Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
WrestleMania Kick off Show Matches Confirmed
During last night’s Raw, the WWE confirmed which matches would be taking place on WrestleMania’s pre-show this Sunday evening. Unsurprisingly, the Cruiserweight Championship clash between Cedric Alexander and Mustafa Ali finds itself relegated to the pre-show, alongside both the Andre the Giant and Women’s battle royals.
Here’s what YOU can see THIS SUNDAY on #WrestleMania Kickoff starting at 5e/2p!
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) April 3, 2018
The Cruiserweight and The Andre the Giant matches were both on the kick-off last year, but it is slightly surprising that the WWE has also relegated the Women’s match to the pre-show, considering how much focus has been placed on the women’s division in recent months.
Big Show Signs New Contract
The Big Show confirmed in an interview at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday that he has signed a new deal with the WWE. Show stated that he signed the deal in January. The company also confirmed that Big Show will be participating in the ‘Greatest Rumble Ever’ event at the end of the month.
— NYSE (@NYSE) April 2, 2018
Speculation is now rife as to whether The Big Show will be appearing at Sunday’s WrestleMania, with some fans speculating he may be partnering up with Braun Strowman or appearing in the Andre the Giant Battle Royal, a match which he has won in the past.
WrestleMania Odds Update
Major bookies have been releasing their odds for WrestleMania this week. The current favourites for the matches are: Roman Reigns (1/4) Shinsuke Nakamura (2/5) Ronda Rousey and Kurt Angle (1/8) Nia Jax (4/9) and Cedric Alexander (2/5). More odds will likely be released as the event gets closer. A few days ago there were odds available on both The Rock and Connor McGregor appearing at the event, but they appear to have disappeared. Thus far, there look to be few major surprises in store, but Mania odds, like the Royal Rumble ones, tend to change very close to the event’s start time.
Any major change in Brock Lesnar’s odds could be significant, with the same situation playing out a few years ago, with his odds shortening against Reigns when he signed a new WWE contract.