As the anticipation for the 37th annual WWE Royal Rumble continues to build, fans are buzzing with excitement and speculation about who will emerge victorious in both the men’s and women’s matches.

While names like CM Punk, Cody Rhodes, GUNTHER, and even The Rock dominate the conversation as top contenders, there’s an unexpected twist in the mix that has caught everyone’s attention – former AEW World Champion Maxwell Jacob Friedman, better known as MJF.

BetOnline, a popular betting platform, has raised eyebrows by giving MJF surprisingly favorable odds to win the men’s Royal Rumble in 2024. MJF finds himself in the seventh position in the list of favorites, with odds set at +1000. What makes this revelation even more intriguing is that he’s tied with WWE stalwarts Drew McIntyre and Jey Uso in terms of betting odds.

This development raises questions about the possibility of MJF making a surprise appearance in the WWE Royal Rumble match, considering his allegiance to AEW. The odds also place him ahead of notable WWE figures like Brock Lesnar, Solo Sikoa, and Sami Zayn, which further adds to the intrigue surrounding his potential participation.


Currently, BetOnline ranks CM Punk as the outright favorite to win the Royal Rumble with odds of +150. GUNTHER follows closely behind at +300, and Cody Rhodes stands at +400. Sandwiched between Rhodes and MJF are two of Roman Reigns’ challengers for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship at the Rumble – LA Knight (+500) and Randy Orton (+600). Surprisingly, even The Rock, despite the rumors of a potential mega-match with Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 40, is placed as the sixth favorite to win the Royal Rumble with odds of +600.

As the WWE Royal Rumble draws near, fans can’t help but wonder if MJF will defy the odds and make a surprise appearance, potentially turning the wrestling world upside down. Regardless of the outcome, these unexpected betting odds have added an extra layer of excitement and intrigue to one of the most anticipated events in the wrestling calendar.

As a reminder, Ringside News will have live play-by-play coverage of the show, over in our WWE Royal Rumble results hub.

What is your ONE WORD reaction if #MJF shows up at the Royal Rumble and wins? Let us know your reaction below in the comments.

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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