It is never to early to start making WWE Royal Rumble 2014 predictions. Let’s take a look at the big match, break it down Vegas style, and see who has the best chance of challenging for gold at WrestleMania 30!
Of course things can and likely will change from now until the Rumble in terms of injuries, card placement, and even champions. We all think we know what the WWE has planned for the Rumble and WrestleMania, but what if we are all wrong? Let’s take a look and see what the match looks like on the Vegas sportsbooks.
Batista – We all know what the plans are as of this writing and for that reason I almost didn’t write this blog. However, stranger things have happened and maybe the WWE changes their minds before the big January event. I wouldn’t expect them to change their minds as I am sure Batista winning was what was agreed to upon Big Dave agreeing to return. You never know but if you were looking for a sure bet, Big Dave is it.
Bray Wyatt – Wyatt is in line for a big push which could reportedly see him wrestle John Cena at WrestleMania. Maybe Cena beats Orton earlier in the night and Wyatt wins the Rumble? That would certainly throw fans a curveball yet create some logic behind the odd Cena vs. Wyatt pairing. Do I see it happening? No but if it isn’t Batista I think this is the swerve that WWE fans get at the Rumble.
Odds: 2 to 1
John Cena – I almost left Cena off of the list since he is challenging the champion at the Rumble. However, many past championship challengers have double dipped in the Rumble including Dolph Ziggler just a few years back. I’d say if there was anyone else winning this besides Batista it would be Cena. It is hard to think of Cena not in the Mania championship match but as things stand today he probably won’t be there. I don’t think many of you have a problem with that.
Odds: 3 to 1
Daniel Bryan – How about this for a swerve? John Cena beats Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan wins the Rumble and challenges John Cena at WrestleMania? One can dream right? I actually think there is a decent shot here for Bryan if they decide to move away from the original Batista turn. The finish of RAW this week may wind up working in Bryan’s favor. Unfortunately what the fans want isn’t generally what Vince McMahon wants. Even more unfortunate is that a concussion may take Bryan out of the Rumble entirely.
Odds: 5 to 1
CM Punk – If it were any other year for CM Punk his odds would be higher. Right now it doesn’t appear that 2014 will be his year, although that could certainly change as we move towards the summer. I haven’t seen anything out of Punk’s push in recent weeks to lead me to believe that he would take it. Someone of Punk’s star power will always have a shot but I’d be surprised to see it happen this year. Check back next year for better odds.
Odds: 10 to 1
Sheamus – Sheamus is always a dark horse as a former Rumble winner. Quite honestly he fits the mold of a Rumble winner. He is a former headliner that hasn’t been around for a while, unexpected, and kept a low profile. Any other year he’d have much better odds but this year is not it. With so many better possibilities I think Sheamus takes a backseat to several of the guys ahead of him on the list.
Odds: 25 to 1
Roman Reigns – With all of the talk about Reigns big push in 2014 this would be the place to start it. I can’t think of a better way to skyrocket someone than have him win the Rumble. I could see Reigns as a likely candidate for 2015 but it’s too early. I do predict a great showing which could include Reigns breaking Kane’s record for eliminations. I just don’t see him standing alone when it is over…this year.
Odds: 27 to 1
Alberto Del Rio – I originally wasn’t going to include the former Rumble winner but after hearing rumblings about a post-Rumble feud with Batista he made the list. I think he gets far, maybe even to the final two with Batista but I don’t think he wins it. Could he be a surprise winner and lose his title shot to Batista at Elimination Chamber? I suppose anything is possible but I’d highly doubt it.
Odds: 27 to 1
Odds: 29 to 1
The Big Show – It’s over Johnny! A few months ago you would have thought that Show had a real good shot here. A few months later he has gone from feuding with the Authority to a meaningless tag team with Rey Mysterio. The odds aren’t in his favor but you always have to give him at least a consideration.
Odds: 34 to 1