- WrestleMania 36 will emanate from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, FL, on April 4th and 5th
- Both nights of the event will feature a variety of epic encounters with the stars of Raw, SmackDown and NXT
- Who has the best odds of walking out of WrestleMania victorious?
Empty arena or not, WWE plans to deliver a memorable two-day WrestleMania 36 this coming weekend. Given the stacked card on tap, there’s a strong possibility of the event exceeding expectations and leaving the masses satisfied.
From the WWE and Universal Championship’s being defended to a WWE Hall of Fame wrestling his first singles match in nearly a decade, there’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s WrestleMania. It unfortunately doesn’t feel like WrestleMania season due to the circumstances surrounding the Show of Shows, but if booked properly, the event can serve as the ultimate distraction during these trying times.
The only matches not included in the odds are Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Championship due to Reigns reportedly pulling out of the event and The Kabuki Warriors vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship, which was just made official late Monday night.
WrestleMania 36 Opening Odds
|Sami Zayn (c)||-200|
|The Miz & John Morrison (c)||+100|
|The New Day||+300|
|The Street Profits (c)||-300|
|Angel Garza & Austin Theory||+200|
|“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt||-500|
All odds taken March 30th
Otis vs Ziggler
If any match was going to be slotted on the Kickoff show before the event expanded to two days, it would have been Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler. To their credit, they’ve been the most entertaining part of SmackDown for months and Mandy Rose’s involvement has been a blast.
Ziggler is a former two-time WWE world champion but has lost to everyone under the sun in recent years. Otis should be no different as he ends up with Mandy following a hard-fought win.
Zayn vs Bryan (Intercontinental Championship)
Sami Zayn capturing the Intercontinental Championship at Elimination Chamber came completely out of left field, yet has resulted in a fun feud with him and Daniel Bryan. A former Intercontinental champion in his own right, Bryan has felt rejuvenated alongside Drew Gulak and has a real chance of leaving WrestleMania with the gold in his grasp.
Zayn is favored over Bryan in the odds because he’s a mere month into his reign, but that doesn’t mean he can’t turn around and drop it to Bryan at WrestleMania. The leader of the “Yes!” Movement should be chasing the championship for a little longer before eventually winning it, so a successful title defense for Zayn isn’t far-fetched in the slightest.
Black vs Lashley
Just announced last week before Raw, Aleister Black will battle Bobby Lashley for the first time ever at WrestleMania. The bout will suffer from a minimal amount of build, but if nothing else, it will get both guys on the grandest stage of them all.
Black is the heavy favorite for this match and rightfully so. Before losing to AJ Styles earlier this month, he had been undefeated for an entire year on the main roster, so him beating Lashley seems to be a foregone conclusion.
Miz & Morrison vs Usos vs New Day
The Miz and John Morrison couldn’t help but interfere in last Friday’s SmackDown main event between The New Day and The Usos where the winners would have advanced to WrestleMania to vie for their SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Consequently, it was announced that they’ll have to put their gold up for grabs against not one but both teams in a Triple Threat Ladder match at the Show of Shows.
On paper, this looks like a certified show-stealer, but reports of Miz getting sick and having to sit out the event put the outcome into question. It remains to be seen how the situation will be handled, but Miz and Morrison already beat these teams once before at Elimination Chamber, so The Usos taking the titles here would be the best bet.
Street Profits vs Garza & Theory
This is another new addition to the WrestleMania card but may no longer happen as advertised. Following Andrade and Garza’s win over Ricochet and Cedric Alexander on last week’s Raw, Andrade was diagnosed with a broken rib and therefore wasn’t medically cleared to compete at the WrestleMania tapings a few days later.
The identity of Garza’s new partner was revealed on Raw to be NXT newcomer Austin Theory. Even if Andrade was good to go, it wouldn’t make much sense for The Street Profits to drop the Raw Tag Team Championship so soon after winning them.
Elias vs Corbin
This battle of SmackDown’s most prominent mid-card acts ranks low in the levels of importance. It may wind up being a well-wrestled affair, but there is zero reason for fans to muster up any excitement for it as of now.
Interestingly enough, it’s the only match on the ‘Mania card where the odds are the same for both Superstars. Of the two, Elias would benefit more from the victory than Corbin would, especially since the 2019 King of the Ring has already had his fair share of WrestleMania moments.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Fatal 5-Way
Bayley will have the odds stacked against her when she defends her SmackDown Women’s Championship against four other women in a Fatal 5-Way at WrestleMania. She’s broken records and has defeated everyone put in front of her, but it just might be time for her reign to come to an end.
Lacey Evans and Naomi contended for the championship earlier this year and lost while Tamina has never been relevant. That means it will come down to Sasha Banks and Bayley as the final two, and although The Boss is slightly favored over her friend, Bayley finding a way to win to plant the seeds for a future feud between them would be the best way to go.
Edge vs Orton (Last Man Standing)
There can be little doubt that Edge and Orton have had the strongest storyline heading into the Show of Shows. Orton’s ruthless attack on Edge the night after the Royal Rumble led to some of the best segments in recent memory on Raw and both guys have been doing phenomenal work.
As the odds indicate, Edge winning in his first singles bout back would seem to be a given, but a win for Orton could allow them to prolong their program into SummerSlam. Plus, with it being a Last Man Standing match, The Rated-R Superstar wouldn’t have to be pinned to lose, but it’s far more likely he gets his retribution against Orton and emerges victorious.
Owens vs Rollins
The crux of the bad blood between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins is that Owens has never had a proper “WrestleMania moment,” whereas Rollins has shined at the Show of Shows at every instalment he’s participated in. Considering Rollins’ return to villainy can be traced back to when he first targeted Owens many months ago, WrestleMania seems to be the perfect place for him to finally get his comeuppance.
A victory for Owens isn’t guaranteed, but it would be the best possible outcome. Owens is so popular that another loss when it matters most could hurt his credibility considerably.
Undertaker vs Styles
It has yet to be confirmed what a “Boneyard match” is supposed to be, but at the very least, WWE has done a solid job of getting fans hyped for this match in such a short period of time. Styles has been knocking it out of the park with his mic work while Undertaker cut his best promo in several years at the start of Monday’s Raw.
Ideally, Styles should win seeing as how Undertaker is in the twilight of his career and hasn’t put over many younger stars in the last decade. Then again, this stipulation is right up Undertaker’s alley and thus it would be strange for him to not win, not to mention that Styles wouldn’t lose much in defeat if he were to fall short of victory.
Ripley vs Flair
Charlotte Flair had the option of facing either Becky Lynch or Bayley for their respective championships at WrestleMania following her shocking Royal Rumble win. Instead, she set her sights on Rhea Ripley’s coveted NXT Women’s Championship, a title that has become much more sought-after since Flair first won it six years ago.
Ripley has been on an absolute tear as NXT Women’s champion as of late, yet the odds of her retaining the title have slightly decreased since we last looked at who bettors were picking to reign supreme. That won’t change the outcome of this contest, which will certainly see Ripley remain champ as she should.
Cena vs Fiend
Bray Wyatt suffered a significant setback when he lost the Universal Championship to Goldberg in a matter of minutes at Super ShowDown last month. He’s in desperate need of a major win to bounce back and avenging his WrestleMania loss to John Cena from six years ago would accomplish that.
Last week on SmackDown, Wyatt challenged Cena to a “Firefly Fun House match” at ‘Mania. Regardless of what that will entail, it is imperative The Fiend decimates Cena and wins in decisive fashion. The odds continuing to favor The Fiend prove that fans are aware he needs this victory much more than Cena does.
Lynch vs Baszler
When Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler was made official for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania at the beginning of March, Baszler was a heavy favorite to win. Not only has very little changed, the masses seem to be even more confident now than they were then that she will be the one to end Lynch’s lengthy reign as champ.
It’s only fitting that Lynch’s time on top comes to a screeching halt courtesy of Baszler, who is of course very close with the woman Lynch beat for the belt in the first place (Ronda Rousey). With The Queen of Spades on fire at the moment, WWE must capitalize off her hot momentum by booking her to silence The Man at ‘Mania.
Lesnar vs McIntyre
Much like Baszler, Drew McIntyre is the odds-on favorite to emerge from WrestleMania as the WWE champion and rightfully so. He’s had the WWE Universe firmly in his corner since winning the Royal Rumble back in January, and despite COVID-19 ruining his chances of having a much-deserved championship celebration in Tampa, now is the time for WWE to pull the trigger on his push and solidify him as a main event player.
The only way Brock Lesnar wins is if WWE decides to hold off on McIntyre’s grand coronation until SummerSlam. However, it isn’t set in stone that things will be back to normal by then, so there’s no point in delaying the inevitable: McIntyre must get his ‘Mania moment and fulfill his destiny by becoming the new WWE champion.