It’s been dubbed as the biggest party of the summer and it’s live from Toronto, Canada this Sunday.
Professional wrestling can be both wildly entertaining and now with betting on the events possible – it can also bring you some nice profits.
There are plenty of fascinating storylines heading into the big event. Brock Lesnar is back and his continual onslaught on Seth Rollins has been brutal in the weeks leading up to the event. Can Seth Rollins get revenge and take his title back from the beastly Brock Lesnar?
There will also be some WWE Hall of Famers returning to the ring this Sunday as the original trailblazers look to instill some respect into the new generation. On the women’s side, Trish Stratus will do battle with the talented Charlotte Flair. And SummerSlam will also feature the obnoxious Dolph Ziggler take on one of wrestling’s all-time legends in Goldberg.
The full fight card is expected to be pretty lengthy come Sunday, likely featuring upwards of ten matches, spanning at least five hours. We won’t focus on all ten matches, but instead preview the main bouts and where we actually see some betting value.
It should be noted that not all online betting sites do offer WWE betting, but it is worth searching. Bodog/Bovada does provide odds, as do other books such as BetOnline, 5Dimes and MyBookie. These prices will also fluctuate regularly in the lead-up to the event, so it is definitely prudent to check on these regularly.
And finally, although these outcomes are of course pre-determined with Vince McMahon and WWE headquarters – the rest of the betting public does not know what is going to go down. We are in for some shockers and as a result there is value to be had. Knowing the storylines and tracking line movements can result in a profitable SummerSlam betting experience.
Read on below for in-depth looks at some of the more prominent clashes come Sunday. Enjoy the card!
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
Upon first glance, bettors were surely a little surprised to see Charlotte Flair enter as such a substantial favorite against the WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus. After all, she has come out of retirement for this match and it’s taking place in her hometown of Toronto.
But after some further analysis, this match is trending to the direction of the favorite. Charlotte Flair is one of the best female superstars the WWE has ever seen and really there’s nobody on the current roster that could elevate her status to even greater heights. She has beat everyone, and it would seem as if the only real way for her to enhance her stardom is to beat one of the original stars of WWE in Stratus.
Stratus hasn’t wrestled in some time so it will be interesting to see how she fares in this contest. In her prime, she was an unbelievably talented wrestler, but Charlotte is so talented, strong, and athletic. She is going to go down as one of the premier female wrestlers ever, and this will be yet another storied chapter in her already illustrious career.
It will be a dream match-up and Stratus will have her exciting moments, but the value is on the favorite right now.
Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
There is an interesting stipulation to what should be a very intense and physical match between Owens and McMahon – if Owens loses, he quits WWE. Whether or not that actually materializes, who knows – but the stakes are high in this contest.
Kevin Owens has spent much of the lead-up to this bout playing the nepotism card with Shane McMahon. Owens has vehemently claimed that the only reason Shane gets high-profile matches and air time is because of his last name and because he’s the son of the boss. Valid or not, it has produced fascinating television with both fighters exchanging many verbal and physical barbs on both RAW and Smackdown leading up to SummerSlam.
Expect a match that gets pretty hardcore in terms of weapons used and tables busted. Shane McMahon has a knack of doing something crazy and I reckon this clash will be no different. McMahon is likely to take a bit of an off-air role following SummerSlam, so it makes sense that he will put on a good show, and then step aside for a little while. With Owens, he is far too valuable to the WWE to actually be forced into leaving the production, especially when you consider he recently signed a multi-year deal with the promotion.
Many fans have been calling for Shane McMahon to be muzzled from his huge on-air influence for some time, so look for Owens to send him a message in Toronto on Sunday. This should be a fun encounter!
Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship
The long-overdue push for Kofi Kingston is finally here and it has been quite the run. Kingston has often been buried on tag-teams and hasn’t really ever had the opportunity to be a star both in the ring and out of the ring with his microphone skills. This rivalry with the Viper Randy Orton has been awesome to watch, and kudos to the WWE for really drumming up interest by documenting the long-standing tension and history between these two fighters.
While many feuds usually stop at the bigger Pay-Per-View events, this one is likely far from over. There is still a lot more depth for these two fighters and they should put on an unbelievable show and match.
Recently WWE has surprised fans by deviating from the norm at these big events. While conventional wisdom favors Kofi to retain the title here, Randy Orton is a known commodity and has a knack of emerging victorious at these big events. As Smackdown transitions its programming to the FOX network, there is a belief that they want a charismatic and known champion, and that could be Randy Orton. At a nice underdog price, the value is on the Viper on Sunday night.
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
The odds are definitely justified in what should be a very one-sided match. Ziggler is a workhorse in the ring and has been very vocal about the washed-up nature of the past WWE generation. First, he took shots at Shawn Michaels, and then he set his sights on Goldberg. Following this, Goldberg, of course, took exception and confronted Ziggler, eager to prove that he’s still a legitimate wrestler. Goldberg will also be looking to avenge a recent poor showing a few months back vs. the Undertaker in Saudi Arabia.
Though this is a very steep price, shop around as there will be better prices at various online books. Goldberg will not lose here. In fact, he is going to win this match convincingly and that is a result that everyone within the WWE Universe will be pleased to see. When he’s on, he remains an explosive figure that really carries a presence. His entrance theme is still one of the best and looks for Goldberg to hit Ziggler with one of his patented ‘spears’ en route to a quick victory. Whether this silences Dolph once and for all – that remains to be seen.
Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship
This should be a great match-up if the lead-up is any indication. It’s the beast Brock Lesnar who currently holds the belt, versus the beast slayer Seth Rollins who will try to win the title back. Rollins has been taking a beating from Lesnar over the past two weeks, and the last time we saw him on TV, he was visibly limping with his body wrapped. Lesnar has clearly inflicted some damage on the former champ.
Despite entering banged-up, Rollins will of course put on a great show. He’ll be suplexed at least a dozen times by the conqueror, Brock Lesnar – and though the odds seem stacked against him, at a juicy underdog price the value is squarely on Rollins to pull off the improbable feat.
Lesnar has never been a popular champion and his on-again, off-again relationship with the WWE clearly isn’t productive. Many have been skeptical about having a ‘part-time champion’ and as a result look for Rollins to get the belt back at an intriguing +150 price.
Becky Lynch vs. Natalya for the RAW Women’s Championship
The build-up to this battle has been excellent and hopefully, it produces a great match on Sunday night in Natalya’s home country. The former friends have quickly turned into nasty rivals, and while ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch is clearly the fan favorite here, Natalya has embraced and played the role of the villain perfectly.
This is a rare opportunity for Natalya and clearly one of the biggest matches of her career. With Ronda Rousey stepping away from the WWE, there is an opening in the women’s division and Natalya has seized that opportunity. It is also worth noting that this clash has become a Submission Match, meaning the winner must win via submission. That shouldn’t change the eventual result and match script, except I do anticipate Natalya at least once locking in the famed Sharpshooter finishing move on Becky Lynch.
Don’t expect the feisty Lynch to tap and lose her strap at SummerSlam. She is just too popular of a champion at the moment and comes in with a ton of momentum. There is an ongoing rumor of a potential Ronda Rousey return to cost Lynch the championship – but I can’t see that just yet. Bet on ‘The Man’ enduring a push from Natalya and eventually getting her to succumb to the Disarm-her finishing submission in her native Canada.
Remaining Quick Picks for SummerSlam
- Bray Wyatt (-1500) defeats Finn Balor (+700)
- AJ Styles (-265) defeats Ricochet (+185)
- Drew Gulak (-290) defeats Oney Lorcan (+210) for the WWE Cruiserweight Title
- Bayley (-180) defeats Ember Moon (+140) for the Smackdown Women’s Title