We are just days away now from live sports returning to our television… Wait, this is a sport, right? No? Darn.
I really hope the UFC happens in a couple of weeks even if Khabib Nurmagomedov is dodging Tony Ferguson AGAIN! The champ’s camp has truly hand-picked favorable stylistic matchups for the Dagestani superstar.
We were finally going to see him opposite a man who A-isn’t scared of him, B-is unpredictable, and C-potentially a better overall grappler.
Anyways, that’s just another hardcore MMA fan crying that this fight has fallen through 5, count ‘em 5 times. Ugh.
That’s okay, though. Former UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defends his WWE Championship this weekend at Wrestlemania 36 against Scotland’s Drew McIntyre.
The Scot was able to not only eliminate Brock from the Royal Rumble recently but he won the entire match! This, of course, set him up for a shot at the belt against the Beast Incarnate Lesnar.
BetOnline.AG has the betting odds for this weekend’s event that was already performed and recorded in Orlando at the company’s performance center this past Saturday and Sunday.
This particular match will be aired Sunday evening. Tune in and turn up, y’all! Right now, let’s make our prediction.
Drew McIntyre (-350) vs Brock Lesnar (+225)
Okay guys, I have written up a couple picks articles on this event so far.
Firstly, I took Sasha Banks to win the 5-woman Smackdown title eliminator on Saturday’s card and also took the Undertaker as a heavy favorite to continue his undefeated streak at Wrestlemania with a win over AJ Styles.
Today, I might go with the underdog.
Brock has won in the past as an underdog on several occasions. I don’t know if this will be another one of those opportunities, though.
The organization would love to be able to crown their first ever champ from the U.K. McIntyre has also had a meteoric rise to stardom and those guys are usually rewarded in full for their patience.
Turn back the proverbial timepiece to 2007.
Drew McIntyre signed on with the WWE as a 21-year-old who was billed to be the next big thing. After a disappointing underachieving several years, the man was cut by the company.
This is where Drew really had to take a long look at the man in the mirror. He rewatched many of his old matches and could see the anxiety and uncertainty in his own eyes. If he can spot it, then the fans watching around the world can see it as well.
The 6’5” 265 pound monster of a man has always had the physical tools and appearance to be regarded as one of the best professional wrestlers in the world.
Big muscles and long bones are a dime a dozen, though, really, in the pro wrestling world.
If you thought the Rock’s similar frame and musculature to that of McIntyre’s was the reason he has millions……………. AND MILLIONS of fans, you have got it severely twisted.
The Rock had those gifts. He not only had the gift of gab but was also extremely charismatic.
Drew will never be the Rock, okay. I get that.
What truly put him over the top in his pro wrestling career was confidence. He always believed in himself but when the lights were in his face, he would just be going through the motions.
That isn’t going to cut it in the entertainment business. Does his opponent this weekend, Brock Lesnar, ever just “go through the motions”? Negative, ghost.
Even when he was actually competing with other athletes to be the baddest man on the planet, Brock never came out of character.
The Beast Incarnate has always been praised for his size, look, athletic abilities, and his professional along with amateur wrestling skills.
You don’t hear it much but the man is a true professional. He may come and go seemingly as he pleases and some regard him as an absentee champion but Brock is still a fan favorite who puts on a great show.
I think him and Drew have the abilities and opportunity to steal the entire show this weekend.
Now to make our prediction. I could go with an underdog here because my first two picks were favorites and Brock is a master of the upset.
Seeing how far the betting odds are spread apart is a sign, though. If the favorite is (-350), the underdog should probably be sitting somewhere around (+250) or even maybe (+275).
The fact that Drew is this expensive should tell us he will most likely be the winner.
The WWE is also fairly popular in the United Kingdom and crowning the first-ever WWE Champion from the United Kingdom would be pretty rad for the company.
I might be looking forward to this fight more than any other on the card. Wait, it still is considered a fight, correct? Well, it should be.
That’s especially true when you’re in there with the Beast Incarnate himself, Brock Lesnar.
He knows all those real fighting moves and it’s fun and interesting to see how he modifies them for the squared circle.
If Drew wasn’t getting this massive push, I would probably lean towards Brock as a live dog.
McIntyre is being billed as the man and what a cool story too! He came in with hype, fell significantly short, got fired, humbled himself, fought his way up through the small organizations and returned to the company.
In just a matter of weeks, he threw Brock over the top rope, won the Royal Rumble, and is now set to face off against a legend for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania.
I love it.
Don’t screw this up for us, Brock. I know you’re an incredible performer but let’s hope McIntyre is paid his dues on Sunday night.