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Roman Reigns has a big task on his hands at the Royal RumbleWWE

Stakes are high for the 2016 WWE Royal Rumble. For the first time in WWE history, the reigning World Heavyweight Champion, Roman Reigns, will defend his title in the 30-man match. The upcoming professional wrestling pay-per-view event will be held on 24 January 2016.

The 30-year-old WWE World Heavyweight Champion's title will be up for grabs, as he will be the first to enter the ring, and thereby faces an uphill task to retain his title. Bovada.lv has issued the latest WWE Royal Rumble betting odds, with Triple H, who is not confirmed yet as an entrant, as the favourite to win. Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are the second and third favourites to come out on top.

While Triple H has 6/5 odds to win, Reigns is at 9/5 and Brock Lesnar priced at 3/1. Triple H has held a total of 23 championships, including eight WWF/E Championships and five World Heavyweight Championships. He was also the winner of 2002 Royal Rumble.

Brock Lesnar is is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler. Lesnar is a four-time WWE Champion, a former UFC Heavyweight Champion, and an NCAA Division I Heavyweight Wrestling Champion. In 2015, ESPN referred to Lesnar as "the most accomplished athlete in pro wrestling history." Could he emerge as winner for Royal Rumble 2016? Only time will tell.

Some notable names who have been linked with a chance to be a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble include former TNA mainstay AJ Styles, WWE president Vince McMahon (who won the 1999 Royal Rumble) and NJPW legend Shinsuke Nakamura, who has recently signed with the WWE.

The following wrestlers have been declared as official participants in the match so far:

  • WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns (No. 1 entrant)
  • Brock Lesnar
  • Sheamus
  • Chris Jericho
  • Stardust
  • Bray Wyatt
  • Erick Rowan
  • Luke Harper
  • Braun Strowman
  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Ryback
  • The Big Show
  • Curtis Axel

The event will be aired live on Sunday 24 February at 8pm EST on the WWE Network. Who do you think will win the 2016 Royal Rumble? Vote in our poll and let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.