Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Final Rumble Ramblings Ahead Of Sunday's PPV

As I mentioned in this morning's post, I have now watched the final build for this year's Royal Rumble show. Therefore, it's time to lock in my picks to win both of battle royals that are set for Sunday.

I've written a couple of Rumble Ramblings post since Christmas Day. Both posts had Seth Rollins as my pick to win the men's battle royal.

He still is my number one to be victorious when all is said and done on Sunday night. His promo on this week's episode of Raw - where he vowed to win the match - enhanced my confidence even more.

On Christmas Day, I picked John Cena as the 'Dark Horse'. Then, a few weeks after that, I found out that a plan for WrestleMania 35 was to have Cena lock up with a main roster debuting Lars Sullivan. This match could potentially be off. The take away from it having been the plan in the first place is that the company evidently didn't have Cena in either of the title matches for the big show.

Whether the Cena .vs. Sullivan plan has changed is yet to be seen. Going by this week's TV, with the company claiming Cena injured his ankle in last week's match, I could see Drew McIntyre becoming Cena's WrestleMania dance partner if Sullivan is no longer in line for that role.

Braun Strowman was another name that I had pointed out in the latter part of last year. He - along with Cena - are behind Rollins in Sky Bet's outright winner market.

I really cannot see beyond Rollins at this point.

Another idea that seemed to be consistent for most of my Royal Rumble posts was the thought that the women's battle royal should be won by both Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. However, I stated that - if there is going to be one winner - it should be Charlotte and then have Becky Lynch added to make it a triple threat match against Ronda Rousey somewhere between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.

One way I've thought of to end the battle royal -and to make it a Flair and Lynch result - is to have Ronda Rousey interfere by tossing them both out at the same time. We've seen Rousey do it to both of them from a ladder at the most recent PPV - Tables, Ladders and Chairs.

Even though I've mentioned Charlotte as a sole winner, I'm going to stick with what the joint-winner scenario and have that as my final pick.

The final picks are:

Men's Royal Rumble: 
Seth Rollins

Women's Royal Rumble: 
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch joint-winners

William Hill's Rumble Outrights Published

The oddsmakers from William Hill have published Royal Rumble markets for the two battle royals for Sunday.

William Hill Royal Rumble 2019 Betting Odds

As you can see - it's Seth Rollins, Braun Strowman and then Drew McIntyre at the top of the betting.

The ladies' market has Charlotte Flair an 8/15 favourite. She's followed by Becky Lynch at 6/4 and then there's a huge increase in prices with Alexa Bliss next up at 12/1. The list continues all the way down to a plethora of names available at 100s.

William Hill Women's Royal Rumble 2019 Betting Odds

Post-Smackdown Rumble Odds From 5Dimes

I've just watched the Royal Rumble 2019 Go-Home episode of WWE Smackdown and have taken a look over all of the betting markets that are available from 5Dimes to see if there have been any adjustments made to them. The answer is 'Yes', so - in this post - I'll note the differences in the match markets. Before that, I'll write about a selection that has lowered in the outright winner market for the men's Royal Rumble.

The selection of note is Seth Rollins, who has once again been backed. As of this morning, The Architect is at +120 to beat the field on Sunday. The most recent price I have, from yesterday, is +150.

There are no changes to the women's battle royal. Charlotte Flair is a -160 favourite with Becky Lynch in second at +140.

The only match market that is unchanged on 5Dimes' board is the one for the Cruiserweight Championship, which is no listed as being on the event's pre-show.

Buddy Murphy is -150 to retain. His opponents are: Kalisto (+400), Hideo Itami (+450) and Akira Tozawa (+500). Those looking to bet 'The Field' to beat the favourite can find this option at +110.

Rusev's US Championship defence against Shinsuke Nakamura will also be on the Kick Off. Overnight betting has seen the punters back the champ.

Date/Time
Rusev
Shinsuke Nakamura
18/1 10:30AM
-295
+215
19/1 4:00PM
-310
+230
23/1 10:30AM
-320
+240

As you can see, the Bulgarian Brute has now dropped to -320 from the -310 he had been since Saturday. A decision in favour of Shinsuke Nakamura will now pay out at +240 - this is an increase from +230.

The Miz and Shane McMahon have dropped to -280 from -245 in the market for their WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship challenge against The Bar. 

A win for Sheamus and Cesaro is now priced +200 - an increase from +175.

Ronda Rousey's price to get the W against her challenger for the WWE Raw Women's Championship - Sasha Banks - has shortened. As of this morning, the champ is -1,500 from -1,350 while the challenger has drifted to +700 from +650.

Becky Lynch's odds to beat Asuka in the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match have continued to slide.

Date/Time
Asuka
Becky Lynch
18/1 10:30AM
-245
+175
19/1 4:00PM
-195
+155
23/1 10:30AM
-185
+145

'The Man' is now a +145 outsider. This is a drop from the most recent +155 and even earlier +175.

With Lynch's price declining the bookies have moved Asuka up to -185. The earliest number I have is -245 from Friday morning.

WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, remains a favourite to retain his strap with a victory over AJ Styles,

Date/Time
Daniel Bryan
AJ Styles
18/1 10:30AM
-265
+185
20/1 12:30PM
-285
+205
23/1 10:30AM
-290
+210

He fell from -285 into -290 overnight. His challenger is now up to +210, which is a slight drift from +205.

Finn Balor has continued to lower in the WWE Universal Championship market. As of this morning, the challenger to Brock Lesnar's strap is a +200 underdog. He was recently +220.

Date/Time
Brock Lesnar
Finn Balor
18/1 10:30AM
-395
+275
21/1 10:30AM
-300
+220
23/1 10:30AM
-280
+200

Lesnar to retain via decision has now been moved up from -300 into -280. He was -395 late last week.

5Dimes' WWE markets are found under 'Pro Wrestling' on the sportsbook's website. The sportsbook's founder is still missing as of the time of writing - please read this post for most of the details.

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

5Dimes Rumble Notes For 22 January

There have been a few price adjustments made to the 5Dimes Sportsbook's Royal Rumble battle markets since last night's episode of WWE Raw aired.

In the men's market, Seth Rollins fell from +170 to +150 sometime before 7:30AM GMT today. The punters must have seen the promo he cut where he promised to win the battle royal. In my opinion, it strengthened my belief he'll end up outlasting the field on Sunday night.

Rollins wasn't the only person whose price fell by this morning. His Raw opponent - Drew McIntyre - went from +400 into +350.

I've made the decision not to write about prices that have drifted out unless it's necessary. I think Braun Strowman moving to +325 from +300 following Raw is worth noting only because, by 10PM GMT, he was backed from the +325 and is now down to +280.

Charlotte Flair has drifted out from -180 to -160 in the women's market. With Flair moving up slightly, two selections have lowered.

Becky Lynch went from +160 into +140. The other wrestler to lower is Alexa Bliss, who is now an official entrant, dropped to +1,500 from +2,000.

My schedule should be somewhat better for the next few days, so I'll hopefully be back to posting morning updates right up to Sunday.

5Dimes' WWE markets are found under 'Pro Wrestling' on the sportsbook's website. The sportsbook's founder is still missing as of the time of writing - please read this post for most of the details.

Notes About Rock/Omega Rumble Oddschecker Article

It's only Tuesday and I've already had my attention drawn to a Royal Rumble article which has made me look for the nearest brick wall to bang my head against.

I kind of knew there would be speculation about Kenny Omega and The Rock winning this Sunday's Royal Rumble. However, I didn't expect it to come from an Oddschecker article.

My friend showed me one today. The article is titled 'The Rock in line for a 2019 Royal Rumble Victory?' and starts off writing about how Dwayne Johnson's odds to win the battle royal have been fluctuating. (Side note - I bet on The Rock over the summer and I might have been partly responsible for sending him from 50/1 to near the top of the list).

It goes on to state that The Rock's odds have 'gone from 33/1 to 20/1 in some places' and that he is 'the person not currently on the roster with the shortest price'.

Then, by the end, the writer contradicts this by pointing out that Kenny Omega is 16/1, but that a 'best price of 40/1 is available'.

Here's the thing. It's quite obvious that Kenny Omega - who isn't on the WWE roster - would not be allowed to wrestle on Sunday even if he were on his way to WWE (I think he's going to AEW, but that's going off in a different direction for now).

I know I've written the next few lines before, but - Omega's contract with New Japan Pro Wrestling ends on January 31st. The Royal Rumble is January 27th. It is impossible for him to work that show.

Back to The Rock.

This is a tweet Dwayne Johnson sent out in November after Kevin Hart won the Best Comedy Act of 2018 at the People's Choice Awards. In it, Rock notes that he and Hart will begin filming the Jumanji sequel this month.

The Rock Tweets

It's a well-known fact that Johnson was injured while wrestling John Cena in the main event of WrestleMania XXIX. This injury forced production of Hercules to be halted until he was fit enough.

I cannot see Johnson being allowed to work the Rumble with the Jumanji sequel being shot and with the schedule he has.

The Oddschecker article did mention that Seth Rollins is the betting favourite and that he's the best-backed selection for January.

I'll write more tomorrow, but - as of right now - Seth Rollins is still my favourite to win. I need a lot of convincing otherwise. Especially after last night's promo on WWE Raw.

And if you do want to try and sway my opinion, please don't offer Kenny Omega and Dwayne Johnson as your counters!

Monday, 21 January 2019

5Dimes' Odds For Both Rumble Battle Royals

Somebody has asked me to share the entire list of Royal Rumble selections that are available from the 5Dimes Sportsbook, so here are the prices for the two markets as of 10PM GMT tonight.

I've put the earliest prices I have for the selections that have shortened in parenthesis. As I've mentioned in previous posts since 5Dimes' markets were installed, the only wrestlers whose odds have been cut are Braun Strowman in the men's battle royal market. In the women's market, the prices for Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair have lowered.

Men's Royal Rumble

Seth Rollins +170
Drew McIntyre +400
Braun Strowman +300 (+400)
John Cena +800
Kevin Owens +2,500
The Miz +2,000
The Rock +2,000
Bobby Lashley +5,000
Brock Lesnar +5,000
Kenny Omega +1,600
Lars Sullivan +8,000
Rey Mysterio +6,600
The Undertaker +6,600
AJ Styles +3,300
Daniel Bryan +5,000
Dean Ambrose +4,000
Finn Balor +2,000
Matt Riddle +12,500
Randy Orton +7,000
Aleister Black +12,500
Andrade +2,500
Batista +4,000
Elias +5,000
Kazuchika Okada +3,000
Kurt Angle +7,000
Mustafa Ali +5,000
Samoa Joe +5,000
Apollo Crews +3,500
Bray Wyatt +3,300
CM Punk +8,000
EC3 +8,000
Hulk Hogan +3,500
Ricochet +3,500
Sami Zayn +3,500
Baron Corbin +12,500
Big E +8,000
Conor McGregor +8,000
Jeff Hardy +12,500
Johnny Gargano +8,000
R-Truth +12,500
Shane McMahon +12,500
Vince McMahon +12,500
Bill Goldberg +10,000
Dolph Ziggler +5,000
Rusev +8,000
Shawn Michaels +7,000
Shinsuke Nakamura +8,000
Tommaso Ciampa +8,000
Triple H +8,000
Velveteen Dream +8,000
Adam Cole +12,500
Big Show +12,500
Chris Jericho +8,000
Donald Trump +100,000

Women's Royal Rumble

Charlotte Flair -180 (-175)
Becky Lynch +160 (+250)
Alexa Bliss +2,000
Ember Moon +2,000
Ronda Rousey +2,500
Shayna Baszler +1,600
Mandy Rose +2,500
Bayley +4,000
Naomi +4,000
Sasha Banks +5,000
Carmella +7,000
Trish Stratus +7,000
Natalya +8,000
Nia Jax +8,000
Sonya Deville +8,000
Alicia Fox +10,000
Asuka +10,000
Bianca Belair +10,000
Billie Kay +10,000

In the regular match markets, the only changes that have been made since last night has been in the Universal Championship market.

Sometime before 10:30AM GMT today, Finn Balor's price was shortened from +275 into +220. As a result, Brock Lesnar has moved to -300 from -395.

5Dimes' WWE markets are found under 'Pro Wrestling' on the sportsbook's website. The sportsbook's founder is still missing as of the time of writing - please read this post for most of the details.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Two Rumble Odds Notes For January 20th

There have been mild changes to two of the 5Dimes Sportsbook's WWE Royal Rumble markets since last night's post.

I noticed the first adjustments this afternoon when it was clear that Daniel Bryan's odds to retain the WWE Championship against AJ Styles have been lowered.


Date/Time
Daniel Bryan
AJ Styles
18/1 10:30AM
-265
+185
20/1 12:30PM
-285
+205


He is now down to -285. He was -265 before then. The oddsmakers have now moved Styles up to +205 from +185.

The only other price change occurred sometime after 12:30PM GMT and before 10:30PM tonight. It has seen Braun Strowman's price to win the men's battle royal snipped from +334 into +300.

This is the second time I've noticed Strowman moving down in Royal Rumble betting. In yesterday's post, I pointed out that he had dipped to the aforementioned +334 from +400.

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Betting On The Rumble WWE Championship Match

In the most recent post,  I mentioned that I had placed a small speculative punt on on one Sky Bet's WrestleMania 35 RequestABet specials. Without going repeating, I made the bet after seeing something that was plugged on Twitter for this week's Smackdown.

Well - something that is being advertised for Smackdown has resulted in me placing a wager on one of Kambi's Royal Rumble markets.

On Tuesday, Vince McMahon will be on the show to moderate a face-to-face segment between WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, and his challenger for next week's Royal Rumble PPV - AJ Styles.

If you recall, a few weeks ago, we saw AJ Styles being goaded by McMahon. It resulted in Styles knocking McMahon to the ground.

After watching the segment, I started to entertain the idea of Styles' aggressive side - that McMahon was trying to force out - being the cause for his loss to Daniel Bryan.

I kind of forgot all about it after that. Either that or I subconsciously put it to one side as I had a feeling there would be a screwy finish in Brock Lesnar .vs. Braun Strowman. Now that we're not getting Lesnar/Strowman, I am back on board with Bryan/Styles ending in anything other than a pinfall or submission.

And now there's a betting market where I can have a punt on it.

WWE Championship Method Of Decision Betting - Royal Rumble 2019

Kambi's 'Method of Decision' market for the result of the WWE Championship match at the Royal Rumble is offering a 'Pinfall' at 11/20, 'Submission' at 7/4 and 'Any Other Method' at 2/1.

I took the 2/1 because I have a feeling the result will be a disqualification win for Daniel Bryan. 

When looking at the card, the only other match that - in my opinion - could end up being screwy is the one for the Smackdown Women's Championship. 

Even if my prediction is wrong, I just have to hope that the WWE Championship match isn't determined by either of the other methods. Lesnar .vs. Strowman now off the card makes me slightly more confident. 

Saturday, 19 January 2019

A Speculative Punt On Another Sky Bet Mania RequestABet Special

I've just placed a speculative punt on one of Sky Bet's WrestleMania RequestABet specials. There's a bit of a story behind it.

WWE has just announced that Andrade and Rey Mysterio will wrestle in a 2-out-of-3 falls match on the upcoming edition of WWE Smackdown.

After seeing the news, I thought to myself that they've wrestled enough times on regular TV that I am close to confident that their current feud will not extend to April despite reports that they could be opposing one another at WrestleMania.

Couple that with my theory that Daniel Bryan will still be holding the WWE Championship in April and I've reached the conclusion that Bryan .vs. Mysterio could be the WWE Title match at Mania.

I thought I'd get in touch with Sky Bet to see what price they would put it up at, but then decided to have a check to see if somebody had beaten me to it.

They had.

The selection 'Daniel Bryan .vs. Rey Mysterio to take part as a scheduled match' was 6/1 when I placed a small wager on it. I didn't place the maximum I could on it because it's not something I am completely confident on right now. All it is right now is guesswork trying to figure out what the WWE Championship match will be and this is the best I've got.

For now.

This in no way means that I've moved away from Seth Rollins winning the Royal Rumble. I still have a strong opinion that he'll win the battle royal to go on and face Brock Lesnar.

5Dimes Rumble Notes For January 19th

There have a few price changes to some of the Royal Rumble betting markets that are available on the 5Dimes Website since yesterday evening's post.

First - Rusev's price to retain the WWE United States Championship has been lowered. He's now at -310. When I checked in yesterday, he was at -295.

As a result, Shinsuke Nakamura has risen to +230 from +215.

The only other regular market to change is the one for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship. Becky Lynch has lowered from +155 from +175.

Asuka remains a favourite, but she has drifted out to -195 from -245.

Lynch's price to end up winning the women's Royal Rumble match has also been snipped since yesterday. She is now at +200. She was +250 yesterday.

Becky isn't the only selection to lower in the outright market.

Charlotte Flair was -175, but is now showing at a shorter -180.

The only other change I've noticed has been for the male battle royal. Braun Strowman is now down to +334 from yesterday's +400.

5Dimes' WWE markets are found under 'Pro Wrestling' on the sportsbook's website. The sportsbook's founder is still missing as of the time of writing - please read this post for most of the details.

Friday, 18 January 2019

5Dimes' Royal Rumble Prices

Earlier today, I published a post where I briefly mentioned that the 5Dimes Sportsbook had created betting markets for the 2019 WWE Royal Rumble and mentioned that I would write about them later today.

There have been no apparent price changes to the match markets since this afternoon.

Buddy Murphy is a -150 favourite to retain his WWE Cruiserweight Championship in a fatal four-way match. His opponents are Kalisto (+400), Hideo Itami (+450) and Akira Tozawa (+500).

WWE United States Champion, Rusev, is a -295 favourite to successfully retain his strap against ex-champion, Shinsuke Nakamura (+215).

The Bar are +175 underdogs for their defence of the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship. Their challengers, The Miz and Shane McMahon, are -245.

Ronda Rousey has been installed as a short-priced fave to retain her WWE Raw Women's Championship against Sasha Banks. She's -1,350 while Banks is +650.

Asuka is -245 for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship meeting with Becky Lynch (+175).

WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan, is -265 to overcome AJ Styles (+185).

The men's Royal Rumble market has Seth Rollins at the top of the list. He's +170. Both Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman are joint-second favourites at +400. They're followed by John Cena at +800.

Charlotte Flair is a -175 favourite to win the ladies' battle royal. Becky Lynch is a +250 second-favourite.

Odds from 5Dimes

Important Story Concerning 5Dimes

The 5Dimes Sportsbook published its WWE Royal Rumble betting markets last night, but - before I write about them - I feel I should address something very important on so many levels.

On September 24th, 5Dimes' owner - William Sean Creighton - who is best known in the gambling industry as 'Tony' was kidnapped in Costa Rica, where the sportsbook is based.

There have been many stories written about this situation. Some contradict others, but I'll go with what has been reported by a couple of US news services this week.

On the 24th of September of last year, Creighton was allegedly pulled over by police. Authorities claim that the two officers who had stopped Creighton were working with four other individuals who forced him into a truck and drove off with him.

ABC News reports that the kidnappers then staged an accident to make it look like Creighton had crashed his car. They went on to contact his family demanding a ransom for their captive's release.

Walter Espinoza, who is the director of the force in charge of investigating the case, stated - in a press conference - that the kidnappers initially asked for $5,000,000 to be paid in Bitcoin. This figure was eventually lowered to $1,000,000 and the family are alleged to have paid this.

After payment, the family claim they didn't hear from Creighton or the kidnappers again.

A week ago, three members of one family who authorities believe are involved in the kidnapping, were arrested in Spain.

Nine others - who are thought to be part of the operation  - were taken into custody in Costa Rica.

One of the people detained in Spain has been referred to by the media as the 'Mastermind' behind the crime.

All of the arrests took place within the past week. 5Dimes, as far as I am aware, has not made an official statement since making one on October 17th that read:

5Dimes Statement About The Kidnapping Of Tony

As of the time of writing, 'Tony' is still missing.

I am fully aware that he is a controversial figure in some circles, but I respect how he built up that book for twenty-plus years and was ahead of the game when it came to offering WWE betting opportunities on a regular basis. Other firms would not have followed suit had it not been for Tony and his staff. Other companies have expanded on the coverage, but it might not have happened had it not been for 5Dimes regularly putting up lines.

As an affiliate of 5Dimes, I felt that this situation needed to be addressed if I am to write about the sportsbook's WWE lines from later on today and the foreseeable future.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

A Look At Kambi's WrestleMania Title Match Markets

Kambi has republished a load of wrestling betting markets that were last seen at the end of last year. In this post, I'll take a look over the specials in which customers can place wagers on what they believe will be the title matches on the WrestleMania 35 card.

WWE Raw Women's Championship
With the report that the Raw Women's Championship match might be a triple threat with Ronda Rousey defending against Charlotte Flair and Becky Lunch, it should come as no surprise to see the odds for this selection cut in the market for the red brand's women's strap.

WrestleMania 35 - Raw Women's Championship Title Match Betting

The selection was 6/4 when it was first installed. When it was placed back on-site yesterday, it had been moved to 4/6 favourite.

The other selection that has been cut is the one that will pay out as a winning bet if the match for the title will be contested by Rousey and Charlotte Flair. It has been moved to 5/4 from 2/1.

Previous favourite - 'Ronda Rousey .vs. Becky Lynch' - has now moved to 9/10 from 1/2 while a fatal four-way with Nia Jax added to Flair, Lynch and Rousey has risen from 5s into 12/1.

Asuka .vs. Becky Lynch .vs. Charlotte Flair .vs. Ronda Rousey is a new addition at 5/1. Two selections have been taken down. They are: Rousey .vs. Natalya (17/1) and Rousey .vs. Alexa Bliss (20/1).

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
When I made note of the prices for the Smackdown Women's Championship market yesterday, I was not surprised to see the oddsmakers have snipped the price for the Lynch .vs. Flair .vs. Rousey triple threat match from 13/2 into 7/4.

The reason why is because friends of mine have thought of one idea for the Royal Rumble is to have the winner challenge both champions. For this scenario to play out, Becky Lynch would have to regain the Smackdown belt, Ronda keep her strap against Sasha Banks and then have Charlotte Flair win the Rumble.

I cannot see it happening, but it's definitely an idea that is out there. I would guess this is why the selection has lowered.

WrestleMania 35 - Smackdown Women's Championship Match Betting


This is one of the markets I am having trouble calling. I am tied up thinking Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will challenge Ronda Rousey for her title and cannot work out where they could go with Asuka if she is still in possession of the title by Mania.

At least two people I know have entertained the idea of another Asuka .vs. Ember Moon match. I wouldn't bet on it, but am interested to see what the price would be in this market. For it to happen, Moon might have to win the Royal Rumble and then challenge Asuka as they are both on opposing brands.

WWE Universal Championship
Brock Lesnar .vs. Seth Rollins to be the title match for the Universal strap was snipped from 6/4 into 5/4 in the first week.

Now, a little under a month later, it has returned with the selection down to 4/6.

WrestleMania 35 - Universal Championship Match Betting

Another two selections are showing shorter odds than the middle of last month. They are Brock Lesnar .vs. AJ Styles (3/1 to 9/4) and Brock Lesnar .vs. Finn Balor (10/1 into 6s). The latter would be a rematch from the Royal Rumble. 

I guess there's still a chance of the Lesnar/Styles match (albeit slim), but I doubt the company will go to Lesnar/Balor with it happening at the Royal Rumble.

As I've been writing constantly for some time, I am sure the Universal Championship match will be Lesnar .vs. Rollins.

WWE Championship
The option to wager on Daniel Bryan .vs. John Cena to be the WWE Championship match on April 7th fell from 2/1 into 5/4 in its first week. It has stalled as a favourite and I think there's a good reason.

In last week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote a story about Lars Sullivan and noted that there was a plan for Sullivan to meet John Cena at WrestleMania 35. The match is up in the air as of right now, but the take away from the article - in regards to Cena - is that he was not scheduled to meet Daniel Bryan.

WrestleMania 35 - WWE Championship Match Betting


Another thing that Meltzer has reported recently is that AJ Styles hasn't signed a new long-term deal with WWE yet. This might point to Styles also not being in the title plan for Mania as of right now.

So, with Cena  - and possibly Styles - being out of title matches (for now!), I am struggling to come up with somebody Daniel Bryan could meet, if he is still holding the strap by April 7th.  Bryan .vs. Nakamura was my pick before Bryan won the title and became a heel, but that seems unlikely now.

The punters have backed Styles versus Bryan to be the WWE Championship match as it has dipped to 2/1 from 5/2 after initially drifting out from 2s.

Another popular choice is for AJ Styles versus Randy Orton.  This selection has been halved from 8/1. Many fans have speculated that Styles will wrestle Orton at WrestleMania. For it to pay off in this market, the punters would obviously need it to be the WWE Championship match. Sky Bet is taking bets on Styles versus Orton to be ANY match at WrestleMania at a slightly lower 7/2. In my opinion, it's not worth backing the 4/1 on it being the WWE Championship match if you can get it at 7/2 just to be on the card. This is, of course, if you believe Styles .vs. Orton is planned for the event.

When available, these markets can be found under 'WWE/Pro Wrestling' on the websites that put up Kambi's WWE match and specials markets. An example can be found below.