Monday, 16 January 2017

Looking Over Paddy Power's Rumble Specials (Jan 16th)

I've noticed that there are two new Royal Rumble specials available for customers so thought it's time to go back through the markets as it has been a few days since I last looked through them.

Here's what the company is offering wrestling fans as of the time of posting:

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The new specials that have been added since I was last able to check in are 'Either Orton, Jericho or Balor to win' and 'James Ellsworth to eliminate Goldberg'.

The latter should be higher than 25s!

A few of the options have drifted out, but those that appear to have customer interest are the following:

Randy Orton to eliminate Bray Wyatt or Luke Harper opened at 8/15 and has been 4/11 for a few days.

Finn Balor to enter in thirtieth place and win has dropped from 9/1 into 7/1.

Over 3.5 chokeslams has moved in from 4/9 to 2/5.

Neither Goldberg or Lesnar to be in the final four is now 5/6 from 5/4.

The selections that have drifted out are:

Either Undertaker or Orton to win has moved out from 5/6 to 10/11.

The Undertaker to win the Rumble and win the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 33 opened a6 6/5. moved out to 11/4 and has now increased to 7/2. With Undertaker not currently booked to wrestle for a championship at WrestleMania, it isn't surprising that this has been increased.

Miz to enter as the first participant has been increased from 3/1 to 5/1. Golderg to enter in first place and win has moved up from 16/1 to 17/1. Unsurprisingly, the 5/1 for 'Undertaker to enter #1 and win' is still at 5/1. The price should be a lot higher considering you can go over to Paddy's 'Winning Numbers' market and get 'number one' at 8/1.

Undertaker, Goldberg, Lesnar and Jericho to be in the top four will now pay out at odds of 7/1. It had previously been 6/1, but opened at 5s.

It appears as though the market is scheduled to be taken down at 10pm this evening. I suppose it'll be republished sometime tomorrow after Raw. 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Tye Dillinger Teases That He's Royal Rumble Bound

Tye Dillinger tweeted the following a few minutes ago:

I published a post earlier today where I mentioned that Sky Bet's odds for Dillinger to make his main roster debut as the number ten entrant in the Royal Rumble had been cut from 5/6 into 1/4.

For what it's worth, is still offering 1/2.

Update: It seems that the company has asked talent to promote the NXT Tickets website as a number of other NXT roster members have followed suit.

Comment Bag : 15 January 2017

Thor asked this earlier today:

Mr Taylor, who's your 4 candidates to win the Royal Rumble? I know I asked you to replace The Undertaker, but you sort of half kept him in and then added four more to your list. What kind of Winnie the Pooh answer is that?!

Surely a person who follows WWE as closely as you do will be able to pick out the winner when we're 2 weeks away from the event?

I'd like to revise my list and put Jericho on it. drink it in maaan:

1. Orton
2. Wyatt
3. Jericho
4. Corbin

My reply:

The top four is still the same as it was on Thursday.

For those of you who didn't read the post Thor is referring to, it can be viewed by following this link.

Braun Strowman was moved into number one on the list. Undertaker was moved into second place.

I explained why The Undertaker wasn't being taken off the list. But, for those who hadn't read it, I still regard him as a potential winner because he has made a double promise to win the Royal Rumble and then be in the main event of WrestleMania. I have a feeling he'll lose the title shot in a match at Fast Lane.

I made a point of mentioning that the additional names were some I hadn't backed but they were 'In The Hunt' and made arguments for why they should be considered. I made sure to point out there was a divide between them.

I've also written numerous posts over the past few weeks where I pointed out the possibility that the money coming in on Randy Orton is European fan money as I cannot see how Orton .vs. Bray Wyatt - because that's the direction the storyline is going - could be for the WWE World Championship.

There are rumours, albeit denied by WWE, that Elimination Chamber's title match will be another fixture between John Cena and AJ Styles, so that's another PPV where either Orton or Wyatt are out of the title picture.

On top of this, I've stated that I believed that this year's Royal Rumble winner will be somebody to challenge for the Universal Championship and the Elimination Chamber main event will decide the number one contender to Smackdown's crown. The only name outside of a Raw winner - I am counting Undertaker Raw for the time being - is Samoa Joe. I wrote about that on Thursday as well.

I'm watching and listening to the same things as every other wrestling fan. You ask anybody out there who they think is going to win the Royal Rumble and you're going to get mixed responses.

Tye Dillinger Royal Rumble Special Price Cut customers have forced the oddsmakers to cut the price of a Royal Rumble prop special.

'Tye Dillinger entering the Royal Rumble at number 10' was requested by a client using Sky Bets' Request a Bet promotion. It was added at 5/6 on Thursday and had crept down to 4/6 by yesterday. The price is now 1/4.

It isn't surprising to see how popular the prop is. There are many wrestling fans out there who believe that Dillinger landing on the main roster with a Royal Rumble debut in tenth spot would be great considering his 'Perfect 10' gimmick.

Someone I know had another idea where The Miz comes out in that spot as it's a great way for a heel to get easy heat with so much anticipation built up for Dillinger to enter there.

I sort of agreed, but thought Bad News Barrett (yes, I am still hoping he's an entrant in the battle royal) would have been good as well because he could do some mic work to wind up the audience who had been expecting Dillinger's debut.

Whether it's Dillinger or a heel (hopefully, it isn't a babyface), the tenth entrant is sure to get a reaction either way.

If you would still like to bet on Dillinger being the tenth man, the best price that is currently out there is over at where he's 1/2.

He has been 1/2 since the market was first published on Thursday.

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Saturday, 14 January 2017

4 Numbers Backed In Paddy's Rumble Winner Prop

Numbers 24, 28, 29 and 30 have been the most picked by Paddy Power customers who are wagering on the 'Royal Rumble 2017 : Winning Number' market.

It has been a few days since I looked at the odds. Based on the betting, the clients are predicting that this year's winner will enter in the latter part of the match.

Number 24 has been cut from 11/1 into 10/1, a win by the person who draws the 28th entry has been snipped from 8/1 into 11/2, number 29 has moved in from 7/1 into 11/s and the final entry point has dropped from 6s into 5/1.

In the history of the Royal Rumble, the numbers 24 and 30 are tied for second with three winners each.

Numbers 28 and 29 have had two each.

Twenty-seven has been the spot where the most winners have entered the match. This selection has seen a victor crowned four times since the match became an annual tradition. However, one of these years was 1994 when Lex Luger (23) and Bret Hart (27) were joint-winners.

The number 27 remains 7/1 as of the time of posting.

Paddy Power's Royal Rumble prop markets can be found on this page.

Sky Bet's Rumble 2017 Request A Bet Specials For Saturday January 14th

As mentioned last night, the oddsmakers at have added more specials that were requested by customers using 'Request a Bet'

The full list of selections can be viewed below:

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The newer selections, along with some thoughts, are:

Seth Rollins to be eliminated by Triple H EVS
I'm not betting on this because I have a feeling Triple H won't be in the match as a participant.

Bill Goldberg to eliminate 5 or more participants 6/4
I wouldn't be surprised if it's a winner, but I'm not betting on it.

Seth Rollins to last the longest amount of time in the Royal Rumble 4/1
This is one I will bet on as soon as I hit 'Publish'. If Triple H is going to cost him the Royal Rumble win, it'll be wise to have Rollins in there for a long time and then have HHH rob him near the end. I like this one a lot.

The Undertaker to win the Royal Rumble and Braun Strowman to get most eliminations 5/1
I don't feel compelled to bet on this one. Had it been available a little under week ago, I may have snapped it up.

Titus O'Neil to enter the Royal Rumble at  number 14 10/1
Not taking this.

The Undertaker to enter at number 30 12/1
If Undertaker can't do much (he had hip surgery in late-2016), this might be worth a bet. Also, if he isn't winning, it could be a nice tease to have him enter in this spot and let the fans think he has a chance of being victorious.

AJ Styles and Kenny Omega to be entrants 25/1
As I noted a few times this week, there are reports that Kenny Omega's contract with New Japan doesn't end until January 31st.

Daniel Bryan to enter the Royal Rumble 50/1
It will not happen, unfortunately.

The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels to be entrants number 29 and 30 50/1
If Shawn Michaels were ever going to wrestle again, it would be advertised ahead of time. This is especially the case in San Antonio - the city he is most associated with.

Other than the new selections above, the traders have made the following changes.

The Tye Dillinger to enter at number 10 option has been cut from 5/6 into 4/6. I've written many times that this would be a great way to introduce him. 

Finn Balor to win the Rumble from the 30 slot has been slashed from 12/1 into 10s. 

The 'Omega, Balor, Joe and Undertaker' selection has moved out from EVENS to 5/4 while common sense appears to have prevailed and the 'Omega, Balor and Michaels' offering has been enhanced from 9/4 into 20/1.

Odds correct as of 12:30pm GMT. The market can be found on Sky Bet's WWE Betting Page.

Goldberg And Lesnar To Close Mania - A Case Of Chinese Whispers?

I have noticed a lot of talk on Twitter mentioning there are reports of the Bill Goldberg versus Brock Lesnar match scheduled to close out WrestleMania.

I believe this to be the Internet's version of Chinese whispers. I've arrived at this conclusion because I have a good idea the source of where these writers got their story. 

In this week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote - on the topic of WrestleMania and the Lesnar/Goldberg match - that 'based on current hints and direction looks likely to be presented as the main event on the show'. 

The match may end up being the most pushed bout in the build-up to WrestleMania, and is technically the main event of the evening, but this does not necessarily mean it'll be the final match of the night.

There are a few examples that I can point to.

From the top of my head, WrestleMania X8 had The Rock versus Hulk Hogan as the most promoted fight of the night. The final match of the night saw Triple H challenge Chris Jericho for the World Championship.

The following year, Hulk Hogan and Vince McMahon was the match that was advertised the most. It too went on ahead of title match.

It could also be argued that last year's WrestleMania meeting between The Undertaker and Shane McMahon inside the Hell in a Cell had the most time dedicated to it than Triple H's title match against Roman Reigns.

From a betting perspective,'s WrestleMania 33 prop market, where customers can wager on who they believe will be in the main event of WrestleMania 34, DOES focus on the closing match of the night. 

I had a look to see if the information, or rather possible misinformation, had any impact on the market. I noticed a few changes have been made since Monday.

The two selections I was obviously looking out for the most - Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg - haven't shortened. They're still both available at 4/7 each.

Braun Strowman's price has been cut from 20/1 to 16/1 (Jordan!). The remaining selections whose prices have dropped are interesting and make sense:

AJ Styles 6/4 to EVENS
John Cena 2/1 to 6/4
Randy Orton 13/2 to 5/1
Bray Wyatt 12/1 to 10/1
The Miz 50/1 to 25/1

It's very clear what has happened here. All of the Smackdown stars, who could potentially be in the WWE World Championship match, have been backed.

Without going out too much on a limb, I also believe it'll be at least two of the five names who'll be in the final match of the night.

Betfair's WWE WrestleMania prop markets are found under 'Special Bets' on the sportsbook menu at

Leave Your '17 Royal Rumble Specials Ideas Here

Originally published on January 3rd will once again publish in-play specials a few hours before this months WWE Royal Rumble PPV.

I have set up this post for readers to suggest up to ten specials ideas in the comments section below. A William Hill staff member will make occasional visits to this page and, if it's possible, will have your idea priced up and added to the specials markets on January 29th.

Before leaving your ideas please note some things you cannot suggest. Here are some examples:

- Asking for male-on-women violence
- Wrestlers bleeding or real injuries occurring during the event
- The placement of matches on the card (ie asking for certain matches to be the main event etc)
- Things that are said by audience members/wrestlers/commentators
- Pyrotechnic or other production malfunctions
- Anything that might take place on the Kick-Off

For this month, the trader has asked for appearance suggestions to specifically focus on wrestlers that aren't on either of the main Raw or Smackdown rosters. The theme is 'Comebacks and Special Appearances'.

When they're available, William Hill's WWE Royal Rumble outright winner, match and in-play specials markets can be found ON THIS PAGE.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Friday Night Takeaways : Jan 13 2017

Here are some takeaways from today's Royal Rumble betting.

Braun Strowman's Odds Are Coming In

It depends where you look, but Braun Strowman is technically a favourite or, at a push, a joint-favourite, to win the battle royal. His price began to shorten yesterday night into the early hours of this morning as punters started to see..

The Undertaker Has Drifted Out

Now that it doesn't look like The Undertaker will be in a title match at WrestleMania, the punters have evidently started to look at other likely candidates. Hence the moves coming in for Strowman. A name that has been coming in is..

Samoa Joe

The Ladbrokes website had Samoa Joe at 40/1 yesterday morning. Then - as myself and others began to read the news inside this week's Wrestling Observer Newsletter about a possible WrestleMania plan for Samoa Joe  - it fell to 25/1. The best price for him can now be found with and where he's 12/1.

Brock Lesnar

I published a post a few hours ago noting that Brock Lesnar's schedule is stacked post-Rumble. I know the match between he and Bill Goldberg is locked in for WrestleMania, but I'm starting to wonder why he's making all these TV appearances after the Royal Rumble right through Fast Lane and into WrestleMania.

Finn Balor

Finn Balor is another Royal Rumble selection that has seen action since last night. His best available price of 7/1 has now been cut to 6/1.

Sky Bet Request A Bet

The oddsmakers at added more Request a Bet specials a few minutes ago. You can check them out on Sky Bet's WWE Betting Page. I'll go over them tomorrow.

UK Championship Betting

I've had a question asked about whether I knew there would be UK Championship odds published for this weekend's tournament. Somebody else got in touch about this a little over a week ago . I have asked a few sports betting firms, but it didn't seem likely. 

Interesting Note Regarding Brock Lesnar's Availability Post-Rumble

Brock Lesnar has an interesting schedule in the weeks after this year's Royal Rumble.

According to the WWE website, 'The Beast' is listed for nearly every Raw from January 30th (day after the Rumble), through FastLane and into WrestleMania.

The only date that he appears to be not available for is the Raw that will take place on February 13th from Las Vegas. The reason behind his absence from that show is because he is currently serving a one-year ban that was imposed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and WWE would be unable to promote him within the State (I think!).

This is quite an eye-opening block of dates, to be honest. 

If he's working right through, there must be something lined up for him at the FastLane show. 

It was reported a couple of weeks back that Bill Goldberg is also scheduled for the March 5th PPV. 

For what it's worth, Brock's best price to win the Royal Rumble is 20/1 from Ladbrokes' WWE Betting Page.

Even More Rumble '17 Specials From Paddy Power

There have been a few more Royal Rumble specials added to Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page since I checked in this afternoon.

The new selections that have been requested are:

  • Either Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman or Finn Balor to win 4/11
  • Over 3.5 chokeslams in the Royal Rumble match 4/9
  • Neither Goldberg or Brock Lesnar to be in the final four 5/4
I like the chokeslam prop because The Undertaker will likely deliver a few of them in the match. There's also a chance that Kane is one of the runners, so it has the potential to be a winning bet.

The 'Neither Goldberg or Brock Lesnar in the final four' option is also enticing because I wouldn't be surprised if they've been removed before the end. This is especially the case if they decide to go with Goldberg entering early just so he can do a proper entrance.

Odds correct as of 5:23pm GMT. View Paddy Power's WWE Markets.

New Rumble '17 Specials From Paddy Power

The Paddy Power Sportsbook has added more specials to its WWE Betting Page since I last checked in with the markets.

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The three new additions are:

- Finn Balor to enter #30 and win at 9/1
- The Miz to enter #1 3/1
- Either Undertaker or Randy Orton to win 5/6

The last one I listed was requested by somebody who follows me on Twitter. I actually like this idea because it covers both the bookie's favourite (Undertaker) and a selection who recently had heavy wagers placed on him in Randy Orton. 

Another market that has been added is one where clients can bet on there being a female participant in the match. There are two options here. Customers can take the 'No' at 1/25 or 'Yes' that's out at 8/1. I think 'No' is what will end up being a winning bet, but it isn't worth it at those odds.

Odds correct as of the time of publishing. The markets can be viewed on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Goldberg/Lesnar Prop Price Continues To Fall's request a bet market where customers can bet on Brock Lesnar and Bill Goldberg eliminating each other simultaneously in the Royal Rumble match has now been cut to 10/1.

The special was published earlier today. The opening price was 25/1. It was soon snipped to 14/1 and has now fallen to 10s.

It was a decent price then and it still has value. I think that, if either wrestler isn't winning the battle royal, this could be one of the ways that's booked to get them out of the running and to set up their rumoured rematch at WrestleMania 33.

Another thing worth noting is that the oddsmakers at Kambi priced it up at 33/50 when they offered a similar market on December 16th.

The specials are found alongside other Royal Rumble markets on Sky Bet's Wrestling Betting Page.

Rumble Rankings For January 12th

If you've been following along for the past few weeks, I'm sure you've read a number of posts where I've ranked wrestlers based on how I rated their chances of winning the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble.

Chris Jericho was at the top of this list for weeks. That's why I thought it funny to name this ranking 'The List'. However, I was forced to move him down to third on the table over a week ago after Jericho announced that he would be an entrant in the Royal Rumble match and Kevin Owens didn't like the prospect of having to face him.

Then, after Monday's Raw, I was confident that it would end up being The Undertaker. He was already top of the list following Jericho's announcement, but promising he would win the Royal Rumble was enough for me to believe that this was the direction.

Until this morning. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that The Undertaker is not in the plans for either of the major title matches on the WrestleMania card.

In the comment section of this morning's post, a frequent visitor told me that 'Meltzer is forcing you to take Undertaker off your list' and to find someone else to replace him with. I had already moved Braun Strowman up, but I will honour the request.

By the way, prepare for some wild assumptions and fantasy booking.,,

Here are a few notes as to why these names are in the order they're in. The list is split into two categories. The top four are the names that I have strongly backed. The rest are names that I may not have backed, but I play devil's advocate with a few of them.

Top Of The List

Braun Strowman
Strowman moves up because The Undertaker has been knocked off the top spot following today's story. Another thing that was reported today is that, as of right now, there are no plans for The Undertaker to wrestle Braun Strowman at WrestleMania. This frees Strowman up.

The Undertaker
Okay, so The Undertaker is not going to be in the title match at WrestleMania 33. What about this one then - he wins the Royal Rumble, but loses the title shot at Fast Lane? He could even lose it to Strowman. I came to this conclusion after reading the following line in the Observer - 'Both the Rumble and Fast Lane will be impacting the matches and stipulations on the show'. 

Finn Balor
Balor has been in the top of the list ever since the summer. He remains in the mix because he's due to return soon. The Rumble might be too soon, or could it?

Chris Jericho
With Kevin Owens still Universal Champion, for the time being at least, I cannot remove Chris Jericho. There's still a chance - albeit slim - that Jericho wins the Rumble. Owens could cost him the title shot later on if he is no longer Universal Champ.

In The Hunt?

Randy Orton
Even though I am not completely sold on all the money that came in on Randy Orton last week meaning anything, it would be wrong not to have him in this section, I had backed him months ago when I guessed that it would be Orton versus AJ Styles for the WWE Championship.

Seth Rollins
What if Seth Rollins wins the Royal Rumble and that thing about 'Both the Rumble and Fast Lane will be impacting the matches and stipulations on the show' comes into play? What if Rollins wins, but Triple H doesn't do anything until a few weeks later? After all, everyone is expecting Triple H to cost Rollins in the Rumble match. The story would reach its destination. This isn't an idea I came up with. I sort of got part of it from a regular visitor to this blog who is from Russia. 

Samoa Joe
I published a post earlier today where I went through a few ideas for Samoa Joe and the Royal Rumble. It would actually be an incredible story for him to make his main roster debut and win the Rumble to set up a match against either one of the possible titleholders. There might be some who'll argue that he shouldn't win the Rumble on his first night in, but this doesn't apply here. Joe has been with the company for almost two years.

The bottom two are close to being scrubbed, but...

Brock Lesnar
The only reason why I have Brock Lesnar on this part of the list is because Goldberg will wrestle at FastLane. We don't know who Goldberg's opponent will be just yet, but what if he is in the Universal Championship match and he ends up winning the title? This would easily set up the match that the company already has lined up for WrestleMania - Goldberg vs Brock Lesnar. One major roadblock to this idea is that Brock is due the win at Mania. With Lesnar's limited schedule, I do not think they'll put the belt on him. Therefore, I doubt their match will be for the Universal title.

Just like with other ideas I've thrashed out above - what if Goldberg wins the Royal Rumble, but loses the title shot at FastLane? I cannot see it happening because it would mean having Goldberg lose a match before he's set to do the honours to Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

I guarantee there will be more changes up and down this list as we head closer to the Royal Rumble. As of right now, it's Braun Strowman's match to lose.

Paddy Power's Royal Rumble 2017 Final Four Odds

Here's Paddy Power's market where customers can bet on the wrestler/s that will make it to the final four of the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble.

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The market is available alongside other Rumble specials and outrights on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

New Rumble Request A Bet Offerings From Sky Bet

Sky Bet has added a few more Request a Bet specials to its WWE Royal Rumble 2017 coverage.

Customers can now feast their eyes on these offerings:

Tye Dillinger entering the Royal Rumble at number 10 is 5/6

Finn Balor to win the Royal Rumble after entering in the number 30 spot 16/1

Goldberg and Brock Lesnar to eliminate each other simultaneously 25/1 (Has now been cut to 14/1)

In my opionion, this is a huge improvement from the other two selections that were published the other day.

The market can be found on Sky Bet's WWE Betting Page.

"Who Will Eliminate The Undertaker?" Rumble Prop From Coral

In the most recent post, I noted that Coral had added some specials to its coverage of this year's Royal Rumble. Another has been added within the last few minutes.

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As you can see, the market allows customers to bet on the person who eliminates The Undertaker in the battle royal.

It was reported earlier today that - as of right now - The Undertaker is not scheduled to wrestle for a title on the WrestleMania card. This means there's a high chance he does not win this year's Royal Rumble. Therefore, the oddsmaker has compiled a list of names that could potential end Undertaker's participation in the match.

If you read another post from earlier today, it should be no surprise to see that I've taken the 2/1 for Samoa Joe. I have also had a speculative punt on Finn Balor because the 10/1 was compelling.

The market can be found alongside other Royal Rumble odds in the TV Specials section of

Coral Add More Rumble Markets

Coral has added a plethora of new Royal Rumble markets to go with the outright lines the company published at the start of the year.

Clients can now bet on the following:

- Final Four
- Entry Number Of Winner
- Most Eliminations
- Other Specials

The 'Final Four' and 'Most Eliminations' markets have a list of names just like with similar markets elsewhere.

The 'Entry Number' market has three options for the customer. They are: 1-10 7/4, 11-20 9/4 and 21+ is 5/4.

As for the general specials - there are a few to chose from. At the time of writing there are:

  • Tye Dillinger to enter at number 10 at 1/2 - this is the market the astute wrestling fans who bet on wrestling will be clamouring for, in my opinion.
  • Brock Lesnar to eliminate Bill Goldberg 4/5
  • Triple H to enter at number 30 3/1
Expect more.

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Another Bookie With Rumble 2017 Odds

The Irish bookmaker - - has opened a book on this year's WWE Royal Rumble.

The odds can be viewed by clicking the image below:

This market can be found under 'Entertainment/TV' on the Boylesports Website

There's a banner below for the new customer offer. If you can't see it, you can join through this link.

Samoa Joe And The 2017 WWE Royal Rumble

WWE fans have been anticipating Samoa Joe's arrival to the main roster ever since he made his NXT debut in 2015. Some have predicted this could be the year. In fact, many, myself included, have bet on it being this month.

I've been following Paddy Power's market where its customers can bet on certain wrestlers being official entrants in the battle royal. The market was published  on January 2nd. Joe was the first option to see action as his price fell from 4/6 to 4/7 almost instantly.

It was downhill from there.

When I checked in yesterday, he was 1/5. As of right now, he's as low as 1/9 on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

There could be a good reason why his odds have been snipped between yesterday and this morning.

This week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter notes that, despite the WrestleMania plans not being completely in concrete, there has been an idea thrown around that would place Joe in one of the top matches on the show.

Dave Meltzer is on record as stating he does not know this for sure, but would suggest that one way for Joe to make a splash is to have a good showing in the Royal Rumble (if he's in it). I couldn't agree more. In fact, I asked Paddy Power to add 'Samoa Joe' to its market where customers could wager on the wrestler who eliminates the most entrants in the battle royal.

He was added a day after the market was initially published at 8/1. Then, a few days later, the firm was offering him at 10/1.  He's now 4/1, but has him at 5/1

If Vince McMahon decides to go with the plan on the table for Samoa Joe to be in a big match at Mania, then four opponents come to mind. I'll leave my favourite option last.

1. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship. To get there, Roman Reigns would have to defeat Kevin Owens for the title and this would mean Joe having to possibly win the Royal Rumble.

2. AJ Styles or John Cena for the WWE Championship. To get there, Joe doesn't necessarily have to win the Royal Rumble. He could outlast five other wrestlers at February's Elimination Chamber PPV.

3. The Undertaker. This one makes the most sense to me. If The Undertaker isn't wrestling for either title and Braun Strowman is off the table, then Joe could be the guy. It could easily be set up at the Royal Rumble with Joe being the person who eliminates The Undertaker from the match. That'll make a splash, right? Then they could go off to Mania 33. I would even go so far as to have Joe win as well. This way they could go with a Brock Lesnar versus Samoa Joe match at Mania 34 where both of Undertaker's WrestleMania victors go up against each other.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself.

If any of you out there has a feeling that Samoa Joe will walk out of San Antonio with a title shot, the best price that is currently out there is 33/1 with William Hill, Sky Bet, SportingBet and Coral. Ladbrokes had him at 40/1 just before I started writing this post, but the firm has now cut him to 25s.

Don't forget, the 4/1 for Samoa Joe to eliminate the most participants is also worth a look on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page. or - if you're a customer - you can get him at a slightly better 5/1.

Update: Sky Bet customers can get Samoa Joe at 10/1 to deliver the most eliminations. View the latest odds.

Wrestling Observer Reports Undertaker Not In A Mania 33 Title Match

This week's issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has another article about the plans for this year's WrestleMania.

The big thing I took from it is that The Undertaker 'right now is not scheduled to challenge for either title on the show'.

The next assumption I jumped to was to think that Braun Strowman will end up being The Undertaker's dance partner for WrestleMania. This too was put out to pasture when I read that 'it will not be Strowman as things stand right now.'

Dave Meltzer did indicate that whoever Undertaker meets at Mania will be from the Raw roster.

This puts paid to the idea I've had for many years that, when a top-tier babyface promises something, he - or she - has to go through with it. On this week's episode of Raw, The Undertaker not only promised to win the battle royal on January 29th - he also vowed to main event WrestleMania 33.

The idea about top babyfaces delivering on their promises isn't something I came up with. It's an old school mentality where promoters would ensure their top babyfaces had integrity with the audience at home. 

We've figured for a few weeks that the Taker/Cena match was looking unlikely, but this still left the door open for Undertaker to go up against whoever was Universal Champion. Roman Reigns, as noted, was one of the names Vince McMahon wanted The Undertaker to wrestle, so it made sense for him to claim the title from Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble to set up that match.

With Braun Strowman not in the plans for The Undertaker at WrestleMania, I'm back to speculating that he'll be the last man left on January 29th.

For what it's worth, the best price for a Strowman win can be found at a handful of bookies. He's 8/1 with Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral (if you are thinking of opening a Coral account before Saturday evening, this post might be of interest).

Coral Free Bet Offer For This Weekend

Here's a deal for those of you who haven't got an account with and are looking to sign up to bet on the Royal Rumble.

As of 8am GMT this morning (Thursday), the bookmaker has a new customer offer where clients can pick up Chelsea at 33/1 to win against Leicester City this weekend.

Here's what you have to do to get this deal:

1. Access the welcome/offer page through THIS LINK and make sure you read the terms/conditions to ensure you qualify for the offer
2. Bet a maximum of £1 on Chelsea
3. If the bet wins, you'll get your winnings paid as free bets. They could be used on the Royal Rumble market. If it loses, the bookmaker will put a free £5 bet in your account. Once again, this could be used to bet on the Rumble or any other sport of your choosing.

So, for a pound, you could get either a £33 or £5 free bet just by opening up this week.

The offer is scheduled to close just before kick-off on Saturday evening (5:30pm GMT).