World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is set for its annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view event this Sunday. The premier event will kick off WWE’s famous road to WrestleMania. Betting odds have set Triple H as the favorite to win the Rumble match.
The highlight of the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is its 30-man match of the same name. The 2016 version of the Royal Rumble will see the winner being handed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt. This has increased the value of the match to a monumental level and bettors are pouring in from all over the world with their favorite bets.
According to betting website Bovada, Triple H, who has the real name, Paul Michael Levesque, has been given a +120 odds (or 6-to-5) to win the match and become the next World Heavyweight Champion.
It is interesting to see so many people betting in a sport, which results is generally accepted as scripted and predetermined. However, the trend of betting is high in WWE and many insiders just wait until the last minute before placing their bets, as was done when Brock Lesnar scored his mammoth victory over the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30.
Triple H is the in-story Chief Operating Officer (COO) of WWE and has not appeared on television since mid-December. Triple H was put out of commission by the current WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns at the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view event.
Reports circulate that Triple H is frustrated that his colleagues are unable to stop Reigns’ rise to fame. Hence, he will return in the Royal Rumble to get the job done himself.
Levesque is the VP of talent, live events and creative of the company and he was paid $1.1 million in 2014. He got another $1.7 million for his in-ring work. Levesque is still seen cutting promos on television and fighting in the ring once a year every WrestleMania.
If Levesque decides to get involved in the Rumble match, then it would be for the first time since his Rumble entrance in 2010.
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