Monday, April 24, 2017

Roman Reigns' Status for Tonight's RAW, WWE Money in the Bank Betting Odds

- There is a good possibility that Roman Reigns could return on tonight’s episode of RAW from Kansas City, MO. after being kept off television last week to sell the beating he received at the hands of Braun Strowman.

While WWE has not announce him ahead of tonight’s RAW, it’s worth pointing out that he’s being listed as one of the WWE Superstars on the event listing page for tonight’s show.

With Roman Reigns facing Braun Strowman at the upcoming Payback event, there is a good chance that Reigns will exact revenge ahead of his match and possibly setup the stipulation for Sunday’s event. It’s being rumored two will square off in either a “stretcher” or “ambulance” match at Payback.

- Money in the Bank is nearly 2 months away and betting odds are already available for the MitB match itself, even though there have been no participants officially announced. Odds have been set for 16 potential winners and with 6 participants traditionally being set for these matches, obviously not all of these will be involved. On occasion WWE will allow more than 6 participants, however the most ever has been 10. This is not a reference to Tye Dillenger, who has odds of +2000, which is an under 5% probability of winning. A successful bet here would multiply their money by twenty-fold, so a $100 bet would win $2000.

So what happens to bets on wrestlers that never end up being in the match? Those bets would be graded as a loss because this is more of a prop bet based on potential of both being in the match and winning. Technically none of these choices are guaranteed to be entered in the match but realistically all the participants are likely to be from this lot.

It's no secret that WWE is very serious about Baron Corbin becoming a top level player this year and a MitB win is plausible if not likely. At odds of +150, Corbin has the best chances out of anyone to take the briefcase and the right to cash it in for a WWE Championship title shot at a time of his choosing. This is a 40% chance of winning and from a field of 16 hopefuls, these are outstanding odds.

The next most favorable odds have been set for Shinsuke Nakamura at +200, a 33% probability. After great success in both NJPW and NXT, Nakamura finally made his way to the WWE main roster as part of the Superstar ShakeUp, joining the Smackdown Brand. With the big plans for Shinsuke eminent, a MitB win a few months into this run would solidify the "King of Strong Style" as a top level talent in the permanent title picture.

With odds of +250, or a 28% chance, Kevin Owens is the next most likely to win this match. He's already proven that he not only can hang in the main event scene, but that he absolutely belongs there as he has built a reputation for delivering big time in top matches. After a well received reign as Universal Champion on Raw, Owens has joined Smackdown with sights on winning that brand's most coveted prize.

AJ Styles, who has a nice title reign as WWE Champion recently, is 4th most likely at +400, a 20% probability. This would appear to be an undervaluation of Styles and because of this the lines could move in his favor if gamblers back him under his current odds. AJ, having just arrived in WWE last year, has never won a Money in the Bank match and this is an accomplishment that would be another feather in his cap.

Below is a full list of potential winner with their odds. These are expected to change as we near to MitB on June 18.

WWE Money in the Bank 2017 Betting Odds

Baron Corbin +150
Shinsuke Nakamura +200
Kevin Owens +250
AJ Styles +400
Sami Zayn +600
Rusev +800
John Cena +1000
Randy Orton +1000
Mojo Rawley +1400
Dolph Ziggler +1700
Big E +2000
Tye Dillenger +2000
Kane +2500
Luke Harper +2500
Zack Ryder +2500
Jinder Mahal +3300


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