Ah, WrestleMania season! Tis the most wonderful time of year, especially when you can make a little money on some smart wagers. Unlike traditional sports betting, wagering on pro wrestling combines knowledge with storyline and expectations. A quick glance at the odds probably reveals exactly what you’d expect them to, with favorites to win having felt that way for much of the ‘Mania buildup. With WrestleMania 37 on the horizon, we take a look at the latest odds (as of Friday, April 9th) for some of the most compelling matches on the card. Here is part one, night one, of our WrestleMania 37 betting odds preview.
All odds courtesy of Bovada.
Day One WrestleMania 37 Betting Odds
Damian Priest and Bad Bunny (-1000) vs The Miz and John Morrison (+550)
WrestleMania 37 had originally been building toward a singles match of Bad Bunny vs The Miz, but on the go-home show of Monday Night Raw, Damian Priest and John Morrison joined the fray. It wasn’t exactly an unexpected outcome as rumors had suggested that only the potential lack of injury clearance to Priest and Morrison would stand in the way of a tag team bout. And sure enough, both men appear cleared and ready to go. This is a good thing as Bad Bunny will be making his in-ring debut in this match and having backup in his good friend, Priest, should only assist the flow of the match. An established singer/songwriter who recently won a Grammy and is the only artist to have a full Latin album chart on the Billboard 100, Bad Bunny has invested in this match as much as any celebrity before him. He’s put in the work, reporting to the Performance Center to train in advance of the showdown. Bunny is the clear draw here and it isn’t like WWE to have their main attraction pick up a loss in such a big debut. That’s why the odds are what they are, with Miz and Morrison huge longshots. Short of a dusty finish, which doesn’t appear likely, the team of Priest and Bad Bunny is essentially a lock here and almost not even worth taking the odds.
Lana & Naomi (+110) vs Natalya & Tamina (+160) vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose (+425) vs The Riott Squad (+550) vs Billie Kay & Carmella (No odds available)
Braun Strowman (-350) vs Shane McMahon (+225)
So this match is happening. Originally slated for Fastlane, an “injury” to Shane McMahon caused the match to get pushed back to the Show of Shows. Well, it wouldn’t be WrestleMania after all, if McMahon wasn’t putting his body on the line in an insane and memorable way. Such will likely happen on Saturday. In challenging Strowman, the cocky McMahon tasked his challenger to pick any match type that he wanted. So Strowman did just that and opted to lock himself and his adversary in a steel cage. The rules are simple. You either win by pinfall/submission (-250) or escape from the cage (+170). Now, here is where the wrestling storyline element of these odds comes in. While it would appear likely that Strowman would win the match, it may be just as likely that he loses, perhaps the result of throwing McMahon off of the cage walls. This would allow for McMahon’s show-stopping spot as has been commonplace in recent years and would give him the win as well. Strowman likely isn’t so focused on winning that he wouldn’t take the opportunity to toss McMahon to his seeming death. If it comes to it, look for the Monster Among Men to do whatever he can to punish McMahon, even if that means, losing the match. The odds are nice here that taking the underdog in McMahon isn’t a bad bet. Escape from cage is also a good prop bet to focus on given what we known about McMahon’s risk-taking and preference for big spots.
Cesaro (-300) vs Seth Rollins (+200)
One of the most anticipated matches on the entire WrestleMania card, both nights included, is the night one showdown of Seth Rollins and Cesaro. After Cesaro spurned his longtime friend’s request to join him, Rollins has been a man on a mission. Rollins believes Cesaro is a waste of potential so he was happy to give the man a spot at WrestleMania to prove just that. And of course, for Cesaro, he was happy to accept as this will be the vet’s first-ever singles match on The Grandest Stage of Them All. Make no mistake, this match is a huge opportunity for Cesaro to accelerate his push and work towards his spot at the top of the card. The Swiss Superman has his eyes on a WrestleMania world title match next year and that could very well materialize, especially if he has the kind of showing this year that everyone knows he is capable of. And Rollins well, he may be the modern-day Mr. WrestleMania. Called upon for a big spot on the card, the SmackDown Savior has always delivered, creating no shortage of memorable moments in the process. Rollins is always someone you have to consider will get the W, but this time around, it feels like the match is Cesaro’s to lose. Expect Rollins to get swung once more as Cesaro gets the biggest win of his WWE career. A short favorite, all storyline indicators point toward Cesaro picking up the victory here.
AJ Styles and Omos (-270) vs The New Day (+180)
On its face, this tag team matchup may seem a little random. But dig into the story and you’ll realize that this is right up WWE’s alley when it comes to not just WrestleMania matches but WrestleMania moments. On one hand, we have the New Day, the reigning Raw tag team champions. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston, alongside Big E, have made the New Day one of the WWE’s most successful factions of all time. The three-man unit has won title after title and has collectively held the gold more than any other team in WWE. Their accomplishments speak for themselves. But this time around, their title reign can’t help but feel temporary. That’s in large part due to the seven-foot behemoth who stands across the ring. The New Day’s challengers are AJ Styles, who has had a successful WWE career in just a short time, and his new bodyguard-turned-tag-team partner, Omos, who is undeniably a star in the making. Omos is a presence, a sight to see. The man has yet to have an in-ring debut, but what he has done to Styles’ opponents through the Royal Rumble and other TV matches, has been nothing short of amazing. People tune in to watch Omos as he truly is an attraction worthy of a WrestleMania debut. While Styles stands on his own merits, had he come into this match with any other partner, the outcome would have been less certain. But as things stand, it is Omos and Styles who should be expected to walk away as the new Raw tag team champions. It is an accolade that will mark Omos’ first career championship and will give Styles his WWE grand slam. Trust the odds here, and go with the favorites.
Drew McIntyre (-165) vs Bobby Lashley (+125)
While it almost seems certain that WWE is planning to return the belt to Drew McIntyre in front of fans, the odds here are a little closer than one might think and could suggest an unexpected twist. You’ll know pretty quickly based on the card placement. If McIntyre/Lashley opens as some are expecting, it is unlikely we see a swerve. The rivalry between Lashley and McIntyre has been a short and sweet one, built to make both men look like absolute forces in different ways. Alongside MVP, Lashley has gone with the smart play – use other wrestlers to incapacitate his opponent. Unfortunately, that hasn’t much worked and Lashley has come across on the defensive as a result. McIntyre on the other hand is a man on a mission. Last year at WrestleMania 36, he had his moment but it was bittersweet as it came in front of an empty Performance Center. But this time around, McIntyre is ready to show the ‘Mania crowd what they missed. McIntyre is the obvious choice to retain here. He is a short favorite compared to some of the above, but he’s worth backing. As for the method of victory, pinfall is the top choice at -600, but like the Banks/Belair match, that wager isn’t really worth it.
Sasha Banks (+225) vs Bianca Belair (-350)
Ever since winning the Royal Rumble, and truth be told even a little bit before that, Bianca Belair has been on a trajectory for another star-making moment. This time, at WrestleMania. Her opponent, the current SmackDown Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks, has also been enjoying a great run. Banks is in the midst of her longest title reign and unlike the prior times, she’s really had a chance to showcase her special talent during this run. But as great as the Boss is, the EST stands in her way. Banks and Belair have been immersed in a feud for months, ever since the latter chose the former as the champ she wanted to challenge at WrestleMania 37. In the lead-up to their big showdown, both women have looked the part, building a friendly and at times, a little contentious rivalry based on being the best. It is a claim that right now Banks is most poised to make given her status as the champion. But come Saturday night’s show going off the air, it should be Belair positioned as the top dog. WWE has been building to Belair’s coronation ever since that rumble win and it’s hard to imagine a scenario where they don’t pull the trigger on it. Belair is a future star in this women’s division and is someone who can really bring women’s wrestling back to the forefront. Again, as you may have sensed a pattern, we’d advise backing the favorite. Every indication is pointing toward Belair raising the title. As for the method of victory, Bovada offers three additional wagers for pinfall (-700), submission (+325), or other, such as a DQ (+425). Had we backed Banks as champ, the submission bet wouldn’t be a bad one as the Banks Statement is a reliable move. As such, look for Belair to win via pinfall on a wager that really, isn’t much worth backing given how much you’d have to put down just to make a minor profit.
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