- WWE Royal Rumble will take place at Chase Field in Phoenix on January 27th
- The event has traditionally kicked off WWE’s Road to WrestleMania with a bang
- Who will emerge from the two Rumble matches with guaranteed championship opportunities?
Every January, WWE’s WrestleMania season kicks off with one of the most anticipated pay-per-views all year, the Royal Rumble. In addition to featuring Rumble matches for both the men and women, the show typically hosts a slew of championship bouts that help set the stage for the Show of Shows.
The 2019 Rumble card looks fairly stacked on paper, and better yet, it doesn’t feel nearly as predictable as it has in past years. Anything has been known to happen at the Rumble, so there’s no telling what kind of twists and turns WWE will have up their sleeve come January 27th.
Although the event isn’t for another two and a half weeks, it’s never too early to take a look at the odds and who fans are betting on to go over in each contest.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Odds: The Bar vs The Miz and Shane McMahon
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After what transpired at WWE Crown Jewel, Miz spent weeks trying to recruit Shane to be his tag team partner, and finally on Christmas night, Shane agreed to form an alliance with him. They set their sights on the SmackDown Tag Team Championship soon after, and now it looks like they might be close to capturing the gold.
It’s fairly obvious Miz and Shane are on a collision course toward a singles match at WrestleMania, but in the meantime, they can breathe new life into SmackDown’s stagnant tag team division. The Bar don’t have anyone left to defend against, so them dropping the tag titles to the newly-formed tandem of Shane and Miz would make sense.
The betting odds seem to be right on the money with this one, especially since a Shane and Miz win isn’t guaranteed.
Raw Women’s Championship Odds: Ronda Rousey vs Sasha Banks
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This past week on Raw, Ronda Rousey named Sasha Banks as someone she would want to defend her Raw Women’s Championship against, and at the Royal Rumble, she will get that opportunity following Banks’ latest victory over Nia Jax.
Rousey’s competition has been gradually getting more and more difficult with each person who has stepped up to challenge her, and there’s no doubt that Banks will give her a heck of a fight in Phoenix. That said, Rousey beating Banks is easily the most lopsided match in terms of betting odds, and rightfully so.
There’s no reason for Rousey to lose the title so soon, and with WrestleMania right around the corner, expect her to be in possession prize for at least a little while longer.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Odds: Asuka vs Becky Lynch
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Asuka won the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Becky Lynch without having to pin her at TLC last month, and now The Irish Lasskicker is determined to get her belt back. Considering they have never before gone one-on-one, their match is sure to be a show-stealer.
Asuka is barely a month into her reign as SmackDown Women’s champion, so for Lynch to take the title from her at this point would feel premature.
Of course, Asuka is barely a month into her reign as SmackDown Women’s champion, so for Lynch to take the title from her at this point would feel premature. Then again, it’s impossible to know what WWE has planned for Lynch at WrestleMania and whether it’ll involve that particular piece of gold.
Fans are favoring Asuka to retain as of now, but don’t be surprised to see the odds change before then if it appears the outcome is too obvious.
Universal Championship Odds: Brock Lesnar vs
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*Strowman has been replaced in this match by Finn Balor. Brock Lesnar remains the odds-on favorite to win the Universal Championship at BetOnline at -350, compared to +225 for Balor.
Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman have battling over the Universal Championship for nearly a year and a half. Despite coming close to beating The Beast Incarnate on a handful of occasions, Strowman has always fallen short, and unfortunately, the Rumble doesn’t appear to be any different.
From a storyline standpoint, it would make perfect sense for Strowman to defeat Lesnar to become champion at long last, but that would then leave Lesnar in a weird spot heading into WrestleMania. At this point, WWE would rather keep the belt on Brock considering they’ve gotten this far and have him drop it on the grand stage of ‘Mania instead.
As for Strowman, who knows what will happen to him assuming he loses to Lesnar again. He never wins when it matters most, and it hardly helps that WWE has squandered any momentum he had from last year.
WWE Championship Odds: AJ Styles vs Daniel Bryan
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Similar to Lesnar and Strowman, AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan have been feuding over the WWE Championship for quite a while. On the bright side, their matches never cease to amaze fans and their upcoming encounter at the Rumble should be equally exceptional.
Styles chasing a heel Bryan for the belt has been a refreshing change of pace, but it is somewhat strange that WWE is choosing to continue this program instead of going with someone new as Bryan’s Rumble challenger. Nevertheless, to relieve Bryan of that championship any time soon would be criminal, so it’s all but confirmed that he’ll be leaving Phoenix with his title intact.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
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There’s a number of women to choose from here, but the only two that truly matter are Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. The entire WWE’s women’s division has revolved around them and Ronda Rousey since November, and a Triple Threat between the three is likely for WrestleMania.
What’s interesting is that Lynch is already scheduled to challenge for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the same show, though nothing is stopping her from entering (and winning) the women’s Rumble if she loses to Asuka. At the same time, that scenario might be a bit far-fetched, and Charlotte claiming the victory for herself is infinitely more probable.
No matter who wins, all roads lead to some sort of a Rousey vs. Lynch vs. Flair matchup at ‘Mania.
The WWE Universe is banking on the Flair family scion to come out on top, but no matter who wins, all roads lead to some sort of a Rousey vs. Lynch vs. Flair matchup at ‘Mania.
Men’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
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*Finn Balor has been removed from this match and will challenge Brock Lesnar instead in the WWE Universal Championship Match
Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre were among the first two Superstars to announce their desire to enter the Royal Rumble and advance to WrestleMania to contend the Universal Championship, and they also just so happen to be the best two candidates to reign supreme in the annual Battle Royal as well.
For Rollins, it’s all about redemption and wanting to avenge his fallen friend Roman Reigns, who was forced to vacate the title due to illness late last year. McIntyre, on the other hand, wants to fulfill his destiny as WWE’s “Chosen One,” and given his path of destruction over the past year, his chances of winning the Rumble are high.
Also in the running is Finn Balor (a dark horse), Andrade “Cien” Almas and John Cena. The Miz and The Rock would be slightly more random choices, but they shouldn’t be underestimated either.
Either Rollins or McIntyre winning would certainly close out the show on a high note, but it remains to be seen whether WWE will agree with the odds and do the right thing by awarding one of them the victory.