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WWE Royal Rumble 2018 predictions, betting tips & betting odds: Best bets as the road to WrestleMania begins

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 predictions for the pay per view on Sunday, January 28. Who will win the two over-the-top-rope matches and who will leave Philadelphia as a champion? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

The Royal Rumble has been an annual fixture on the WWE calendar since it was debuted way back in 1988, and it remains one of the most popular events due to the impact it has on WrestleMania. The 2018 event will be an historic one, because not only will it feature a men’s Royal Rumble bout, it will also feature the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match. 

The rules are simple. Two competitors start in the ring and every two minutes (some years it has been less) another joins the fray. This happens until all 30 participants have entered the ring, and elimination is simple because the only way to lose in this match is to be thrown over the top rope. The last competitor standing is the winner and receives a title shot at WrestleMania.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions

The WWE have done a poor job of building up a field of potential winners for the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match and that is reflected in the odds with Asuka the clear favourite from the full-time roster. However, there is one woman ahead of her in the betting – former UFC champion Ronda Rousey. Rousey’s UFC career appears to be over and she has been linked with a move to WWE for several months now. This week she dismissed speculation that she could turn up at the Rumble on Sunday, insisting she would be in Colombia due to film commitments, but this is professional wrestling we are talking about and there have been many times over the years where someone has denied they would appear at an event, only to then show up. Despite her comments, I still believe we will see Ronda in Philadelphia. I expect a group of wrestlers to dump out Asuka in order to protect the aura WWE have built around the Japanese star in one-on-one matches, and with the former NXT champion out of the way the buzzer will sound for Number 30. Rousey will step into the arena, walk that aisle, take out the remaining participants and book her place in a title match at WrestleMania. Rousey v Charlotte Flair… that has money written all over it.

My second recommendation comes from a more unique market because Unibet is allowing customers to bet on who will eliminate selected competitors from the Men's Royal Rumble match. There is a market for who will throw out John Cena on Sunday and there are two men to consider in this market – Elias and The Undertaker. Cena will reportedly face The Undertaker at WrestleMania in April and a way to get to that match is for the legendary ‘Deadman’ to dump the Hall of Fame-bound star out of the Rumble match itself. However, I have another scenario in mind. Elias and Cena have been feuding on television since Christmas and are expected to go one-on-one at the next PPV, so perhaps we could see ‘The Drifter’ capitalise on Cena being distracted by some sort of Undertaker appearance/presence. Elias could dump out the former champion, who then gets his revenge at the February PPV before going on to face The Undertaker in New Orleans.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 betting odds

Paddy Power is offering odds for the entire Royal Rumble card and here is a full rundown of the key markets as the road to WrestleMania gets underway...

Men’s Royal Rumble: 5/6 Shinsuke Nakamura, 5/2 Roman Reigns, 9/2 Daniel Bryan; 9/2 Dolph Ziggler, 7/1 Braun Strowman, 7/1 Finn Balor, 7/1 John Cena, 10/1 Elias, 10/1 Baron Corbin, 12/1 Randy Orton, 20/1 Rusev, 20/1 Seth Rollins, 20/1 Sami Zayn, 20/1 Kevin Owens, 20/1 AJ Styles, 20/1 Bobby Roode, 20/1 Batista, 25/1 Samoa Joe.

Most Eliminations: 5/4 Braun Strowman, 6/4 Roman Reigns, 6/1 Baron Corbin, 7/1 John Cena, 101 Samoa Joe, 12/1 Rusev, 12/1 Jinder Mahal, 14/1 Bray Wyatt, 16/1 Dolph Ziggler, 16/1 Brock Lesnar, 16/1 Triple H.

WWE UK Stars To Appear in Royal Rumble: 4/11 Pete Dunne, 6/4 Tyler Bate

Women’s Royal Rumble: 11/8 Ronda Rousey, 2/1 Asuka, 6/1 Becky Lynch, 8/1 Nia Jax, 10/1 Nikki Bella, 14/1 Sasha Banks, 14/1 Charlotte Flair, 16/1 Bayley, 16/1 Trish Stratus, 16/1 Stephanie McMahon, 18/1 Naomi, 20/1 Alexa Bliss, 20/1 Brie Bella, 25/1 Beth Phoenix, 25/1 AJ Lee, 25/1 Natalya, 25/1 Lita.

WWE Universal Championship Match: 1/3 Brock Lesnar, 13/8 Braun Strowman, 10/1 Kane

WWE Championship: 4/9 AJ Styles, 13/8 Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

WWE RAW Tag Team Championship: 4/6 Cesaro & Sheamus; EVS Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship: 8/13 Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin, 6/5 The Usos

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Card

Women's Royal Rumble Match

Men's Royal Rumble Match

Universal Championship Triple Threat Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman vs. Kane

WWE Championship 2-on-1 Handicap Match: AJ Styles (c) vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn

Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan (c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

SmackDown Tag Team Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: The Usos (c) vs. Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin

WWE Royal Rumble Stats

  • While the Royal Rumble first debuted on pay per view in 1989, this match-up actually made its debut in 1988 as part of a televised special. ‘Hacksaw’ Jim Duggan was the winner of the match.
  • The first Royal Rumble featured only 20 men and since then it has featured the traditional 30-man line-up, with the exception of 2011 when 40 men appeared.
  • The 1993 Royal Rumble, won by Yokozuna, was the first time the winner of the match was guaranteed a title shot at WrestleMania.
  • Hulk Hogan (1990, 1991), Shawn Michaels (1995, 1996) and Stone Cold Steve Austin (1997, 1998) are the only men to have won back-to-back Royal Rumble matches.
  • In 1994, for the first time ever, two men won the Royal Rumble after Bret Hart and Lex Luger were judged to have eliminated each other at the same time.
  • With three Royal Rumble victories, Stone Cold Steve Austin has won this match more times than any other man, with Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Batista and John Cena all tied on two wins.
  • Rey Mysterio set the record for the longest appearance in 2006, wrestling for one hour, to minutes and 15 seconds.
  • Triple H holds the cumulative record for minutes spent in Royal Rumble matches having wrestled in this annual match-up for a grand total of four hours, with Chris Jericho next up at 3:55:59.
  • Santino Marella holds the record for the shortest Royal Rumble appearance having lasted only one second during the 2009 match.
  • Roman Reigns holds the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match, having thrown out 12 men during the 2014 record to break the previous mark of 11 that was set by Kane in 2001.
  • 2018 will see the first ever Women's Royal Rumble match take place.

WWE Royal Rumble Winners

1988'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan13
1989Big John Studd27
1990Hulk Hogan25
1991Hulk Hogan24
1992Ric Flair3
1994Bret Hart & Lex Luger27 & 23
1995Shawn Michaels1
1996Shawn Michaels18
1997Stone Cold Steve Austin5
1998Stone Cole Steve Austin24
1999Mr. McMahon2
2000The Rock24
2001Stone Cold Steve Austin27
2002Triple H22
2003Brock Lesnar29
2004Chris Benoit1
2006Rey Mysterio2
2007The Undertaker30
2008John Cena30
2009Randy Orton8
2011Alberto Del Rio38
2013John Cena19
2015Roman Reigns19
2016Triple H30
2017Randy Orton23
2018Shinsuke Nakamura (Men's)14
Asuka (Women's)25

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