Roman Reigns during the WWE Royal Rumble

Jan 29, 2022; St. Louis, MO, USA; Roman Reigns during the Royal Rumble The Dome at America’s Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

  • WWE Royal Rumble will emanate from the Alamodome in San Antonio on Saturday, January 28th, 2023
  • In addition to the two annual Rumble matches, two championships will be up for grabs at the event
  • Who do betting odds favor emerging victorious in each bout? See odds, analysis, and our best bets below

All eyes will be on WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view this Saturday, January 28th as it will mark the first installment of the beloved event under the creative control of Triple H.

It will also kick off the road to WrestleMania, and as such, every match on the card will have major ‘Mania implications. The winners of the two Royal Rumble matches in particular will determine who will be challenging for the top titles on The Grandest Stage of Them All this April.

Ahead of the anticipated event, let’s take a look at the favorites that are expected to emerge victorious at WWE Royal Rumble 2023, according to our own betting odds and analysis.

WWE Royal Rumble 2023 Odds

Pitch Black Match Odds
Bray Wyatt -150
LA Knight 100
Raw Women’s Championship Odds
Bianca Belair (c) -300
Alexa Bliss 250
Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Odds
Roman Reigns (c) -900
Kevin Owens 400
Women’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
Rhea Ripley -300
Raquel Rodriguez 600
Asuka 900
Ronda Rousey 1900
Becky Lynch 1900
Men’s Royal Rumble Match Odds
Cody Rhodes 100
The Rock 300
“Stone Cold” Steve Austin 600
Sami Zayn 900
Seth Rollins 1900

Odds as of Jan. 25. Browse the top online sports betting sites.

Wyatt vs Knight Pick

After being back for nearly three months, Bray Wyatt will finally wrestle his first match since WrestleMania 37. With it being labeled a Pitch Black match, no one knows exactly what the stipulation will entail, but if nothing else, fans are fairly certain Wyatt will reign supreme.

Then again, with Wyatt’s archnemesis/alter-ego Uncle Howdy possibly factoring into the finish, a win for Knight can’t be completely ruled out. Although this contest could go either way, Wyatt winning would make the most sense, giving him the slight edge in the odds at -150 to Knight’s 100.

Raw Women’s Championship Prediction

Bianca Belair has had a strong reign as Raw Women’s champion and has successfully defended her title against a variety of challengers. There’s no reason for her run to come to an end before WrestleMania 39 and it’s imperative she hold onto the gold until then.

It’s entirely possible Bliss becomes champ and loses the belt back to Belair at Elimination Chamber next month (hence her 250 odds), but that would be counterproductive. Belair winning decisively here and putting the rivalry to rest is the way to go.

Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Best Bet

With Roman Reigns having been world champion since August 2020, it would asinine to have him lose so close to WrestleMania. He should be in possession of the prestigious prize at least until then, despite the commendable job WWE has done of making Kevin Owens feel like a threat to the title in recent weeks.

That isn’t to say Owens taking the title from Reigns at the Rumble, potentially with help from Sami Zayn, is totally improbable. He’s a longshot at 400 to Reigns’ -900 and is still searching for his big win over The Tribal Chief, but that moment should be saved for someone else at The Show of Shows.

Women’s Royal Rumble Match Prediction

The build to this year’s women’s Royal Rumble has been less than stellar and there aren’t many favorites to win the whole thing. The only star that stands out above the rest is Rhea Ripley, who is long overdue for a championship opportunity and a prominent match at WrestleMania.

Ripley is far and away the best bet to win the Rumble with only Raquel Rodriguez coming close at 600 in the odds. Rodriguez vs. Charlotte Flair could be booked for ‘Mania, while Asuka winning would allow her to seek revenge against Flair as well.

Men’s Royal Rumble Best Bet

The men’s Rumble isn’t as easy to predict and that makes matters all the more exciting. Currently, Cody Rhodes is the most obvious pick at 100, and justifiably so considering how Rhodes vs. Reigns at WrestleMania is the match most fans want to see.

The Rock and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin winning would put less focus on the active roster but would be popular choices and could have marquee matches with Reigns as well. Sami Zayn and Seth Rollins are the two biggest dark horses, but Rhodes as the Rumble winner checks every box and makes for the most compelling story.

 

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