It’s never truly easy to predict what will happen in WWE as injuries, behavior, and creative choices could always change things up, and that could play a part when it comes to betting on the outcomes of its pay-per-views. On Friday morning, the official betting odds were released for this year’s Royal Rumble and some familiar names are sitting on the top of the list.
On Friday, Wrestling Inc. revealed the odds for all matches on the Royal Rumble card, but most everyone is focused on the battle royals. In the men’s Rumble match, three of the top six picks aren’t even active superstars and two of them have been out of WWE rings for years.
Currently, the male superstar leading the pack to win the men’s Royal Rumble match is “The Big Dog,” Roman Reigns, at -500. Coming in after him is WWE Champion Brock Lesnar at +200 — he will enter the match at the No. 1 overall spot and have to go through 29 other participants.
Current favorites for the men’s Royal Rumble match:
- Roman Reigns -500
- Brock Lesnar +200
- Drew McIntyre +450
- Cain Velasquez +550
- CM Punk +600
- Edge +750
The interesting thing about the betting odds for this match is that two of the top three options are all active, full-time wrestlers for the most part. Velasquez has wrestled a grand total of twice since his WWE debut in October while CM Punk and Edge haven’t had a match in any wrestling promotion for years.
Current favorites for the women’s Royal Rumble match:
- Shayna Baszler -330
- Charlotte Flair +200
- Ronda Rousey +1000
- Sasha Banks +1300
- Rhea Ripley +1500
Again, there are some interesting options in the betting odds for this match too. Rousey hasn’t been seen anywhere in WWE since losing at WrestleMania 35, and it is not known when she is planning on making her return.
Paige, who medically retired from WWE back in 2018, has +4500 odds at winning the whole thing. Injured superstar Ruby Riott is a +4000 favorite to win the women’s Royal Rumble and she has been out for months due to multiple surgeries on her shoulder.
Everyone always thinks they know what WWE has in store for WrestleMania, but the Royal Rumble always throws a wrench into things. The unpredictability of a match with 30 superstars in it is something that no one can really account for. The betting odds are in place for people to make their wagers, but it is truly possible that none of them even end up being remotely close.