Royal Rumble Odds? Try The Free DraftKings Contest Instead

Written By Russ Mitchell on January 29, 2022 - Last Updated on July 22, 2022
Royal Rumble

Plugging “Royal Rumble odds” into an internet search will get results, but you won’t find betting lines at any of Iowa’s 18 legal sportsbooks for good reason.

Pro wrestling bets — including wagers for this weekend’s big WWE event — aren’t legal in Iowa. Too many details are predetermined, so pro wrestling is considered a dubious destination for your betting money.

PlayIA is here to help you find safe sites with great offers to bet in Iowa. Here’s what WWE fans can do instead:

DraftKings IA sportsbook offers a free Royal Rumble pool play contest for registered visitors through its exclusive WWE partnership.

Can’t bet on Royal Rumble so stick with DraftKings free contest

As of Friday night, players have submitted about 45,000 entries for the $25,000 Royal Rumble prize pool. To play the free game, it helps to understand the 30-superstar men’s and women’s Royal Rumble matches:

  • Both matches will start with two WWE superstars already in the ring.
  • Every 90 seconds a new participant comes out from backstage to enter the match.
  • A WWE superstar is eliminated when he or she is thrown over the top rope and hits the floor with both feet.
  • The “last wrestler standing” in each Royal Rumble match is the winner. They get a main-event WWE title shot at WrestleMania 38.

The free aspect of the DraftKings pool competition means that DK visitors can participate in states where legal sports betting is not yet available.

But, if you live in a DraftKings state like Iowa, the sportsbook does have some incentives for new customers. Some offers are even tailored to the NFL Playoff games on Sunday.

How to watch the 2022 WWE Royal Rumble

The WWE’s pay-per-view events used to be a Sunday fixture, but Saturday is becoming increasingly popular.

  • What: The 2022 WWE Royal Rumble
  • When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29
  • Where: St. Louis, MO
  • TV: The Royal Rumble streams exclusively on Peacock in the US and on the WWE Network elsewhere.

Sneak peek at the DraftKings pool questions

Prizes will be split among the top scorer or scorers who answer the following questions:

  • Who will win the men’s Royal Rumble?
    • Big E
    • AJ Styles
    • Rey Mysterio
    • Kevin Owens
    • Omos
    • Any other superstar
  • When will the winner enter the match?
    • 1st-5th
    • 6th-10th
    • 11th-15th
    • 16th-20th
    • 21st-25th
    • 26th-30th
  • Brand of winner?
    • Raw
    • SmackDown
    • NXT
    • Any other winner/free agent
  • Will the winner’s entry number be odd or even?
  • Will the match be won by a first-time winner?
  • Length of Match?
    • 60 minutes or longer
    • 59.59 or shorter
  • Johnny Knoxville entry number?
    • Over 15.5
    • Under 15.5
  • Will any superstar record 13+ eliminations (Yes/No)?

The WWE card for Saturday night

The 30-man Royal Rumble match and 30-woman Royal Rumble match give the WWE event its name, but rivalries and title bouts are a big part of the card, too.

  • WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Bobby Lashley
  • Universal Champion Roman Reigns (Usos barred from ringside) vs. Seth “Freakin” Rollins
  • Edge and Beth Phoenix vs. The Miz and Maryse
  • Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch vs. Doudrop

With 24 hours left before the event, the WWE named 25 of its 30 men’s Royal Rumble participants. As one of the pool play questions suggests, Johnny Knoxville from the “Jackass” TV and movie franchise is participating.

The Rumble is known for some surprise entrants as well. The women’s match still has nine openings at last check.

Men’s Royal Rumble participants

  1. Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura
  2. Rick Boogs
  3. Ricochet
  4. Omos
  5. Randy Orton
  6. Riddle
  7. Raw Tag Team Champion Otis
  8. Raw Tag Team Champion Chad Gable
  9. Dolph Ziggler
  10. Robert Roode
  11. Kevin Owens
  12. Big E
  13. AJ Styles
  14. United States Champion Damian Priest
  15. Johnny Knoxville
  16. Sami Zayn
  17. Kofi Kingston
  18. Happy Corbin
  19. Madcap Moss
  20. Sheamus
  21. Angelo Dawkins
  22. Montez Ford
  23. Rey Mysterio
  24. Dominik Mysterio
  25. Austin Theory

Women’s Royal Rumble participants

  1. Bianca Belair
  2. Liv Morgan
  3. Charlotte Flair
  4. Naomi
  5. Rhea Ripley
  6. Nikki A.S.H.
  7. Brie Bella
  8. Nikki Bella
  9. Carmella
  10. Queen Zelina
  11. Lita
  12. Michelle McCool
  13. Kelly Kelly
  14. Dana Brooke
  15. Natalya
  16. Mickie James
  17. Tamina
  18. Shayna Baszler
  19. Summer Rae
  20. Aliyah
  21. Shotzi
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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