It’s been a growing trend in recent years, but yes, you can actually bet real money on professional wrestling events. Which is kind of strange, since the results are pre-determined. However, multiple online betting shops will allow nominal wagers (usually $50 maximum) on big wrestling events. And since WrestleMania is the biggest event of the year, Sports Betting Experts have listed some of the early odds for WWE’s upcoming extravaganza.
Tag: John Cena
This week on Raw, the WWE gave fans what they called a “Gauntlet Match” — a series of one-on-one matches with the winner moving on to face the next competitor. Naturally, such a match definitely puts the starting combatants at a distinct disadvantage — Seth Rollins or Roman Reigns started the match, and would have to beat multiple other WWE superstars in order to actually win the damn thing.
For years (and years), John Cena has been the main guy for the WWE. And he was paid accordingly, topping the list of “Highest Paid WWE Wrestlers” for a long time. However, he has been working a reduced schedule lately (although still staying plenty busy with reality TV, hosting gigs, and movie work). The result is that he is no longer he highest paid guy in the company.
Between the excitement of returning superstars and the retirement of a legend, WrestleMania 33 was filled with many ups, and definitely a few downs. Here is the best and worst that was WrestleMania 33.
Ryback certainly has been vocal since his WWE contract expired earlier this year, and his podcast, Conversations With The Big Guy, have quickly evolved into a regular forum for Ryback to expound upon how WWE prevented him from becoming the biggest star in the company, as well as any other grudges he might have. This week, John Cena has become the target of his ire, as the Big Guy seems to feel that John Cena has spent his career standing in the path of every single wrestler trying to make it to the top in WWE, especially Ryback.
Being unbeatable doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you never lose a match. After all, in the history of professional wrestling, nobody with a career of any length has ever gone completely undefeated. But in certain circumstances, some wrestlers have excelled at standing above the rest of the crowd and becoming absolutely dominant. The wrestlers on this list hold some of the longest winning streaks, the lengthiest title reigns, and have survived some of the most improbably situations in order to emerge victorious. They are the wrestlers that you wouldn’t want to face at the peaks of their careers, because you would surely be walking away with a loss.
One of the last shots of Smackdown Live! was #1 Contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Title AJ Styles, painfully sitting astride the top rope, after being knocked there by Dean Ambrose. Always a comical spot worthy of mention, but Styles went the extra step further after the show went off the air. According to live reports, Styles stayed in that very uncomfortable position for roughly ten-fifteen minutes, while other wrestlers made their entrances for the post-show dark match, which was scheduled to be Styles teaming with Seth Rollins against John Cena and Roman Reigns. And as each wrestler made their way into the ring, they decided to mess with the Phenomenal One’s predicament. Here’s some fan footage of exactly what happened.
SummerSlam is in the books, which means we’re basically at the halfway point in the wrestling year. That’s right, it’s all downhill to WrestleMania from here. Figuratively, and hopefully not literally, anyway. And even though WWE is in some form of semi-controlled chaos due to the brand extension and being forced to crown two Universal Champions within the first two weeks of the title’s existence, there are still some thing we’ve seen that have led us to make a reasonable assumptions about where things could go if WWE was currently being booked with WrestleMania in mind. And we can’t prove that it’s not, so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt (this time), and assemble a list of matches that we think could possibly happen at WrestleMania 33 in Orlando.
We can say this much for WWE, they know how to put on a spectacle, and their powers were in full force for all of SummerSlam weekend. We saw the first Universal Champion crowned, absolutely glorious debuts, tearful farewells, and an ending that we still can’t quite believe, plus any number of other big moments. We’d love to go over every detail of what has been a very long SummerSlam weekend, but there is not enough time to explain, so we’ll have to sum up instead. Here’s everything that we though was worth talking about from an absolutely packed weekend of wrestling, starting with NXT TakeOver, and going all the way to the bitter end of what felt like a day-long SummerSlam event.