With 2020 coming to an end, a new year always starts with the high anticipation of Wrestlemania season and with the Royal Rumble on the horizon we take a early look at betting market with a early look at the Rumble match and look to see, in our opinion, who’s value for money.
The big question every year is, who is going to win the Royal Rumble? Looking at the women’s match first, favourite with most bookmaking companies who offer a market on WWE has Rhea Ripley as their lady to win. With odds of 7/1 with Betfair, Sky Bet and Paddy Power. Betway has her shorter at 9/2. While she is favourite with the bookies it’s not completely a given that she will win, with Bianca Belair receiving more of a prominent showing on SmackDown recently odds of 9/1 with Betfair and Paddy Power seem generous. Sky Bet obviously feel she has more of a chance as the EST of WWE is priced at 5/1 whilst UniBet go one further at 4/1.
When looking for something in the market, there is a outside chance that Lana might be a surprise winner of the match. Booked for the last few months as the ultimate underdog, what better way for the story to play out with her defining all odds and booking her place in a championship match at Wrestlemania, a real Rocky story. Betfair and Paddy Power have her priced at a huge 80/1 but William Hill have her out as far as at 100/1. Whilst Sky Bet have her odds shorter by quite bit at 25/1. Sky Bet obviously feel she has more chance of winning than ever before.
What about other ladies, two stand out in Ronda Rousey making her return, best priced with Betway at 15/2. Or Charlotte Flair to make her return from injury, best priced at 16/1 with Betway with Sky Bet having lower odds at 10/1.
With regards to the Men’s Royal Rumble Match, It’s a hard one to call early out this year. With no crowd due to the pandemic it’s hard to see who has momentum going into one of the fans favourite matches. Big E, who many have predicted big things for is one of three clear favourites at the moment. Best priced at 5/1 he along with Edge are priced at 5/1 with every bookmaker apart from William Hill who see Big E as their clear favourite at 5/2
The third favourite is Keith Lee who has recently been mentioned on twitter as being penciled in to face McIntyre and Brock Lesnar in a triple threat match. But Unibet and 888Sport at the moment have Keith Lee out as far as 14/1 which is a huge difference between from 5/1 offered by most. Lesnar himself is priced at 5/1 with Sky Bet.
I simply don’t see Lesnar winning the Rumble, looking at how could surprise us with a win. The Rock is priced at a healthly 14/1 with Betfair, highly rumoured to take on his cousin Roman Reigns at the biggest show of the year. This would be a easy way to set up the match or possibly The Fiend could win it. Bray Wyatt is priced at 20/1with William Hill
Looking at possible list of winners with bookmakers Bobby Lashely is as far out as 80/1 with some with Sky Bet taking a more practical approach with 33/1.
In the insulting column, poor Miz is priced at a 100/1 with Paddy Power whilst odds for Jon Moxley, down as Dean Ambrose is 90/1 and Miro, down as Rusev is at 80/1. Even more insulting with UniBet is John Morrison is 200/1 whilst Hulk Hogan is 50/1
Sky Bet are also offering odds on former premier league footballer Grant Holt winning at 200/1.
As we get closer to the Royal Rumble event we will take a closer look at the odds again.
The Wrestling Book picks are
Bianca Belair at 9/1 with Betfair
Keith Lee at 14/1 with Unibet
Lana at 80/1 with Betfair
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