The road to WrestleMania is almost upon us and the first stop is the Royal Rumble. If you aren’t a massive wrestling fan and only watch the major PPV’s, here are a couple of tips to make this year’s Royal Rumble more interesting.
Royal Rumble winner
Batista is the overwhelming favourite to win the Royal Rumble and face the WWE World Heavyweight champion at WrestleMania. The best odds for the Animal to win are 1/2 with Coral. Since he only returned to the WWE on Monday Night after four years, the WWE may not give Batista such a big opportunity so soon.
Before the announcement of Batista’s return, CM Punk was one of the heavy favourites. Paddy Power are offering 8/1, with the Royal Rumble match one of the few accolades that CM Punk has yet to achieve in the WWE. However, with Punk entering at number one, this might be too much to overcome for the ‘best in the world’.
Daniel Bryan faces Bray Wyatt earlier on in the night and is yet to be announced to compete at the Royal Rumble match. However, as one of the most over stars in the company at the moment, I would be surprised if he doesn’t feature. His best odds of winning the match are 5/1 with Paddy Power.
My two outside bets are the stars of the future in Roman Reigns and Big E Langston. The two rookies have been on roles as of late, which reflect in the odds market. You Win and Paddy Power are offering 16/1 for Roman Reigns but Big E Langston is 25/1 with Skybet, Betfred and Sportingbet.
The 2012 winner Sheamus is rumoured to return to the Royal Rumble this Sunday and Sportingbet are offering 50/1 for a victory for the Celtic Warrior.
Only Paddy Power are offering odds for the most eliminations. Unsurprisingly Roman Reigns is the heavy favourite with odds of 5/6. Not only is he the favourite for the most eliminations but he is tipped to break Kane’s record of 11 eliminations in a single Rumble match.
CM Punk is 7/4 who eliminated 7 superstars consecutively in 2011. The Intercontinental champion Big E Langston is 5/1, and Rumble favourite Batista is 8/1 purely because it is likely that he will be one of the later superstars to enter the match. A very generous offer would be the mastermind of the Shield Dean Ambrose at 20/1.
WWE World Heavyweight championship
It is highly unlikely that Randy Orton is going to leave the Royal Rumble without the WWE World Heavyweight championship. With that being said the best odds you can get for him is 1/6 with Skybet.
However as this is a traditional one-on-one match. A disqualification victory for John Cena would win you your money. 7/1 is what Paddy Power are offering, which may be worth investing in, knowing that John Cena very rarely loses cleanly and that a disqualification is very much on the cards.
Other matches on the card
Bray Wyatt is 4/11 to beat Daniel Bryan with Skybet who is yet to lose in one-on-one competition. The best odds for a Daniel Bryan win is 5/2. This will also come in if Wyatt’s henchmen Erick Rowan and Luke Harper get involved to cause a disqualification.
The best odds for Brock Lesnar to win are 1/10, where the Big Show is 10/1 to stop the beast in carnet. Nothing but a win for the former UFC champion is expected.
The Royal Rumble pre-show features the New Age Outlaws challenging for the WWE Tag Team titles for the first time in almost 14 years. As close friends with Triple H and the authority, they are heavy favourites to become 6 times WWE Tag Team champions. They are offered as low as 1/20 with Sportingbet but 1/8 with Paddy Power. Cody Rhodes and Goldust are as high as 7/1 with Sportingbet. A defeat for the Rhodes brother may be the start of their implosion.
Royal Rumble Winner;
Roman Reigns @ 16/1 (Paddy Power)
Big E Langston @ 25/1 (Various)
Dean Ambrose @ 20/1
John Cena to win via disqualification @ 7/1 (Paddy Power)