes it into the battle royal) winning the match and being called up to the main roster, it gives some value to the battle royal. This match is gaining a reputation of being the event for anyone who doesn't have something better to do on the card. I want the legacy of Andre the Giant to mean more than that.