It's that special time of the year where Hott Joe and Lukewarm Jonah come together to write about the Royal Rumble betting odds. Do you want to win the big money? Do you want to make the Powerball winners look more like people who can only afford TV Dinners? Well, then I have just the breakdown for you. Take it away, Jonah.
Jonah: If there’s one complaint I hear the most it’s that there aren’t enough articles about betting on a predetermined event. Also, I just really, really love talking about wrestling. So with that in mind it’s time for the Royal Rumble betting odds article. Here are the odds for the big match.
Royal Rumble Winner:
Triple H: +105
Roman Reigns: +225
Brock Lesnar: +250
Dean Ambrose: +1800
Daniel Bryan: +1800
The Rock: +1800
Kevin Owens: +2000
The Undertaker: +2000
Bray Wyatt: +2500
Big Show: +2500
AJ Styles: +3300
Shinsuke Nakamura: +3500
Braun Strowman: +3500
Dolph Ziggler: +4000
Randy Orton: +4000
Finn Balor: +5000
Big E: +6600
King Barrett: +6600
Titus O’Neil: +8000
Alex Riley: +10000
Bo Dallas: +10000
Curtis Axel: +10000
Damien Sandow: +10000
Darren Young: +10000
Erick Rowan: +10000
Heath Slater: +10000
Kofi Kingston: +10000
Luke Harper: +10000
Mark Henry: +10000
The Miz: +10000
Tyson Kidd: +10000
Vince or Shane McMahon: +10000
Zack Ryder: +10000
Adam Rose: +15000
El Torito: +15000
Stone Cold: +20000
Jonah: Hott Joe and I already discussed this a lot on the phone, but Triple H was my initial pick for Rumble winner. We haven’t seen him in a very long time and the last time we saw him he got his ass handed to him by Roman. Also, we have to consider how HHH books himself; as the greatest of all time. If he wins then I’m sure Roman will get the shot at Wrestlemania and HHH will probably put him over there, but is that really how you want to book your top star? After our conversation I thought about it a little longer, and after seeing the odds I’m betting on Roman to retain. I think the possibility of either him or HHH winning is 50/50 and Roman is giving better than 2/1 on your money. Roman losing the title here means he probably wins it back at Wrestlemania. Because of the Sheamus cash in that will already make him a 3 time World Heavyweight Champion in the course of a few months. What is this, Russo booked WCW? Smark burn. You don’t want to devalue your belt or the champion by hotshotting it too much. Also, I don’t give Lesnar a shot since he’s now feuding with the Wyatts, they’ll probably come in after they’ve all been eliminated and cheaply eliminate him.
Joe: Christ. Triple H is favored to win this thing? You have GOT to be kidding me. At first, I thought that the crowd would be too upset to let this happen, but then I remembered that it is in Orlando, home of NXT and the WWE Performance Center, which means that if Triple H is getting cheered anywhere, it would probably be down there. There is also a strong rumor that next year’s WrestleMania will be held there, and if he made that announcement earlier in the show, well, hell, I might cheer for him then, because that is a two-hour drive I would definitely be making in 2017. But I’m not ready to pick any of the three favorites.
Jonah: So Reigns is my betting pick, but I feel like talking about wrestling some more so I’m going to go over some of my favorite long shot picks.
Daniel Bryan at 18/1. Still the most over guy in the company. If he returns, he has to win or else you’ll have the third Rumble in a row that has the crowd shitting all over it. The question is, does he return? It’s a long shot, but like I said, if he’s there, he’s almost got to win it, either that or the WWE are very slow learners.
Joe: Bingo, bango, here’s my pick to be the winner. I don’t think it is unfathomable to think that the WWE and Daniel Bryan may be lying about Daniel Bryan’s ability to wrestle. I think they have been saving him for this moment, so the crowd can lose their shit and he can be triumphant in his return. I’m not even the biggest Daniel Bryan fan, but if they are serious about Lesnar going up against Bray Wyatt, eh, might as well make it Daniel Bryan vs. Cesaro as the Main Event of WrestleMania. Jonah, what else you got?
Jonah: Dean Ambrose at 18/1 is pretty awesome odds. They could build a storyline for Wrestlemania that would do big business with Dean and Roman facing off. Two brothers, one possibly turning heel, going against each other. The story writes itself and he’s got a hell of a better chance of winning then say Rusev who has better odds.
Joe: I definitely agree that he has better odds than Rusev, but that doesn’t mean that this would make a good WrestleMania Main Event. I am what you would call a Dean Ambrose “hater” in that I do not really care about him. It doesn’t mean I don’t like him, but if you give me a choice between seeing Dean Ambrose or Heath Slater, I’m taking Heath Slater. I would put him on about the same level as Curtis Axel. They’re not my favorites, but they’re fine.
Jonah: How about AJ Styles at 33/1? His debut is going to be a huge deal. I love the guy, he can go like hell in the ring, and has really developed as a character over the years. It’s a super long shot that he comes in and wins the belt immediately, but what better way to make new stars than have him and at least one or two Bullet Club members come in, wreck shit, and have their guy as champ. It’s a bold strategy, but the WWE needs to be bold with falling ratings and massive injuries.
Joe: Having AJ Styles debut in Orlando (or anywhere in the state of Florida) is asking for a huge disappointment. Florida would pop bigger for Marty Jannetty than they would for AJ Styles (not that there’s anything wrong with that). He needs to debut in the northeast or Chicago where the “hardcore” fans are, so they will actually care about him debuting.
Jonah: Here’s one I know you’re going to love: Big E at 66/1. The New Day is without a doubt the most entertaining part of every RAW. They’re super over and really people love them even though they’re technically heels. Big E not only has a phenomenal look, but is charismatic as hell and puts on good matches. Sounds like a combination for a main event push, but what do I know?
Joe: Well, full disclosure, we talked earlier this week, and I was asked who I would want to see win who had a realistic shot (sorry Cesaro, Seth Rollins, and Hulk Hogan who are either too injured or too racist), and my response was Big E. He’s a Hawkeye; I’m a Hawkeye, and I may have stolen girls from him on the dance floor of The Field House in Iowa City (there is no way to confirm or deny this). So yes, I’m hoping that Big E shocks the world and becomes the WWE World Heavyweight Champion.
Jonah: My last one is Kofi Kingston at 100/1. See above about New Day, and add in the fact that he’s been Intercontinental Champ numerous times and has shown that he can hang in main event feuds as he did with Orton back in the day.
Joe: Not all that interested in a Kofi Renaissance; I feel like he’s right where he needs to be at this moment. However, I do have some picks that didn’t make the betting board. Since they aren’t even on the board, you should be able to get them for +20000.
Random NXT Superstar – My money is on this being Samoa Joe, but there’s a lot of angles they could go with this. Still, a fellow Samoan coming out to help out Roman Reigns, only to turn on him in the end isn’t the worst angle that they’ve ever come up with. This won’t happen, but I wouldn’t be mad at it. Also, Sami Zayn is probably the second most likely guy to show up. He’s kind of new Daniel Bryan in that it’s impossible not to cheer for him, but he has to remain an underdog for years before he can make it to the top, so winning as a surprise Rumble entrant probably isn’t in the cards.
Batista – Are you telling me they wouldn’t let Batista win another one? They don’t care if you hate Batista; Batista must win. Bonus points if he gets eliminated early and comes out as Bluetista later on.
Finally, I thought about how they could get the crowd excited for an unexpected winner. Like, who would this Orlando crowd go crazy for? And then it hit me. There is one figure that is more beloved in Orlando than any figure in that awful city’s history. It ain’t Walt Disney, it ain’t Mickey Mouse. Oh no, it’s somebody who is universally loved and revered.
That’s right. My surprise pick to win the Royal Rumble at 100000000 to 1 odds is Lil’ Penny.