The Royal Rumble has to be the most exciting time of the WWE year. Even though I haven’t always liked what WWE is doing for the past few months (years?), I always manage to get myself excited for the Royal Rumble. The WWE has done a great job of creating intrigue in this year’s Royal Rumble with Brock Lesnar announcing that he will enter number one. So this year not only are we asking who will win, but “who will eliminate Brock” and “Brock’s not actually going to win, right? Right!?” Good times.
There are an insane amount of odds on this event as always with everyone from Piers Morgan to Stephanie McMahon having odds to win this thing. If you are planning to bet on this event, you have some good options.
In the U.S., the best place to bet is BetOnline. They have odds on all the matches plus the always fun “Most Eliminations” prop for the Men’s Rumble.
Outside of America, 888Sport remains the top site for betting on WWE. They do this weird thing where the odds are up one second and gone the next, but when they are up they have the best selection of options including “Top 4 finish”, “Most Eliminations”, and more.
Before we get into the tips, I wanted to mention that I started a podcast with Scotsman of BetWWE.com. The two of us did our first episode this week covering the Royal Rumble. I’ve embedded it below, but you can also subscribe to it via your favorite podcast catcher (iTunes coming soon). Check out the Going Over: Bet Pro Wrestling podcast if you want to hear our takes.
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WWE Royal Rumble 2020 Betting Odds:
- Universal Championship: Bray Wyatt (-600) vs. Daniel Bryan (+350)
- Raw Women’s Championship: Becky Lynch (-300) vs. Asuka (+200)
- Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bayley (-200) vs. Lacey Evans (+250)
- Falls Count Anywhere: Roman Reigns (-300) vs. Baron Corbin (+200)
- Women’s Royal Rumble:
Shayna Baszler -250 Ronda Rousey +400 Charlotte Flair +500 Rhea Ripley +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
- Most Eliminations in the Men’s Royal Rumble:
Brock Lesnar +150 Braun Stroman +250 Roman Reigns +350 Drew McIntyre +400 Keith Lee +800 Big Show +2000
- Men’s Royal Rumble Match:
Roman Reigns -125 Drew McIntyre +500 Brock Lesnar +600 CM Punk +600 Kevin Owens +900 Cain Velasquez +1000 Edge +1200 Aleister Black +1600 Braun Stroman +1600 Bray Wyatt +1600 Keith Lee +1600 AJ Styles +2000 Daniel Bryan +2000 Seth Rollins +2000 Finn Balor +2200 John Cena +2500
Royal Rumble is a very chalky event in history meaning that the favorites typically win. Looking back at last year’s Royal Rumble, only one match saw an underdog winning. I don’t have full odds on 2017, but that was also a chalk event. So, in the singles matches we’re not really looking to go outside the box too much.
One favorite that I think is worth a bet is Bayley vs. Lacey Evans. Bayley is a -200 favorite which is about as high as I go when betting favorites. A $50 would win $25 so that’s exactly what I am going to do. I don’t believe that anybody really cares about Lacey Evans and there is enough intrigue with Bayley as a heel that I think she should head to WrestleMania as the champion. Bet Bayley -200.
The only other non-Rumble match I see worth a small bet is Baron Corbin vs. Roman Reigns. This feud has been going on forever, but I’m not sure it ends here. Roman Reigns absolutely should win this match and he’s favored to win the Royal Rumble later on that night. If recent WWE history tells us anything, you can’t do both. We’ve seen them go with a guy losing once early in the night and then winning the more important match later. There is just enough chance that they go with that and I will be making a small play on Corbin here. Bet Baron Corbin +200.
The Women’s Royal Rumble hasn’t been built up very well in my opinion. The favorites are Shayna Baszler and Ronda Rousey, two people who aren’t even on weekly WWE television and haven’t been announced to even be in this match. Surprises are awesome in the Rumble, but this would feel kind of flat to me. I do think there is a strong case to be made for Sasha Banks winning this match. She’s one of the original Four Horsewomen of WWE who are always well taken care of and a win her setting up a challenge of Bayley at WrestleMania 36 would be a great bit of storytelling. At this price, I am willing to throw a couple of bucks at it. Bet Sasha Banks +1200.
My favorite bet of the Men’s Royal Rumble has to be Brock Lesnar doing the most eliminations. He’s entering at number one and I could see them building him up strong with a long run. The whole story of him being in this match is that he can’t be stopped so what better way to do that than by eliminating a bunch of people? Bet Brock Lesnar +150 for most eliminations.
As for the winner, it’s hard not to bet Roman Reigns. If he wins he could challenge either Bray Wyatt or Brock Lesnar and it would make a ton of sense. He’s also ready to get back in the title picture after a long time away. Bet Roman Reigns -125.
I’ll be placing a bet on Roman here, but I’ll also be placing another smaller bet on John Cena. He’s rumored to be returning for “something special” at WrestleMania and what would be more special than going for a record-setting World title challenge at Mania? He’s been gone long enough and the world is ready for Cena to main event WrestleMania again. Bet John Cena +2500
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