WWE Betting Picks: Friday Night SmackDown

WWE Friday Night SmackDown LogoAfter the WWE declared that its employees were “Essential Personnel” according to the state of Florida, the organization has kept up with their tapings of the NXT Brand, Monday Night RAW and Friday Night Smackdown.

Florida is still a state?! Seriously, though, WWE employees are essential personnel?! Hey, you have to give it to them-They were proactive.

I just tried to leave the “e” off of “proactiv”. You can tell who had a million zits as a kid.

Maybe drinking half a gallon of milk a day and working at Kentucky Fried Chicken wasn’t a good idea for an already self-conscious 15-year-old. Ah, memories.

Forgive me, I had to take a trip back in time to high school because that’s when my love for squared circle action was at its peak.

Back to the present and the reality of a Rock-less, Stone Cold-less WWE completely devoid of Bret The Hitman Hart.

Okay, things could be much worse. We could be without the WWE at all right now so I am very thankful. I’m also doing my best to stay abreast of these storylines and maybe even pick a new favorite wrestler now that Razor Ramon is no longer in the picture, mang…

An anonymous employee of the WWE recently stated that they were being forced to work and potentially expose themselves, of course, to COVID-19.

If your lawyers are legally adept enough to declare a pro wrestling organization as essential employees during a worldwide pandemic, then an anonymous letter pitting your word against a billion dollar company’s word means next to nothing.

Vince McMahon happens to be a tremendous businessman and I don’t believe he is dumb enough to tell people they had to work at this time.

Moving right along. Nothing to see here folks…

This week on WWE Smackdown, Drew Gulak and Baron Corbin square off in a singles match.

The match I am looking forward to the most, though, is Sasha Banks vs Lacey Evans.

There are betting odds available for both on BetOnline.AG. Let’s make our predictions!

Baron Corbin (-250) vs Drew Gulak (+170)

King Baron was last seen on WWE Smackdown Friday night attacking Elias simply for being a nobody. What a jerk.

Elias was on his way to the ring for a “special musical performance” when he was viciously violence’d by King Corbin who is clearly jealous of those pipes.

The Smackdown rookie took his lumps well, though, even having his arm crushed between two crates. Yes, crates… Still can’t be more debilitating than a Lebron James leg cramp, though.

There are levels to this stuff, Elias.

Enter Drew Gulak-Another Smackdown rookie who was drafted to the series last year.

He was a whipping boy for a while and he lost a feud with Bryan Strowman but the two men gained respect for each other because that’s what men do and they teamed up to take on Cesaro and Nakamura.

Gulak was just defeated, though, by Cesaro on the Wrestlemania kickoff show. He is getting a big opportunity here in a Money In The Bank qualifying match against a former Money In The Bank ladder match winner in King Corbin.

Gulak is cool and all but lacks the charisma to receive such a push in this situation.

I could possibly see Elias’s revenge potentially deciding the outcome of this one but King Corbin gets it done this Friday Night on Smackdown.

My Pick

Sasha Banks (-300) vs Lacey Evans (+200)

These two ladies have been going back and forth for a while now.

I thought Sasha was going to win the 5-women eliminator match at Wrestlemania but it turned out that her non-athletic friend Bayley won out and broke our little betting hearts.

This is another Money In The Bank qualifying match.

Lacey stated that she has never been in a ladder match so that is added motivation to defeat Sasha Banks this Friday Night on Smackdown.

I didn’t know you needed motivation to win a fight. I’ve always thought the threat of getting punched, kicked, elbowed, kneed, or slammed was enough to make me want to do the same to my opponent but to each their own.

Lacey is actually doubly motivated for this match. Sasha has already gone after Lacey’s baby daughter. You don’t mess with mama and you don’t mess with anyone’s child. Those are two rules that should rarely be broken.

Apparently, Miss Banks didn’t get the memo.

On last week’s Friday Night Smackdown, Tamina actually defeated this week’s heavy betting favorite, Sasha Banks.

The latter brought a small t-shirt with her out to the ring in hopes of humiliating Tamina by offering her a shirt that is entirely too small.

The plus-sized Tamina, immediately rejected the gift informing Banks that she is not a small but an extra large. Simply put, it was irresponsible for Banks to buy a gift for someone without even knowing their size.

Lacey attempted to interfere in their match but that’s when Lacey Evans made her presence felt and occupied Bayley while Tamina hit Banks with the superkick.

That was a wrap.

Sasha is the bigger and better personality, for sure, but going after someone’s baby is grounds to make them mad enough or in the case of Lacey Evans, motivated enough to beat you.

My Pick

In Conclusion

This Friday Night on Smackdown the WWE will hold several Money In The Bank qualifying matches.

The first of two for which we actually have some betting odds is Drew Gulak taking on King Corbin. Drew has yet to get himself over that rookie hump of being a whipping boy for the Smackdown brand.

I don’t believe he will be able to do so on Friday either. Corbin takes this one fairly easily.

And as far as the ladies are concerned, I am going with the underdog Lacey Evans because she is MOTIVATED!

Ha, just kidding. We are picking her because of the aggression Sasha Banks has shown towards her child.

Anyone in the television audience who has children will immediately relate and with an Evans win, go to bed feeling validated as well.

Get those bets in now, guys and girls, and enjoy the show!

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.