WWE Wrestlemania 34: Best bets for the grandest stage of them all
It's the Showcase of the Immortals this Sunday Night in New Orleans as a jam-packed Mercedes-Benz Superdome will witness Wrestlemania 34. Paul Robinson is our go to wrestling man, and he has all the betting angles covered...
"In the Wrestlemania #OddsOnThat section, you can get 10/11 about Roman Reigns landing Over 4.5 Superman Punches. Given that he has a limited moveset, that seems rather generous and should come home comfortably."
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Forget the Superbowl, forget the World Series, Wrestlemania is the biggest sporting event in the United States and the WWE rarely fail to entertain on the grandest stage of them all. This year's card is loaded, with Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Title in the main event.
Roman to channel his inner Clark Kent
In news that has gone under the radar from this week's UFC Media Day, Dana White, confirmed that Brock Lesnar would be returning to the Octagon.
As Brock is now in his 40s and doesn't finish serving the remaining six months of his suspension until he officially returns to the world of MMA, it seems even more unlikely that he will retain his Universal title here and stay with the WWE.
Unfortunately for us, his opponent and Vince McMahon's Golden Boy is as short as 1/8 to have his hand raised in New Orleans, but as always with Betfair, they have supplied us with some additional markets.
In the Wrestlemania #OddsOnThat section, you can get 10/11 about Roman Reigns landing Over 4.5 Superman Punches. Given that he has a limited moveset, that seems rather generous and should come home comfortably.
AJ Styles to reverse Tokyo Dome form
In the other major men's title match on the card, Royal Rumble winner, Shinsuke Nakamura, is 1/3 to beat AJ Styles and win the WWE Championship.
These two have a rich history in Japan and it was Nakamura who got the win when they last met in NJPW. He hasn't quite hit the same heights in America however and I still get the feeling that Vince McMahon doesn't see him as the potential superstar that he could be - and was.
Styles on the other hand has exceeded all expectations since his move to the WWE and I think he could be rewarded with the victory. He's available to back at 2/1 and I wouldn't put you off it.
The Authority to get their comeuppance at the hands of Angle and Rousey
Ronda Rousey is making her in-ring debut following her appearance at the Royal Rumble PPV event in January. She is in a mixed tag with Raw GM, Kurt Angle, and they are taking on, 'The Game' Triple H, and his wife, Stephanie McMahon.
This is a forgone conclusion really as I can't see any way that they have 'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey lose her first pro wrestling match. The powers that be may as well burn their own money if they do that, and with Triple H and Steph putting over their opponents in recent Mania's, I can't imagine a Sting/Trips situation here from a few years ago when Sting was beaten.
A bit like the Universal Title bout however, the 1/8 on offer for the selection does nothing to excite.
Daniel Bryan to return with a defeat
This match didn't seem possible as little as a month ago, but Daniel Bryan has been cleared to wrestle again and the 'Yes' Movement continues.
His partner for this match is Shane McMahon and he's faced his own health battle of late as he was hospitalised in real life having developed an infection from a bout of acute diverticulitis.
It will be interesting to see if Shane-O-Mac takes his usual set of big bumps in this match, but the focus will largely be on Bryan, and that's the way it should be.
I'm just not convinced that they will be given the win though, as this story feels that it's got another chapter or two in it now that Bryan is back in the ring. A victory for Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens would keep them on Smackdown for the time being and enable those chapters to be written. Take the 6/4 on the heel duo.
Banks and Ziggler to take the Battle Royals
Sasha Banks is the 11/10 favourite for the Women's Battle Royal and I can't see anyone else winning other than her. She appears to be in the midst of a slow heel turn and being able to screw Bayley out of the win and then brag about it seems like the road that they are going with it.
I prefer an outsider in the men's version though and Dolph Ziggler sticks out at 10/1. He has consistently had stop/start pushes, and there isn't much of a better time to move him back up the card now that he has re-signed with the company.
Best of the Rest
Randy Orton is a perennial favourite of mine and I like his chances of retaining the US title against Rusev, Bobby Roode and Jinder Mahal. The main danger is Rusev, but the WWE still seem reluctant to give him the big push that his crowd reactions are warranting, and Orton at 13/10 is worth a bet.
The Undertaker versus John Cena match isn't even official, but there is absolutely no way that they would mention The Deadman that much on TV if he wasn't coming back.
Rumours are swirling that he will come back with his American Badass Gimmick, and as Kid Rock will be in attendance anyway, we could well see The Undertaker played out live by the new Hall of Famer.
As for the match, Taker is the 1/3 favourite and Cena is 2/1. I would be hugely surprised if The Undertaker was being brought back to lose, but unless that 1/3 drifts to at least 4/5, I'm not going to back it.
I have already mentioned a couple of bets from this market but there are a couple of others that catch my eye. Hulk Hogan to make an appearance at 6/4 is a tempter as the rumours of his return have been gathering pace lately...and what better way to return than at Wrestlemania.
I also like the 7/4 for Carmella to cash in her money in the bank briefcase and lose. Time is running our for her to do something with it and as the undefeated Asuka is surely going to win the Smackdown's Women's Championship, I can't believe that they will have Carmella be the first person to beat her.
Back Roman Reigns to land over 4.5 Superman Punches @ 10/11
Back AJ Styles @ 2/1
Back Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens @ 6/4
Back Dolph Ziggler to win the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal @ 10/1
Back Sasha Banks to win the Women’s Battle Royal @ 11/10
Back Randy Orton @ 13/10
Back Hulk Hogan to make an appearance @ 6/4
Back Carmella to cash in her Money in the Bank Briefcase and to lose @ 7/4