We're just over 24 hours away from the much-anticipated 2013 WWE Elimination Chamber in New Orleans. There has been much speculation as to who the winners and losers will be—and more importantly, how the outcomes will affect storylines going into Wrestlemania 29.
While the favourites appear to be fairly black and white, a new source has shown that we should expect the unexpected this Sunday.
SkyBet.com (a UK-based betting site), listed the odds for the Elimination Chamber PPV on Thursday of this week, with some fairly nondescript odds on each match set for the Chamber.
However, these odds appear to have drastically changed in the past few hours, which makes me think that someone, somewhere knows something about at least one of the match outcomes this Sunday.
While I appreciate that betting on a fixed event is considered laughable to many, it is undeniable that, when gambling is involved, bookmakers tend to be the first in the know—they adjust their odds accordingly.
And, it just so happens that odds for this Sunday have been adjusted to completely change the picture of the event.
Considering Smackdown spoilers were released immediately after Tuesday's taping, it would appear that whatever has changed the minds of SkyBet.com bookmakers has not been disclosed on WWE programming.
So without further ado, here is how SkyBet.com calls the 2013 Elimination Chamber:
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*Please note that the fractions listed are UK odds, with the bracket decimals representing the equivalent U.S. odds
Kaitlyn 1/5 (-500) Tamina Snuka 100/30 (+333.33)
What is interesting is that on Thursday, both competitors were evenly matched in the betting, but now the Diva's Champion is the clear favourite to retain her belt.
United States Title
Antonio Cesaro 8/13 (-162.5) The Miz 6/5 (+120)
On Thursday, Cesaro was the runaway favorite for this bout, but Miz's odds have improved as the week has gone on. Booking 101 suggests we may see a new champion purely based on Cesaro bettering Miz on this week's Raw.
World Heavyweight Championship
Alberto Del Rio 1/20 (-2000) Big Show 15/2 (+750)
Since Thursday, ADR's odds of retaining the WHC have dramatically increased (nearly 400%)—does the projected winner of the No. 1 contenders Chamber match have anything to do with this?
The Elimination Chamber Match for No. 1 Contendership of the WHC
Kane 25/1 (+2500)
Daniel Bryan 14/1 (+1400)
Mark Henry 9/2 (+450)
Randy Orton 7/2 (+350)
Chris Jericho 7/4 (+175)
Jack Swagger 1/1 (+100)
This is the single-biggest change seen in the betting for Sunday's event. As you can see, Jack Swagger is now the clear favourite for the event, with both members of Team Hell No listed as rank outsiders. How will Zeb Colter's alliance affect the All-American American's chances?
Earlier in the week, Randy Orton and Mark Henry were listed as joint-favourites—they are now relegated to 3rd and 4th respectively. What impact could this change have on future Creative plans?
Who do you think will win the Elimination Chamber match?
Six-Man Tag Team Match
John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus 1/6 (-599.88) The Shield 7/2 (+350)
While these odds have not budged since their release, I do find it peculiar that Team Superman are so heavily favoured this Sunday. Our good friend Booking 101 says The Shield are set for another upset victory after being bested on Raw this past Monday. For my money, a Shield win looks like a real moneymaker.
The Rock 1/20 (-2000) CM Punk 15/2 (+750)
Like the WHC match, the Rock's odds on SkyBet.com have increased dramatically throughout the week. With Once In A Lifetime - The Sequel beckoning, it is easy to see why the People's Champ is heavily favoured. The fact that Punk has become a massive dark horse for a match many expect to be filled with surprises is rather shocking.
What do you think?
Are these trends any real indication of insider knowledge? Or could it be that SkyBet.com is merely making huge assumptions about the WWE product and it's future storyline direction?
Looking back over recent Pay-Per-Views, the site has been surprisingly accurate with regards to its preempted odds.
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