Friday, 21 October 2016

Another Hint That Big Show .vs. Shaquille O'Neal Is On For WrestleMania 33

A couple of days ago, I read a Digital Spy interview with Big Show where he once again gave the impression that he will face Shaquille O'Neal at WrestleMania 33. Frequent visitor - Andres - read a similar article and got in touch today, so I thought it worth mentioning once again as there are a few of you out there who had bet on there being a Big Show versus Shaq match next April.

The interview was conducted a day before WWE's show that took place from the O2 Arena in September. It went up on October 19th. When asked about the heavily-hinted match, Show states it is 'is going to be a big media spectacle, once we start kicking off the angle, who knows that we're going to do and who knows how we're going to tie it together, how we're going to make it work.' had published a market shortly after this year's WrestleMania where its customers could bet on whether Shaquille O'Neal is booked in a match at WrestleMania 33. It opened with the 'Yes' priced at 4/5 and the 'No' at 10/11. The market was taken down over the summer following not so subtle hints and the match being 'confirmed' by Big Show. The final prices I have are from August 17th with 'Yes' 8/11 and the 'No' out at EVENS. There had been periods where the 'No' was seeing action and was moved into favouritism.

With Orlando hosting the 33rd edition of WWE's biggest event of 2017, it makes sense for the former Orlando Magic basketball player to do what had been teased numerous times in previous years and battle Big Show in a singles match.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Chris Jericho's Rumble Final Four Odds

In yesterday's post, I noted that Chris Jericho's odds to win the 2017 WWE Royal Rumble had fallen from 50/1 to 33/1 with the Kambi bookmakers that are accepting wagers on next year's battle royal. What I also failed to point out was the obvious fact that his odds to be in the final four were also trimmed.

His price to be in the top few is now down to 10/1 - a slight change from the 14/1 he was late last week.

Jericho is evidently getting action of late due to WWE doing a slow build to him and Kevin Owens eventually opposing one another in a singles match somewhere in the very near future. In the same post published yesterday afternoon, I speculated that Kevin Owens .vs. Chris Jericho will take place sooner than WrestleMania 33.

Odds correct at the time of publishing. They can be found under 'Royal Rumble' on the sites listed on this page.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Chris Jericho's Royal Rumble Odds Shorten

Customers of the Kambi Sportsbooks that are accepting wagers on the 2017 Royal Rumble have forced the oddsmakers to cut Chris Jericho's odds of winning next year's battle royal from 50/1 to 33/1.

This move coincides with subtle hints of tension between Jericho and WWE Universal Champion, Kevin Owens, during last night's episode of Raw.

The pair have been playing off one another for months  and it's obviously setting up a feud between the duo. The question - is it building to a WrestleMania 33 showdown or to something sooner?

The price being cut from 50s is a sign that some punters are predicting Jericho and Owens will continue the double act into the new year and the pair will enter into a feud following a Royal Rumble victory by Jericho leading to him deciding to face Kevin Owens for the championship at Mania.

Even though I think the above is a great idea, I believe we'll see the team of Kevin and Chris split off sooner than that. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the team of Chris and Kevin explodes in time to build to a singles match between the two Canadians at the Survivor Series in Toronto.

It's worth noting that the current WWE storyline has Owens and Jericho booked on one of the teams to represent the Raw brand in opposition to the Smackdown brand in a traditional Survivor Series elimination match. If this does end up being the route the story takes, another option that would not shock me is if the company goes with Jericho versus Owens in a singles match at the Royal Rumble.

The cut from 50/1 to 33/1 now means that the Kambi bookies are now offering the market price for a Jericho win. Paddy Power has had Y2J at 33s ever since its book was published last month.

Odds correct as of the time of publishing. They can be found across all of the websites listed on this page.

Paddy Power's Royal Rumble odds can be view by following this link.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Comment Bag : 15 October 2016

This one is from Jordan:

I've spotted a few things.

1) Undertaker's Facebook page did a promo for the Royal Rumble tickets using a special promo code 'PHENOM' where you can get early seats.
2) Suddenly Undertaker has been spotted on crutches

Is it just me who feels this is a way to make people not think Undertaker is healthy and will then have a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble?

Let me know your thoughts.

My response:

We've heard for years that 'Undertaker is banged up' and I think it's safe to presume the crutches are for real.

As for the Royal Rumble, it's in Taker's home State of Texas and with the Alamodome being a huge building - that didn't do too well selling tickets in 1997, might I add - I think it'll be a case of all hands on deck as it regards to promoting.

This isn't to state that I believe Undertaker will be a competitor in the Royal Rumble match. If the company decides to bring him back for the show, I think it'll be advertised ahead of time.

If I were forced to make a choice, I'd hazard a guess that he will be there in some form, but not so sure about him participating in the battle royal.  And this is from the same person who thought it was worth betting on him to win  the 2017 Royal Rumble after Vince McMahon vowed that Taker would never wrestle at a WrestleMania ever again if Shane defeated him at Mania 32.

For anyone out there thinking that Jordan is onto something, the best price - as of right now - for Undertaker to win the Rumble is the 20/1 that can be found on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

The websites listed on this page are also offering 6/4 on Taker finishing in the top four. The market has dropped since I last checked in with the odds earlier this month as a top four finish had been priced 2/1 while the 'To Win' number has fallen from 14s to 10/1.

Friday, 14 October 2016

WrestleMania 33 Betting: Another Look Through Mania Appearance Odds

In early September, the Kambi Bookmakers released betting odds where their customers could have a bet on celebrities that are, or have been, associated with pro wrestling making an appearance at next year's WrestleMania.

The list that was published consisted of ten names. In this post, I'll show you what the current odds are and point out where the customers appear to have been putting their money so far.

Odds from

For a start, I may as well get the non-movers out of the way as there are a handful of selections that remain as they were on September 3rd.

CM Punk, Donald Trump, Kurt Angle, Ronda Rousey, Shane McMahon, The Rock, The Undertaker and Vin Diesel have stayed.

The prices that have been trimmed are:

Batista was 10/1, now 11/2

In September, I wrote that I had backed Batista at 10s because Guardians of the Galaxy II is due to be released a few weeks after the event. 

Bill Goldberg was 13/20, now 1/2

Things have changed a lot since September, haven't they? Back then, there were a lot of wrestling fans predicting that Goldberg and Brock Lesnar would square off at WrestleMania 33. The match is coming sooner than that as it will be confirmed for Survivor Series imminently. I originally wrote that I wasn't betting on him being at Mania, but 'wouldn't be surprised' if he was there. I've been of the opinion that WrestleMania will end up having Shane McMahon versus Brock Lesnar on the card, so wasn't going to have a punt on Goldberg. As for right now - I believe there's a possibility that the company taps into the current interest in his return by either having him wrestle at Mania or be inducted into the Hall of Fame on the weekend of the show. If it's the latter, the bookie will have to pay out as the company tends to do a ceremony during the event to honour the inductees from the previous evening. 

Hulk Hogan was 6/4, now EVENS

This is another one that has been noteworthy, albeit not on the level of Goldberg-Lesnar. When watching one of the recent PPVs, I noticed that Hulk Hogan's voice made its way to one of the WWE Network commercials. It's obviously not a sign that he's definitely coming back and will make an appearance at WrestleMania 33. However, it's a subtle move to start reintroducing him. I wrote in September that I felt 2017 could be the year that the company decides that the dust has settled and Hogan is brought back. Judging by the odds dipping, it seems others are of the same opinion.

You can read my thoughts on the other runners in this post.

If the markets remain available, I'll have another look through them at a later point.

Odds correct as of 12:15pm BST today. They can currently be found on these websites.

WrestleMania 33 Betting: A Correction Of Sorts

I have just been looking through some WWE betting odds that I wrote down a few weeks ago and notice I made a bit of a mess up in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Kambi bookmakers republished their Road to WrestleMania 33 specials late on Friday night and, in the confusion of looking for No Mercy prices all over the place, I published a post recommending a play on 'Neither' Roman Reigns or Seth Rollins winning the Universal Championship at any point between the time of the wager right up until the end of Mania 33.

The problem? Well.. I wrote about the market almost a month earlier!

Despite already mentioning it, I gave the same opinion. So, my head isn't that frazzled. Plus, the most recent odds were better than they had been when I originally suggested it. The odds did fall afterwards and all of these markets have been temporarily taken down, but - from experience  - they'll return eventually.

When I was writing the post up on Saturday, I was thinking to myself 'Haven't I done this before?' only to reason that I had written about earlier Road to WrestleMania markets that were scrapped following the brand split.

When available, the WWE WrestleMania markets will be found alongside other WWE-related markets on these websites.