Fans can seemingly bet on any big sporting event they desire to these days, and WrestleMania XXX will be no exception.
Although betting on WWE can be tricky due to the fact that the outcomes are predetermined, it is an exercise that has picked up a lot of steam in recent years. No American sporting event is bet on more than the Super Bowl, so it's only natural that viewers would like to have some action on the Super Bowl of wrestling.
The oddsmakers generally seem to have a good handle on the product, so the WrestleMania XXX odds could very well foreshadow what will ultimately occur in New Orleans. With that said, there is always a certain degree of unpredictability when it comes to professional wrestling.
Along with a full listing of available odds for WrestleMania XXX, here are the latest predictions for how every 'Mania match will play out.
|Randy Orton (11-1) vs. Batista (6-1) vs. Daniel Bryan (1-6)/Triple H (18-1)||WWE World Heavyweight Championship||Triple Threat||Daniel Bryan|
|Daniel Bryan (1-33) vs. Triple H (9-1)||N/A||Winner added to main event||Double DQ|
|The Undertaker (1-66) vs. Brock Lesnar (10-1)||N/A||N/A||The Undertaker|
|John Cena (2-1) vs. Bray Wyatt (1-3)||N/A||N/A||Bray Wyatt|
|The Shield (1-10) vs. Kane & New Age Outlaws (5-1)||N/A||Six-Man Tag||The Shield|
|Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (Alexander Rusev favored at 6-4)||N/A||N/A||Alexander Rusev|
|Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational (AJ Lee favored at 4-7)||Divas Championship||N/A||AJ Lee|
|The Usos (1-6) vs. Real Americans (10-3) vs. Los Matadores (16-1) vs. Rybaxel (12-1)||Tag Team Championships||Fatal 4-Way||The Usos|
*Odds courtesy of Oddschecker.com.
Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Daniel Bryan/Triple H
After a great deal of backlash from the WWE Universe regarding a potential Randy Orton vs. Batista main event at WrestleMania XXX, things were thrown for a loop a few weeks ago when it was announced that the winner of the Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H match would added to the bout as well.
Suddenly, the main event has plenty of appeal to all wrestling fans, as four of the biggest stars in the company will have an opportunity to vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, as seen in this WWE Instagram photo:
Orton enters as the incumbent champion, but it's difficult to imagine him retaining based on how stale his title run has been. Bryan is the odds-on favorite at 1-6, with Batista slotting in at No. 2 with 6-1 odds. Bryan is clearly the most deserving champion; however, it wouldn't be shocking if WWE put the title on Batista based on his perceived mainstream appeal, even if it isn't as significant as WWE officials seem to think it is.
Triple H at 18-1 is an extremely interesting bet since giving him the title would not only be interesting, but it would also potentially set the stage for an extended feud with Bryan. When push comes to shove, though, Bryan should get his WrestleMania moment, and he will in the form of winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H
Bryan is the most popular Superstar in all of professional wrestling right now, so conventional wisdom suggests that WrestleMania XXX will be his night. In order to compete for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he must defeat Triple H first.
Not surprisingly, Bryan is heavily favored to do so at 1-33. It's difficult to imagine him being left out of the main event, but there isn't much value in betting on him. At the same time, Triple H isn't a particularly smart bet either, despite an enticing 9-1 line.
Although there is no line for it, a non-finish, such as a double disqualification or a double pin, seems to be the likeliest finish. Both Bryan and Triple H are heavily invested in the main event storyline, so they should conceivably both be part of the WrestleMania XXX main event.
Look for Orton and Batista to interfere in this match, which will not only lead to both Bryan and Triple H being added to the main event, but also render all bets on the Bryan vs. Triple H match null and void.
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar
In what could very well be the best match of the night, The Undertaker will put his 21-0 WrestleMania-winning streak on the line against "The Beast" Brock Lesnar. Taker and Lesnar are two of the most gifted wrestlers in WWE history, so it stands to reason that they will come up on the big stage, but there isn't much mystery involved.
Despite the fact that the odds are very much stacked against Lesnar, Paul Heyman has done his best to make him look like a threat to end the streak, according to WWE Network on Twitter:
The streak will probably never end, but even if it does, it almost certainly won't be against another part-time guy like Lesnar. The odds reflect that school of thought, with The Undertaker checking in as an incredible 1-66 favorite.
While it's a sure thing, putting up $6,600 to win $100 isn't exactly an advisable bet, nor is putting any amount of money on Lesnar at 10-1. This match will definitely be a memorable one, but it won't help bolster your bank account by any means.
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Among the four matches that currently have betting lines, there is no question that John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt is the most intriguing. In one respect, Cena is the biggest star of the past decade, and the odds are essentially always in his favor to win on the big stage. At the same time, Wyatt is a rising star, and he clearly needs the win more than Cena does.
The latter fact has gained traction with the oddsmakers, as Wyatt is a 1-3 favorite, with Cena holding strong at 2-1.
The entire Cena vs. Wyatt feud has been based on Wyatt attempting to ruin Cena's legacy. Cena has admitted to being afraid of Wyatt and his family, but he has been defiant as well:
The greatest thing about fear, is the moment you realize you have the courage to face it.— John Cena (@JohnCena) April 1, 2014
The manner in which Cena is being built as an underdog of sorts makes a victory very much possible; however, good booking dictates that Wyatt should win this match. He'll almost certainly get help from Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, but he simply needs to win by hook or by crook.
Since no loss can negatively impact what Cena has already accomplished, look for Wyatt to get the rub at WrestleMania.
The Shield vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws
The Shield are installed as a heavy favorite against the team of Kane and The New Age Outlaws. Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are among the most over wrestlers in the company, while their opponents are firmly in the twilight of their respective careers.
Kane enlisted the services of Billy Gunn and Road Dogg in an effort to put The Shield in its place, but The Hounds of Justice have revenge on their minds:
This may very well be the final WrestleMania match for Kane, Gunn and Road Dogg; however, there is no value in having them go out on top. This isn't an ideal match for The Shield, but it is one that they have to win and ultimately will win.
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
With 30 Superstars set to take part in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, it can be argued that this is the most unpredictable match on the entire card. Big Show has been built as the favorite due to his status as a modern-day giant, but it has been laid on so heavily that it appears likely somebody else will come out on top.
Who will leave WrestleMania XXX as WWE World Heavyweight Champion?
Among those who have already been announced for the battle royal, Sheamus is a very strong candidate. He is a main event-caliber guy who missed out on one of the big matches this year, so having him win the battle royal would be a nice consolation prize.
Also, Dolph Ziggler is an intriguing dark horse. He hasn't been utilized well since dropping the World Heavyweight Championship last summer, although winning this match could help him turn things around.
It is entirely possible that a new favorite will emerge from one of the three unannounced spots. Alexander Rusev figures to debut in the very near future, and winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal would be a great way to do it. He will almost certainly win if he is involved, but Sheamus is the true favorite otherwise.
Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational
AJ Lee is quickly approaching the one-year mark as Divas Champion, but her reign is very much in jeopardy. AJ will be forced to defend her title against 13 other Divas in the Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship Invitational at WrestleMania.
The match figures to be pure chaos, with all 14 Divas in the ring at once in a one-fall-to-the-finish contest. That means AJ can lose the title without factoring into the decision.
About half the field can be dismissed immediately, with AJ, Tamina, the Bella Twins, Naomi and Natalya looking like the only possible winners. There is definitely a chance that the creative team could decide to put the strap on a Total Divas cast member, but AJ hasn't done anything to warrant dropping the title.
Because of that, AJ will once again find a way to walk away as Divas Champion.
The Usos vs. The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores vs. Rybaxel
The WrestleMania XXX pre-show will get things off to an exciting start in New Orleans, with The Usos defending their Tag Team Championships in a Fatal 4-Way against The Real Americans, Los Matadores and Rybaxel.
This more or less feels like a match meant to get multiple Superstars on the card. Neither Los Matadores nor Rybaxel will be a factor in this contest, so it comes down to The Usos retaining or The Real Americans winning the titles for the first time.
There has been a great deal of turmoil between Jack Swagger and Cesaro lately. Winning the titles could potentially be used in the storyline that eventually leads to their dissolution as a team, but there is nothing to suggest that The Usos are on track to drop the titles.
The Usos have gotten some nice reactions since winning the Tag Team Championships, and they'll get the fans excited with a successful defense.
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