WWE 2022 Royal Rumble Betting Odds, Picks: Ronda Rousey, Brock Lesnar, Among Favorites to Win
Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images. Pictured: Brock Lesnar
- Brock Lesnar is favored to win the men's Royal Rumble tonight, while Ronda Rousey is favored to win the women's.
- There's still plenty of intrigue heading into the matches, however, with a number of participants seeing their odds shrink.
- Continue reading for the full betting odds and predictions ahead of tonight's event in St. Louis.
The 2022 WWE Royal Rumble is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 29 at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo.
The show is available to watch live in the United States on Peacock and elsewhere in the world on WWE Network. The kickoff show begins at 7 p.m. ET with the full pay-per-view beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
While professional wrestling doesn’t often conjure up a lot of interest in the legalized gambling world, the Royal Rumble is an exception. A quick reminder on how it works:
- The Royal Rumble includes 30 participants all vying for a shot to compete for a world championship at WrestleMania.
- Participants enter the match in timed intervals until 30 have entered the match.
- Participants are eliminated if they are thrown or fall over the top rope and have both feet touch the floor.
- The last participant left in the ring after all 30 come out is declared the winner.
There are two Royal Rumbles this year, as there has been since 2018, when the WWE held its first women’s Royal Rumble match in addition to the men’s match, which has been around since 1988.
Betting odds for the match are as of Jan. 29 and via the European sportsbook Betfair.
New to betting? Favorites have a minus (-) sign and the number indicates the money you would need to risk to win $100, whereas underdogs have a plus (+) sign while that number indicates the money you would win for every $100 bet.
Example: AJ Styles is a +250 underdog for the men’s Royal Rumble, which means you would net an $250 profit on a $100 bet if it wins. Learn more here.
2022 Men’s Royal Rumble Odds
|Stone Cold Steve Austin||+25000||0.4%|
Given that there are only 30 participants in the Royal Rumble, these lists obviously include a good number of wrestlers we won’t see on Saturday.
Given the uncertainty and last-minute changes by writers in the lead-up to the show, it’s anyone’s guess what will happen, but what we do know is that, as of this writing, 22 wrestlers have already declared themselves as having entered the Rumble.
There are always a number of surprises, thus sportsbooks going above and beyond in listing anyone who may show up or will, at the very least, elicit some betting interest.
Another thing we don’t know, in addition to all the entrants, is the order in which they will come out. Conventional logic would assume that the later an entrant comes out, the more likely they are to win. We have data that shows how frequently each number has won the event, so you can follow along and know which numbers might give you a better chance of winning your bet.
- 4 wins: 27
- 3 wins: 1, 30, 24
- 2 wins: 23, 19, 28, 22, 29, 2
- 1 win: 16, 10, 14, 38, 8, 5, 18, 3, 25, 13
Collin Wilson’s Men’s Royal Rumble Pick
Read Wilson’s full Royal Rumble analysis here
Bron Breakker is scheduled to have a big Rumble, but a trip to WrestleMania to challenge for a championship is more than a long shot. The same can be said of Finn Balor, who McMahon does not view as main-event material.
With the WrestleMania main event scheduled to be WWE Champion Brock Lesnar against Universal Champion Roman Reigns, there is plenty of validation that one of the superstars will drop the title at the Rumble. Reigns has now held the title over 500 days and looks to continue shattering the record books.
This could pave the way for Lesnar to drop the WWE Championship to Bobby Lashley during the show, only to win the Rumble and cement his spot at WrestleMania. After 2020, McMahon knows Lesnar in a Rumble match will be the highlight of the year.
Pick: Brock Lesnar +350 (down to +110)
2022 Women’s Royal Rumble Odds
|Kay Lee Ray||+12500||0.79%|
Like in the men’s version, the women’s odds include anyone and everyone who might elicit even a little bit of action.
Our data for the women’s Rumble is much shorter since the event has only been going on since 2018. The previous winners:
- 2018: Asuka
- 2019: Becky Lynch
- 2020: Charlotte Flair
- 2021: Bianca Belair
Two of those four previous winners — Flair and Belair — are among the 21 announced participants in this year’s event, and given this is only the fifth year, it’s tough to imagine the WWE going with a repeat champion this early.
Collin Wilson’s Women’s Royal Rumble Pick
Read Wilson’s full Royal Rumble analysis here
Ripley was challenged by Charlotte two years ago and lost her NXT Championship, and a storyline could be in the works for the Australian Nightmare to return the favor. A Rumble victory would all but guarantee a Ripley-Charlotte match for the Smackdown Women’s title. Ripley will get a half-unit investment, but another name lurking on the board is conspicuously quiet leading into the weekend.
Renee Paquette recently interviewed Summer Rae about her return to WWE at the upcoming Royal Rumble. The mention of training with “Pamela” has been the first anyone has heard of former champion Bayley preparing for competition since her ACL tear last July. Winning the Royal Rumble and pointing to that WrestleMania sign is a perfect fit for WWE’s first ever Grand Slam winner.
In an early December Instagram stream, Bayley was clear that she was physically ready to compete. The selection also gives WWE multiple avenues for storyline, as Bayley is an original Four Horsewoman who can pivot between either champion or play a role in the return or Rousey. A half-unit on two of the biggest names with value who have not won a Royal Rumble is where to place investment.
Pick: Rhea Ripley +1400; Bayley +900
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