The Royal Rumble might be the most entertaining WWE event of the year, the winner of the 30-person battle royal moving on to the main event of WrestleMania to face the champion of their choice. The event has seen some amazing moments, from Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair's inspiring wins to huge moments for Roman Reigns and Shinsuke Nakamura. In 2018, the WWE added a women's Royal Rumble match and it stole the show.
This year, there are a ton of WWE rumors on who might be walking out as the winner in both matches with a lot of current storylines playing into the predictions. While the WWE will surely try to throw a curveball or two in the match, here is a look at the 10 most likely wrestlers to win the 2019 Royal Rumble, five from the men's side and five from the women's match.
10. SETH ROLLINS
One of the biggest WWE rumors on Monday Night Raw is that Seth Rollins lost his Intercontinental title to Dean Ambrose to free up Rollins to move back into the main event scene. Few people expect Braun Strowman to beat Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble but there is a huge rumor that it is Rollins that will achieve that feat at WrestleMania.
It could all start out in the Royal Rumble match where Rollins could put in an amazing showing and then move on to wrestle Lesnar at WrestleMania -- getting a huge push by winning the Universal Championship. After that, Rollins could feud with Drew McIntyre to kick off a new era for the WWE.
9. BECKY LYNCH
Originally, the biggest WrestleMania 35 rumor was Ronda Rousey fighting Charlotte Flair for the world title. However, things changed when Becky Lynch caught fire and the fans solidly got behind the fiery women's superstar. The WWE saw what was happening and hot-shotted Charlotte vs. Rousey to Survivor Series. It was clear they were now setting the table for Lynch and Rousey at WrestleMania.
Original plans were for Becky Lynch to wrestle Asuka for the women's title at the Royal Rumble, but those plans are being changed. Now, Lynch is the clear-cut favorite to win the women's Royal Rumble match and head into WrestleMania 35 to challenge Ronda Rousey for the Raw women's title.
8. AJ STYLES
There are plenty of ways to set up Seth Rollins to fight Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. However, another option would be to head in the direction of SmackDown Live. AJ Styles lost his WWE world title to Daniel Bryan and will get another chance at winning it back at the Royal Rumble.
However, with his recent attack of Mr. McMahon, there is a good reason to believe that someone as talented as Styles could do double-duty. Imagine this -- Styles loses to Bryan and gets dressed down by the McMahon family again. He then enters the Royal Rumble, wins it, and he switches brands on the spot to challenge Brock Lesnar. It would explain why the WWE reversed their decision to have those two fight at the Survivor Series.
7. CHARLOTTE FLAIR
While most people expect to see Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey battle at WrestleMania 35, there is also a chance that the WWE might want to make that match even bigger. With Charlotte Flair brutalizing Rousey with a Singapore cane at Survivor Series, the table is set to maybe make this a three-way match and the first time women have ever competed in the main event of WrestleMania.
Becky Lynch could secure the match and then Charlotte Flair could win the Royal Rumble itself to get herself added to it. There are a number of ways this could go and if Lynch doesn't win the Rumble, Charlotte has to be the next most likely candidate to walk out as the winner and new number one contender.
6. DREW MCINTYRE
Drew McIntyre was supposed to be the future of the WWE when he first debuted but he was not yet ready for that role. He ended up as a jobber in a comedy gimmick and then left the WWE to reinvent himself in the indies. He is now a true star and is ready to carry the WWE into the next generation.
Vince McMahon is rumored to be very high on McIntyre and reportedly said that he wants McIntyre to be the man to carry the company on his capable shoulders. That could all start at the Royal Rumble. Imagine the push that McIntyre could get if he is the man to finally beat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
5. ALEXA BLISS
After Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair, the odds for the women's Royal Rumble drops drastically. Asuka won the first one but she is already a champion. Nia Jax won a battle royal to win a title shot recently, but the chance of her repeating that is slim. However, Alexa Bliss has been cleared for an in-ring return, and she could be up for a push when she comes back.
A sneaky deceitful Royal Rumble winner is always fun and Bliss is still the best heel in the entire WWE on the women's side. It could also be a chance to shake things up. If Becky and/or Charlotte are going to fight Rousey on Raw, Bliss could challenge Asuka instead on SmackDown and move to the Blue Brand with a Rumble win.
4. FINN BALOR
The WWE released a new list that showed the wrestlers with the most wins in 2018. While some of the names were obvious -- Seth Rollins topped the list and Braun Strowman was also up there -- one name that came as a surprise was Finn Balor. He had more wins than anyone in the WWE other than Seth Rollins with 31 televised wins before the holiday shows. He also wrestled more matches than anyone in the WWE in 2018.
Finn Balor is also rumored to be up for a huge push in 2019, which started with some high quality wins in matches recently against Drew McIntyre. Balor has been arguing for his case to fight Brock Lesnar in a one-on-one match since he was the first Universal Champion in history and one can only imagine Balor coming out as the Demon to battle the Beast at WrestleMania.
3. RUBY RIOTT
The Riott Squad have been working a great angle in the women's division -- three wrestlers who claim to have worked their way up to where they are and never had anything handed to them. Honestly, they are a lot like Becky Lynch in that concern, but Ruby Riott is such a dastardly villain that they never got the appreciation that Lynch did.
However, Riott is also one of the best female wrestlers on the Monday Night Raw roster and if the WWE wants to throw a wrench into WrestleMania, they could set up Riott to win the Royal Rumble and either move her to SmackDown Live or take the Raw women's title off Rousey before WrestleMania to set up a new champion for Riott to challenge.
2. THE MIZ
Recent betting odds were released for the 2019 Royal Rumble and strangely enough, the third favorite among the men -- following Seth Rollins and Braun Strowman -- was The Miz. Honestly, Miz has been doing everything right on SmackDown Live, a master on the mic and someone who can really get the crowd invested in everything he does.
Miz might be the biggest star on SmackDown Live outside of AJ Styles and winning the Royal Rumble could set him on a crash course against Daniel Bryan -- but with their roles reversed with Miz as the face and Bryan as the heel. Right now, Miz looks to be headed toward a match with Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 35, but Miz vs. Bryan is always a big deal.
1. SHAYNA BASZLER
In probably the most unlikely case of a likely wrestler to win the 2019 Royal Rumble, Shayna Baszler should get a small mention. Baszler is the current WWE NXT women's champion and has really come into her own as a professional wrestler. She has grown by leaps and bounds and is a top champ in the WWE developmental system.
Baszler also has a built-in story. She is part of the Four Horsewomen of the UFC along with Ronda Rousey. Imagine if Baszler wins the Royal Rumble and challenges and beats Asuka and then Rousey retains her Raw title -- giving the UFC women both major women's titles on the main roster. That could change everything about the WWE women's division in 2019.