Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Slight Change In Rumble Universal Championship Market

After almost a week since its installation, a market where Paddy Power customers can bet on the WWE Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble has been adjusted.

The move has gone the way of Braun Strowman. Before today, the Monster Among Men was 3/1 to get  a decision over the champion - Brock Lesnar - and the the third part of the triple threat match, Kane.

He is now 11/4.

As a result, the traders have moved Lesnar up from 1/5 into 1/4 while Kane stays at 10/1.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Strowman Angle Affects Rumble Odds

Last night's storyline on Raw - which saw Braun Strowman fired, wreak havoc and then regain his job - had an affect on his betting odds to win the Royal Rumble.

For example, Paddy Power - which had the Monster Among Men  at 16/1 ahead of the episode - is now offering him at 5/1.

When I saw the story playing out, I also considered Strowman for the Rumble, so fully understand where the punters were coming from before Strowman was rehired.

I don't know how this will play out, but I still believe - just like I wrote in a post published in November - that we're going to see Braun Strowman versus Triple H at WrestleMania. Last night's angle could have been another step in this direction.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Bill Goldberg Announced For 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame

Bill Goldberg Announced For 2018 WWE Hall Of Fame
World Wrestling Entertainment has sent out a press release announcing that Bill Goldberg will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on April 6th.

This should come as welcome news to anybody who placed a bet on the star in Kambi's market - that was published last year - that will pay out on whoever is the main attraction for the event.

Goldberg had opened at 2/1 when the market was first priced up on June 18th. With names like Daniel Bryan, The Undertaker and Batista also seeing action along the way, the best available price for the former WWE Universal Champion was 4/1 (September 7th).

His odds tumbled to 1/8 in mid-December following reports that he was one of the names rumoured to be in the Class of 2018. They were as low as 1/10 when I last checked in on them in late-December.

For bets to be graded as winners, he must be the headline act of the evening. Therefore, his induction has to be the final one of the night.

The event will take air live on the WWE Network from Smoothie King Center in New Orleans a couple of nights before WrestleMania 34.

Bookie .vs. Blogger: Comparing Our Rumble Top 5s (15/1/18)

The 2018 WWE Royal Rumble is looming. Therefore, myself and 'The Bookie' decided to meet up a week earlier than planned in order to discuss - and contrast - our top five picks to win the men's battle royal.

So, without further ado...

Number 5

Bookie: The Miz is coming into fifth position this week. He and The Miztourage could easily jump to Smackdown after winning the Rumble and be main event level now that Miz has been in the mix with top Raw stars like Roman Reigns. There are too many three-man factions on Raw, let them go to Smackdown where there are more opportunities.

Blogger: Number five is the toughest slot to pick because there are a handful of names that strike me. I've removed John Cena completely from my list. This is due to the reports that his WrestleMania opponent is likely going to end up being The Undertaker.
I made the call to remove Shinsuke Nakamura last week. I don't regret making this move. I'm still unconvinced that he's winning the Rumble. I still believe that Nakamura will square off against Randy Orton in April. However, they did that segment with both Orton and Nakamura teasing wanting to go for AJ Styles' championship during Smackdown and I cannot overlook this. I'm moving him back in for now, but am still not sold hence the second-guessing whether to have him back in or not.
For what it's worth, I seriously thought about putting Shane McMahon in this position just in case the WWE Championship match ends up going the way of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.

Number 4

Blogger: Baron Corbin drops from third to fourth.

Bookie: Rusev has also dropped from third to fourth in my top 5. The reason why is because he jobbed to Breezango on Smackdown.

Number 3

Bookie: Dolph Ziggler moves up from fourth to third. As I wrote on December 28th, the Rumble is where we could see him again after walking out after winning - and then throwing away - the United States Championship at the end of 2017.

Blogger: I lowered Baron Corbin because I like the idea of Finn Balor winning the Rumble and then moving over to Smackdown to take on AJ Styles.

Number 2

Blogger: I have moved Roman Reigns down to second place. He has to be considered, but I think there is a better chance of him winning the Elimination Chamber match to earn a title shot against Brock Lesnar.

Bookie: My top two are miles apart from the rest of my list. Roman Reigns is also in this position on my top five. They could troll Philadelphia again by having him win the battle royal.

Number 1

Bookie: Shinsuke Nakamura remains my number one pick.

Blogger: Dolph Ziggler makes it to the top of my list for the first time. I can't shake off the thought that WWE will have Ziggler return, win the Rumble and state that he relinquished the US Championship because he wanted to aim higher and challenge for the WWE Championship.

You can see how our top 5 selections have changed and contrasted since we first started doing Bookie .vs. Blogger in mid-November in the table below:

Bookie .vs. Blogger: Rumble Picks For January 15th 2018

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Daniel Bryan Backed In Europe

There has been some interesting betting activity in the men's 2018 WWE Royal Rumble outright winner markets here in Europe today. It has seen a number of bookies cut the odds for Daniel Bryan.

William Hill had Bryan at 33/1 this afternoon. He is now down to 12/1. Sky Bet - which had Bryan out at 80s when its market opened last year - is now taking 9/1.

Kambi is now offering 12/1 after starting the day with him out at 33s.

Paddy Power - which had Bryan at 80/1 on New Year's Eve before slashing it in half a few days ago - is now offering 10/1.

Personally - I believe this could be an over-reaction, but thought I should point it out.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Few More Rumble Specials From Kambi

More WWE Royal Rumble 2018 specials were installed by the Kambi oddsmakers this morning.

They are now taking wagers on things like the brand that the eventual Royal Rumble winners are associated to, the nationality of the winners and also the ages of the victors.

The market where customers can have a punt on the brand of the men's winner has three options. They are: Raw (7/5), Smackdown (11/10) or 'Free Agent / Any Other' (5/4).

Here are the odds for the women's version:

Brand Of Women's Royal Rumble 2018 Match Winner

If the men's Rumble is won by a wrestler from the USA, the bookmakers will pay out winnings at odds of 11/20. Any other nationality has been priced at 5/4.

A USA winner in the ladies match is 13/20 while a foreigner to US soil is 11/10.

The age market - for the female Rumble - has three brackets. They are: '28 or Less' 7/2, '29-32' at 7/10 and '33 or More' which is 9/10.

Over in the men's market, the ages are slightly higher with the following offerings:

Age of Men's WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Betting Odds

There are many more Rumble match winner/specials on the websites that put up odds from Kambi.

Images taken from 32Red's WWE Betting Page