Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Finn Balor Now 5/2 To Appear At WrestleMania 33

Finn Balor's odds to make an in ring appearance at WrestleMania 33 have fallen from 7/2 to 5/2 since this morning.

Earlier today, I published a post noting that PaddyPower.com had added more names to its WrestleMania special where customers could wager on certain wrestlers, or celebrities, showing up inside the WWE ring at Mania. Balor, who has been out of action since August, was one of this morning's new additions opening at 7/2. 

The punters have evidently circled him as the bookies have now snipped his price.

Balor is currently scheduled to appear at a number of WWE house shows in March, but it is still unclear when he'll return to TV. If he does so ahead of WrestleMania, then there's absolutely no way he's going to miss the pay-per-view.

The market can be found on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

New Names Added To Mania 33 Appearance Market

PaddyPower.com has just republished its WrestleMania appearance market and there are a few new names added.

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The name that stood out the most when I glanced through them a moment ago is Victoria.

She is reportedely one of the former WWE stars who had been called up to see if she could do something on WrestleMania week. Whether this will involve making an 'in-ring appearance' will decide whether a bet on her is a winner or a loser.

The market can be found on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

Fast Lane Main Event Odds Update For February 21st

It's a little under an hour away from tonight's episode of WWE Raw and I've spent the past few days going over WrestleMania betting odds. It may seem like I've ignored the Fast Lane market, but thee's a couple of reasons why.

Firstly, the market for the Kevin Owens versus Bill Goldberg match had remained stationary since previous visits.

Secondly - the market was closed on Sunday or early on Monday.

For what it's worth, and it might be worth knowing so you can compare the prices when they're republished, Kevin Owens was a 9/2 outsider.

This obviously means Bill Goldberg was the favourite to go over on March 5th. He was 1/8 at last count.

The market was available on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page and also on SportsBet Australia's WWE Betting Page.

Monday, 20 February 2017

WrestleMania 33 Champion Betting Latest

I had a look through all of the WrestleMania 33 'Who Will Be Champion At The End Of The Show?' markets earlier today and thought I'd publish this post looking through all the price changes that I've recorded.

I'll go through each market one-by-one and as they appear on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

US Championship

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The US Championship market has seen Kevin Owens replace Chris Jericho as the favourite to leave with the strap. When the market was initially published, Owens was as short as 1/4. The customers landed on Jericho's 15/8 and forced the oddsmakers to slash the price to 4/6 and move Owens out to 11/10.

Another name whose price has dropped is Sami Zayn. He has moved in from 5s to 4/1. It doesn't make any sense to me. The current titleholder is Chris Jericho who, after last week's Raw, is now technically a babyface. Jericho was supposed to have wrestled Sami Zayn at Fast Lane, but I get the feeling that the match has been changed to Zayn versus Samoa Joe and this would mean Jericho keeping the title for the time being. 

If Jericho were to drop the US strap any point between now and just before WrestleMania, I believe the obvious opponent is Samoa Joe. I cannot see Joe losing it at WrestleMania IF he is the titleholder going in.

With that said, I think Owens and Jericho will contest for the US strap on April 2nd.

Raw Women's Championship

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This market hasn't changed since I last checked in with it three days ago. I'm intrigued to see what happens to the prices if the market is still available after Fast Lane.

Intercontinental Championship

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Baron Corbin's odds have continued to come in. The selection kicked off at 5/6, but was moved to 4/6 in its first day. It's now at 4/7.
I have backed Corbin as I have a feeling he'll defeat Dean Ambrose for the strap at Mania.

Smackdown Women's Championship

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Naomi's odds to still be WWE Smackdown Women's Championship at the conclusion of WrestleMania 33 have moved in from 6/4 to 4/7 in three days. 
Tamina's price moved out from 20/1 to 33/1, but was backed and then cut to 10/1.
As I've written in at least two posts, I have a feeling the title will not be defended at WrestleMania, so my money is on Naomi only because she has been vocal about wanting to bring the title to Orlando - her hometown - for the event.
Two things that could mess this up is the injury that Naomi suffered in her title win and Alexa Bliss is due a rematch. 

Universal Championship

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It's all Brock Lesnar. He was 8/13 on day one and was 1/4 within twenty-four hours. He's now down to 1/10. This makes sense because many are expecting Bill Goldberg to defeat Kevin Owens for the strap at Fast Lane in less than two weeks. 

Lesnar is due a win over Goldberg, so - if the title is on the line in their meeting - it's absolutely likely that he'll be the champ as the show goes off the air in the early hours of April 3rd.

Randy Orton's name has been added to the market. This is likely a reaction to the current Smackdown storyline where Orton has refused his championship opportunity against Bray Wyatt. The match is happening, so there's no point even looking at the 6/1 for Orton to leave Orlando as Universal Champion. This leads nicely to...

WWE World Championship

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The market hasn't changed since I last looked at it.. Randy Orton is still odds-on to become WWE World Champion. The other obvious choice is Bray Wyatt at 13/8.

We'll get a better idea on the storyline directions within a fortnught, so these markets should eventually end up coming down to be replaced by actual match markets. I'll continue to keep tabs on them in the meantime.

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More Mania 33 Appearance Names Added At Betfair

Betfair.com has added more names to its 'WrestleMania 33 Live In-House Appearance' market.

The new additions were requested by Jordan Kaye who is a regular visitor. The traders have added:

Paige 1/3
Lita 2/5
Edge 5/4
Melina 3/2
Kaitlyn 3/1
AJ Lee 6/1

The entire list can be viewed in the image below:

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Betfair's WWE betting markets are found under 'Special Bets' on the Betfair Website.

Comment Bag : 20 February 2017

Jordan left this last night:

Tamina Snuka worked Smackdown shows over the weekend. It seems she may be on the brand when he returns.
PaddyPower.com is offering 20/1 for her to leave WrestleMania 33 as Smackdown Women's Champion. As Jimmy Snuka passed away recently, is there a chance they do this in honour of him?

(Note: Tamina's odds had moved out to 33/1 and then cut to 10/1 since Jordan's question was sent. I guess he must have backed her!)

My reply:

At the risk of going off on a tangent, I think it's best to say no. I don't think this is something the company should do at WrestleMania 33.
I'm still leaning on there not being a Smackdown Women's Championship contest at WrestleMania. A lot can happen in the next few weeks, but as of right now, I think Naomi is the best bet.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Strowman And Hogan Backed In Andre The Giant Battle Royal Betting

Braun Strowman and Hulk Hogan have been the early movers in Paddy Power's Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal outright winner market.

The oddsmakers opened a book on the match, which should take place at WrestleMania 33, a few days ago.

When the market launched, Braun Strowman was a favourite to overcome all of the compeition and become the fourth holder of the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy. His price was at EVENS, but has now been snipped into 5/6.

Hulk Hogan - who is still on the outs with WWE - is the only other selection to be cut. His price has came in from 50/1 to 33s.

Hogan is one of a few names that I have backed since the market was published. I've also sided with Finn Balor and Shinsuke Nakamura.

I went with Hogan because there have been subtle signs that WWE is on the verge of bringing him back after his dismissal during the summer of 2015. Having him return as a surprise in the battle royal could be one way to reintroduce him.

My wager on Balor was placed before reports of him appearing in house shows in March started doing the rounds. If Balor is back on TV before WrestleMania, I doubt he'll be in the battle royal.

Shinsuke Nakamura will likely be brought up to the main roster soon. I guess he'll challenge Bobby Roode for the NXT title at TakeOver: Orlando on April 1st and - after that - be introduced to either Raw or Smackdown. One route to take is to have the NXT departee come in and win the battle royal. The only drawback is this trick was done last year with Baron Corbin.

The market can be found alongside other WWE WrestleMania 33 specials on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page

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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Betfair Also Offering WrestleMania 33 Title Special

In a post published a little earlier, I wrote about a market where Paddy Power customers can wager on the number of titles that change hands at WrestleMania 33. A similar market can be found over at Betfair.com.

The prices are similar to Paddy Power. This might come in handy for customers of both firms who would like to get as much as they can on these selections.

Here are the odds. They are correct as of 2:25pm GMT today.

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When available, the market can be found in the 'Special Bets' section of Betfair.com.

Paddy Power Customers Betting On 2 Or 3 WrestleMania Title Changes

Paddy Power customers have guessed that there will be  two or three title changes during this year's WrestleMania.

The oddsmaker published a market earlier this week where clients could bet on the number of championships that change hands on April 2nd. In the early stage of betting, the option of '2-3' has been the selection that has shortened.

It started off at 5/1 on Thursday, but has now been halved into 5/2.

The '6-7' option has drifted out from 5/6 into EVENS in the same period.

When I first came across the market, I thought the two or three option was somewhat high. Evidently, the punters thought the same and have backed into it at this early stage.

The market can be found under 'WrestleMania Champion Specials' on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

New Names Added To Mania Appearance Market

More names have been added to PaddyPower.com's WrestleMania 33 appearance market since I last checked in with it two days ago.

The latest offerings are:

Lita 5/6
Edge 5/4
Trish Stratus 11/8
Christian 6/4
Rob Van Dam 2/1

There have been reports that Beth Phoenix will be the female inductee of this year's Hall of Fame class, so that would strongly indicate that Edge will be around for WrestleMania weekend as Phoenix is his wife.

Coincidentally, Edge's best friend - Christian - has also been rumoured to be one of the inductees this year. However, and this is very important, the market only pays out on the wrestlers making an 'in-ring' appearance during the event. If Christian is in the Class of 2017, the only appearance he'll likely make is midway through the show when the class is brought out onto the stage for the audience to cheer them. If Christian is part of this segment, a bet on him will not be classified as a winner.

Here's the entire market. Prices correct as of 11:25am GMT today:

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Kelly Kelly's odds have dipped. They have moved from 7/4 to 6/4 since my previous visit. This has to do with her announcing at the start of the week that she'll be in Orlando for WrestleMania week. A few wrestling news sites or Twitter users have claimed that Kelly has signed a three-year contract, but I have yet to see this reported at the handful of sites I consider reliable. Until then, it's best to go with the knowledge that she will certainly be in town working for WWE that weekend.

Friday, 17 February 2017

2 More WrestleMania Champions Markets From Paddy Power

The oddsmakers at PaddyPower.com have added 2 new 'WrestleMania Champions' betting markets for customers to have a bet on.

Clients can now wager on who they believe will be the respective women's champions at the close of WrestleMania 33.

The market for the Raw Women's Championhip is showing current titleholder, Bayley, as a 1/2 favourite. Former champ, Charlotte, is 10/11 while Nia Jax and Sasha Banks are 7/2 each.

There's little point looking beyond those four names as the rumoured match for the title at WrestleMani is a 4-way.

The Smackdown Women's Championship market has Becky Lynch favoured with a price of 4/6 while the current champ - Naomi - is in second at 6/4.

Former titleholder, Alexa Bliss, is 15/8.

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Unlike with the Raw Women's Championship, I haven't read anything about a Smackdown title match for WrestleMania. This isn't to state that there won't be one.

Going by recent television, the company appears to be going all-in on Naomi being from Orlando and bringing the title to her home city for WrestleMania. This will certainly help in promoting the event through local media.

I've backed Naomi to leave Orlando with the title.

If there is a title match on the show, I think WWE will give Naomi the W as the hometown favourite. If there isn't a championship bout on the card, then it should work out simply because the company has put the strap on her with the intention of having her arrive home as titleholder.

Before you bet, it's worth noting that Naomi did injure her knee during when becoming Smackdown Women's Champion on Sunday at Elimination Chamber.

For those of you who would like to look outside of Naomi or the other runners near the top, I recommend discounting Nikki Bella and Maryse as they're being lined up for a mixed-tag team match involving their partners.

The market can be found under 'WrestleMania Champion Specials' on Paddy Power's WWE Betting Page.

Comment Bag : 17 February 2017

Jordan left this late last night:

With the rumours of past WWE women being invited to do something at WrestleMania, is Michelle McCool worth a punt at 10/1 to make an in-house appearance with Betfair.com? She's likely to be around anyway due to The Undertaker, so it could be easy for her to be involved with whatever is happening.

My reply:

Just like I thought in November, before knowing about the former WWE females being contacted, I believe there is a strong chance that Michelle McCool will be in town that weekend. Whether she is involved in what ever the plan is for the ladies is another thing entirely.
With that said, her odds have fallen from 22/1 (late September), so - unless it's only you who had backed her - you aren't the only one who believed that there was a chance of her being shown live at ringside during the event.
In the November 1st Comment Bag, I wrote that I didn't feel compelled to bet on McCool being there. With the new information about former talent being called up for Mania, I guess my opinion has eased slightly.
So - to answer your question - despite still not being confident, I guess it's worth a small punt on the off chance that she is brought in and appears inside the ringside area.

Here are the odds for all of the selections. Prices are correct as of this afternoon:

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When available, the market can be found under 'Special Bets' at Betfair.com.