As has been pointed out numerous times on this site, the popularity of pro wrestling betting has risen in recent years. One of the reasons for the surge in popularity, perhaps surprisingly, is technology. Essentially, bookmakers were put off in the past of offering wrestling odds due to a fear of being pummelled by punters who acquire some inside information. But the tech and speed of communications is so fast now the sportsbooks can quickly suspend the markets if anything leaks.
Anyway, we had a look at where the sportsbooks are finding an interest over the coming year, and below we have listed what looks the most interesting:
CM Punk is One of the Favorites to Win the Men’s Royal Rumble
There are two clear favorites with William Hill for the 2020 Royal Rumble: Roman Reigns at 7/2 (+350) and CM Punk at 9/2 (+450). Everyone else is way out behind in double figures. Punk’s potential return has been discussed to death, of course, and we aren’t going to go into that too deeply. However, we would be cautious about this one, as often bookmakers can set the prices of these kind of betting lines without really having any more insight than the rest of us.
Ronda Rousey Looks a Great Pick for the Women’s Royal Rumble
It’s almost certain that Ronda Rousey goes back to WWE at some point, and that makes SkyBet’s 7/2 odds for the former UFC champion to win the Royal Rumble look pretty decent. The bookies are also hot on Kari Sane, Shayna Baszler, Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair, all of whom are 10/1 or below. However, the logic seems to be that if Rousey is in the match, she wins it. Those odds will tumble if her participation is confirmed.
Bookmakers Simply Adore Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury is quite the showman. And, as a consequence, he tends to draw a lot of interest from bookmakers. It’s not just wrestling, of course: Free bets, tips and promos for his boxing events can be found at sites like https://www.freebets.co.uk/sports/boxing/. As for his nascent WWE career, Betway have several special markets: 7/2 he enters the Royal Rumble, 5/1 he holds any WWE title throughout the year, 25/1 to headline WrestleMania and 50/1 to win the Rumble.
Nobody Has a Clue Who Will Headline WrestleMania
SkyBet has plumped for Roman Reigns vs The Rock has the favorite for WrestleMania main event status. But the odds of 10/1, plus the raft of other matches cited at similar relatively close odds, suggests that nobody really has an inkling. Interestingly, SkyBet, who also list CM Punk as the second favorite for the Royal Rumble, don’t have him listed anywhere in their markets to headline WrestleMania. That really doesn’t add up, and it backs up our assertion that you should always take wrestling odds with a grain of salt.
Interesting Suggestions for Men’s Money in the Bank
Baron Corbin, Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar were the last three holders of the Money in the Bank contract. Fine choices, perhaps, but not exactly creative. The list of favorites from William Hill is arguably a bit more intriguing, with Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole, Finn Balor and Big E all listed at 10/1 or under. The fact Big E is included is particularly interesting, as it has been rumored for a while that he is due a big singles push. Seth Rollins is also among the favorites, but we will reserve judgement until we see how his recent heel turn plays out.