Saturday, 8 December 2018

All Elite Wrestling Specials

A number of wrestling special markets - all about a possible new wrestling promotion - were brought to my attention this evening.

The specials, available from the BetOnline Website, concern AEW (All Elite Wrestling) - a company that is reportedly in development and is being bankrolled by the son of Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan.

The Young Bucks, Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and Hangman Page are obviously involved with the potential new promotion as the Bucks and Omega all own the copyright to using the 'Elite' name for merchandising within pro wrestling.

As for the specials - customers of the websites can place bets on where the aforementioned names sign their next contracts. As well as those proposition markets, clients can also bet on the following:

- What Role Will Jim Ross Have With AEW?
- All Elite Wrestling To Be Announced By 31st January 2019?
- All Elite Wrestling To Announce A TV Deal?

The Jim Ross market is interesting. His name has been floated around as possibly being associated with the project. It should be worth noting that, as of the time of writing, he's still signed to WWE until April 2019. Therefore, I believe it's safe to surmise that Ross cannot be signed to anything until his current contract expires.

The oddsmakers have the following selections on the Ross special:

Commentator +300
General Manager +225
Head Office +175
Will Not Be A Part Of AEW +150

I find it surprising to see 'Commentator' at +300. If this project gets off the ground, Ross as the head commentator is what they should do based on his name alone. As well as being surprised to see Ross as AEW's commentator being the highest price in the market, having him as 'Head Office' shouldn't be out of the question considering he juggled jobs as head of talent and WWE's lead play-by-play commentator years ago.

The proposition for AEW to be announced by January 31st 2019 has the 'Yes' at -250 and the 'No' at +170 while the prices for AEW to announce a TV deal has the 'Yes' favoured at -200 and the 'No' at +150.

The most important thing to note about the specials where people can place wagers on the wrestlers' next contract being signed is that - as far as I am aware - their New Japan contracts expire on the final day of January. I know for sure that Kenny Omega's ends on this date.

Even more important is that - according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter dated November 26th 2018 - all of the wrestlers that have been associated with this project are keen to retain their relationships with New Japan. Therefore, the 'New Japan' selection stands out to me in all of these markets.

For Adam Page, the firm is offering:
New Japan +500
WWE +400
All Elite Wrestling -300
The Field +400

For Cody:
New Japan +500
WWE +900
All Elite Wrestling -1,200
The Field +600

For The Young Bucks:
New Japan +600
WWE +1,200
All Elite Wrestling -700
Field +400

For Kenny Omega:
New Japan +600
WWE +300
All Elite Wrestling -500
The Field +800

If I were a BetOnline customer, I would back 'New Japan' in all of these specials. Especially the one for Omega as his January 4th IWGP Heavyweight Championship defence against Hiroshi Tanahashi might give away the fact that Omega has resigned or - in the very least - indicated an intention to renew, should he retain his strap.

These specials are found under 'Game Props' on the sportsbook menu that's found on the BetOnline Website.

Friday, 7 December 2018

Note About Asuka's TLC 2018 Kambi Odds

Asuka's odds to win the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship at next weekend's WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2018 PPV have been on a daily decline in a betting market that's available from the Kambi oddsmakers.

You'll see in the table below that the Empress of Tomorrow started out at 5/2 when the market for the triple threat TLC match was first published by the bookmakers nearly a week ago. The selection is now at 6/5 after being adjusted every day since Tuesday's Smackdown aired.

1/12 1:00PM
3/12 2:30PM
5/12 4:00PM
6/12 12:15PM
7/12 4:00PM

With Asuka's odds falling, the price for Charlotte Flair to go over has risen after initially being cut from 4/5 into 19/20. As of right now, customers can find her at 6/5.

Current champion - Becky Lynch - is now at 11/4. This is an increase from her opening 2/1.

It is worth noting that - despite Asuka evidently seeing interest from Kambi's clients - the Sky Bet website has had her at 11/4 since before Tuesday's edition of Smackdown.

Sky Bet was the first to publish odds for the match. It opened with Asuka at 6/1 so her present price has been more than halved since I wrote about them on November 28th.

Here's how I've tracked Sky Bet's market.

28/11 6:27PM
28/11 7:42PM
28/11 9:10PM
29/11 9:30AM
29/11 11:20AM
30/11 11:30AM
4/12 10:55AM
7/12 4:30PM

In the post from late last month, I made a few scenarios as it pertains the result of the match. None had Becky Lynch retaining so I am not surprised to see the punters backing Asuka to get the win at TLC. However - the result that still makes the most sense to me is a Charlotte victory as it would allow for her to meet Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble if both women are in possession of their brands' championships in January. 

Thursday, 6 December 2018

WrestleMania 35 Betting Update

Earlier today, I published a post about the Kambi oddsmakers' WrestleMania 35 markets where clients can wager on who certain wrestlers' opponents will be at April's show. In the post, I noted that the markets had been taken down and that I'd publish an update once I see them again.

Well, they've now been republished. The only market that has been adjusted since the post is the one where clients can punt on The Undertaker's opposition.

The Undertaker's WrestleMania 35 Opponent Betting

In the aforementioned post, I wrote about being glad to see Shawn Michaels drifting out as I felt he was an incorrect favourite to begin with. He has now been replaced at the top by AJ Styles, who has been lowered from 6/4 into 5/4.

Michaels is now at 5/4 from EVS.

Another selection that has been cut is The Rock. He went from 20/1 into 17/2.

I also noticed a small error in one of my notes for another market. I had Bobby Lashley at 10/1 to be Brock Lesnar's opponent. However, the price had been increased from 10s into 12/1 when the market went back up yesterday.

That isn't all.

New markets, where clients can wager on what they believe will be the major title matches on the Mania card, are now available.

In the Raw Women's Championship market the favourite is one that is reportedly the current plan - Ronda Rousey .vs. Becky Lynch. This selection is 1/2.

A triple threat match with Rousey, Lynch and Charlotte Flair is a 6/4 second-favourite. It is followed by:

Ronda Rousey .vs. Charlotte Flair 2/1
Becky Lynch .vs. Charlotte Flair .vs. Nia Jax .vs. Ronda Rousey 5/1
Ronda Rousey .vs. Natalya 17/1
Ronda Rousey .vs. Alexa Bliss 20/1

If you've been following along, you'll be aware that I have been going against the reports and believe that - if it's the main event - Charlotte Flair should be in the match with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey.

A Charlotte Flair match is favoured to be the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship fixture on the Mania card.

Asuka .vs. Flair is 3/5. This is followed by Asuka .vs. Becky Lynch (7/4), Lynch .vs. Flair (5/2), a match I thought would headline Mania this time last year, but obviously not now - Asuka .vs. Ronda Rousey (5/1), Lynch .vs. Flair .vs. Rousey (13/2) and Asuka .vs. Naomi (10/1).

The WWE Universal Championship market has Brock Lesnar .vs. Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar .vs. Seth Rollins as joint-favourites with odds of 6/4.

The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported a few weeks back that Lesnar .vs. Rollins is one of the matches planned for Mania. All we can work with is the idea that this COULD be the Universal Championship if Strowman doesn't win the strap from Lesnar at the Royal Rumble.

Going by what I've been watching on TV, I get the feeling Strowman will square off against Drew McIntyre at Mania. However, getting there might have to involve McIntyre costing Strowman the chance of becoming champion either at Tables, Ladders and Chairs or at the Royal Rumble.

Should Strowman .vs. McIntyre be for the Universal Championship, the bookies will pay out at 5/2.

The other options available as of the time of writing are:

Strowman .vs. Lesnar .vs. Rollins 5/2
Lesnar .vs. Styles 3/1
Lesnar .vs. The Rock 5/1
Lesnar .vs. McIntyre 6/1
Lesnar .vs. Cena 6/1
Lesnar .vs. Lashley 8/1
Lesnar .vs. Balor 10/1
Strowman .vs. Lashley 15/1
Strowman .vs. Cena 17/1
Strowman .vs. Rollins 17/1
Strowman .vs. The Rock 20/1

AJ Styles .vs. John Cena is an even money favourite to be the WWE Championship match. The second-fave is one that I strongly doubt we'll see at Mania - Styles .vs. Daniel Bryan (2/1). However, it's in joint-second with a match that I could absolutely see happening - Bryan .vs. Cena.

A match I once thought had a chance of happening at WrestleMania 35, but looks highly unlikely now that both are heels and holding different Smackdown titles is Daniel Bryan .vs. Shinsuke Nakamura. It's 15/1. I would like to see the match, but it's so far away from happening at this point that the odds are in line with my reassessed expectation.

The other selections are:

Bryan .vs. The Miz 3/1
Bryan .vs. Shane McMahon 4/1
The Miz .vs. Shane McMahon 5/1
Bryan .vs. Shane McMahon .vs. The Miz 6/1
Styles .vs. Orton 8/1
Cena .vs. The Miz 8/1
Bryan .vs. Rollins 10/1
Cena .vs. Orton 12/1
Styles .vs. Nakamura 15/1
Styles .vs. The Miz 15/1

WrestleMania 35 Opponents Betting Update For Early December

Yesterday afternoon, the oddsmakers from Kambi republished their WWE betting markets. These included the specials where clients could place wagers on who certain wrestlers will face at WrestleMania 35. However, by 5PM GMT, the Mania opponent specials were removed.

I was able to make note of all of the prices before their removal and have now compared them with their previous numbers. Here's what I've noticed for each wrestler.

Brock Lesnar's WrestleMania Opponent
Dave Meltzer from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported a few weeks ago that the current plan for WrestleMania is to have Seth Rollins wrestle Brock Lesnar. This news has obviously had an affect on the market as Rollins has been slashed from 7/1 into 5/4 joint-favourite.

Rollins' fellow favourite in the market is Braun Strowman, who, barring any storyline or real-life hurdles on his road from elbow surgery recovery, is likely to be Lesnar's Royal Rumble opponent.

WrestleMania 35 - Brock Lesnar's Opponent Betting

Rollins isn't the only selection that has been cut since the last time the market was adjusted. Batista (15/1 to 10/1) and Finn Balor (20/1 to 15/1) have also lowered.

John Cena's WrestleMania Opponent
John Cena is set to return to WWE at the end of this month. He currently hasn't been announced as working beyond mid-January.

Three selections have been snipped in the market for Cena's Mania dance partner. The first is Daniel Bryan from 2/1 into 6/4. I haven't placed any wagers on this particular market, but this would have been my pick. As I've written numerous times in the past - and will surely do many more times in the future - John Cena will eventually chase the seventeenth world title win. It seems almost perfect for the chase to be against heel Daniel Bryan. If only Cena were still in a relationship with Nikki Bella - and still a member of the Total Divas/Bellas cast - I would have been even more confident that this would end up being one of the major matches on the WrestleMania card because of its potential appeal to the Total Divas/Bellas audience.

WrestleMania 35 - John Cena's Opponent Betting

Shinsuke Nakamura has been cut from 8/1 into 13/2 and Brock Lesnar has been slashed from 20/1 into 7s. I surmise Lesnar has been moved to 7/1 in order to keep it in line with the Brock Lesnar opponent market as they're correlated. 

Daniel Bryan's WrestleMania Opponent
AJ Styles and John Cena remain 6/4 joint-favourites to be Daniel Bryan's opponent. The three selections that have been cut since I last made note of changes are Rey Mysterio (4/1 to 3/1), Shinsuke Nakamura (10/1 into 8/1) and Jeff Hardy (12/1 to 10/1).

WrestleMania 35 - Daniel Bryan's Opponent Betting

The Undertaker's WrestleMania Opponent
New selections have been added to the special for Undertaker's opposition. A couple have been taken off the board.

WrestleMania 35 - The Undertaker's Opponent Betting

The additional names are AJ Styles (6/4), Aleister Black (4/1), Drew McIntyre (4/1), Daniel Bryan (10/1), Finn Balor (12/1) and Randy Orton (15/1). Triple H and CM Punk - who have already faced Taker at previous WrestleManias and are unlikely to meet him in the 2019 edition of the event for countless reasons - have been removed.

I am glad to see Shawn Michaels' name drift back out as it made no sense to me to see him as the favourite. Sure, he and Taker were feuding recently. It just didn't compute with me why they would do Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels at another WrestleMania. Michaels has lost twice to Taker at Mania and the only result that would make sense - if the two were to meet again - is for HBK to go over and I don't think it's productive for this victory to occur on the WrestleMania stage. Taker's WrestleMania losses - as we've seen - should be saved for people that can build to something for the future. This is, of course, if he's ever going to lose again.

I was asked a while back who I could see facing Taker at Mania. I randomly threw out Braun Strowman at the time. If I were asked now  - after seeing Aleister Black added to the list and now guessing it's Strowman versus Drew McIntyre - I would say Black just because I'd be interested to see if WWE goes there.

Ronda Rousey's WrestleMania Opponent
When the market for Ronda Rousey's WrestleMania opponent was first priced up, many people thought the most obvious rival for Mania would be Charlotte Flair. But then Becky Lynch found herself injured and unable to take on Rousey at the Survivor Series. Due to this situation, WWE apparently changed course by having Flair meet Rousey in November with all reports pointing to Lynch getting her chance to take on Rousey at Mania instead of Flair.

The apparent change of plans have affected the odds as Lynch is now at 1/2 after opening at 5/2 at the start of October. Flair - who was 1/5 - has now moved to EVS.

WrestleMania 35 - Ronda Rousey's Opponent Betting

Rousey has targeted Flair following the beatdown at the conclusion of their Survivor Series meeting. We're sure to get the rematch. As mentioned, the reports state that it's Rousey .vs. Lynch at WrestleMania. If the plan is - or was - for the women to main event WrestleMania, I am struggling to picture WWE pulling Flair from being one of the history makers and cannot shake off the thought that the match will end up being a three-way to include all three women. If my instinct is found to be correct, any wagers on Lynch or Flair will be settled under the dead heat rule.

I'll publish another update about the markets if or when they reappear.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Carmella And R-Truth 1/3 Favourites To Make Mixed Match Challenge Final And More

Carmella and R-Truth are 1/3 favourites to beat Asuka and The Miz in next week's semi-final of the Mixed Match Challenge tournament.

Both teams progressed to the next stage of season two last night when Carmella and R-Truth beat Charlotte Flair and Jeff Hardy while their opponents for next week's round toppled Naomi and Jimmy Uso.

A win in favour of last year's winners will pay out at 2/1.

The bookies have also priced up a proposition market where clients can punt on the gender of the legal participants in the match when the fall is counted.  If either R-Truth or Miz score the decision, the gamblers will have their wagers settled at 4/9. A decision in favour of the ladies will pay out at 6/4.

The winners will square off against the team that qualifies from the semi-final featuring talent from the Raw brand.

Kambi first published a market for the match last week. It was republished today once again showing interest in Bayley and Balor to go over Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal.

Fox and Mahal
Bayley and Balor
1/12 1:00PM
3/12 2:30PM
5/12 3:00PM

As noted in previous posts where I've written about this match - Finn Balor is already scheduled to wrestle on the night of the final. I surmise this is why the oddsmakers opened with Bayley and Balor as outsiders.

Just like with the other semi-final, Kambi is also taking bets on the 'Gender of Decision'. It has been adjusted for the first time since December 1st with the punters appearing to back Bayley and Alicia Fox being involved in the finish as 'Female' has dipped from 17/20 into 3/4.

1/12 1:00PM
5/12 3:00PM

A decision with Finn Balor and Jinder Mahal as the legal teammates will now pay out at 19/20 - an increase from its opening 17/20.

The bookie has also republished their outright winner market. On top of this, they've also added a special where clients can guess the finalists.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 Finalists Betting
Click on image to expand

It isn't surprising to see that the two favourites to win their respective matches on next week's show are at the top of this particular market at 1/2. 

Before the tournament began, I backed Bayley/Balor and Carmella/R-Truth to be the outright winners so I'm hopeful that will be the match as it'll place me in a win-win situation going into December 16th. 

It would be typical of this tournament for Finn Balor to end up being replaced on the night of the show following a loss to Drew McIntyre, wouldn't it?

Prices correct as of 3PM GMT. The markets can be found on websites that publish Kambi's WWE Odds.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

MMC Favourites Continue To Fall In Betting On Tonight's Quarters

Tonight's favourites to win the two WWE Mixed Match Challenge matches have continued to drop in betting markets that have been priced up by the Kambi oddsmakers.

Last season's winning team - Asuka and The Miz - have now been moved to 4/9. When I checked in yesterday afternoon, the team had dropped to 11/20 from its opening 13/20.

Asuka and The Miz
Naomi and Jimmy Uso
1/12 1:00PM
3/12 2:30PM
4/12 1:00PM

As a result, their opponents - Naomi and Jimmy Uso - have moved from yesterday's 13/10 into 6/4 after having opened at 11/10.

Carmella and R-Truth have fallen to 11/20 in betting for their meeting with Charlotte Flair and Jeff Hardy. In yesterday's post, I noted they had been cut from 7/10 into 3/5.

Carmella and R-Truth
Flair and Hardy
1/12 1:00PM
3/12 2:30PM
4/12 1:00PM

With Carmella and R-Truth moving in, the bookies have Charlotte Flair and Jeff Hardy to progress at 13/10. This is an increase from yesterday's 6/5 and up from the initial EVS.

Monday, 3 December 2018

Mixed Match Challenge S2 Odds For December 3rd

There have been adjustments made to Kambi's betting markets for the three WWE Mixed Match Challenges matches that are scheduled to take place tomorrow night and then next Tuesday.

The Smackdown brand's quarter final markets have seen the odds for Carmella and R-Truth and Asuka and The Miz to win their respective matches.

Carmella and R-Truth were 7/10 favourites to get a decision over Charlotte Flair and Jeff Hardy when I came across the odds a couple of days ago. They have since been snipped into 3/5 while Flair and Hardy have drifted out to 6/5 from EVS.

Last season's winners - Asuka and The Miz - are now at 11/20. This is a mild drop from their previous price of 13/20. As a result of this, their opponents - Naomi and Jimmy Uso - have had their odds increased from 11/10 into 13/10.

With Raw taking place tonight, the bookies have temporarily closed wagering on the first semi-final match for next week. Before it was removed, I noticed that Bayley and Finn Balor were priced at 11/10 - down from their previous 5/4.

With Team B 'n' B lowering, the oddsmakers have increased Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal from 11/20 into 13/20.

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Mania 35 Main Event Betting For December 1st

Kambi's WrestleMania 35 main event betting market was republished today with some new selections for customers to ponder.

In this post, I'll note all of the selections that are available to bet on, point out whether they're new or old and share some thoughts.

Starting with the bottom of the list we have...

Bobby Lashley .vs. Brock Lesnar
This selection has drifted out from 12/1 into 40/1. I guess a good reason why is due to the fact that Lesnar is reportedly due to wrestle Seth Rollins on the card.

Any Match Featuring Conor McGregor 
Still at 33/1. McGregor threw his support to Becky Lynch on Twitter the other day. That's as close as we're going to get to him and WWE at the moment.

Any CM Punk Match
This selection has moved out from 17/1 into 33/1. Not likely in the current climate.

Braun Strowman .vs. Bobby Lashley
Strowman .vs. Lashley has risen to 25/1 from 12s. I suppose there is a very slim chance of this match happening at WrestleMania due to Strowman being involved in a feud with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley. The chance of this being a main event is even slimmer, though.

Alternative price: You can find this selection at double the price at Sky Bet.

Batista .vs. Triple H
The odds for a Batista versus Triple H match to main event WrestleMania 35 have risen to 25/1 from 20/1. I guess this is due to Triple H's pectoral injury. Even so, if this match were to happen, it will be an attraction and not the main event.

Daniel Bryan .vs. Braun Strowman
This selection has stalled at 20/1. It doesn't feel to me as a WrestleMania main event. Especially with Daniel Bryan as a heel and Strowman as a babyface.

Alternative price: this is 50/1 with Sky Bet.

Brock Lesnar .vs. John Cena
Another selection that has stayed at 20s. If the reports of Lesnar .vs. Rollins being a Mania match weren't out there, I would have considered this as a possibility as it plays into my idea of Cena going for the seventeenth world title.

Alternative price: Sky Bet is offering this at 25/1

Braun Strowman .vs. Brock Lesnar .vs. Drew McIntyre
This is a new entry at 15/1. One of these guys is the odd man out and it's Brock Lesnar.

Any Kenny Omega Match
The selection for a match featuring Kenny Omega has slipped from 17/1 into 15/1. I am sure Omega is involved in what ever Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks are doing with a new promotion, so cannot picture Omega in WWE let alone the WrestleMania 35 main event in 2019.

Daniel Bryan .vs. The Miz
This is a new selection that has been installed at 10/1. It plays to one of the many Mania fantasy ideas that have been circulating in that the Daniel Bryan versus Miz feud would conclude at Mania. The theory has now evolved to heel Bryan versus babyface Miz for the WWE Championship. I think Miz will face Shane McMahon at Mania, but I would like to see this match with the new dynamic just to see how the fans would take to it. With that said, I doubt it's the Mania main event even if it is planned for the show.

AJ Styles .vs. Daniel Bryan
Has understandably drifted out to 10/1 from 7s. We've seen this match on regular TV three times this year. We'll see it at Tables, Ladders  and Chairs and could see it again at the Royal Rumble depending on how the TLC match goes. I doubt it'll be the main event of WrestleMania.

Daniel Bryan .vs. John Cena
This is a new addition at 17/2 and is the match that I would like to see at WrestleMania. It plays into that theory/opinion I've been going on about for ages about John Cena's chase for the seventeenth world title. Even if this does turn out to be the Mania match, I can absolutely see this being passed up as a main event for another match on the card. Also - if WWE is going back to Saudi Arabia post-Mania, then that might work against the match happening considering both wrestlers refused to work the Crown Jewel event and one will be WWE Champion coming out of Mania.

Charlotte Flair .vs. Ronda Rousey
The selection has dropped from 10/1 into 6/1.
This was what many thought would be the WrestleMania main event. However, following Becky Lynch's injury a few days before the Survivor Series, the company was forced to put this match on the November PPV instead with reports indicating that Becky will get her moment against Rousey at WrestleMania.
The post-match beatdown by Flair following Ronda Rousey's disqualification win has obviously set up a rematch that has a strong chance of happening at the Royal Rumble if Flair is the WWE Smackdown Women's Champion in January.

Brock Lesnar .vs. Drew McIntyre
This has drifted out from 5/1 into 6/1. It's another one that I've seen fans predict as being a potential Mania match, but it now contrasts with the reports that Lesnar is set to grapple Seth Rollins.

Alternative Odds: Sky Bet is offering this selection at 25/1.

Becky Lynch .vs. Charlotte Flair .vs. Ronda Rousey .vs. Nia Jax
This match is new and has been installed at 5/1. It includes all of the women that have been linked in the fallout from the Survivor Series match change. Nia Jax, who injured Becky Lynch on the go-home episode of Raw before the Survivor Series, will likely be the person who is last eliminated by Becky Lynch in the Royal Rumble. Being linked to Lynch, Flair and Rousey in this selection is the closest Nia Jax will get to being talked about as being in the Mania main event.

I hope I don't regret writing that last sentence.

Any Match Featuring The Rock
This selection has continued to drift out. When I last checked in, it was 3/1 but is now up to 5s.
I've written quite a bit about The Rock and WrestleMania. There's a BS story going around about Rock winning the Rumble, beating Lesnar at Mania and then dropping the Universal strap back to Lesnar in Saudi Arabia. Not happening. Especially now if the current plan happens and it's Lesnar versus Rollins at Mania.

AJ Styles .vs. Brock Lesnar
This is now down to 5/1 from 7/1, but contradicts the Lesnar .vs. Rollins plan.

Alternative Odds: Sky Bet lists this selection at 25/1.

Any Match Featuring The Undertaker
This selection has risen to 4/1 from 6/4. I think we've seen the last of The Undertaker in a WrestleMania main event, so the selection drifting is understandable.

Braun Strowman .vs. Drew McIntyre
Still 3/1. Whether Braun Strowman is Universal Champion or not, I would not be surprised if this is one of the matches at Mania. However, I would be surprised if it goes last.

Braun Strowman .vs. Brock Lesnar
This selection has drifted out from 2/1 into 5/2. It's understandable considering the current plan is for these two to meet at the Royal Rumble.

Becky Lynch .vs. Charlotte Flair .vs. Ronda Rousey 
I cannot write about this selection without mentioning the favourite - Ronda Rousey .vs. Becky Lynch.
A one-on-one between Lynch and Rousey is favourite because it's the match that has apparently been pencilled in following Lynch's injury last month. According to reports, Charlotte Flair was meant to be Ronda Rousey's dance partner for WrestleMania before the plan was changed to Rousey .vs. Lynch. Personally, I think it makes sense for Rousey .vs. Lynch to be the Mania main event. However, and as I've mentioned in previous posts, I can't shake off the feeling that Charlotte Flair will end up being in the mix. I think it's mainly me feeling sorry for Flair as she missed out on being in the first women's Royal Rumble because she was the champion last year and now outside forces have resulted in her potentially missing another historic moment, if the plan was for her to be in the Mania main event.
For what it's worth, Kambi has this at 5/2.

Alternative Odds: Sky Bet is offering 6/1.

Brock Lesnar .vs. Seth Rollins
This is another new selection and it has been installed because of the reports that this is one of the matches planned to take place in April. The selection is a 7/4 second-favourite.

Alternative Odds: Sky Bet has this selection at 10/1.

Rousey .vs. Lynch
This selection was 3/4 in November and has now been moved up to EVS. I believe this is  the correct favourite, but think the triple threat should be in the conversation as a close second.

Alternative Odds: Sky Bet's price for this match to be the main event is 6/5.

Kambi Posts Upcoming MMC Match Markets And More

After missing this week's Mixed Match Challenge quarter final bouts, the oddsmakers from Kambi have installed markets for next week's quarters and Raw's semi-final.

The first quarter final market for next week's episode has Asuka and The Miz as 13/20 favourites to beat Naomi and Jimmy Uso (11/10).

Even though I have no intention of betting, it should be worth pointing out that the final will take place during the WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs event. Asuka is one of the participants in the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship match, so I don't know whether they'll have her work two matches on the night. With that said, Jimmy Usos is in the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship match on the same card.

This is also the case with Charlotte Flair, who is teaming up with Jeff Hardy to take on Carmella and R-Truth in Tuesday's second quarter final match-up.

Hardy and Flair are EVS to their opponents' 7/10.

I don't know if it's wishful thinking on my part, but I have Carmella and R-Truth to win the tournament so I am hopeful that the bookies have got this one right. And it kind of makes sense considering the tournament winners will be rewarded with the thirtieth spot in their respective Royal Rumbles as well as a vacation.

Charlotte Flair is Kambi's favourite to win the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship at Tables, Ladders and Chair so - as champion - she won't be in the Royal Rumble should she be titleholder at the Rumble.

As per usual, the bookies are also taking 'Gender of Decision' bets where clients can predict the gender of the participants that are legal when the winning fall is determined. They have 'Male' favoured by 4/9 over Female at 6/4 in the Flair/Hardy .vs. Carmella/R-Truth match while the 'Male' is a short 11/25 fave over Female (8/5) for the first match I covered.

The semi-finalists of the Raw side of the bracketing are the teams of Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal and Bayley and Finn Balor.

I also have a bet on Bayley and Balor to win the tournament, so it was concerning to see the bookies have Fox and Mahal to win the semi-final that's set to take place on Tuesday December 11th.

Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal are 11/20 while Bayley and Balor are 5/4.

Despite not liking the thought of Fox and Mahal progressing to the final, it's understandable to see why the oddsmakers have priced them as favourites to beat Bayley and Finn Balor in the semis; it's because Finn Balor is already scheduled to wrestle on the night of the tournament when he faces Drew McIntyre on the Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2018 undercard.

Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal are 7/5 second-favourites in Kambi's 'Tournament Winner' market. Carmella and R-Truth are at its head at 4/5. As noted, I had backed Carmella and R-Truth to be the last ones left before the tournament, so I welcome this image.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge Season 2 Winners Betting

What I also welcome is the idea that - of all the potential winners on this list - if the company is to do anything out of the vacation part of the prize, comedic skits involving Carmella and R-Truth on holiday makes it obvious to me that they are in with a strong chance of winning the season.

It could be wishful thinking again, though.

Kambi's TLC 2018 Markets Published

The oddsmakers from Kambi have published betting markets for all of the matches that are currently scheduled to take place at WWE Tables, Ladders and Chairs 2018.

The markets were put up sometime today and includes matches that were announced by WWE yesterday.

They've installed Braun Strowman as a favourite to beat Baron Corbin in the tables, ladders and chairs match. He's 1/3 to Corbin's 2/1.

Bobby Lashley is 13/20 for his meeting with Elias (11/10).

Finn Balor is a 7/5 underdog for his bout with Drew McIntyre (1/2).

WWE Intercontinental Champion - Seth Rollins - is a 23/20 outsider for his defence against Dean Ambrose (8/13).

Ronda Rousey is 1/8 to successfully retain the WWE Raw Women's Championship against Nia Jax (4/1).

There will be a triple threat match for the WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship. The Bar are 2/1 to retain, The Usos are 23/20 and The New Day are 8/5.

The second triple threat match of the evening will see Becky Lynch defend the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship against Charlotte Flair and Asuka in a TLC match. Flair is a 4/5 fave, Asuka is 5/2 and the champion is 2/1.

WWE Champion - Daniel Bryan - is a 1/4 favourite to get a decision over former titleholder, AJ Styles (5/2).

The markets are found under 'WWE/Pro Wrestling' on the websites that put up Kambi's wrestling odds.