Views From The Turnbuckle: Betting Odds For The Royal Rumble
One of the big things that WWE talks about when it comes to the Royal Rumble is that anybody can win it. 30 men can enter, and it doesn't matter if you are a jobber like Heath Slater, a returning legend like Jim Duggan or a former world champion like John Cena, in theory all have a chance at "realizing their dreams" and going on to main event Wrestlemania.
But let's be serious, although 30 men can enter the Royal Rumble, realistically only a handful of wrestlers have an actual chance at winning the thing. Yoshi Tatsu is not going to enter at number 14 and be the last man standing. With that in mind, I have decided on creating betting odds for the Royal Rumble. I assume there is a place online that you can actually bet on the Rumble, but I would advise against betting on a predetermined series of events. These are simply for fun and to stir up conversation.
250-1: The Field
The Field encompasses everyone that isn't going to get odds below. The Field will consist of about 20 random wrestlers, some will be mid-carders, and some will be surprise entrants and what-not. The reason the odds are so low is that there has never really been a "surprise" Royal Rumble winner. Some returning stars, like John Cena and Edge have won the rumble, but it was hardly surprising to see them end up winning the whole thing. The biggest surprise in Royal Rumble history has probably been either Rey Mysterio or Alberto Del Rio, and even those didn't really seem like huge upsets.
Sheamus is likely to return to WWE action at the Royal Rumble, and with a victory already under his belt, he has a reasonable chance at making it to the end. The issue with Sheamus is that there is only one world title shot now available because the two world titles have been unified. Sheamus was a consistent contender for the WHC, but he hasn't really reached the point that he could challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania. It is likely that Sheamus will make his return, gain a few eliminations and eventually be eliminated. WWE will probably want to build him back up a little bit before he is ready to move into the main-event picture.
40:1- John Cena
Cena will already be wrestling for the unified title against Randy Orton at the Royal Rumble, but that does not mean that he also can't be in the Royal Rumble. Back in 2012, Randy Orton lost his WWE Championship match against The Miz, then went on to be in the Royal Rumble and nearly won the match. If anyone is going to be booked into a world title match and into winning the Royal Rumble one the same night, it is going to be John Cena. Also, Cena being screwed out of the championship and then winning the Rumble to regain his title shot would be a possible storyline to set up the main-event for Wrestlemania.
30:1- Chris Jericho
This one makes sense as long as Jericho comes back for the Royal Rumble. Jericho was the first ever person to unify the titles, so it is a no-brainer that eventually he should face the WWE WHC. Jericho is easily popular enough to be a part of the main-event of Wrestlemania, and after all the jobbing to younger guys he has done, he deserves a reward like this. Jericho vs Randy Orton would be a very interesting feud as well.
25:1- CM Punk
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