Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Lacey Evans Is A Favourite To Become Next Raw Women's Champion And More

Lacey Evans has opened as a favourite to become the next WWE Raw Women's Champion following Becky Lynch in a betting market that was published by Sky Bet this morning.

Evans, who on last night's show punched the new Raw and Smackdown Women's Champion, tops a list of names like Alexa Bliss (9/2), Charlotte Flair (9/2), Ronda Rousey (4/1) and more in the Raw market, but is joint second in the list of possible successors in a similar market for Lynch's Smackdown Women's Championship.

The Smackdown market has Asuka and Charlotte Flair as 5/2 joint-favourites while Evans shares second place with Alexa Bliss at 6/1.

On last night's show, Lynch mentioned Ronda Rousey in her promo, so this makes me suspect that - even though it doesn't look likely imminently - Rousey versus Lynch, as a singles, is still possible. For what it's worth, Rousey is 14/1 to become Smackdown's women's titleholder after Lynch. 

As mentioned, Lacey Evans does look like she's entering a title program with Lynch. With the Superstar Shakeup taking place next week, it's slightly hard to guess whether she'll end up on Raw or Smackdown. I would have to agree with the bookmaker here though as, to me, my guess would be she should be more of a favourite to claim the Raw title (and thus be on the Raw roster) considering that was the show where the first angle between the two took place. 

Once I saw the angle happen, I thought to myself 'there goes the idea I have of a women's Money in the Bank win for Lacey'. If she is inserted immediately in a title program with Lynch, the first PPV meeting between them could very well be on May 19th at Money in the Bank.

Sky Bet's Money in the Bank market was republished this morning with Evans' price as a favourite once again shortened. She was 6/1 on Sunday, but is now down to 5/2. She started off at 25/1 when the market was first installed on February 16th.

The Becky Lynch 'Champion After' markets weren't the only new specials published this morning. Following the title changes at WrestleMania 35, Sky Bet has opened books on title successors to The IIconics, Finn Balor and Hawkins and Ryder.

Former WWE Women's Tag Team Champions - The Boss 'N' Hug Connection are even money favourites to succeed The IIconics.

Previous Intercontinental Champion - Bobby Lashley - is in a three-way tie to become Finn Balor's successor. He's 4/1 along with Bray Wyatt and Drew McIntyre.

In the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship special - Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, Heavy Machinery and 'Bray Wyatt and any other superstar' are at the top of the betting at 5/1 each.

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