Saturday, 22 September 2018

That Lesnar Market

It has been over a month since Brock Lesnar dropped the WWE Universal Championship to Roman Reigns as SummerSlam.

This means it has been well over a month since I planned to write one last post about the 'Universal Champion After Brock Lesnar' market where customers could have placed wagers on who they believed would succeed Lesnar as Raw's premier champion.

I had kept meaning to write a post about the market because - with Lesnar's reign lasting for well over a year - I had obviously dedicated time following the moves and writing about them. The amount of new markets that have been published following SummerSlam 2018 - including the Hell in a Cell 2018 coverage - forced me to hold off on this, the final post for this market.

Odds for the next Universal Champ were first installed on April 19th 2017 and closed August 19th of this year, when Lesnar dropped the strap to Roman Reigns in the main event of WWE's summer PPV.

As many people were aware, Reigns to eventually beat Lesnar for the strap was the plan BEFORE Lesnar beat Bill Goldberg to become champion at WrestleMania 33. Many, yours truly included, thought the day Reigns overcame The Beast would be at WrestleMania 34. 

It didn't.

We then went on to thinking Reigns would get the win at the Greatest Royal Rumble on April 27th. 

This also didn't occur as Lesnar was awarded the W in the pair's cage match in Saudi Arabia.

When the time came for Reigns to finally snare the title, the market had closed with the eventual winner a 1/6 favourite (he fell from 11/50 a day before the win). To say that Reigns had opened as a 2/5 favourite in April of 2017 would gloss over how his price fluctuated in the sixteen-month period. The amount of adjustments made to every selection in the Champion after Lesnar markets can be viewed by clicking on the image below. 

Universal Champion After Brock Lesnar Betting

The picture doesn't come out well due to how long it is, so I have created another table showing how only Reigns' odds were changed from April 2017 to August 2018. 

Universal Champion After Brock Lesnar Betting - Roman Reigns' Odds

I don't know for sure if we'll ever get to see a top-tier title reign like this for quite some time. AJ Styles is closing in on eleven months with the WWE Championship. I've had a quick look at the table I have been recording for his market and I've counted twenty-six updates.

Lesnar's had forty-six - surprising considering the end result was - with the benefit of hindsight - obvious months before the market even existed.

Friday, 21 September 2018

Yet Another MMC2 Injury

WWE has announced that Sasha Banks has been withdrawn from this season of the Mixed Match Challenge citing an injury.

Banks was set to team up with Bobby Lashley. The pair were due to wrestle against Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal on next week's episode.

Mickie James has been announced as Banks' replacement.

I expect Kambi to void the match market for next week as soon as the firm becomes aware of the news.

This is the second injury to plague the first round of matches.

On Tuesday, Alexa Bliss was replaced by Ember Moon. However, as of the time of writing, WWE is hopeful that Bliss will return for her and Braun Strowman's remaining tournament matches.

5Dimes Publishes Super Show-Down Markets

The 5Dimes Sportsbook has began to take bets on the WWE Super Show-Down event that's scheduled to take place from Melbourne, Australia on Saturday October 6th.

Asuka and Naomi .vs. The IIconics has both teams at -120 as of the time of writing. Seeing as Billie Kay and Peyton Royce are from Australia, I would not be surprised if they're established as favourites within the next fortnight.

On the topic of natives wrestling on the card - Buddy Murphy, who is from Melbourne, is a favourite to beat Cedric Alexander in the Cruiserweight Championship match on the card. The fave is -175 while the titleholder is out at +135.

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions, The New Day, are -600 for their defence against The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus). A win for the challengers will pay out at at +400.

Elias and Kevin Owens have been priced as +350 underdogs for their tag match against John Cena and Bobby Lashley (-530).

The Bella Twins and Ronda Rousey are short-priced faves for their trios match against The Riott Squad. They're -900 while the team comprised of Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan are +500.

The Shield are -350 for their trios bout against Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (+250).

Charlotte Flair is a +155 outsider for her WWE Smackdown Women's Championship rematch against Becky Lynch. The champ is -195.

Daniel Bryan is a -155 favourite to beat The Miz (+115) in the match where the winner will earn a title shot for the WWE Championship.

On the topic of the WWE Title - AJ Styles is a favourite to retain his strap with a decision over Samoa Joe. The champ is -145 and the challenger is +105.

Finally, Triple H has been installed as a +120 underdog for his meeting with The Undertaker (-160) in what has so far been the most-hyped match of the event and will be used as a setup for a D-Generation X versus Brothers of Destruction match at WWE Crown Jewel a month later.

Prices correct as of 1PM BST today. The latest can be found under 'Other Sports' on THE 5DIMES WEBSITE.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Kambi Settles HIAC 2018 Observer Markets

The latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter - featuring Dave Meltzer's review of WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 - was published today. As a result, the Kambi oddsmakers have now settled the star ratings markets that were available to customers over the weekend.

Ahead of the PPV, there were 'Highest Rated Match', 'Exact Star Rating Of Highest Rated Match' and Over/Under betting markets where clients could bet on Meltzer's ratings for the matches.

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre's successful defence of the Raw Tag Team Championship was the match of the night. It received four-and-a-half stars from the newsletter editor.

Wrestling Observer Star Rating Betting For HIAC 2018

As you can see in the table above, the winning selection was a joint second-favourite over the weekend. The customers had evidently backed the WWE Championship match earning the most stars in Dave's review. 

Even though there's no clear sign enough people bet on the Raw Tag Team Championship match getting the most stars in the 'Highest Rated Match' market, the customers evidently took a gamble on Meltzer going as high as 4.5 as this option was cut from 7/4 into 6/4 by Sunday afternoon.

Wrestling Observer Star Rating Betting For HIAC 2018

Finally, all of the Over/Under markets have also been settled now that the issue has gone live. 

The market that I circled as having a line far lower than my expectations was the one for the mixed tag team match. I felt the 1.75 line was not factoring in that Daniel Bryan and The Miz were in the match alongside their respective spouses. My instinct turned out to be spot on as the match received three-and-a-quarter.

You can view all of the results in the table below. I'll also go through each market individually to see how - in some cases - the odds changed. 

Wrestling Observer Star Rating Betting For HIAC 2018

WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship
The Kick Off match went one-quarter of a star over the line of three. The 'Over' was 17/20 to start off with, but was backed into 3/4 within the first few hours. It remained at this price right up to its closure.

Randy Orton .vs. Jeff Hardy
Randy Orton's Hell in a Cell victory over Jeff Hardy was given 3.75 stars from Meltzer, This was another that went over its line of three stars. The punters were offered EVS on the 'Over' throughout the weekend.

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
The clients appeared to back Charlotte Flair .vs. Becky Lynch going under the line of 3.5 as it fell from 17/20 into 7/10 between Friday and Sunday night. The eventual winner - 'Over' - rose from 11/10 into 5/4.

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The marker was priced up with 'Over 4 Stars' at EVS, 'Exactly 4 Stars' at 2/1 and 'Under 4' also at EVS. As we know, this went over the line and was the match that received the most stars in the review.

WWE Championship
The line for AJ Styles' WWE Championship contest with Samoa Joe was set at 4.25 Stars. It fell under. The price for this option was 17/20 throughout the weekend. 

Mixed Tag Team Match
As noted, the bookies set the line for the mixed tag team match at 1.75 stars. It started off at EVS, was backed into 4/5 by Friday night and reopened at 13/20 on Saturday morning.

WWE Raw Women's Championship
Ronda Rousey's successful defence of the Raw Women's Title over Alexa Bliss went over the line of 2.25 Stars. The punters had backed this selection from 11/10 into 9/10 between Friday and Sunday morning.

WWE Universal Championship
The first sign of action on the WWE Universal Championship market saw the customers bet under the line of four stars as it dropped from EVS to 19/20 within the first two days. These customers were spot on as the match did indeed fall under the line. There was late interest in the match receiving 'Exactly 4 Stars' on Sunday night as the odds went from 21/10 to 9/5. As a result, 'Under' moved back up to EVS.

Hopefully, we'll be able to do the same for Super Show-Down in two weeks..

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Sky Bet Publishes WWE Crown Jewel Market

Sky Bet is another firm that has published a market for the WWE Universal Championship match that is scheduled for the WWE's Crown Jewel event that will take place from Saudi Arabia in early November.

Roman Reigns is - as of the time of writing - a 1/2 favourite to successfully retain his championship against Braun Strowman (11/4) and former champ, Brock Lesnar (5/1).

Reigns Installed As Favourite To Win At WWE Crown Jewel

Roman Reigns has been installed as a favourite to successfully retain the WWE Universal Championship in the triple threat match that has been announced for WWE's return to Saudi Arabia in November.

The champ - who will defend his title against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar at the event named WWE Crown Jewel - has been given odds of 11/20 by the Kambi oddsmakers.

Both Strowman and Lesnar can be found at 11/4 each.

This isn't the only market the bookies have priced up for the match. Customers can also place wagers on the 'Participant to concede defeat' and 'Current champion to retain the title'.

Braun Strowman is 13/20 to do the honours. He's followed by Lesnar at 23/20 and Reigns at 11/4.

The 'retain' market has the champion retaining at 11/20 while the 'No' is 13/10. The bet will be graded on whoever is champion at the start and then at the end of the broadcast on November 2nd.

This will be one of many matches that will take place at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. WWE announced that there will be a 'World Cup' tournament at the event, but participants have yet to be revealed.

The show will also likely feature a returning Shawn Michaels teaming up with Triple H to take on Kane and The Undertaker.

MMCII: Episode Two Odds Published

Kambi's oddsmakers have released betting markets for next week's episode of WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

Season one winners - Asuka and The Miz - will take on Carmella and R-Truth in one of the two bouts that are scheduled for next Tuesday night. They have been installed as 1/6 favourites while Carmella and R-Truth are available at odds of 13/4.

The other match on the board for next week while see Sasha Banks and Bobby Lashley go up against Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal. The latter are 9/2 outsiders while Banks and Lashley are 1/10.

In a couple of Mixed Match Challenge posts yesterday, I noted that I have placed a speculative punt on Carmella and R-Truth to be the outright winners. Maybe it's a bias because of this wager, but I am going to take them to win next week's match. The only reason is it would be somewhat of a story if the undefeated team from the first season lose in their first match of season two.

Last night's results saw Braun Strowman and Ember Moon (subbing for Alexa Bliss) defeat Natalya and Kevin Owens in one match. This was followed by a Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles win over Jimmy Uso and Naomi.

In betting, the Raw tag match was voided due to the change in one of the advertised participants. Smackdown's market saw the winners go over as 1/10 favourites.

When available, the markets can be found under 'Facebook Watch' on the Pro Wrestling pages of the sportsbooks with Kambi betting. A couple of examples can be found below.

Champ After Reigns Update For September 19th

Kambi republished its betting market where customers can place wagers on who they believe will succeed Roman Reigns as WWE Universal Champion this afternoon. With the titleholder scheduled to defend the strap in a three-way at WWE Crown Jewel in November, there have been a number adjustments made.

For starters, Braun Strowman - who challenged Reigns for the strap this past Sunday night at Hell in a Cell 2018 - has had his price moved up slightly. He remains a favourite, but has increased to 1/2 from 2/5.

Brock Lesnar - who will be in the ring along with Strowman and Reigns in Saudi Arabia - has had his price slashed from 20s into 2/1. As you can see in the table below, the former Universal Champion was 15/1 when the market was first installed in late-August, and was pushed to 20/1. Just like every other follower of pro wrestling, the bookie evidently didn't expect Lesnar to return so soon.

Lesnar isn't the only selection to have his price cut.

WWE Universal Champion After Roman Reigns Betting Odds For September 19th

Bobby Lashley (17/1 to 8/1), Dean Ambrose (20/1 to 8/1) and Seth Rollins (10/1 to 8/1) have all been lowered.

Baron Corbin, who challenged for the strap on this week's episode of WWE Raw, is now back at an appropriate price of 33/1. His odds were halved from 12/1 in early-September. I assumed this was a speculative punt from somebody who either thought Corbin would cash in the Money in the Bank briefcase after Braun Strowman handed it over to him in a backstage segment of Raw (something that was suggested to me) or they predicted a scenario, just like what we saw on Raw this week, where Corbin used his power to award himself a title match.

As an aside - I have yet to publish a post all about how the 'Universal Champion After Brock Lesnar' market was settled. I have everything ready to write about it, so expect it within the next week or so.

Becky Lynch Succeeds Charlotte Flair

Becky Lynch's WWE Smackdown Women's Championship victory over Charlotte Flair at Hell in a Cell 2018 this past Sunday resulted in the former winning betting markets that were priced up in the aftermath of SummerSlam.

Sky Bet and Kambi both put up specials where their customers could punt on who they believed would succeed Flair for the blue brand's women's title. 

Both opened with Lynch as the favourite. This is unsurprising as the Irish Lass Kicker turned heel on Flair following their triple threat match against Carmella on August 19th.

Sky Bet's special was priced up a day following Flair's victory. Lynch was installed at 1/2 and ended backed into 1/5 by September 5th. 

Kambi also closed with Lynch at 1/5. This market was first published on August 30th with the eventual winner at 1/4.

You can view how the betting went with both firms in the tables below.

WWE Smackdown Women's Champion After Charlotte Flair - Sky Bet
Sky Bet's Champion After Charlotte Flair Market

WWE Smackdown Women's Champion After Charlotte Flair - Kambi
Kambi's Champion After Charlotte Flair Market

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

MMCII Betting Update

There has been an adjustment made to Sky Bet's outright market for the upcoming season of WWE Mixed Match Challenge.

R-Truth and Carmella, who I noted were 9/1 in the most recent post, have now been trimmed into 8/1.

All of the other selections remain as they were.

In related news, WWE has announced that - due to an injury - Alexa Bliss will be unable to tag with Braun Strowman on tonight's episode. She'll be replaced by Ember Moon to take on Kevin Owens and Natalya.

The change in an advertised participant means that Kambi's match market - which was taken down before Hell in a Cell - will be declared void. The team of Strowman and Bliss were 2/13 favourites while their opponents were 7/2.

The other match set for tonight - Charlotte Flair and AJ Styles .vs. Jimmy Uso and Naomi - has the former as 1/10 faves. A win for Jimmy and Naomi will pay out at 9/2.

Betting On The Mixed Match Challenge Season II Winners

Tonight sees the launch of the second season of WWE's Mixed Match Challenge series and Sky Bet's markets - where customers can place wagers on the team they believe will be the outright winners - is still available.

As of the time of writing, the market is still showing the same pricing as nearly a fortnight ago. For those checking in for the first time, a table below with the current odds - and how they differ - from the initial price. 

By the way, for those wondering, I have an asterisk next to The Miz and Asuka's 6/1 because - at the moment - Sky Bet is offering a price boost from 4/1 on the previous winners doing the repeat.

Here is is:

Sky Bet's Mixed Match Challenge Betting Odds

When the participants were first announced, I was keen to see if - like season one - the teams will be competing for certain charities. I have been unable to find out this information, so I presume this isn't the case for season two. With that said, WWE is publicising its Connor's Cure charity this month and will then likely have a Susan G Komen campaign in October, so I can sort of understand why there isn't a charity theme for this edition of the programme.

Without being able to try and guess which team will win by looking at who each twosome is representing, which was one of the reasons - other than Asuka's win streak - why I backed The Miz and Asuka to win season one (my trick was to see any charities I hadn't associated with WWE in the past like Rescue Dogs Rock), I decided to hold off until today to place a wager on the outright market.

I have a strong opinion that at least one of the two teams at the top of the list won't be in the final. The reason why is because the winners will be determined at the Tables, Ladders and Chairs PPV on December 16th. Main eventers like Braun Strowman and AJ Styles are likely to be in other matches on the night (note: Strowman's name was listed in the placeholder info sent to the SAP Center as being in a trios match with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre against The Shield, but I highly doubt this will happen in December considering we're getting this match in two weeks).

So, if I were to ignore the top two, and then fade last year's winners, I am left with the next seven.

I don't think Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox have a chance, so they're scrubbed as well.

I could make a case for the rest: Jimmy Uso and Naomi (final is in California), Rusev and Lana (bound to be popular with the audience in the interaction part of the tournament), Owens and Natalya (I think they'll be a unique pairing).

That leaves three.

I've carefully considered backing Finn Balor and Bayley (6/1) as well as Bobby Lashley and Sasha Banks (7/1). The thing that has forced me to bet light on these two teams is if the rumours of a women's tag team championship becomes a reality. I'd have Bayley and Banks as the inaugural titleholders, so that could mean they're in a tag title match at TLC.

One team that is screaming out to me to back is R-Truth and Carmella. I have enjoyed their interactions on TV lately and I like the 9/1. You're also safe in the knowledge that the pair will easily be out of important programs come mid-December.

Monday, 17 September 2018

5Dimes' WWE HIAC 2018 Odds Updates

As has become a regular thing on PPV Sundays recently, I've decided to publish this go-to post where I'll keep track of the 5Dimes Sportsbook's WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 betting markets leading into the show in one post. The post will be updated throughout the evening/night.

Closed Markets

The New Day .vs. Rusev and Aiden English
7PM: The New Day are still -400 favourites. A win for Rusev and Aiden English will pay out at +280.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: The New Day has been backed into -430. Their opponents have moved up to +310.
11PM: No change
11:12PM: This market has now closed.
RESULT: New Day Wins.

Jeff Hardy .vs. Randy Orton
7PM: Randy Orton was -350 when I last wrote about these markets after 5PM today. He is now down to -365. Hardy has drifted out from +250 to +255.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: Prices the same.
11PM: Still no change.
12AM: The market closed with Randy Orton as a -365 favourite. Jeff Hardy was +255.
RESULT: Randy Orton Wins.

Charlotte Flair .vs. Becky Lycnh
7PM: Charlotte Flair is still a -170 favourite to beat Becky Lynch (+130) in the Smackdown Women's Championship match.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: There has been a flip. Becky Lynch is now a -150 favourite. Charlotte Flair is +110 outsider.
10:16PM: Lynch has now dropped into -170 with Flair moving up to +130.
11PM: Charlotte has been backed. She's now at +110 with Becky up to -150.
12AM: No change.
12:45AM: This match is about to begin. Lynch is now down to -260. Charlotte Flair up to +180.
RESULT: Becky Lynch wins

Ziggler and McIntyre .vs. Ambrose and Rollins
7PM: The initial ruling odds for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match has the titleholders as -145 faves. Ambrose and Rollins are +105.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: Still no change.
10:12PM: There are 'End of Broadcast' odds available. The prices remain the same: -145/+105.
10:16PM: Ziggler and McIntyre are now down to -170 with Ambrose and Rollins drifting to +130.
11PM: Ziggler and McIntyre have no dropped to -190. Their challengers are up to +150.
12AM: No change.
1:12AM: The match is about to begin and the market is still showing the champs as -190 favourites. Ambrose and Rollins are +150.
RESULT: McIntyre and Ziggler are the winners.

AJ Styles .vs. Samoa Joe
7PM: WWE Champion, AJ Styles, is -170. Samoa Joe is +130.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: Samoa Joe's odds have been snipped into +110. Styles is now up to -150.
11PM: Samoa Joe's price is now at +100. Styles has moved up to -140.
12AM: No change.
1:15AM: Styles' odds have dropped into -160. Joe is up to +120.
1:50AM: The market closed with Styles -160 and Joe at +120. It'll be interesting to see how this one goes because Joe's price dipped at the same time Becky Lynch fell into favouritism.
RESULT: AJ Styles wins as closing -160 fave.

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella .vs. The Miz and Maryse
7PM: Daniel and Brie remain -300 faves to beat The Miz and Maryse. The heels are +200 outsiders.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: The babyfaces have been cut into -350 with The Miz and Maryse moving up to +250.
11PM: No change
12AM: No change.
2:20AM: The match is about to commence. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella are still -350. Their opponents are +250.
RESULT: The Miz and Maryse win as +250 closing outsiders.

Ronda Rousey .vs. Alexa Bliss
7PM: Ronda Rousey is still -1,050 to successfully retain the WWE Raw Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss. The challenger is +550.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: Another one showing the same pricing.
11PM: No change.
12AM: No change.
2:39AM: Ronda Rousey is still a 1,050 favourite. Bliss remains +550. The match is coming up next.
RESULT: Ronda Rousey successfully retains her title.

Roman Reigns .vs. Braun Strowman
7PM: The WWE Universal Champion is -380 to beat Braun Strowman inside the cell. Strowman is +260 here.
9PM: Unchanged.
10PM: Still no movement as of this hour.
11PM Roman Reigns' odds have now moved in to -475 with Strowman up to +325.
12AM: No change.
1:15AM: Roman Reigns has been cut into -560. Strowman up to +370.
2:39AM: Braun Strowman has moved down to +350, Reigns up to -530.
3:13AM: The market has now closed. Reigns was still -530, Strowman +350 before it was taken down.
RESULT: Hmm... I'd call that a no contest.

5Dimes' WWE markets are found under 'Other Sports' on the 5Dimes Website.
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Hell In A Cell 2018 Betting Favourites

Here are the WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 betting favourites - ranked in order of strength - as the PPV was starting.

Ronda Rousey -1,050
Roman Reigns -475
The New Day -430 (Pre-Show Winners)
Randy Orton -365
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella -350
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre -190
Becky Lynch -150
AJ Styles -140

Odds from 5Dimes.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Hardy .vs. Orton Wins HIAC 2018 Opener Betting

Jeff Hardy .vs. Randy Orton will be the winning selection in a betting market where customers of the websites that publishes Kambi's betting markets were able to place wagers on what they thought would be the opening match of WWE Hell in a Cell 2018.

The market, which opened on Thursday, had the Hell in a Cell match at 13/4. It was snipped to 2/1 yesterday when the bookmakers removed the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship from the running due to it being announced for the Kick Off.

I last looked through the market at 8PM BST and the selection was still showing the same price I found it at earlier in the evening - 5/2. It was taken down before 10PM BST.

WWE HIAC 2018 Opener Betting

Brock Lesnar Reported To Be Backstage At HIAC 2018

Earlier on, I pointed out that there are reports Matt Hardy is backstage at WWE Hell in a Cell and noted that Sky Bet has a special where customers can place wagers on him making an appearance during the broadcast.

Well, how about this one?

PW Insider is now reporting that Brock Lesnar is backstage.

He is currently 1/2 to show up at the event with the firm.

Becky Lynch Becomes HIAC Fave

As noted in tonight's main post, Becky Lynch has become a favourite to win her match at WWE Hell in a Cell 2018.

The challenger to Charlotte Flair's WWE Smackdown Women's Championship was an outsider when the market was first installed last night. She is now down to -150.

Flair has drifted out from -170 to +110 within the hour.

Odds from 5Dimes.

More About Matt Hardy And HIAC 2018

In a post published a couple of hours ago, I pointed out that the Sky Bet website was accepting wagers on certain wrestlers making an appearance at Hell in a Cell tonight.

I noted that Matt Hardy was EVS. I also pointed out that Hardy had tweeted that he had finished his live event commitments following his match in Corpus Christi, Texas last night.

There are reports Hardy is backstage tonight. However, this doesn't necessarily mean he's going to make an appearance live at the venue for wagers to be settled as winners. He has been working as an agent, so this could be what he's there for.

A Matt Hardy appearance is now priced 5/6 as of the time of writing.

Looking Through Sky Bet's HIAC Specials Markets

I am going to do a lot of rambling in this post because I have a couple of NFL games on in front of me, but am also looking through Hell in a Cell 2018 betting markets.

The markets I am specifically looking at as I write this are those that are available on the Sky Bet website. 

There's a market here where customers can place wagers on certain wrestlers making an in-person appearance during the event. The odds are:

Kurt Angle 1/3
Brock Lesnar 1/2
Matt Hardy 1/1
Hulk Hogan 2/1
The Rock 8/1
CM Punk 16/1

I doubt I would have ever considered Hulk Hogan making an appearance tonight, but I know for sure I won't be now. The reason is because I've just seen him at the Tampa Bay Buccanneers game. But then there's Matt Hardy. I saw a number of his tweets today where he announced that he was done after last night and wanted to go home to be a father and husband. I know that he's banged up, but I can't shake off the feeling that he'll be there tonight. Evens, though?

I like the 'Ziggler and McIntyre to leave as champions' selection. It's 4/9. What I would have liked is the 4/9 on 'Ronda Rousey and the New Day to win their scheduled matches' but I have been carefully entertaining the idea of Rusev and Aiden English winning the Smackdown Tag Team Championship on the pre-show. The only thing working against this idea is the fact that New Day .vs. The Bar - for the straps - has been plugged for Super Show-Down. 

And there you go - I've decided to have a small bet on Rusev and Aiden English. I took the 11/4 that's available from William Hill. I absolutely wouldn't recommend betting on this as there's a lot working against me. New Day only won the straps recenrtly, the match is on the pre-show and there's the thing I noted above about New Day and The Bar having been set up for early Octoner (although plans could easily change).

For those of you who believe the titles will stay with their respective champions, Sky Bet has 'No titles to change hands' at 9/2 along with a plethora of other specials.

Here's an example. There are more than this:

Hell in a Cell 2018 Betting
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5Dimes' WWE HIAC 2018 Odds For Early Sunday Evening

There have been a couple of price changes to the WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 betting markets that are available from the 5Dimes Sportsbook since this morning's update.

In this post, I'll point out where the adjustments have been made and then - for those who are checking in for the first time - I'll share with you the prices that are unchanged.

The first market that is showing different prices to earlier today is the one for the mixed tag team match. Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella went from -230 into -300 sometime before 4PM BST. A win for The Miz and Maryse will now pay out at odds of +220. They were +170 earlier.

Another market that was adjusted today is the one for the Hell in a Cell match between Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton. The latter has fallen from -260 into -350 while Hardy has drifted out from +180 to +250.

Before I get to the rest of the markets, I think I should point out that the market for the Raw Tag Team Championship match is listed as 'Initial Ruling' and not what I usually record - 'End of Broadcast', which is the rule that all of the European books use. If 5Dimes adds EoB pricing for this match, I will begin tracking the odds from there. In the meantime, Ziggler and McIntyre are -145 and their opponents are +105.

Charlotte Flair is still a -170 favourite to successfully retain the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship against Becky Lynch (+130).

Another women's champion is a favourite in Ronda Rousey. She remains a very short -1,050 to Alexa Bliss' +550.

WWE Champion, AJ Styles, is -170 for his meeting with Samoa Joe (+130).

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns is -380 to get a decision over Braun Strowman (+260) in what will likely be the main event of the evening.

The New Day are still -400 favourites to win on the event's Kick Off. The challengers to the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship - Rusev and Aiden English - are at +280.

Prices correct as of 5PM BST. The latest can be found under 'Other Sports' on the 5Dimes Website.

Kambi Adjusts HIAC 2018 Opener Odds

In an update to the previous post where I wrote about Kambi's Hell in a Cell opener market - the bookmakers have now changed the prices.

WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 PPV Opener Betting

The favourite - WWE Raw Tag Team Championship - has been snipped from 4/5 into 3/4.  However, it isn't the only selection to have been cut since I wrote about this market.

Customers also appear to have backed the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match being the opening bout of the night. It has been lowered from 7s into 11/2.

In the aforementioned post, Charlotte Flair .vs. Becky Lynch was one of the matches I listed as a potential opener as I have doubts the favourite will be put in that spot due to there being a tag team championship match on the Kick Off when The New Day defends their Smackdown Tag Team Championship against Rusev and Aiden English.

Even though I am keen to see how this market is settled, I have not placed a wager on it.

Raw Tag Team Championship Match Favourite To Be HIAC 2018 Opener

The oddsmakers from Kambi have made the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship match - that's scheduled to take place at tonight's Hell in a Cell - the sole favourite to be the opening match of the main card.

A betting market, where customers can punt on what will be the event's opener, was first published on Thursday with the current favourite at 6/4.

The market was readjusted following the announcement that the Smackdown Tag Team Championship match will be contested on the Kick Off event leading into the main card. 

As a result of the change, 'Raw Tag Team Championship' was snipped from 6/4 into 5/4. Then - following yesterday's wagers - the bookies have reopened the market with the selection at 4/5.

WWE HIAC 2018 Opener Betting

Personally, I think there's a good chance of this match NOT being the opener.  The reasoning is simple - there''s a tag title match on the Kick Off. I feel those working on the layout of the card would choose something else instead of going with back-to-back tag title bouts.

I have no intention of betting on this market. If I were to, I'd look beyond the favourite and remove the bouts I believe will be best suited for later in the night.

By process of elimination, I am left with. And I guess they are in order of my instinct.

Mixed Tag 
Smackdown Women's Championship
Raw Women's Championship (I could flip-flop the two women's title matches, but I have a feeling Rousey/Bliss will get the semi-final spot on the card sandwiched between the WWE Championship and Universal Championship contests)
Hardy .vs. Orton (Only because I believe they'll space the two HIAC matches apart from each other and I think the Universal Championship match will main event the show)

William Hill's HIAC 2018 Odds And Notes

Here are the William Hill Sportsbook's prices for tonight's PPV.

WWE HIAC 2018 Odds From William Hill

The markets were first published yesterday. Starting from the top, I'll add some notes pointing out how today's prices compare to when I made note of them yesterday.

  • Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella were 1/2 yesterday, so their price has been snipped. Their opponents - Miz and Maryse - have been moved to 13/8 from 6/4.
  • There is no change in the WWE Championship market. AJ Styles remains a 4/7 favourite while Samoa Joe is 5/4
  • The Kick Off market has been readjusted. Rusev and Aiden English were 13/8 yesterday, but are now at 11/4. The New Day could have been backed at 4/9 last night, but are now 1/4.
  • Braun Strowman was 9/4 to get a decision over Roman Reigns in the Universal Championship match. He is now 5/2. Reigns has moved from 1/3 to 2/7
  • Ronda Rousey was 1/8, but has now been cut into 1/10. The challenger to the WWE Raw Women's Championship - Alexa Bliss - is 11/2 from 9/2.
  • Jeff Hardy was 5/2 last night, but is now down to 7/4. Randy Orton is still a favourite, but has drifted to 2/5 from 2/7.
  • Charlotte Flair's odds to defeat Becky Lynch have moved up from 8/15 into 4/7 while Becky Lynch has been placed at 5/4 - down from 11/8.
  • There is no change in the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship market. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre are still 4/6 favourites to Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at 11/10
Prices correct as of Sunday Morning. For the latest, Check Out William Hill's Website

5Dimes' HIAC 2018 Odds For Sunday Morning

I've just visited the 5Dimes Sportsbook's website and made note of the current WWE Hell in a Cell 2018 betting odds. So, here's how they looked at the start of the day with some comparisons made to what they were last night.

The New Day .vs. Rusev and Aiden English
This market was first installed yesterday evening. At the time I wrote about them, The New Day selection was -300. It has now dropped into -400. As a result, the challengers to New Day's WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship have risen from +220 to +280.

Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella .vs. The Miz and Maryse
This market is still showing the same pricing as last night. The team of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella is the betting favourite at odds of -230. A successful wager on the heels will pay out at +170.

AJ Styles .vs. Samoa Joe
Another market that is unchanged from last night's visit is the one for the WWE Championship match. AJ Styles is a -170 favourite to successfully retain his strap. A decision for Samoa Joe is +130.

Roman Reigns .vs. Braun Strowman
When I noted down the odds last night, Roman Reigns' price as a favourite had been cut from -365 into -505. As a result of this, Braun Strowman went from +255 to +335. 
Since then, it's Strowman's odds that have declined. He is now +260 to Reigns' -380.

Here are most of the moves since the market was installed last month.

Roman Reigns
Braun Strowman
29/8 8:00PM
31/8 10:00AM
6/9 9:00AM
12/9 11:30PM
15/9 11:00PM
16/9 8:30AM

Ronda Rousey .vs. Alexa Bliss
Ronda Rousey is still a -1,050 favourite to defeat Alexa Bliss (+550).

Jeff Hardy .vs. Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy remains a +180 underdog for his Hell in a Cell match against Randy Orton (-260).

Charlotte Flair .vs. Becky Lynch
The WWE Smackdown Women's Champion is unchanged as a -170 favourite. Her challenger, Becky Lynch, is +130.

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre .vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
The WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, can still be found as -145 favourites. A win for their challengers will pay out at +105.

As per usual, I'll visit these markets numerous times heading into the PPV. 

Prices correct as of 8:30AM BST. The latest prices can be found on the 5DIMES WEBSITE.