The 2016 Royal Rumble is just days away with Roman Reigns set to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the 30-man over the top rope event. Reigns was also recently selected to be the No. 1 entry into the event, which seems to make his odds of keeping hold of the title belt even tougher. Odds on the big match are currently in circulation, which could give fans an indication of the winner and how the finale of the match plays out. Let’s take a look at the three main contenders as well as some other odds that are out there about the match.
As seen on Monday’s WWE Raw episode, Roman Reigns was “randomly” drawn from a tumbler of balls to be the No. 1 guy entering the Rumble. Statistically it’s a rarity for any superstar to win from that position, so it would seem the odds are stacked against the champion to retain his title inside the big match. Besides Reigns, one of the other big favorites is Brock Lesnar, who has been recently featured in segments on Raw. Reigns is currently listed at +180 odds with the field (any other wrestler) at -260. Brock Lesnar is listed at +310 with the field at -430. It seems the big favorite is the guy not being mentioned at all on the TV shows, but that many fans feel will make a surprise entry into the event: Triple H.
Triple H was last seen getting destroyed by Roman Reigns and has been off TV since. However, his odds on website 5Dimes are currently +115 to win the Royal Rumble, which is better than either Reigns or Lesnar. The field against Triple H is listed at -155. These odds seem to give the nudge to Triple H entering the Rumble and winning it. The most likely scenario is he comes in last to eliminate Reigns who has survived the entire match. Odds on the No. 30 guy winning the Rumble are +200, with “any other position” at -280. Odds on the No. 1 guy winning the Rumble are still being formulated.
A few other interesting “prop bets” are out there such as Rey Mysterio’s record ring time being broke (-135) vs. not being broke (-105), and also a first-time Royal Rumble winner at +550 versus -1050. Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are all former winners (2002, 2003 and 2015).
Prediction: The easiest prediction is that Roman Reigns manages to last from the No. 1 spot for the majority of the match, only to see a surprise entry at No. 30 with Triple H, who comes in to eliminate him and take away the title. This could set things up for a big match at WrestleMania 32. Of course fans are holding onto some hope that Seth Rollins, AJ Styles or John Cena make some sort of surprise entry and win.