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WWE Royal Rumble 2018 predictions, betting tips & betting odds

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


Predictions to come closer to the event.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 betting odds


Bookmakers have been offering odds on the men’s Royal Rumble match ever since last year’s WrestleMania, and they have wasted no time in pricing up the first ever women’s Royal Rumble match too.

Starting with the men’s match, Roman Reigns is expected to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Universal Championship at WrestleMania so it is no surprise to see him heading up the market at 2/1 with Paddy Power, but the ‘Big Dog’ is not alone at the top of the betting because he is joined by Smackdown Live superstar Shinsuke Nakamura. John Cena is considered a 9/2 shot, while Dolph Ziggler is 6/1 to make his return to competition and win the Royal Rumble match. Other notable names in the market are Finn Balor (7/1), Randy Orton (10/1), Baron Corbin (12/1), Braun Strowman (14/1), Seth Rollins (14/1), AJ Styles (14/1), Bobby Roode (18/1) and Kevin Owens (18/1).

And not only can you bet on the winner of the bout, you can also bet on who will have the most eliminations with Braun Strowman a 5/4 favourite in this market ahead of Roman Reigns at 6/4.

And in the women’s Royal Rumble bout, Asuka is, unsurprisingly, considered the favourite to win the bout, having never lost a match in her time on NXT and then Monday Night RAW. The Japanese star is the 11/8 favourite with Paddy Power, but the Irish bookmaker has priced up former UFC star Ronda Rousey at 2/1 amid reports she has been holding talks with WWE officials.

Paddy Power will also be offering odds for the rest of the card in Philadelphia, and we will have a rundown below as they come in…

Men’s Royal Rumble: 2/1 Shinsuke Nakamura, 2/1 Roman Reigns, 9/2 John Cena, 6/1 Dolph Ziggler, 7/1 Finn Balor, 10/1 Randy Orton, 12/1 Baron Corbin, 14/1 Braun Strowman, 14/1 Seth Rollins, 14/1 AJ Styles, 16/1 Sami Zayn, 18/1 Bobby Roode, 18/1 Kevin Owens, 20/1 Batista, 20/1 Bray Wyatt, 25/1 Samoa Joe, 25/1 Rusev, 25/1 Jinder Mahal.

Most Eliminations: 5/4 Braun Strowman, 6/4 Roman Reigns, 6/1 John Cena, 8/1 Samoa Joe, 10/1 Baron Corbin, 12/1 Jinder Mahal, 12/1 Rusev, 14/1 Bray Wyatt, 14/1 AJ Styles, 16/1 Triple H, 16/1 Dolph Ziggler.

WWE UK Stars To Appear in Royal Rumble: 1/2 Pete Dunne, 6/4 Tyler Bate

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

WWE Universal Championship Match: 1/5 Brock Lesnar, 3/1 Braun Strowman, 10/1 Kane

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Predictions


Predictions to come closer to the event.

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

YEARWINNERENTRY NUMBER
1988'Hacksaw' Jim Duggan13
1989Big John Studd27
1990Hulk Hogan25
1991Hulk Hogan24
1992Ric Flair3
1993Yokozuna27
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
2005Batista28
2006Rey Mysterio2
2007The Undertaker30
2008John Cena30
2009Randy Orton8
2010Edge29
2011Alberto Del Rio38
2012Sheamus22
2013John Cena19
2014Batista28
2015Roman Reigns19
2016Triple H30
2017Randy Orton23




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