Wilson’s 5 Favorite WrestleMania 35 Bets: Who Should You Back to Win the Historic Main Event?
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- Collin Wilson breaks down his five favorite WrestleMania 35 bets, featuring his pick to win the main event featuring Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
WrestleMania 35 Betting Odds
- Date: Sunday, April 7
- Time: Kickoff show at 5: p.m. ET; main Card at 7 p.m. ET
- Location: Metlife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
- TV: WWE Network
Historic is a term that is overly used by the WWE to sell an event to consumers. In the case of WrestleMania 35, we have a truly historic match that should dominate headlines on Monday morning. The rise of the women’s division over the past several years has led to this weekend.
A decade ago the divas division consisted of models wrestling in their underwear, but has transformed into a women’s division that can compete with the men. The United Arab Emirates recently had its first women’s match, while a new tag team division is thriving.
WrestleMania 35 belongs to the ladies with a main event of Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Ronda Rousey. If you missed Monday Night Raw, there is real heat between these three competitors.
Let’s dig into the card and make some picks.
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Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Finn Balor
The IC title shifts between Balor and Lashley faster than an MLB infield facing a left handed pull hitter. These two wrestlers have traded pinfalls for most of 2019 without any real reaction from the crowd.
WrestleMania is long known as a “face” event, meaning the good guy always goes home a winner.
The WWE’s intentions are to set this match up with the heel, Lashley, as the champion and to generate buzz around Balor. With the revelation of the “Demon Finn Balor” making an appearance, this might be the easiest bet on the board.
The uninformed fan might see a ton of facepaint, some crinkled belts for your dockers glued to headgear and a dramatic heart pumping ring introduction. But to a gambler like myself, it all means money: Balor has never lost as the “Demon Finn Balor.”
Considering this is the biggest “face” event on the WWE calendar, this match is an easy payday regardless of the high juice.
THE PICK: Finn Balor -600
Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins
Universal Heavyweight Championship
For the sake of full transparency: The Wilson family is a Seth Rollins family. We have bumped into him at the airport, he works out at my local crossfit when WWE rolls through town and we try to win charity auctions when we can.
This all began when Rollins was responsible for the greatest Money in the Bank cash-in of all time.
— WWE (@WWE) March 29, 2019
Rollins won the 2019 Royal Rumble, which led to the showdown with Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
After opening odds of -300 on the former Shield member, Rollins came into this week a slight underdog after news broke that Lesnar signed to wrestle at a Saudi Arabia pay-per-view in a couple of months. The idea was that Lesnar would escape WrestleMania, much like last year against Roman Reigns, only to continue a series with Rollins down the road.
That all changed once news on the UFC broke.
With news of an August clash between Lesnar and UFC Champion Daniel Cormier, Rollins has moved back to a -140 favorite in this match.
Much like last year, there’s a bidding war between Vince McMahon and Dana White. I’ll side with White for this round, leaving Rollins the winner at WrestleMania.
THE PICK: Seth Rollins -140
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. Kofi Kingston
After 11 years of giving everything to the WWE, Kingston gets his WrestleMania moment in a championship match.
There are striking similarities between the Daniel Bryan of five years ago and his current opponent. Bryan was labeled a B+ player before he set the world on fire with a ‘YES!’ chant and a championship run.
WrestleMania has had plenty of underdogs win outright in recent history. From Lesnar (+900) over the Undertaker at WrestleMania 30 to Charlotte beating Asuka as a +600 underdog just last year, do not expect all favorites to sweep the board.
And while this is not the biggest underdog on the board, it certainly has the makings of a rivalry that could last through the summer.
A quick look at WWE Smackdown ticket sales and promotions post-WrestleMania state this feud will continue through the next two months. I expect the “Planet’s Champion” and his hemp with repurposed wood championship belt to continue its reign.
Daniel Bryan just threw the WWE title in the trash because, as an environmentalist/vegan, he despised that it was made of leather. He has replaced it with a championship belt made of HEMP and wood.
Pro wrestling is amazing sometimes. pic.twitter.com/bkoAGSy0qx
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) January 30, 2019
THE PICK: Daniel Bryan +245
Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
Scheduled to be on the kickoff show, there has never been a purpose for this match. WWE generally uses these kind of vehicles to promote rookies, but Matt Hardy and Big Show each won as 43 year olds while Rob Gronkowski came out of the crowd to attack Jinder Mahal in 2017.
With the scope of this match casting a wide net, I have laid five wrestlers at large odds to win.
Aleister Black (35/1) and Ricochet (66/1) fill the rookie vibe, but both were just penciled into the Smackdown Tag Championship match. Gronkowski odds have taken a dive and stabilized at 10-1.
Apollo Crews won a makeshift Battle Royal on Monday Night Raw’s go home show. Steam heading into WrestleMania means everything, and Crews had me had at 85-1.
Finally, Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host Colin Jost has fallen from 100-1 to the current 66-1. Jost has had a beef with odds leader Braun Strowman, and in the WWE, a long shot can hit anytime.
THE PICKS: Rob Gronkowski 10-1, Colin Jost 66-1, Apollo Crews 85-1
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (c) vs. Becky Lynch
Smackdown Women’s and Raw Women’s Title Unification
As mentioned above, there is real life heat in this match.
Rousey and Lynch have ditched the PG-13 nature of the WWE and gone full R-rated. These two have broken the fourth wall with an entire string of tweets that included real names, family and calling pro wrestling fake.
Rebecca Quin, I don’t care what the script says, I’m beating the living shit out of you the next time I see you.
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) February 28, 2019
There is a current prop on the market stating “Will Ronda Rousey announce a break before April 16th?” The Yes is -200 on the prop, which makes sense considering Ronda’s contract expiration and mentions of starting a family.
The real question is if Ronda will tap or be pinned in this match, something that is yet to happen in the WWE.
Meanwhile, Flair was inserted into this match to add stability on the microphone and add star power to the main event. Her current number of +900 is worth consideration because of her past resume. The crowd is not currently on the Queen’s side, and that plays a major factor into how WWE will end this event.
While I would lay Flair down to +500, this is all about Lynch following in the mold of Stone Cold Steve Austin.
THE PICK: Becky Lynch -350
Editor’s note: The opinions on this game is from the individual writer and are based on his research, analysis and perspective.