Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Balor And Banks Given Second Chance In MMC

The team Sasha Banks and Finn Balor were last given a second chance to compete in WWE's Mixed Match Challenge tournament.

Per the rules of the competition, fans could vote on an eliminated team to be reinserted back into the tournament at the semi-final stage.

Going into the weekend, the oddsmakers from Kambi priced up a market where customers could have a bet on the team that made its way back into contention.

Banks and Balor had opened at 5/2 on March 16th, but were cut to 2/1 by the following day. They remained at this price right up until the market was taken down on Monday evening.

Mixed Match Challenge 2018 Second Chance Betting

They now go on to meet Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode next week. The winners of that match will then go up against finalists - The Miz and Asuka, who overcame Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman last night.

Team Awe-ska  closed as 1/10 favourites to Bliss and Strowman (19/4) for the first semi-final.

The final will be held on April 3rd.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Daniel Bryan Cleared To Wrestle Again

WWE has just announced that Daniel Bryan has been medically cleared to return to action after being forced to retire due to concussion issues in early 2016.

Daniel Bryan Cleared To Return To Wrestling

This news should result in Bryan making his long-awaited return to a wrestling ring months before many expected.

It will also mean a couple of specials betting markets that had been available from the Kambi oddsmakers will be settled as soon as he steps foot inside the squared circle to compete in a match.

It should go without saying that the most likely return date will be April 8th at WrestleMania 34.

Here's how the betting went.

When Will Daniel Bryan Wrestle Again Betting Odds
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When the market was first installed in November, 'Before/During WrestleMania' - for the timeframe where Bryan returned to active competition - was installed at 9/4 and closed yesterday at 3/4. 

The favourite was 'Between September 28th 2018 and WrestleMania 35'. This would have covered the period where Bryan's WWE contract is due to expire. It opened at 2/5. Despite shortening a number of times across the months it was available, it rebounded back to 2/5 before its closure.

A second market, where clients could predict which promotion would book Bryan's return to action, will surely be settled in favour of 'WWE'.

Promotion Of Daniel Bryan's Wrestling Return
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As you can see, the eventual winning selection went from 2/1 to 1/2 from November 17th right up until yesterday evening.

In October, I wrote about a handful of Daniel Bryan specials that were available from Paddy Power. The firm was offering the following:

Daniel Bryan to compete for NJPW before end of 2018 11/8
Daniel Bryan to appear at a Ring of Honor show before end of 2018 9/4
Daniel Bryan to fight in an official WWE match before the end of 2017 7/1
Daniel Bryan to appear on TNA before the end of 2018 10/1

I wrote back then that I had doubts WWE would allow Bryan back inside its ring and was against backing him to have an official match by the end of last year.

The other three selections, despite looking unlikely, are still in the running until Bryan puts pen to paper on a new deal.

Monday, 19 March 2018

Miz And Asuka Backed To Win Semi-Final 1 Of Mixed Match Challenge

A selection for 'The Miz and Asuka' has been dropping in a betting market for tomorrow night's WWE Mixed Match Challenge semi-final.

The duo - who will square off with Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss - had fallen to 2/13 from their opening 1/5 but have since lowered some more. The team now rests at 1/10.

With odds for the Intercontinental Champion and 2018 Women's Royal Rumble winner coming in, the oddsmakers have increased their opponents' price from 3/1 into 19/4 across the past few days.

Asuka and The Miz
Alexa Bliss and Braun Strowman
10/3 10am
13/3 3:30pm
16/3 3:20pm
18/3 9:30pm
19/3 10:30am

Two other markets - where customers can predict which gender starts the match and which gender is part of the bout's conclusion - remain stationary.

If the females start the match, the bookies will pay out at even money. If it's Strowman and The Miz, the price is 7/10.

If Asuka - or Alexa - is the person who scores the decision for their respective team, any winning bets on 'Female' will be credited at 1/7. A win for Miz or Strowman is 15/4.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Mixed Match Challenge Second Chance Betting Update For March 17th

There have been a few adjustments made to a Mixed Match Challenge betting market that I posted about yesterday.

In the post, I noted that the Kambi oddsmakers were accepting wagers on the team that wins the fan vote to get a 'Second Chance' in the tournament by claiming a semi-final place.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Second Chance Fan Vote Betting For March 17th

The team of Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn - who lost in the first round to Braun Strowman and Alexa Bliss - were 1/2 favourites, but have now moved up to 4/6. This is because two other duos have seen action.

Lana and Rusev, who fell in this week's quarter final match against Bobby Roode and Charlotte Flair, have moved from 33/20 to 6/4 while Sasha Banks and Finn Balor - who were last seen in the first quarter final a few weeks ago - have dipped from 5/2 into 2/1.

Miz And Orton Backed In Mania 34 Betting

The Miz and Randy Orton have been backed to retain their respective WWE championships in a couple of WrestleMania 34 specials that were published by the Kambi oddsmakers yesterday afternoon.

Miz, who is scheduled to defend the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Finn Balor and Seth Rollins on April 8th, was installed at 4/1 in the market where customers have to bet on the wrestler they believe will leave New Orleans as Intercontinental Champion. As of the time of writing, the titleholder has dropped into 13/4.

Finn Balor is still the favourite. However, his odds have moved up slightly going from 4/5 to 17/20.

Seth Rollins has also drifted. He remains second-favourite, but he is now at 11/10. This is an improvement from EVS.

Randy Orton who - as of the time of writing - is reportedly set to defend the WWE US Championship against both Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal, has moved in from 5/4 to EVS in the market where customers can bet on who they think will be the titleholder as the show goes off the air.

Former champ - Bobby Roode - has drifted to 15/4 from 7/2 while Mahal has moved from 7/10 to 17/20.

For what it's worth, I can understand why Orton's price has dropped (I was one of the backers). He has only just won the US Championship and - after losing the WWE Championship and having other losses to Mahal last summer - I believe Orton going over, at the expense of Mahal, is how the match should go at Mania (if it happens!).

Friday, 16 March 2018

WrestleMania 34 Champions Update For March 16th

The oddsmakers from Kambi republished a few of their WrestleMania champions specials this afternoon. As well as putting up markets that have been available before, they've also installed prices for two other titles that will be contested for on April 8th.

WWE Raw Women's Championship
The market where punters can guess which wrestler will leave WrestleMania 34 as Raw Women's Champion now has two selections - current titleholder, Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax.
Bliss - who was as high as 6/1 at the start of this year - is now 3/1. Jax, who - going by storyline - is the likely challenger is now 1/5. She was 1/3 a week ago.

WWE Smackdown Women's Championship
The current WWE Smackdown Women's Champion - Charlotte Flair - is now 4/1 to leave New Orleans with her strap. Her confirmed challenger, Asuka, is 1/3. As holder of the women's Money in the Bank briefcase, Carmella is also in the running  She's a 4/6 second-favourite.

WWE Championship
There are two selections remaining in the market where clients can bet on the person who is WWE Champion as the show goes off the air on April 8th. 
AJ Styles - who will defend the strap against Shinsuke Nakamura - is 7/4 while the challenger is now 2/5.

WWE Universal Championship
Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar are the only two names left in the market where customers can have a punt on who they believe will be the Universal Champ coming out of the show.
Reigns is now down to 1/8 while Lesnar is 4/1 to still be in possession of the title.

The new markets that have been added are as follows.

WWE Intercontinental Championship
At WrestleMania, The Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship in a triple threat match against Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. The titleholder is a 4/1 outsider.
Balor is 4/5 to get the job done while Rollins is available at even money.

WWE United States Championship
Randy Orton, who defeated Bobby Roode to become US Champion at Fast Lane over the weekend, has been installed at 5/4. The former champ, Roode, is a 7/2 outsider leaving Jinder Mahal - who is yet to be added, but looks likely based on storyline - a 7/10 favourite.

WrestleMania 34 Main Event Betting Update For March 16th

Kambi's WrestleMania 34 market - where clients can bet on the match they believe will be the main event on April 8th - was republished today with the favourite's price cut once again.

Brock Lesnar .vs. Roman Reigns - which was 4/6 in early February before being lowered to 3/5 a week later - is now 1/2.

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With the Universal Championship match moving in, the oddsmakers have pushed out AJ Styles .vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and the mixed tag match featuring Ronda Rousey's debut. Both selections went from 9/4 to 5/2.

'Any Undertaker Match', which opened at 10/1 in July, remains at EVS after dropping to that price in mid-to-late January.

Daniel Bryan Now 3/4 To Wrestle Before Or During Mania 34

The Kambi oddsmakers have snipped the odds for Daniel Bryan's next match to take place before or during this year's WrestleMania.

When I last looked through the two specials where customers can wager on the date and promotion Bryan next wrestles (if it happens), the price for 'Before/During WrestleMania 34' was available at EVENS. It has since been taken down to 3/4.

When Will Daniel Bryan Wrestle Next Betting Odds As Of March 16th 2018

I surmise the reason behind this cut is due to the Smackdown storyline involving Shane McMahon, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn where it looks likely that Shane will compete against Owens and Zayn in a match of some sort on April 8th. It's likely the price was cut by the bookies anticipating that Daniel Bryan could wind up teaming with his boss (or former boss?) to take on Owens and Zayn.

With the selection being lowered, the bookies have improved the odds for the other options available. They are:

Between Day After WrestleMania and 27th September 2018 from 9/2 to 5/1
Between 28th September 2018, But Before WrestleMania 35 from 7/20 to 2/5
During WrestleMania 35 20/1
No Match Till After Mania 35 9/2

The market where clients can have a punt on the promotion of Danielson's next match is still showing the same prices as February's update.

Promotion Of Daniel Bryan's Next Match Betting For March 16th

Mixed Match Challenge Second Chance Vote Winner Odds Published

Voting has now begun to bring an already eliminated team back into contention in WWE's Mixed Match Challenge.

This has prompted the oddsmakers from Kambi to install a market where wrestling bettors can have a punt on the team they believe will its place in semi-final number two.

Becky Lynch and Sami Zayn have been installed as 1/2 favourites while Lana and Rusev - who lost to Charlotte Flair and Bobby Roode earlier this week - are in second at 33/20.

You can view a screenshot of the market below.

Mixed Match Challenge Second Chance Voting Betting Odds

Angle And Rousey Continue Fall In Mania Betting

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey's odds to win their match against Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at this year's WrestleMania have continued to decline on the websites that publish betting odds from Kambi.

In a post published on Sunday evening, I noted that the oddsmakers had opened betting on the mixed tag match, which will be one of the main bouts on the April 8th card. At the time they went live, the babyface tandem were 1/4 favourites while Triple H and Stephanie McMahon were out at 5/2.

A couple of hours after that, the price for Angle and Rousey was cut into 1/6.

 11/3 7:15PM
 16/3 3:20PM

The market was republished this afternoon with the Olympians at a shorter 2/13. A winning bet on their opponents will now pay out at 7/2.

Kambi Publishes Styles/Nakamura Star Ratings Market For WrestleMania 34

The oddsmakers from Kambi have published a Wrestling Observer star ratings market for the upcoming WrestleMania WWE Championship match, which will see AJ Styles defend the strap against 2018 Royal Rumble winner, Shinsuke Nakamura.

The market is an over/under where clients can have a bet on how the match will be reviewed by Dave Meltzer in the issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter which will be published after the April 8th show.

As of the time of writing, the line has been set at 4.75 stars with the 'Over' at 5/4, 'Under' at 17/20 and the option to bet on 'Exactly 4.75 Stars' at 37/20.

Observer Star Rating Market For Styles .vs. Nakamura at WrestleMania 34

This is one of a few O/U markets that I have been anticipating for WrestleMania.

I was intrigued to see what the line would be. I hoped the bookmaker would have went for four, so was unhappy to see it at 4.75 as I was plotting to bet on the 'Over'.

And there's a reason why.

The last time Nakamura and Styles faced each other in a singles match on a big show was at New Japan Pro Wrestling's WrestleKingdom 10 which took place in January of 2016. The bout was given 4.75 stars in Meltzer's review.

MetLife Stadium To Host Mania 35 And More

Later on today, WWE will announce that WrestleMania XXXV will take place from MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on April 7th 2019.

This news means that there is now one more WrestleMania announcement left for a Kambi market that will pay out on WWE's marquee event being held in London, England by the end of 2020.

This market was first installed almost two years ago. The 'Yes' was priced at 6/1 and the 'No' at 1/15. It was available this past weekend with the 'No' at a far shorter 1/100. The 'Yes' had drifted to 10/1.

WrestleMania in London Betting

When the prices were first published, I wrote that I had doubts that the event would ever grace British soil let alone before 2020.

Today's press conference to announce MetLife is scheduled for 11AM ET (3PM GMT).