Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
New Royal Rumble Favourite
For those of you who like to keep track of this kind of thing, there have been some major changes in the odds for this year’s Royal Rumble match. Ever since odds were released in early December, John Cena has been the favorite to win the match, that has all changed now though, with several bookies having Shinsuke Nakamura as favorite. It is worth noting that he is only a narrow favorite, with his odds having dropped from 4/1 to 5/2, with John Cena now sitting in joint second with Roman Reigns at 3/1.
The most interesting shift in odds though is Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler, a few weeks ago, was sitting at a long shot outsider but his odds have been cut massively and he now sits as low as 7/1 with some companies, making him the fourth favorite to win the event, ahead of the likes of Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Braun Strowman. While the idea of betting on a pre-determined sport seems crazy to some people, it is worth noting whoever the bookies have had as their favorite heading into the match for the last 4 years, has walked away victorious, so they are often a reliable indicator. Randy Orton had a huge cut in odds the week before last year’s event, which could imply there are some people betting on this that know a lot more than we do.
Major Superstar Missing the Women’s Royal Rumble
To say that Paige has had quite a turbulent 12 months would be an understatement. The Norwich native has really been put through it over the last 12 months and it looks as though things aren’t getting any better, with PWInsider reporting that her injury could keep her out of this year’s inaugural Women’s Royal Rumble match. This would be a massive blow for Paige, who was visibly moved by the match’s announcement last month on Raw.
Paige has been seen as a favorite to win the event by many fans and if that was the case, then this announcement could force the company to change their plans for both the Rumble and Mania. There is no word yet as to how long Paige could be out for. She was on this week’s Raw but she did not wrestle.
Former Impact Star Returns to the Company
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) January 11, 2018
Yesterday we reported the rumors that there was a chance Rey Mysterio would appear at last night’s Impact tapings – that didn’t happen. Instead, former Impact and WWE star Austin Aries made his return to the company. Aries made his re-debut and defeated Impact Global Champion (their top title, I think) to become the company’s top champion. Aries has been working indies for the last few months and has won various titles, including the Defiant (formerly WCPW) World Championship and the IPW: UK World Championship.
For the record, I would normally place a spoiler warning on anything that has happened at a taping but the company decided to tweet the result themselves and also published an article on their website announcing the result, so I guess I’m not in spoiler territory here.
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