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WWE Royal Rumble 2022 Odds, Preview and Picks


by Graham "GSM" Matthews in Entertainment

Jan 27, 2022 · 12:32 PM PST

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Nov 21, 2021; Brooklyn, NY, USA; WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns (black attire) along with his special counsel Paul Heyman (suit) celebrate the win over WWE World Heavyweight Champion Big E (colored attire) during their singles match WWE Survivor Series at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
  • WWE Royal Rumble will emanate from the The Dome in St. Louis on Saturday, January 29th, 2022
  • In addition to the two annual Rumble matches, several championships will be up for grabs at the event
  • Who do the WWE Royal Rumble odds favor in each bout? See odds, analysis, and our best bets below

WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view is arguably the most anticipated event the company produces every year. Between its unpredictable and exciting Royal Rumble matches and the star-studded championship matches, it never ceases to deliver as no knowledge of the current product is required to enjoy it.

The 2022 installment should be no exception with what’s on tap and the potential surprises in each annual Battle Royal. Additionally, friends-turned-foes Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will collide for the Universal Championship while Brock Lesnar defends his WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley in a dream match for the ages.

Ahead of the event, let’s take a look at the favorites that will emerge victorious in the night’s four biggest bouts, according to the current WWE Royal Rumble odds.

WWE Royal Rumble Odds

Universal Championship Match Odds
Roman Reigns (c) -275
Seth Rollins +180
WWE Championship Match Odds
Brock Lesnar (c) -250
Bobby Lashley +175
30-Woman Royal Rumble Match Odds
Ronda Rousey -150
Bianca Belair +350
Alexa Bliss +700
Asuka +700
Bayley +1000
Rhea Ripley +1000
Sasha Banks +1300
Raquel Gonzalez +1500
Charlotte Flair +1500
Liv Morgan +2000
30-Man Royal Rumble Match Odds
Brock Lesnar +300
Big E +400
AJ Styles +600
Roman Reigns +800
Kevin Owens +1000
Drew McIntyre +1200
The Rock +1500
Bobby Lashley +1800
Seth Rollins +1800
Omos +2200

All odds as of January 27th

WWE runs another huge event this weekend. With Super Bowl 56 looming, bettors should look to build their bankroll for the big game. 2022 Royal Rumble is a perfect setting for that.

Universal Championship Match Odds

Roman Reigns has been on a tear as Universal champion since August 2020 and recently broke Brock Lesnar’s record for longest reign at over 500 days. However, he may have met his match in Seth Rollins, who knows The Tribal Chief arguably better than anyone dating back to their days in The Shield nearly a decade ago.

Reigns took down Big E at the Barclays Center in New York in November, and I believe he’ll do the same to Rollins.

There is a slight chance Rollins steals the win and becomes champ, which is why the odds are so close in this one, but Reigns is the safe choice to bet on at -275. With it being so close to WrestleMania 38, it would be asinine for WWE to take the title off Reigns at this point.

Reigns vs. Rollins will no doubt be a barn burner and should feature several suspenseful nearfalls. When the smoke clears, it should and will be Roman who reigns supreme, extending his historic title run even further.

WWE Championship Match Odds

Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley is a bout that fans have been anxiously waiting and clamoring to see for several years. Lesnar has always been one of WWE’s top attractions, while Lashley finally lived up to his full potential last year by becoming a one-man wrecking crew and clinching the WWE Championship for the first time in his career.

Similar to Reigns vs. Rollins, this colossal clash could very well go either way. The odds indicate that as well with Lesnar being favored at -250 and Lashley not falling far behind at +175, but this is an instance where it might be smart to go with the underdog pick in Lashley.

Considering Lesnar is also currently favored to win the men’s Royal Rumble match (more on that momentarily), it’s highly unlikely he would retain his WWE title as well. Lesnar would first have to lose the championship in order for that to happen, and although Lashley pinning Lesnar seems far-fetched, it can be done in a way where The Beast is protected in defeat (possibly with Paul Heyman accidentally costing him the victory).

30-Woman Royal Rumble Match Betting Outlook

Bianca Belair appeared to be the odds-on favorite in the weeks leading up to the Royal Rumble before it was reported on Monday that former Raw Women’s champion Ronda Rousey could be on her way following a three-year hiatus as soon as Saturday. Rousey is now favored at -150 to Belair’s +350, and while either option makes sense, Rousey winning would likely make the bigger impact and therefore should be considered the safe choice.

There are a few other possibilities as well with Alexa Bliss, Asuka and Bayley trailing behind the top two, but Rhea Ripley is much likelier candidate than them all. She has unfinished business with SmackDown Women’s champion Charlotte Flair and has never faced Raw Women’s champion Rhea Ripley on a main stage, so she’s the biggest dark horse of the bunch.

Sasha Banks would be favored more if she wasn’t currently hurt. That said, she shouldn’t be counted out completely as WWE could be keeping her off TV on purpose to make fans think her injury is worse than it actually is.

30-Man Royal Rumble Match Best Bet

As previously noted, Lesnar is the best bet for the men’s Royal Rumble at +300 and understandably so. It’s abundantly clear that WWE intends to book the rematch between Reigns and Lesnar at WrestleMania, and the easiest way to get there would be with Lesnar entering the Rumble and winning the whole thing.

Big E listed at +350 odds is slightly surprising, if only because WWE has shown no signs of wanting to keep Big E’s main-event push alive. That would be the most satisfying outcome, of course, with AJ Styles securing the shocking Rumble victory being another.

The rest of the lineup isn’t remotely close to being realistic and therefore it’s pointless to put money on any of them. Reigns is a distant fourth followed by Kevin Owens, The Rock, Seth Rollins, Bobby Lashley and especially Omos. Only Drew McIntyre has a decent chance of coming out on top if he was cleared to compete by Saturday, but Lesnar remains the top pick.

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