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WWE Royal Rumble tips: Brock Lesnar worth backing early

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WWE's Beast Incarnate and former Royal Rumble winner Lesnar looks well worth backing with Coral before his odds shorten ahead of the 30-man battle royal.

For only the second time in wrestling history, the WWE World Heavyweight Championship will be on the line in the 30-man Royal Rumble match.

In 1992, with the title vacant, squared circle legend Ric Flair triumphed to take the richest prize in sports entertainment. Some 24 years on, reigning champion Roman Reigns has the deck stacked against him entering the 2016 Royal Rumble as number one.

Punters that fancy Reigns to retain the WWE title in Orlando, Florida can get a tasty 2/1 with William Hill, but his low draw has seldom resulted in previous Royal Rumble winners. Victory at last year’s event, when the former member of The Shield entered 19th, does count in Reigns’ favour.

Despite being kept off WWE television in recent weeks, Chief Operating Officer and still occasional wrestler Triple H is a best-price 6/4 favourite with Coral to enter and outlast 29 other superstars.

The King of Kings is a 13-time world champion in wrestling and won the 2002 Royal Rumble shortly after returning from the first of two quadriceps muscle tears.

It is 2003 victor Brock Lesnar that appeals most at top odds of 3/1 with Coral, however, for a second Royal Rumble success. Used sparingly because of his part-time appearance deal, the WWE aren’t going to make one of their top stars look weak by losing on his first outing in the 30-man battle royal for 13 years.

Lesnar’s last feud came against the legendary Undertaker and he beat The Phenom in one of his signature matches at the eponymous Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event in October.

Selling Lesnar to faces as “the Beast Incarnate”, he looks splendid value despite rumours of a controversial ending involving him and Reigns filling internet forums during the Royal Rumble build-up.

Of the outsiders, and there is always the possibility of WWE’s creative team rewriting the finish to a match later, it’s Bray Wyatt at a best bet of 20/1 with Ladbrokes who catches the eye.

The final Monday Night Raw before the Royal Rumble ended with Wyatt and his Family (Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Braun Strowman) beating down Lesnar and Reigns.

Alliances often come under strain in the Royal Rumble, though, and while the circling buzzards may work together to eliminate several others, it is every man for himself.

Side with Lesnar, who has never been eliminated from the Royal Rumble match, at a terrific 3/1 price.

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