Wrestlemania 32It’s the “Grandest Stage of Them All” and the “Showcase of the Immortals” – but sports entertainment fans simply call it WRESTLEMANIA. It’s that time of year where every story, every dramatic build up, every feud and every fight come to their ultimate conclusion. Of course it all starts over the next night on WWE Raw on USA Network but regardless it’s time to put it all on the line at AT&T Stadium for WrestleMania 32! I’ve got one more chance to tell you this before the spectacle kicks off tonight. The betting odds for professional wrestling are not based on actual physical ability, even though all of these men and women are athletes. Many even have backgrounds in hard hitting contact sports like football and a few like Shane McMahon practice muay thai kickboxing in their spare time — just for fun and to stay in shape. It doesn’t effect the outcome either way though. The only man who makes these lines move is Vincent Kennedy McMahon, because the WWE CEO has the final say on who wins and loses at Mania. You’re not so much betting on the outcome as you are betting on whether or not McMahon will “stick to the script” or “rewrite the finish.” Here’s a perfect example of how it’s all Vince’s call — Roman Reigns is a heavy favorite to beat Triple H for the WWE Title. The initial ruling line right now is -810 for him walking away with gold around his waist, and +470 for Hunter to retain. The final decision (i.e. Reigns not being disqualified or stripped before the show ends) is even higher at -1200 to +600. Reigns is aware that’s not a popular decision with the hardcore WWE fan base, who have come to reject his “chosen one” status and soundly boo him at every turn, EVEN THOUGH Triple H and his wife Stephanie McMahon have been the bad guys in the feud since day one. That’s wrestling for you though! Does that large underdog payoff tempt you to think McMahon might “swerve” the finish and give the fans what they want? It might – but I’d advise against it. If you’re looking for a dog that’s got some bite I think the smart money is on something like Chris Jericho vs. AJ Styles. At last check Jericho is the money line favorite at -260 for an end of broadcast ruling, with Styles being +180. I don’t blame you if you favor Jericho from the “experienced veteran, at the midway point of what seems to be a long feud” point of view, but Jericho seems to look up at the lights at Mania a lot. He lost to FANDANGO for God’s sake, and “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles is about a ZILLION times more important to WWE’s future. Other noteworthy lines to keep an eye on for betting purposes (all based on end of broadcast ruling): Brock Lesnar -900 vs. Dean Ambrose +500. The Undertaker -555 vs. Shane McMahon +365. Kalisto -400 vs. Ryback at +280. And if you’re a real gambling man, Cesaro is a +550 dog to be a surprise entrant in the Andre the Giant battle royal and win it. Remember though wager only what you can afford and enjoy WrestleMania 32! 5Dimes


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