WWE Elimination Chamber 2015 Preview and Latest Odds

May 31st, 2015
Stevie J

It’s a little odd for WWE to come back with another major event two weeks after the Payback PPV, but it’s easier to understand when you realize that the WWE Network offered a free trial to subscribers for the month of May. Having a card like Elimination Chamber is the hook for grateful viewers to…

May 17th, 2015
Stevie J

Last month at Extreme Rules, WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins was able to retain his title by escaping from the cage in a match where Randy Orton was banned from using his signature RKO finish. To the surprise of very few, he got a helping hand from WWE Director of Operations Kane, but the…

April 26th, 2015
Stevie J

It has been a month now since WrestleMania 31, and the landscape of WWE was drastically altered by that show. Going in it was widely believed that Brock Lesnar would retain the World Heavyweight Title, especially given he announced a WWE contract extension before the PPV, and the hard push of Roman Reigns to the…

April 6th, 2015
Stevie J

We’ve arrived at the moment of truth – the Final Four have played and only two teams remain to vie for the national championship. It may be the most predictable conclusion to the least predictable tournament in recent memory. Despite a slew of upsets with top seeds being knocked out in each region throughout March…

April 4th, 2015
Stevie J

After all of the madness and upsets we’ve finally arrived at the critical moment. There are only three games left to go before we crown a new national champion in basketball. If you simply went with #1 seeds in all four brackets all the way through, you came up pretty flush right now, as they’ve…

March 28th, 2015
Stevie J

We have come full circle. One year ago at WrestleMania 30 we all experienced one of the most amazing and unpredictable of WWE’s annual spectacles ever, thanks in large part to Brock Lesnar ending the longest running streak in WrestleMania history – The Undertaker being undefeated. We’ve been hearing about it from Paul Heyman ever…

March 28th, 2015
Stevie J

The college basketball action keeps coming fast and furious as March Madness rolls on from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8. I’ve had a lot of brackets busted this year, and a lot of sure things went up in smoke, but I’m feeling a little more confident after my last round of picks. Notre…

March 26th, 2015
Stevie J

Another round of surprises and upsets has led us to the “Sweet Sixteen” of the NCAA tournament in men’s basketball, one of the most wildly unpredictable years in tournament history. If your bracket wasn’t busted you probably weren’t trying. I certainly didn’t expect this many top seeds to be out by this point, let alone…

March 21st, 2015
Stevie J

Have you had your fill of upsets? I know I have. All of my brackets are completely busted to bejeezus and back. On the other hand if you’re the kind of person who plays longshots on a whim, you made out really good in the first round of the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. (Second round…

March 18th, 2015
Stevie J

If you’re a sports junkie, March Madness is the kind of event you live for. It’s a smorgasbord of excitement, of highs and lows, of Cinderella stories and perennial powerhouses. All of the debating about who should get in, who SHOULD have gotten in, and potentially how many more teams the field should expand to…

February 22nd, 2015
Stevie J

World Wrestling Entertainment is trying something new this year. In previous years WWE held an event between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania called Elimination Chamber. The danger of the chamber and its ability to reshape the WrestleMania card were big selling points, and back when there were two world titles, it was often used to…

February 1st, 2015
Stevie J

It has now been two weeks since the 2014-15 NFL conference finals were played, and we had two complete opposite finishes. The Seattle Seahawks prevailed in a nail biter thanks to a fourth quarter rally and overtime heroics that led to a 28-22 win. I incorrectly picked the +280 Packers, noting that I’d either be…

January 25th, 2015
Stevie J

After the lull in the wrestling year we call Tables, Ladders & Chairs (and Stairs) it’s time to bring back excitement with one of the “Big Four” of the calendar year. That’s right! Just one day after Anthony “Rumble” Johnson earned a UFC light heavyweight title shot, it’s time for WWE’s annual Royal Rumble. The…

January 18th, 2015
Stevie J

The previously predictable NFL playoffs got a shake up last weekend thanks to the Indianapolis Colts, as the -300 Denver Broncos suddenly found that their luck had run out (pun intended). The 24-13 victory has pundits opining that Peyton Manning is finished and the new generation of young turk quarterbacks have taken his spot, but…

January 10th, 2015
Stevie J

It’s time for the second round of the 2014-15 NFL playoffs. How did the betting favorites do last weekend? Pretty darn well. Despite being 7-8-1 the Carolina Panthers were a -310 favorite, and lived up to it with a 27-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals. The Indianapolis Colts were a -185 on the hapless Bengals,…

January 3rd, 2015
Stevie J

If you’re a fan of the National Football League, you don’t get your gifts until AFTER Christmas. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, you can still celebrate the start of the NFL playoffs – it truly is “the most wonderful time of the year.” When you combine that with the annual slate of college…

December 14th, 2014
Stevie J

WWE’s 2014 Survivor Series provided more excitement than could have been anticipated in our preview, but that’s in part because there were no betting odds on Sting making his WWE debut. If there was a betting line it would have paid off big for me, although no responsible sports book would let you place that…

November 23rd, 2014
Stevie J

If you felt that the last month’s build from Hell in a Cell to Survivor Series was a little underwhelming, you’re not alone. I personally find it hard to get behind a “WWE Universe” where Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and Wade Barrett are all off TV for extended lengths of time due to injury. To…

October 26th, 2014
Stevie J

WWE returns with the first event following Night of Champions 2014, where Brock Lesnar successfully defended the WWE Championship with a little help from his friends… or are they? Seth Rollins is not an easy man to figure out. At times he seems to be working hand in hand with The Authority – Triple H…

September 20th, 2014
Stevie J

WWE has been in a bit of a lull since SummerSlam 2014 took place. Perhaps that owes to the fact WWE doesn’t usually space events five weeks apart. It may also be that Brock Lesnar so completely destroyed John Cena that the WWE Universe couldn’t even fathom what’s next. It seems the creative forces in…

September 13th, 2014
Stevie J

The focus of the sports world lately feels like football this and football that – college football, NFL football, the infamous travails of Ray Rice and so on. If you’re feeling like you need a break from all of the pigskin hoopla, the finals of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup are this weekend. If…

August 17th, 2014
Stevie J

WWE holds many “special events” as they’re now called throughout the year, but only a select few have been around so long that they constitute an annual tradition. Everybody knows about WrestleMania of course – it’s the pinnacle of the wrestling calendar every single year – the grand daddy of them all. The second longest…

July 20th, 2014
Stevie J

WWE Money in the Bank 2014 crowned a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion, albeit one with a familiar name and face. Say it with me now {*ahem*} THE CHAMP IS HERE! Whether you like it or not, John Cena is now in his 15th reign as a major WWE world champion. If it turns out…

July 13th, 2014
Stevie J

Only two teams are left standing in the 2014 World Cup. Brazil had hoped to bounce back from a humiliating 7-1 defeat to Germany in the semi-finals, but there was no mercy in the third-place game as the Netherlands team blanked them 3-0. With that stinging defeat Brazil conceded 14 goals in World Cup play,…

July 8th, 2014
Stevie J

The 2014 World Cup continues! We’ve moved from the round of eight to the final four and only the cream of the crop are left standing. As we speak Germany is putting a hurting on their Brazilian competition – a massive 5-0 lead and we aren’t even halfway through the game. Some would call that…

July 4th, 2014
Stevie J

The United States was always a World Cup long shot, and their dream came crashing down around them on Tuesday afternoon. Despite a heroic performance from Tim Howard against Belgium, with a record-setting 16 saves on goal, the U.S. still fell to their European foe 2-1 in overtime and were eliminated from the Cup. The…

June 29th, 2014
Stevie J

The world of pro wrestling has been turned upside down and inside out since last month’s WWE Payback PPV (or if you prefer WWE’s new term “special event”). Daniel Bryan was already on the bench following a neck injury, but bad news turned to worse as the results of his surgery didn’t immediately resolve the…

June 28th, 2014
Stevie J

The 2014 World Cup has generated more buzz in the United States than any other Cup in recent memory. The game of soccer (or internationally football) always takes the world stage, but the success of the United States team has given it a foothold (pardon the pun) in the hearts of Americans. Yanks have even…

June 15th, 2014
Stevie J

Things are not looking for the Miami Heat. Some would even say the Heat had no fire in game four of the NBA Finals. They had plenty of advantages going in, with star forward LeBron James looking to rebound from a sub par performance in game three, and a home crowd at the American Airlines…

June 12th, 2014
Stevie J

The New York Rangers will live to fight another day. Teetering on the brink of extinction after losing three straight games in the Stanley Cup Finals, the New York Rangers rallied to a hard fought 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings. Henrik Lundqvist turned into one of his strongest post-season performances this year, only…

June 10th, 2014
Stevie J

The 2014 NBA and NHL Finals roll on! After our last double header preview the Miami Heat made good on my prediction to rebound (pun intended) from LeBron James cramping up in game one, picking up a close 98-96 win over the San Antonio Spurs on their home court. Meanwhile the Los Angeles Kings used…

June 7th, 2014
Stevie J

Two leagues, two sports, and four teams play their second game of a best of seven series this weekend. The National Hockey League concluded game one between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers with L.A. narrowly emerging victorious on home ice in overtime. Their 3-2 win came 4:36 into extra time thanks to…

June 5th, 2014
Stevie J

After six games apiece between the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat in the East, and the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder in the West, we’ve finally reached the 2014 NBA Finals. To the surprise of no one the final four teams were all either a first or second seed, but to the surprise…

June 3rd, 2014
Stevie J

Everybody fought until bitter end in the conference finals of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. Down 3-1 in their respective brackets, both the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks refused to roll over and die, forcing a game 6 and a game 7 respectively before falling to defeat. If that’s any sign of what we’re…

June 1st, 2014
Stevie J

Evolution is not a mystery to The Shield. Surprise! That means if you placed a bet at Extreme Rules 2014 thinking that Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose could overcome the odds, you not only pocketed some cash but befuddled the (admittedly wrong) experts like me. The consensus thinking going into that PPV was…

May 29th, 2014
Stevie J

As the baseball great Yogi Berra once famously said, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” Though both the New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings seemed a lock to clinch their respective conferences just a couple of days ago, the improbable and unlikely actually happened. As some of you may know by now my…

May 27th, 2014
Stevie J

We’ve reached a make or break point in the NHL conference finals as both the Western and Eastern playoffs have reached a decisive game 5 where one team has a 3-1 lead on the other. Obvious pun or not, the odds are not looking good for the Canadiens and the Blackhawks, which makes my original…

May 25th, 2014
Stevie J

It helps as a sports writer when you humble yourself every now and then and remember you’re not infallible when it comes to predictions. In our last preview I talked about how dominant the Blackhawks looked, how bad the Kings had looked, and how the Blackhawks hadn’t lost on home ice at the United Center…

May 21st, 2014
Stevie J

After our last look at the Stanley Cup Playoffs things went from bad to worse for the Montreal Canadiens. Looking to rebound from a 7-2 thumping in game one, the Habs were forced to attempt their comeback without star goalie Carey Price, who went down with an injury after Chris Kreider collided with him in…

May 18th, 2014
Stevie J

It took us a little while to get here. The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs started on April 16th, and out of the twelve match-ups so far, ten have gone to either a 6th or a 7th game. The only “blowouts” so far if you want to call them such are the Boston Bruins beating the…

May 3rd, 2014
Stevie J

WrestleMania 30 had more upsets than the average Mania. Bray Wyatt was the favorite until he faced John Cena in the ring. Undertaker was the favorite over Brock Lesnar until literally moments before the PPV went to air. For those who doubt the viability of wrestling bets, WrestleMania 30 was the proof that much like…

April 4th, 2014
Stevie J

The Road to WrestleMania is finally coming to an end. For fans of the confines of the squared circle, this moment only comes once every twelve months, but it is the culmination of the dreams and hopes of millions. At times I get lost in the excitement of it all – and that’s because I’ve…

April 4th, 2014
Stevie J

The most improbable NCAA March Madness tournament in many years is finally drawing to a close. In a tournament where top seeded teams and AP poll darlings got knocked out round after round after round, should it really come as that much of a surprise that 8 seed Kentucky is playing 7 seed Connecticut in…

April 4th, 2014
Stevie J

This year’s March Madness tournament has to go done as one of the wildest in recent memory. The vaunted powerhouse college basketball favorites have fallen by the wayside – Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Georgetown, Michigan, Arizona and Michigan State just to name a few. We also saw an incredible amount of drama with overtime games –…

March 29th, 2014
Stevie J

One thing’s for certain about March Madness 2014 – you get more accurate when you get more vague. The odds were certainly close in all of Friday’s games. Calling Iowa State vs. UConn a “coin flip” was my most accurate prognostication. Michigan narrowly escaped an upset by the #11 Vols with a 73-71 win, Michigan…

March 28th, 2014
Stevie J

Just to update everybody at the start of this preview, we’re going to compress things a little going forward. Yesterday’s Sweet 16 preview and today’s continuation will be the last individual days of the tournament – for example the Elite 8 match-ups will be consolidated into one post. With that bit of business out of…

March 27th, 2014
Stevie J

Does anybody have a Warren Buffett bracket left at this point? I can’t imagine most people had a 10 seed and an 11 seed going head to head in the sweet 16. I picked a couple upsets here and there, but not in my wildest dreams did I think any team at 10 or lower…

March 23rd, 2014
Stevie J

A lot of Cinderellas had their glass slippers broken on Saturday, which isn’t surprising once the field gets narrowed down to 32 and the longshots have to do the impossible a second time. We all had to know that the longshots weren’t going to pay forever, but the NDSU Bisons should have at least had…

March 22nd, 2014
Stevie J

Here we go again! The field of contenders has been whittled in half as we move on to what was traditionally called the second round of March Madness – which now thanks to the “First Four” is technically considered to be the third. My tongue trips over it just trying to say it. My brain…

March 21st, 2014
Stevie J

I hope everybody enjoyed Thursday’s second round action. We had a lot of overtime games, and a few upsets as well, so I hope some of you took my advice about the dog in either Ohio State vs. Dayton – a thriller that the Flyers pulled out 60-59 – or on Harvard getting the upset…

March 20th, 2014
Stevie J

The First Four is over and four bubble teams have successfully negotiated their way into what is now called the second round. Tennessee overcame a huge deficit early to surpass a slumping Iowa in OT 78-65 – proving that the odds makers were right to have the game a virtual coin flip. Cal Poly fared…