Yes, we know it’s not real, but the Royal Rumble is arguably the second-biggest WWE event of the year and it’s a great excuse to watch loads of old wrestling videos in the office and pass it off as work.
Rather than just pick a random name out of the sky, we’ve gone back to the first Rumble in 1988 and compiled the key stats and trends you need, to come out on top of this 30-man extravaganza.
Key WWE Royal Rumble trends
- Average weight of winner: 270 lbs
- Average height of winner: 6ft 3in
- 67 per cent of winners have never previously main-evented WrestleMania
- 48 per cent of winners have previously been WWE Heavyweight Champ
- 48 per cent of winners had previous experience being in the final four of the Rumble
- 63 per cent of winners were drawn 22 or later
The draw is hugely important but as that is completely unknown you just have to make a selection and hope. Here at the Paddy Power Blog we’re putting our few quid on Alberto Del Rio at a tempting price of 25/1.
ALBERTO DEL RIO ROYAL RUMBLE WINNER 2011 PREVIAROYALRUMBLEMATCH pic.twitter.com/2NdyUE8N
— Abel (@AbelPerez_ok) January 26, 2013
The Mexican meets the criteria of being WWE Champion and never having the opportunity to previously main-event WrestleMania – that could all change with a win in Sunday’s Rumble. He also hits the trend of having experience in the latter stages of a Rumble, having won it in 2011.
He’s a little taller (6ft 5in) and a little lighter (240lbs) than the ideal winner but it’s close enough for us to fancy his chances, particularly if he is drawn number 22 or later.
The favourite Batista is getting well-backed at 8/11 and the trends lend themselves to the former Heavyweight Champ as well. He won the 2005 Rumble but went on to main-event WrestleMania in the same year. Just 33 per cent of Rumble winners had previously been in the main event at the big one and that might cost Batista this time around.
— Daniel Salas Moreno (@DanielSalas_M) January 28, 2013
Either way we’re hoping to at least get Alberto Del Rio down to the final few and give us a sweat for our bet. Now just bring on the shocks, surprises and upsets at the Rumble.
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