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WWE Royal Rumble: Picking Winners & An Optimal DFS Lineup

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AMER HILABI/AFP via Getty Images. Pictured: Kofi Kingston

2020 WWE Royal Rumble

  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
  • Date & Time: Sunday, Jan. 26 7 pm ET
  • How to Watch: WWE Network

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The Royal Rumble is an annual event held by the WWE to determine a main event competitor at Wrestlemania. There are 30 participants, with a new competitor entering the ring every two minutes.

A wrestler is eliminated when both feet hit the floor outside the ring. The point system and contest rules I discuss below are adopted from DraftKings.

Rules Roundup For The Royal Rumble Rookies

Minute Maid park will be rocking on Sunday night to the sound of “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 [alarmingly loud buzzer sound].”

Most wrestling fans will tell you Wrestlemania is the grand daddy of them all, but smarks like myself will tell you the storyboard starts in January. Nothing in the wrestling industry combines drama, chaos and last minute script writing like the Royal Rumble.

From the dirt sheets to Reddit, fans agree that plans for this year’s Wrestlemania are up in the air. That leaves plenty of room for Vince McMahon and WWE Creative to hit consumers with something special.

The Royal Rumble rules are relatively simple. Competitors ‘draw’ numbers 1 through 30 for their sequence of entry. In the case of 1989, Demolition tag team partners went straight at each other’s throats.

The event follows battle royale rules, meaning elimination comes when a wrestler is thrown over the top rope with both feet hitting the floor.  Wrestlers like Kofi Kingston have taken near exits to the most dramatic levels.

Assuming a wrestler does not pull a Stone Cold Steve Austin from 1997, last man standing in the ring wins the Rumble. It is a big night for writers, wrestlers and fans as the road to Wrestlemania is paved in January.

This article will focus on the daily fantasy aspect to wrestler selection on the men and women’s event using DraftKings scoring system.

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