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WrestleMania 34 Betting Preview

By Kent Mullins
Published on April 05, 2018
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On Sunday, April 8, WrestleMania 34 will be live from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The “showcase of the immortals” is the one of the most popular sporting events in the world and it’s an extravaganza unlike any other. On the “grandest stage of them all,” the WWE is holding back no punches or kicks as they’re going all out to make this the biggest WrestleMania of all time. It’s clear that by the number of matches and the talent involved, this year’s Mania is stacked from the kickoff show all the way to the main event.

Whether you are a first time bettor on the WWE or an experienced sports entertainment bettor, we’ve got you covered with our WrestleMania 34 betting preview:

Women’s Battle Royal

With the women’s Royal Rumble being such a huge success this past January, the WWE is looking to capitalize on the momentum by kicking off the pre-show with their first ever female WrestleMania battle royal. Before I go any further, it would be foolish of me not to mention that they should’ve named this the Chyna Memorial Battle Royal. When in the WWE, Chyna revolutionized the business. Unfortunately, in this WWE politically correct era, Chyna will not get the honors she deserves.

Since the company’s biggest female superstars are already in matches, we’re getting some of the other top talent, mid-card and fresh faces. As of now, the following names have been confirmed:

  • Sasha Banks
  • Bayley
  • Becky Lynch
  • Naomi
  • Natalya
  • Carmella
  • Mickie James
  • Mandy Rose
  • Sonya Deville
  • Ruby Riott
  • Sarah Logan
  • Liv Morgan
  • Lana

I’m sure we’ll see some women called up from NXT just to compete in this match. I also wouldn’t be surprised to see a few former WWE Divas make appearances. This is WrestleMania we’re talking about here. One woman that’s been rumored for this match is former MMA fighter Shayna Baszler, who has an impressive arsenal of fighting skills. Baszler has a line of +125 to appear in this battle royal.

Depending on the sportsbook, Sasha Banks is the favorite to win this match at +155. She is followed by Becky Lynch at +175 and Bayley +300. The field is -195. In a match like this, it’s really a guessing game as to who the WWE will want to push. I’m going with the field on this one. I think that Bayley and Banks will cancel each other out and I don’t see the other names winnings this battle royal. It would be too obvious. WWE should use this battle royal to launch another woman wrestler and I believe they will.

WWE Bet: The field -195

Andre the Giant Battle Royal

For the 5th straight year, the WWE will book the Andre the Giant Battle Royal match at Mania. This is their way of getting all of the other stars into a match on the PPV. Ironically, the WWE debuted this match the last time WrestleMania was in New Orleans – 2014. That inaugural battle royal was won by Cesaro. Since then, the Big Show, Baron Corbin and Mojo Rawley have won.

Currently, the :

  • Dolph Ziggler
  • Baron Corbin
  • Mojo Rawley
  • Tyler Breeze
  • Fandango
  • Tye Dillinger
  • Dash Wilder
  • Scott Dawson
  • ​“Woken” Matt Hardy
  • Goldust
  • Heath Slater
  • Rhyno
  • Zack Ryder
  • Primo Colon

At first glance, this is an unimpressive lineup and really only 3 superstars have a shot at winning: Ziggler, Corbin and Hardy. Ziggler is +400, Corbin is +800 to win and Hardy is +1200. To give you an example of the other wrestlers’ chances, Tye Dillinger is +2500 to win.

There are numerous other wrestlers favored to win this match, but have not even been officially announced as participants:

  • Elias -140
  • Big Cass +400
  • Samoa Joe +400
  • Kane +600

Even Mark Henry is rumored to participate in this battle royal. His appearance is set at +300.

If Elias, Big Cass or Samoa Joe enter this battle royal then you have to think they are the odds on favorite to win. Here are my top 5 picks for potential winners:

  • Elias
  • Big Cass
  • Samoa Joe
  • Baron Corbin
  • Matt Hardy

With that said, I believe this will be a toss-up between Elias and Big Cass. Elias would be the smart pick here, but Big Cass offers more value. He’s due back from his knee injury and this would be the perfect opportunity for the 7 footer. Currently, the field doesn’t have a line yet. But, it doesn’t really matter as the winner will be Elias or Big Cass, provided that they’re in the match.

WWE Bet: Elias to win -140, Big Cass for value

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match: Cedrick Alexander vs Mustafa Ali

In the last match on the WM Kickoff Show, Cedrick Alexander will take on his friend Mustafa Ali for the WWE Cruiserweight belt. Currently, there are no lines for this match. If I had to pick, I would say Alexander wins this match. But, in true WWE fashion, this is the one WM bout that has the least publicity. It’s no surprise to longtime wrestling fans, as we predicted that the WWE would botch the cruiserweight division and treat it like a gimmick instead of a legitimate, thrilling group of talented competitors. Perhaps, Drake Maverick can get us some lines for this bout.

WWE Bet: currently no lines

WWE RAW Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (c) vs Nia Jax

This match features two former friends, who are besties in real life, fighting for more than just the RAW woman’s belt. Bliss is fighting to survive, while Nia Jax is fighting for her pride, hurt feelings and to swallow Bliss whole.

A few weeks ago, WWE went all “mean girls” on Nia Jax as Bliss and her new BFF Mickie James were caught on camera making fun of Nia in the locker room. Jax, who was in the ring at the time, saw the mean girl duo on the Titan Tron and stormed to the back. Since then, Nia has been trying to get her hands on Alexa and get her revenge.

The oddsmakers believe that Jax is the favorite to win this match as she’s listed at -390. Bliss is listed at +270. This is the kind of match where the WWE likes to swerve fans. It sets up well for Bliss to pull off the upset. But, I do believe it’s time for Jax to get a run with the belt and carry this division forward.

WWE Bet: Nia Jax -390

WWE RAW Tag Title Match: The Bar (c) vs Strowman and mystery partner

Braun Strowman’s entrance into the tag-team foray has brought some buzz to a division that has been somewhat stagnant as of late. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) have become a fantastic tag-team. In fact, it’s hard to argue against them as being the best tag-team in the WWE. However, they need more competition to continue their ascension into the atmosphere of all-time greatness. Unfortunately, Braun Strowman will derail their title run for the time being. Currently, there are no lines for this tag title bout, but there’s still plenty of intrigue.

In my opinion, there’s no mystery surrounding who will win this match – it’s going to be Braun. The only mystery is who the WWE decides to put with Strowman. As of now, there are numerous rumors flying around as to who Braun’s partner will be. From Hulk Hogan to Rey Mysterio, there have been some crazy speculations. Speaking of Hogan, he’s a +150 to show up at WrestleMania. Rey is a +175 to be Strowman’s partner.

Personally, I would like to see Strowman team up with Bray Wyatt. I’m a huge fan of Wyatt’s and I believe the WWE has seriously turned him into a glorified jobber. He’s too talented to be treated like this. A long tag title run for Strowman and Wyatt would be great for business. Unfortunately, the WWE won’t do something this cool. In fact, there’s a better chance that Alexa Bliss will be Strowman’s partner for this match.

WWE Bet: currently no lines

SmackDown Tag Title Match: Usos (c) vs New Day vs Bludgeon Brothers

The USOs and the New Day have had an entertaining rivalry over the last year. In fact, they lit up the tag division in 2017. The two teams were looking to start 2018 where they left off last year, but the Bludgeon Brothers decided to crash the party. Although there are no listed lines for this match as of yet, don’t sleep on this bout.

These 3 teams will put on an exciting match with Rowan and Harper providing the power moves. Usos and New Day will do their best to make the big men look like legit monsters. I believe it’s time for the WWE to put the tag belts on Rowan and Harper. They’ve been a talented duo for way too long and deserve a solid title run.

WWE Bet: no lines

The Undertaker vs John Cena

Over the last month, John Cena has done everything possible to get a match with the Undertaker at WrestleMania. Cena has verbally abused the dead man on the mic each week and even beat up Taker’s brother Kane. Despite all of that, Taker has yet to respond.

WWE is touting that Cena will show up to the event and sit in the crowd if he has to, just to be at Mania. However, we all know that there will be either a match or a confrontation between Cena and Taker at WrestleMania. In fact, the odds of Undertaker not appearing are +1000.

In my opinion, the WWE will be doing the Undertaker a disservice if they actually have him wrestle a match. Last year, at WM 33, Taker retired and left his wrestling gear in the ring. This has long been a symbolic gesture of a wrestler retiring.

I think the best thing to do would be for the Undertaker to show up and join forces with Kane to destroy John Cena at Mania. Cena is scheduled to be off for a while due to his Hollywood commitments.

Despite the lack of credible betting sites listing odds for a Cena vs Undertaker match, there have been a few unofficial lines circling the WWE betting scene with Cena listed at +210 and Undertaker at -250.

WWE Bet: Undertaker shows up, but no credible lines as of yet

U.S. Championship Match: Orton (c) vs Roode vs Mahal vs Rusev

Personally, I would’ve preferred seeing Roode and Orton as a tag team against Mahal and Rusev for the tag belts. But, instead, we have this fatal four-way match that features four solid workers who are toiling away in mid-card purgatory.

Orton is the champion and surprisingly he’s favored to win at -105. Mahal comes in second with +185 and Roode at +390. As of now, there are no credible lines for Rusev. Speaking of The Bulgarian Brute, last month he was rumored to be asking for a release. And now, he’s in a title match. Rusev has earned this shot and is a popular star with the SmackDown fans. However, I don’t see WWE putting the belt back on him.

Roode provides the best value in this match as he was the champ before Orton defeated him for the belt at Fastlane. Surprisingly, this is Orton’s first U.S. title reign. However, I don’t see him keeping it. Randy is a wrestler who seems to draw more interest from fans when he’s chasing the title, not as the champion. Mahal had a great run in 2017, but has taken a step back in 2018.

This match will be used to take the belt off of Orton and placed on either Mahal or Roode. As a fan of the glorious one, I would like to see him get the belt back. He certainly provides great value in this 4-way. But, I’ve got a sneaky feeling that Mahal will win the belt.

WWE Bet: Mahal +185

Intercontinental Championship Match: The Miz (c) vs Rollins vs Balor

These three men have really made RAW more enjoyable to watch over the last month. The Miz, who is vastly underrated, will once again be put in a no-win situation. Seth Rollins has been tearing it up in the ring and is on his way back to the top spot on RAW. The wildcard in this matchup is Finn Balor. This is largely due to whether or not the WWE wants to really push the Balor Club.

Balor is the odds on favorite to win this match at -170. But, I can see the WWE making Balor chase the belt a little longer. The Miz, at +280, deserves to have a longer title reign, but WWE always calls on The Miz to put someone else over in big matches.

Rollins provides great value in this match at +300. And, I believe he will get the IC strap at Mania. Look for a fantastic feud between Balor and Rollins to take us into the summer.

WWE Bet: Seth Rollins +300

SmackDown Woman’s Championship Match: Asuka vs Charlotte Flair (c)

This match has the potential to steal the show. Asuka is undefeated in the WWE with a win streak that spans 2 ½ years. Charlotte Flair has the pedigree and the in-ring talent to go down as the greatest woman’s wrestler of all-time. Despite the heap of praise I just gave her, nobody in their right mind can pick against Asuka right now.

The Empress of Tomorrow is a huge favorite to win this match with a line of -1050. In fact, only Reigns is a bigger favorite on the entire card. Flair is +550, but betting on her in this match would be throwing away your money.

There is a small chance that Carmella cashes in her Money in the Bank contract and wins the SmackDown title. The line is at +125, so keep an eye out for her.

I, along with most of the WWE Universe, am hoping that the WWE gives Flair and Asuka at least 20 minutes in the ring. Both wrestlers know how to tell a story in the ring and have all of the tools to make this an instant classic. Look for Asuka to have a long reign on SmackDown as the woman’s champ.

WWE Bet: Asuka -1050

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn

WWE’s favorite underdog, Daniel Bryan, has been medically cleared to wrestle again and the WWE Universe is ecstatic over it. His return to the ring will be in a tag-team match against Owens and Zayn. Bryan will be teaming up with “Mr. Bump Machine” Shane McMahon.

I would absolutely love it if Daniel Bryan swerved Shane McMahon and formed a faction with Owens and Zayn. Think about it, the WWE has kept him on the sideline, but magically clear him in time for WrestleMania. There’s so much backstory to a Daniel Bryan swerve. He can then be fired as the SmackDown GM and create a trio that rivals The Shield and The Fabulous Freebirds in terms of dominance.

Unfortunately, WWE won’t have the testicular fortitude to pull this one off. So, I see Bryan and Shane winning the match and sending the BFF’s Owens and Zayn back to RAW.

As of now, there are no lines from reputable sportsbooks. However, there are some odds floating around that could be a good indicator of what’s to come. Bryan and McMahon are favored to win this match with a line of -250. Owens and Zayn are +210.

WWE Bet: Bryan and McMahon (unofficial line of -250)

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs HHH and Stephanie McMahon

It’s a foregone conclusion that Rousey will win her debut match as the mainstream media will be clamoring over her wrestling debut. But, wouldn’t it be great if they had Rousey turn on Kurt Angle and become Stephanie’s personal henchwoman?

Rousey and Angle are favored to win this match as they’re listed at -530, while Mr. and Mrs. Triple H are listed at +350.

I’m actually surprised that there aren’t any prop bets for Over/Under how many botches Rousey has in the ring. For those who don’t know what botch means, it’s a wrestling term for messing up or missing a move.

With Asuka most likely heading to SmackDown, Rousey can slowly work her way up the ladder to become the top woman’s wrestler on RAW. I would love to see a showdown between Rousey and Asuka at WM 35 next year.

As for now, I expect Rousey to get the better of Stephanie McMahon in this match and win the contest for her team. Don’t be surprised if we see some outside interference in this one.

WWE Bet: Rousey and Angle -530

WWE Championship Match: AJ Styles (c) vs Shinsuke Nakamura

Without a doubt, this is the one match that I’m the most excited about. I’ve been a huge fan of AJ Styles since he was in Ring of Honor. I suffered through some of his bumbling moments in TNA to see him rise to the top and then head to Japan to become the best in the world. Now that he’s in the WWE, the fan in me wants him to have his Mania moment. And, what better moment than to win at WrestleMania?

The WWE has been touting this encounter as a dream matchup between the two heralded superstars. However, this dream matchup was a reality back in January, 2016, when Styles and Nakamura put on an instant classic at New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 10. Nakamura got the win in that highly praised bout. This WM 34 match could come close to duplicating the in-ring success from WK 10.

Nakamura is the 2018 Royal Rumble winner and is expected by many to win this match and become a solidified main event star. The sportsbooks have him listed as a -415 favorite.

Styles has been rumored to be possibly heading to RAW and/or take some time off due to an injury. His odds are at +295, which offers some solid value.

AJ doesn’t need the belt to be a top star, but he does deserve it. Nakamura has been exciting to watch, but still needs that championship rub to really solidify his spot as SmackDown’s top star. As much as it pains me to say, I do see Shinsuke winning this match as everything is pointing in his favor.

WWE Bet: Shinsuke Nakamura -415

Universal Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns

In the main event of the evening, Brock Lesnar will defend his title against Vince McMahon’s favorite wrestler – Roman Reigns. For the last few years, we’ve been forced to endure Roman’s “top dog” spot despite most fans booing him. Unfortunately, for the Roman Reigns hater club, Vince has put his personal stamp on Reigns to be his “golden boy.”

With news coming out about Lesnar heading back to the UFC sooner than later, many people believe that Reigns will win and Lesnar will be off WWE programing for the foreseeable future. The bookmakers also believe that Reigns will win as he’s the biggest favorite on the show at -1200. Brock Lesnar is +600.

These two men first went toe to toe at WrestleMania 31, but were interrupted by Seth Rollins cashing in his Money in the Bank contract and winning the title. With Reigns being such a huge favorite, it would be great if Lesnar could pull off the upset. Unfortunately, Vince will have the last laugh and Roman will be the champ as he conquers the beast.

WWE Bet: Roman Reigns -1200, Hits 4 superman punches -333, and the match will go over 30 minutes -110

Some interesting prop bets have popped up with this match:

  • Roman Reigns to land over 2.5 superman punches -333
  • A similar one with Reigns landing over 4.5 superman punches -110
  • The match to go over 27.5 minutes long -110

Other WrestleMania Prop Bets

Since the arrival of Ronda Rousey, the WWE Universe has been clamoring for The Rock to team up with her to take on HHH and Stephanie McMahon. If you recall, the Rock and Ronda duo confronted The Authority at WrestleMania 31 and got the better of them. So, it would’ve made perfect sense for Rock and Ronda to team up at WM 34 against Mr. and Mrs. Triple H. Unfortunately, it will not happen. However, there’s still a chance that The Rock can show up and interfere in this match or another match. Popular bookmakers have The Rock’s appearance at +400. Other appearances include:

  • An appearance by Batista is listed at +300
  • A CM Punk appearance is listed at +2000. A $10 bet could land you $200 bucks.

Carmella to cash in her Money in the Bank contract is another popular WM 34 prop bet with the following listed lines:

  • Cash in and win SmackDown belt +125
  • Cash in and fight RAW champion -137.50
  • Cash in and lose WM 34 title match +175

Best WrestleMania Value Bets

Here’s a recap of the best value bets for WM 34:

  • Big Cass (provided he enters the Battle Royal) +400
  • Robert Roode to win the U.S. Title match +390
  • Seth Rollins to win the I.C. title match +300
  • J. Styles to get his Mania Moment +295
  • CM Punk to appear +2000

The Most Likely Underdog to Win

I have to go with Robert Roode and his +390 here. I believe Rollins and AJ Styles have a chance to pull off the upset and win their matches, but Roode winning the belt back at WM would be – “Glorious!”

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