Sheamus – 7:1

It pains me to even think that Sheamus has the same odds of winning that AJ Styles does, but I guess that’s only because his debut isn’t guaranteed, and Sheamus was the last guy to hold the WWE World Championship prior to Reigns’ current run. Despite it being lackluster when he had the belt, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they gave Sheamus the proverbial ball back to run with (it’s more of a jog, if we’re being honest).

Kevin Owens – 6:1

Clearly Owens is over with the fans as a heel, and he gets plenty of praise by well-respected industry analysts. His push has been solid and constant, and if he fails to win the Intercontinental Championship earlier in the evening against Dean Ambrose, he could be The Authority’s chosen champion. He could have great matches with any of the top challengers, and has all the tools to help carry the company while other guys heal up from injury… and beyond.

The Rock – 5:1

He has already announced that he’s returning for WrestleMania, and that he’s doing something special on the card. He has familial ties to Roman Reigns, so having him be the one to win the belt could be very, very interesting. Given the reluctance of WWE to make big (storyline/push) investments in guys the past few years, it seems like a no brainer that The Rock could show up, win the belt, hold it for a bit while he tries to help give a boost to the ratings, and then he rides off into the sunset again.

Dean Ambrose – 9:2

If he is even in The Royal Rumble match, don’t be surprised to see him in the final four spot. While I would absolutely expect he’ll be helping Roman Reigns as much as possible, that’s the perfect reason why a heel turn would be perfect for him at this point. And if he wins the belt this weekend without turning heel, the dynamic between he and Roman Reigns gets all the more interesting.

Brock Lesnar – 3:1

As World Champion, he’s a destructive, seemingly unstoppable force. Heyman has already been saying that Lesnar wants to be in the World Title match at WrestleMania, and if he’s not, what other options are there for him? The only other rumor I’ve been hearing is that he might be facin Braun Strowman at WrestleMania, and I think that would be a huge mistake.


Roman Reigns – 2:1

They’re stacking the odds against him, and having Roman Reigns defy those odds will be yet another attempt to try to get the fans to love him… and it’s not going to be as effective as they want it to be. That doesn’t mean WWE won’t try it. I don’t think many people will be surprised if he’s still the champion following The Royal Rumble, much to WWE’s dismay.

Triple H – 3:2

If you want to fix a problem, sometimes you have to just do it yourself. They’ve been building up to a match between Roman Reigns and Triple H, so what better way to do that than to have it for the championship at WrestleMania? Many fans are going to be disappointed if this is the route they go, but don’t be surprised if this is the route they feel is best for business.