The Royal Rumble is easily my favorite WWE pay-per-view event of the year for one reason: You can bet on it.
Back in the '90s, I was a Torch
subscriber. One of the columnists laid out a blueprint for turning the
unpredictability of the 30-man, over-the-top battle royal into a
lottery. Here's how to do it:
Cut up pieces of paper and number them one through 30. Doing names
of wrestlers won't work. First, we don't know everyone in the match.
Second, drawing John Cena's name takes a lot of the mystery (and fun)
out of the draw. Drawing No. 13 and not knowing whether you just picked
Randy Orton or Epico is much more fun.
Fold them up and put them in a bowl.
Sell the numbers for a dollar a piece (or however much you want).
In the past, I've paid out $25 for the winner and $5 for the first
person eliminated. You could mix it up and pay out to the person with
the wrestler eliminated the fastest or the wrestler who eliminates the
most guys. One year, I gave away a DDP shirt to the fastest eliminated.
My friends and I have played this game since we first read about
it. Trust me, it makes the watch party a lot more fun. Even non-fans
get into it.