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Wait, You Can Actually Bet on WWE Wrestling Matches?

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I’m surprised but I’m not surprised.

You can bet on the Oscars. That is predetermined in the sense of a select number of people know who is going to win before the actual live event and televised broadcast.

You can bet on almost anything. Betting is fun. Of course, it can get out of hand. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

Eating too much spinach is unhealthy because of the amount of oxalic acid which can lead to the formation of kidney stones. Ouch!

There can always be too much of a good thing.

I’m not sure how I feel about the dead pool betting. That’s where it gets a little too creepy for me. Hoping for someone to live longer is great but then we find ourselves looking forward to a person’s death. I’ll pass.

We can, of course, wager on who will be the next president where, interestingly enough, the Donald is now the underdog.

I’ll stop there.

Betting on WWE wrestling matches sounds pretty fun if you ask me.

I just wish I had a guy on the inside that could leak me some information but unfortunately for us, that isn’t the case.

For many of us as kids, we were big fans of pro wrestling.

Watching as much television as I did wasn’t optimal for my development but it sure was fun, and pro wrestling was a big part of that.

I can remember seeing my favorites do their thing every week on our giant 20-inch screen and practicing the moves all week long with my friends on the bed or in the yard until the next NWA, WCW, or WWE event.

I wish I would have wrestled in school competitively as it sure would have helped my MMA game throughout the years but I was too busy acting out scenes from Monday Night Raw.

My interest began with Ric Flair (obligatory whooo) and the Four Horsemen then it was the Road Warriors and the Steiner Brothers.

When the WWE was still the WWF and they took over with Degeneration X, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and The Rock, I jumped ship.

These characters, especially the latter two were once in a generation talents and captivated the minds and hearts not only of kids around the world but plenty of adults too.

At this point, I knew it was staged but I didn’t care. It was my soap opera. My mother had All My Children, my Dad had Fox News, and I had pro wrestling.

After UFC 1 and high school graduation/Air Force basic training came, though, my interest fell off.

As of late, though, when I learned that I could bet on the matches, I’ve been catching up and I was pleasantly surprised to see some familiar faces.

As you can see, the two biggest draws of all-time are still at it. These legends are a combined 136 years old but were “this” close to scrapping and slamming “one more time”.

Jerry “The King” Lawler is still calling the matches. His character may come off as a doldrum at times but the man is pure genius.

Alright, enough member berries for today. We are both going to be pre-diabetic in a week if I keep this up.

Let’s talk more about the present, your betting options, how to go about it, and what is your best strategy to win.

The WWE in 2019

The organization is by far the largest of its kind in the world. They put on over 500 events a year!

On a weekly basis, they have 3 live shows.

  • RAW is still on Monday night broadcast on the USA Network.
  • NXT is the new show and they feature up-and-coming stars or the NXT generation. That is also on USA.
  • Finally, SmackDown is on Fridays and is now shown on FOX.

About 7 years ago, RAW and SmackDown split storylines and superstars. They were both still technically WWE but they got their own belts and for the most part, kept to themselves.

Vince McMahon then instituted a wild card rule that allowed 3 or 4 wrestlers to appear on both shows. This includes Becky “The Man” Lynch who we have bettings odds on to compete against Sasha Banks at Hell in the Cell this Sunday on pay per view.

Prediction blog on the way!

It has been said that the wild card rule is going away not so that each brand’s wrestlers can remain exclusive but to go back to the old days with just two shows and one encompassing banner, the WWE.

I think some belts will disappear too. This will be fun, though, because it brings about many unification bouts.

If you think this sounds like too much, we have to ask ourselves: How long can one story be told?

The WWE has been very successful for decades now and they aren’t going to give it up.

Pro wrestling has a worldwide audience and they still make a ton of profit. We just have to expect the unexpected and roll with the fake punches.

Sorry, not fake. “Scripted.”

Safe Betting Sites

Currently, there are betting odds on the upcoming Hell in a Cell PPV event scheduled for this Sunday evening Eastern Standard Time.

I will be releasing a betting preview blog later this week and picking the winners.

If you are thinking you’re going to get rich on these matches, I hate to burst your bubble but the online betting sites place limits on each wager.

Either they are spending most of their time working on the odds for major sports and/or they don’t want to risk losing a significant amount of money on a scripted event.

That’s okay, two can play at that game.

Betting on sports is fun. That’s why we do it.

NFL Pick:

You see, the Tennessee Titans are playing the Buffalo Bills this weekend and if you aren’t from Nashville or Upstate New York, you might not care too much about the outcome besides some random fantasy players.

Throw a few bucks down on the Bills moneyline and you’ll be ready to throw your remote control through the screen when you realize how much they miss quarterback Josh Allen after he got KO’ed by the Pats.

Oh, wait. I said fun, right?

Imagine if your mother could bet on her favorite soap opera. She really wouldn’t miss a show then.

So, there’s an opportunity as well as fun to be had while betting on WWE but is there value?

And if so, what is our strategy?

Strategy

WWE match outcomes start with the writers, so my colleagues and I should have an upper hand in predicting where the storyline is potentially headed.

You don’t have to be a writer, though. Maybe you’ve been a fan for a long time and are reading this to learn how to add some excitement and make some money in the process.

We are looking for potential patterns that maybe we’ve seen repeat themselves in the past before.

At its core, it’s a television show and it’s quite the long-running television show at that, so I’m sure if we look hard enough, we will find some clues.

Also, what wrestlers or characters are they pushing?

Has one been on top for some time now and their dominance has become boring?

If so, then maybe bet on the challenger who needs validation to be considered elite.

I do this when I’m picking and betting on MMA. I can even see where the UFC and other organizations got some of their ideas from the WWE.

There are also various betting options available to you other than just picking a winner of a match.

  • There are battle royals like one of my favorite pay per views of all time the “Royal Rumble”.
  • You can bet on which wrestler stays in the longest or if there will be a first-time winner which gives you more than one contestant to pull for.
  • Just like you bet on who stays in the longest, you can put a few dollars down on who stays in the ring the longest.

These matches are always fun and the plethora of betting options only adds to it.

I love it!

In Conclusion

Yes, betting on a predetermined outcome is a thing!

I mentioned all of the different betting options that will likely be available to you in case some outcome bets come with unrealistic and expensive odds.

The WWE has survived the days of Monday Night Raw vs Monday Nitro and eventually bought the WCW.

They bought the ECW, if you remember those guys, as well.

Extreme!!!

Hey, I miss Stone Cold and The Rock as much as everybody and another Kevin Hart box office pairing aimed at the Chinese audience just isn’t cutting it anymore.

There are rumors, Dwayne could be coming back for a special appearance.

At least we still have Brock Lesnar!

The real Brock. The fully-roided Brock.

Nobody wants to see his deflation into the Michelin Man.

Now, we can bet on this stuff too!

I think it’s great.

Hell in a Cell is this Sunday.

I will be back with a betting preview for you guys.

Let’s do this!

Mike Pruitt / author

Mike has been covering sports professionally since 2017 but on the amateur scene for 25 years since when he was 12. Before the internet changed the world, he would keep detailed statistical box scores of NFL and NBA contests, write recaps, and voluntarily commentate games and fights alone in his room. Mike's military experience, Bachelors Degree, and employment thereafter were always rooted in engineering, science, and teaching. Now he enjoys being able to express himself through writing about football, golf, and car racing among other sports but most of all fighting as his life has been rooted in mixed martial arts including competing and teaching for the past 15 years.

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