Opening Odds to Win 2020 Royal Rumble: Roman Reigns & Shayna Baszler Favored

Brock Lesnar walking to the WWE ring
Brock Lesnar is a +450 second-favorite to win the 2020 Royal Rumble. Photo by RayTerston (wikimedia commons).
  • WWE Royal Rumble will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston on January 26th
  • The event will host the highly-anticipated men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches
  • Who do early odds favor reigning supreme in each Rumble before going on to WrestleMania?

The Royal Rumble is always among WWE’s most anticipated events of the year and the upcoming installment later this month (Sunday, Jan 26th) should be no exception, especially with two star-studded Royal Rumble matches on tap for the men and women.

The winners of the Rumbles will earn the opportunity to vie for a championship of their choosing at WrestleMania 36. Superstars from both SmackDown and Raw have already begun to announce their entry into the annual Battle Royal and stake their claim to the title shot.

Oddsmakers have odds to win each Rumble, but with the pay-per-view not for another two weeks, these lines are bound to change.

2020 Men’s Royal Rumble Match Odds

Wrestler Odds
Roman Reigns +175
Brock Lesnar +450
CM Punk +600
Kevin Owens +700
Cain Velasquez +800
Drew McIntyre +1000
Bray Wyatt +1400
Daniel Bryan +1400
Finn Balor +1400
Aleister Black +1600
Braun Strowman +1600
Keith Lee +1600
AJ Styles +2000
Seth Rollins +2000
John Cena +2500
Tyson Fury +2500
Andrade +3300
Big E +3300
Kofi Kingston +3300
Matt Riddle +3300
Randy Orton +3300
Ricochet +3300
Samoa Joe +3300
Adam Cole +4000
Baron Corbin +4000
Edge +4000
Rusev +4000
Shinsuke Nakamura +4000
The Miz +4000
The Rock +4000
Tommaso Ciampa +4000
Becky Lynch +5000
Buddy Murphy +5000
Elias +5000
Erick Rowan +5000
Humberto Carrillo +5000
Johnny Gargano +5000
Mustafa Ali +5000
Rey Mysterio +5000
Velveteen Dream +5000
WALTER +5000
Goldberg +6600
The Undertaker +6600
Triple H +6600
Antonio Brown +10000
Big Show +10000
Conor McGregor +10000
Hulk Hogan +10000
Logan Paul +10000
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin +10000
Shawn Michaels +10000

All odds taken January 9.

As soon as Bray Wyatt captured the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel in October, fans started to speculate that Roman Reigns winning the Royal Rumble for a second time was a strong possibility. After all, no one on the SmackDown roster poses the same type of threat to The Fiend that Reigns does, not to mention that The Big Dog is still owed a shot at the strap after being forced to vacate it back in October 2018.

Therefore, Reigns leading in the odds at +175 should come as no surprise.

Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar established himself as a likely contender to win the Rumble after declaring the number-one spot on Monday’s Raw, despite being the current reigning WWE champion.

There is a small chance Lesnar eliminates all of his opposition and chooses to either face The Fiend in a title match at WrestleMania or simply take the night off, but it’s far more likely that whoever throws him out of the ring will be the one to challenge for his WWE Championship at the Show of Shows instead.

CM Punk is an interesting choice in third at +600. He hasn’t wrestled a single match since the 2014 Rumble. While he’s closer than he’s ever been to getting back in the ring (having joined WWE Backstage in November), he has shown zero signs of returning to the physical side of wrestling at this point, and thus he shouldn’t be as heavily favored as he is.

Finally, Kevin Owens, Cain Velasquez and Drew McIntyre would all make sense to win the Rumble from a storyline standpoint and would make for fine opponents for either Lesnar or Wyatt at WrestleMania, so they’re worth keeping an eye out for as well.

Women’s Royal Rumble Match Odds

Wrestler Odds
Shayna Baszler -150
Ronda Rousey +500
Rhea Ripley +600
Charlotte Flair +1000
Sasha Banks +1200
Lacey Evans +1600
Kairi Sane +1800
Becky Lynch +2000
Alexa Bliss +2200
Nikki Cross +2200
Liv Morgan +2500
Nia Jax +2500
AJ Lee +3300
Asuka +3300
Bayley +3300
Carmella +3300
Mandy Rose +3300
Ruby Riott +3300
Sarah Logan +4000
Sonya Deville +4000
Candice LeRae +5000
Dana Brooke +5000
Io Shirai +5000
Paige +5000
Toni Storm +5000
Bianca Belair +6600
Billie Kay +6600
Dakota Kai +6600
Kacy Catanzaro +6600
Naomi +6600
Natalya +6600
Nikki Bella +6600
Peyton Royce +6600
Tamina +6600
Trish Stratus +6600
Brie Bella +8000
Kay Lee Ray +8000
Lana +8000
Mickie James +8000
Piper Niven +8000
Stephanie McMahon +8000

It’s very telling that the top three picks to win the women’s Royal Rumble match as of now are not currently on the main roster. Shayna Baszler leads at -150, while Ronda Rousey is a distant second at +500 and Rhea Ripley trailing close behind in third at +600.

Baszler made her main-roster debut as part of the build to Survivor Series in November and dominated at every turn. She wound up winning the main event against Becky Lynch and Bayley, which wouldn’t have happened if WWE didn’t have plans to push her on either Raw or SmackDown sometime soon.

After what we saw during Survivor Series season, Baszler is the best possible person to advance to WrestleMania to compete for Becky Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship. The only other individual who would be as compelling of a challenger is Rousey, but her inactivity since WrestleMania 35 and desire to start a family seem to suggest that she won’t be back at any point in the foreseeable future.

Ripley is a bit of a surprising name in that she is fresh off winning the NXT Women’s Championship. Then again, she too had a strong showing at Survivor Series and has unfinished business with Lynch from their one-on-outing outing on NXT in November.

Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks and Lacey Evans, who are all active on Raw and SmackDown, are logical choices and have a reason to win the Rumble. Although Flair hasn’t been involved in anything of note lately, she is a perennial championship contender and could very well rekindle a rivalry with either Lynch or Bayley on the grandest stage of them all.

Although Evans will probably go for the gold before April, a Rumble victory for Banks could lead to her and Bayley splitting up again and fighting over her friend’s prized possession. Either way, there are a number of potential outcomes that could lay the groundwork for an exciting road to WrestleMania.

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