Chris Jericho's odds to win the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble have continued to fall over at Betfair.com and PaddyPower.com.
The moves - that took place early yesterday evening - have seen the 'Chris Jericho' selections drop from 8/1 to 5/1 over at Paddy Power and from 10s into 8/1 with Betfair.
I've been following the descent of Jericho's Rumble odds since around the middle of October but didn't feel compelled to bet on him winning the battle royal as I felt that he and Kevin Owens would start a feud in time for the Survivor Series or, at least, by the Royal Rumble.
I was finally open to the potential of Chris Jericho winning the Rumble, to set up a match against Owens, when news came out indicating that the latter could be defending the Universal Championship in the Roadblock main event against Roman Reigns.
At this point last year, I was 100% sure that the 2016 WWE Royal Rumble was Triple H's to lose. As of the time of writing, there are two selections I have high expectations in Jericho (obviously) and John Cena. I have a weakening lean on The Undertaker. He has been slipping due to recent storyline developments and reports from reliable sources.
Of the three, I'm siding more with Jericho, but that's possibly due to me evaluating things because that's where I'll make the most profit from my wagers. I have also been enjoying the Jericho and Owens storyline and would love to see the dynamic between the pair if Jericho is successful on January 29th It sure would make for some interesting TV on the road to WrestleMania 33.
In this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote that there is 'legit talk' about doing an Undertaker versus AJ Styles match for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble.
If the match happens, this would obviously rule The Undertaker out of the Rumble outright market. However, it does not remove John Cena from the running. A title win for The Undertaker and a Rumble victory for John Cena on the same night would immediately set up the WrestleMania 33 match for the WWE Championship.
But then there's AJ Styles.
John Cena has lost numerous times to Styles this year. It could be argued that all these loses were being done for Styles to return the favour in a match that would see his opponent claim his sixteenth world title win.
Cena will end up getting his wins back somehow. If I were to hazard a guess, or rather fantasy book how I would like it to go, I would have Cena not win the Rumble, AJ drop the title to Undertaker and then - at the February PPV - have a meeting between Cena and Styles with the winner getting The Undertaker at Mania.
If the plan is for Kevin Owens to defend the Universal Championship against Jericho, then the scenario I played out with the World Championship could make way for the Rumble winner to come from the Raw brand. Therefore, Chris Jericho remains firmly at the top of my projected Rumble winners.. list.