Sunday, 25 November 2018

How Daniel Bryan's Road To WrestleMania 35 Market Was Settled And More

It has been a little under two weeks since Daniel Bryan won the WWE Championship from AJ Styles and - in doing so - a betting market where Kambi's customers could have placed wagers on Bryan becoming a major titleholder at any point from earlier this year right up until WrestleMania 35 was settled.

In the market of topic, the punters were able to predict the period when Bryan raised either the WWE Championship or Universal Title. It first opened in early May with the eventual winning selection at 10/1. It was cut to 7s within its first few days. It was at its most valuable around May 21st and then - once again - around September 19th when the bookies were offering it up at 8/1.

You can view how I followed the betting on the market by clicking on the image below.

                      Daniel Bryan Road To WrestleMania 35 Betting

As you can see, the selection that evidently got the most interest was the one that would have paid out as a winner if Bryan had won either of the straps at next year's WrestleMania. It fell from 5/2 into 5/4 within its first few days and was as short as 1/5 when I last came across the market in October.

There's a good reason why the 'During WrestleMania 35' selection was favoured by the punters - many thought Bryan would end up winning either the Royal Rumble or Elimination Chamber and end up claiming either of the premier straps in one of the title matches on April 7th. 

This obviously wasn't how things ended up. Instead, Bryan won the title on the final night of the '...before Survivor Series' selection. Similarly, AJ Styles' Road to WrestleMania 34 market was settled in this manner a year earlier.

There's now only one market remaining in Kambi's Road to WrestleMania 35 specials. After settling those for Daniel Bryan and Ronda Rousey, the last one left is for John Cena.

I've written countless times over the past few years that WWE will one day do the story where Cena will chase for the 'record' seventeenth world title win. This is why I believe he should always be in the top few names on any Royal Rumble betting market whenever they're first installed until that 'record' is broken.

John Cena is scheduled to return to WWE in late-December following this weekend's return to the USA after spending the past four months filming a movie in China. When looking at potential match-ups for Daniel Bryan, if he's still WWE Champion in early 2019, I wouldn't be surprised if they do Cena's chase for the title at either the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania.

Before I begin - I'm sure I'll get some asking about a babyface Miz taking on a  heel Daniel Bryan at Mania. It would be a unique twist, but I'm guessing Miz versus Shane McMahon is where things are headed as it pertains WrestleMania.

When Cena's Road to WrestleMania market was last made available, which was during Survivor Series weekend, the bookies had 'No Title Win Before End Of WrestleMania 35' a 1/5 favourite. A title victory during the WrestleMania broadcast was priced at EVS. The other options were 'Between Survivor Series, But Before Royal Rumble' (10/1) and 'Between Royal Rumble, But Before WrestleMania' (3/1).

There's obviously a sticking point that might cast doubt on Bryan .vs. Cena being a WrestleMania match.

If WWE is going back to Saudi Arabia in the weeks following WrestleMania, like it did in 2018, the WWE Championship could be in the possession of either Bryan and Cena (if that's the Mania match) and both of these wrestlers are unlikely to be on the card after pulling out of the most recent Saudi event, Crown Jewel.

There are other reasons that might excuse why the company won't do Cena's chase for the title in the first quarter of 2019, but it's bound to happen one day.

There is no way WWE will leave something like that on the shelf.


  1. Do you think they might do AJ.Styles vs Randy Orton for WWE title at Wrestlemania ?

  2. Do you think it will be Bryan vs Cena then ?

    1. It has been two days since I published the post above.

      Nothing has happened since then that has forced me to change my opinion that Bryan vs Cena could be the WWE Championship match,


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