- WWE Royal Rumble will take place at Minute Maid Park in Houston on January 26th
- In addition to the two annual Rumble matches, several championships will be up for grabs at the event
- How have the odds fluctuated in recent weeks for who bettors are picking to win the Rumbles?
With WWE Royal Rumble coming up this Sunday, January 26th, the card for the event finally seems to be set in stone. The two Royal Rumbles were always going to be the biggest attractions of the night, but the addition of more matches has made the lineup that much stronger on paper.
From Rumble rivalries being revisited to scores being settled, this year’s installment is sure to be something special. Quite a bit has changed with the betting odds since we last looked earlier this month, so here is everything you need to know about the night’s biggest bouts and the official kickoff to the road to WrestleMania.
Falls Count Anywhere Match Odds: Roman Reigns vs Baron Corbin
All odds taken Jan. 21
Most fans expected Roman Reigns to wrap up his rivalry with King Corbin at last month’s December Pay-Per-View by defeating him in their TLC match, but that turned out to not be the case. Thankfully, their feud should be over once and for all following their Falls Count Anywhere affair at the Rumble.
Corbin has beaten The Big Dog at every turn since November and needs to get his comeuppance at some point. Considering it’s merely a matter of time before Reigns re-enters the Universal Championship picture, a definitive victory versus Corbin would unquestionably get him one step closer to that.
The sole reason Reigns isn’t more heavily favored is because he was an odds-on favorite to win at TLC and lost. Nothing is stopping WWE from extending this feud through February, but it’s clearly overstayed its welcome and needs to reach its end this Sunday.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Match Odds: Bayley vs Lacey Evans
To her credit, Lacey Evans has gotten over far better as a babyface than originally expected. She’s been a breath of fresh air in SmackDown’s women’s division and has proven herself as a worthy challenger to Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Aside from Evans, there aren’t any obvious suspects who could take the title from Bayley, which is why it’s weird she isn’t favored more than she is. WWE should strike while the iron is hot with Evans, but then again, it’s entirely possible they’re holding off on Bayley dropping the strap until WrestleMania 36 and therefore Evans will remain in chase mode for the foreseeable future.
Lest we forget, The Sassy Southern Belle still has unfinished business with Sasha Banks from last week’s SmackDown when she injured her ankle. The chances of Banks interfering and costing Evans the title are fairly high, making Bayley the safe bet in this bout.
Raw Women’s Championship Match Odds: Becky Lynch vs Asuka
Asuka forced Becky Lynch to submit when they met for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at last year’s Royal Rumble event and The Empress of Tomorrow hasn’t let her forget that fact. She feels like a bigger threat to Lynch than anyone else The Man has faced during her time on top as Raw Women’s champion and thus the outcome to their Rumble rematch this Sunday shouldn’t be considered a foregone conclusion.
Although Asuka is currently one-half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team champions, she could very well defeat Lynch for her belt and put her in chase mode again. As interesting as that would be from a storyline standpoint, Lynch walking into WrestleMania is the better bet.
The list is long for women who could feasibly challenge Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship at the Show of Shows, but Asuka is not among them. She’ll have her own WrestleMania match alongside Kairi Sane as the WWE Women’s Tag Team champions, so it’s not as if she’ll be ruined by a loss to Lynch.
The odds aren’t terribly far off, but Lynch makes the most sense to emerge from the event with the title in tow.
Women’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
|Kay Lee Ray||+8000|
Perhaps the most exciting part about both Rumbles this year is that they aren’t nearly as predictable as they have been in the past. There are more than a handful of Superstars who could realistically win, but only an elite few of them would actually be ideal.
Three of the top four picks to win the women’s Rumble aren’t even active on the main roster at the moment. The only person who is, Charlotte Flair, should be as far away from the championship picture as possible after already being afforded countless opportunities in 2019 alone.
Shayna Baszler is heavily favored and rightfully so. She’s fresh off losing the NXT Women’s Championship and even owns a victory over Becky Lynch from Survivor Series, not to mention how that match feels more WrestleMania worthy than anything else WWE can do with the women at the moment.
Although Ronda Rousey would be a better opponent for Lynch, she hasn’t been seen on WWE TV since losing at WrestleMania 35 and announcing her intentions to start a family. A Rumble return would be an outstanding way for WWE to revitalize the Raw women’s division, but it’s important to note that she has shown zero signs of being any closer to returning than she was months ago.
Consider Rhea Ripley, Sasha Banks, Lacey Evans and Kairi Sane as dark horses, but none of them are as much of a lock to win it as Baszler is.
WWE Championship Strap Match Odds: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs Daniel Bryan
It was at the Royal Rumble six years ago that Bray Wyatt beat Daniel Bryan in what was an instant classic, yet it was Bryan who went on to become a megastar in WWE and not Wyatt. Instead, The Eater of Worlds suffered a string of high-profile losses and never really recovered, forcing him to undergo a complete transformation as The Fiend to get back on the right track.
However, Wyatt’s recent run as a Universal champion has been strong enough to make up for all the mind-boggling decisions WWE made with him earlier in his career. He’s finally being booked to look like a legitimate monster, so for him to drop the belt any time soon would be premature.
The lopsided odds in Wyatt’s favor should be expected as Wyatt will likely reign as champ through WrestleMania at the earliest. With a Wyatt vs. Reigns rivalry possibly in the works, it’s unknown where Bryan will wind up on that loaded lineup.
If nothing else, this Strap match should be a spectacle.
2020 Men’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
|“Stone Cold” Steve Austin||+10000|
Roman Reigns remaining the odds-on favorite to win the men’s Royal Rumble should surprise no one. As previously noted, he is destined to compete for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he needs to come out on top in the Rumble to earn that opportunity.
There is plenty of time between the Rumble and WrestleMania for WWE to explain why he’d be getting a shot at the strap at the Show of Shows. Reigns has done an excellent job of endearing himself to the audience over the last year, but all of that goodwill would be thrown out of the window if he were to win the Rumble again as many fans fear he will.
Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre are tied for second with +500, but in reality, McIntyre has a much better chance of reigning supreme in the Rumble. He’s a fresh face and has been long overdue for a main event run. The Scottish Psychopath tossing out Lesnar ahead of winning the whole thing would instantly solidify him as a star.
CM Punk is still in the conversation for some strange reason even though he has been adamant about not stepping inside the squared circle again any time soon. The same can be said for Edge, who has been retired from the ring for almost nine years.
McIntyre (or a newcomer such as Keith Lee or Matt Riddle) winning would be well received by fans, but WWE has proven in the past that they’ll go with who they want no matter what. There is also money in betting on Cain Velasquez, who could avenge his loss to Lesnar from Crown Jewel by eliminating him and choosing to contend for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
Reigns is the strongest candidate from a betting standpoint because of the sheer predictability of it, so look for The Big Dog to have a big night in Houston if the odds are anything to go by.
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