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Greg DeMarco’s 2020 WWE Royal Rumble Picks & Betting Odds

It’s Royal Rumble time, and here are my picks! See if you agree, and if you don’t, share why!

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2020 WWE Royal Rumble

It’s Royal Rumble time, and here are my picks! See if you agree, and if you don’t, share why!

The Royal Rumble is a favorite event of many, including my best friend Patrick O’Dowd. I’m still a WrestleMania and NXT Takeover guy, but the Royal Rumble will always be a special event for me. I got to attend my first Royal Rumble in 2019, and it’s a night I will never forget. If you’ve never been to a Royal Rumble, I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list, and then cross it off like Miranda Morales and I did last year.

But this isn’t about Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins winning their respective Rumbles, this is about who will win this year! So here are my picks, along with your betting odds courtesy of 5 Dimes.

Daniel Bryan vs. Bray Wyatt’s The Fiend (c)
Strap Match for the WWE Universal Championship

Daniel Bryan is a great story, and will forever will be part of WWE lore. He’s a great fit to feud with The Fiend, but I think there is a bigger story looming for The Fiend at WrestleMania. In order for that to happen, Bray wins here. The Strap Match stipulation could protect The Fiend in a loss, but I still don’t see it happening.

  • Betting Odds: Bray Wyatt -650
  • My pick: Bray Wyatt wins and retains the Universal Championship

Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (c)
WWE Raw Women’s Championship

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Becky’s (and Bayley’s) title renamed tonight, after what’s happened on NXT. And when it does, remember who was calling for it MONTHS AGO! But that’s not the story here, its Becky vs. Asuka in a rematch from last year, when Asuka forced “The Man” to tap out. I expect a reversal of fortunes here, as Becky retains her championship and heads to a WrestleMania showdown that has obviously been in the works since at least November.

  • Betting Odds: Becky Lynch -505
  • My pick: Becky Lynch wins and retains the Raw Women’s Championship

Shorty G vs. Sheamus

C’mon now, don’t be silly. The only way Sheamus loses is if the decision is reversed when he won’t stop beating down Chad “Shorty G” Gable. And that’s simply not Sheamus’ style.

  • Betting Odds: Sheamus -780
  • My pick: Sheamus wins

Lacey Evans vs. Bayley (c)
Smackdown Women’s Championship

Lacey Evans is a great story, and she should have a good babyface run before turning full heel again in the future. They’d be smart to focus some energy on her come WrestleMania time, purely because of her background and story. There isn’t really a good opponent for Bayley at WrestleMania, unless either she or Sasha Banks turns. That’s why I am picking the upset in Houston.

  • Betting Odds: Bayley -210
  • My pick: Lacey Evans wins and captures the Smackdown Women’s Championship

Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
Falls Count Anywhere

The Falls Count Anywhere stipulation could protect Roman Reigns, thanks to interference from Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler. And we’ll probably see that interference happen, but The Usos can handle that work for their Bloodline partner. This is Roman’s match to lose, and I don’t see him losing it tonight. It’s going to be a huge night for The Big Dog. I also expect this to kick the card off tonight.

  • Betting Odds: Roman Reigns -150
  • My pick: Roman Reigns wins and has all the momentum headed into the Royal Rumble match

Humberto Carrillo vs. Adrade (c)
WWE United States Championship Match

Humberto Carrillo is a tremendously talented performer, but honestly Andrade needs to win in somewhat dominant fashion at the Rumble. With the WWE Championship firmly secured by Brock Lesnar, Andrade can be the lead weekly champion on Raw. Use this to establish Andrade, and don’t worry about “hurting” Humberto. He’ll be fine.

  • Betting Odds: Andrade -300
  • My pick: Andrade wins and retains the United States Championship.

Men’s Royal Rumble Match

A good portion of the field has been revealed, although it’s rumored this will expand to 40 participants tonight. I am not against that, as the roster is loaded and NXT hasn’t been represented in the announcements so far. Whether it’s 30 or 40, it doesn’t change that Brock Lesnar is entering #1 and will likely be eliminated by his WrestleMania opponent (I’m going with Ricochet for that one).

But this match is all about The Big Dog in the end. Roman Reigns has the perfect comeback story, and can build a great feud with The Fiend headed into Tampa. Five years after his first Rumble win, I expect him to do it again, likely to a better response.

  • Betting Odds: Roman Reigns -200
  • My pick: Roman Reigns wins and heads to challenge Bray Wyatt’s The Fiend for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36

Women’s Royal Rumble Match

While I think we can expect the Men’s Royal Rumble to expand to 40, I’d hate it if they did that here. The Women’s divisions aren’t quite as stacked, and so much has been left open for this match. I honestly think this one will surprise some people, though. I’ve had my winner pegged since Survivor Series, and I wouldn’t be shocked if she goes bell to bell for this win.

  • Betting Odds: Shayna Baszler -300
  • My pick: Shayna Baszler wins and challenges Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 36

So what do you think? Drop me a line on social media @ChairshotGreg (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram), or email me at Greg DeMarco at The Chairshot dot com!


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King’s WrestleMania Rewind: Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka from WrestleMania 34

Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

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Chris king is back with one of the most underrated matches in WrestleMania history–Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka!

We look back at Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka at WWE WrestleMania 34. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ put her unprecedented and historic undefeated streak of 914 days on the line against ‘The Queen’s’ SmackDown Women’s Championship.

For years, this was considered a dream match while Asuka dominated the roster in NXT, while Flair won numerous championships on the main roster on both Raw and SmackDown. The Empress made her long-awaited debut on the September 11th episode of Raw and began to tear through the competition.

Asuka outlasted all twenty-nine other women in the historic first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble match to challenge for the title of her choosing. At Fastlane, she made her choice.

The WWE Universe was so excited for this match myself included. Both superstars delivered a fantastic performance on the Grandest Stage of Them All executing counter after counter. Asuka showed off some nasty-looking kicks to her opponent, and Flair hit a thunderous Spanish Fly off the top rope. Flair was seconds away from defeat at the hands of The Empress but she locked in Figure Eight and Asuka was forced to tap out.

I can’t even begin to explain how shocked I was at this outcome, as nearly everyone expected The Empress to continue her undefeated streak and walk away with the women’s title. This controversial decision was the downfall of Asuka’s momentum. She would ultimately win the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the 2018 TLC pay-per-view in the triple-threat ladder match.

Fast forward to this year when Asuka has recently returned with her Japanese-inspired persona Kana. Kana is dangerous and ruthless and is heading into a championship with Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 39. The Empress has regained all her momentum and is highly favored to walk away with the Raw Women’s Championship. Let’s hope that Asuka and Belair can tear the house down and deliver an A+ grade match both women are fully capable of.


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King: Dominik Mysterio Needs To Do This At WrestleMania

Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 

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Chris King is here with what WWE should do with Dominik Mysterio at WrestleMania in his long-awaited match against his father Rey Mysterio Jr. 

On this week’s episode of Friday Night SmackDown, Rey Mysterio finally snapped and beat some sense into his disrespectful punk-ass kid Dominik. The member of the Judgement Day came out to push his father again for a match on the Grandest Stage of Them All, this time with his mother and sister at ringside. The ungrateful punk told his mom to “Shut Up,” as a father even I wanted to jump through the screen and whoop his ass.

Back in October of last year, Mysterio made the emotional decision to possibly quit the company but, instead, Triple H persuaded the Lucha libre superstar to move over to SmackDown to avoid his son. This came after Dominik shockingly turned on his father at Clash at the Castle. Mysterio did everything he could to refuse his despicable son’s challenge for Mania but, a man can only be pushed so far. Mysterio will be inducted into the 2023 WWE Hall of Fame and I expect Dominik to embarrass his father during his speech to further this personal feud.

Yes, the WWE Universe hates Dominik and wants to see him get the ever-loving crap kicked out of him but, this feud is missing a special ingredient to capitalize on the biggest heat possible. Throughout this feud, Dominik has made mention of the legendary Eddie Guerrero on several occasions going back to the “iconic” 2005 feud.

I know WWE might not want to go this route but, Dominik MUST come out to Eddie Guerrero’s theme at Mania. The disrespectful punk needs to come out in a lowrider to garner nuclear heat. It doesn’t matter if The Judgement Day comes out and causes interference for Dominik to get the win, all that matters is that both superstars get the biggest payoff of this nearly year-long feud. Just imagine the Roman Reigns heat after he defeated The Undertaker and multiply that by ten. Dominik portrays the perfect heel and he truly is the missing ingredient that The Judgement Day needed to grow and evolve into a top faction.


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