The SmackDown brand had their turn two weeks ago with Backlash, so now it’s time for WWE’s Raw brand to get EXTREME with the 2017 edition of Extreme Rules live on WWE Network. As is tradition at MMAOddsBreaker, we’re here to bring you the latest betting odds for Sunday’s show, which includes a fatal five-way to determine a new No. 1 contender for the Universal Title currently held by Brock Lesnar.
Before we get to that though, a word to the wise on betting when it comes to WWE events. The results may be predetermined in professional wrestling, but that doesn’t mean the writers or the CEO himself Vince McMahon can’t change their minds about WHO is the predetermined winner. In other words, the longer a line is for a favorite, the more likely that WWE has a story they want to tell, and they’re not changing their minds about who the stars of that story are. A close line means McMahon and company could go either way. Occasionally though, a line gets TOO long and somebody in WWE decides things have gotten predictable, and that’s when the betting odds flip. Therefore you’ll want to check the lines often to see what has changed before the pay per view goes down on Sunday.
Now let’s get back to that fatal five-way match. Samoa Joe (-125), Finn Balor (+475), Seth Rollins (+195), Bray Wyatt (+1450) and Roman Reigns (+3000) are your competitors. Even though Joe has amassed a small winning streak of late, I don’t actually buy it given the storyline is that Finn Balor is the former champion who never lost it as he was stripped due to injury while Rollins is the interesting outsider in the odds given he CAUSED Finn Balor’s injury. The other two are afterthoughts, but that line on perennial contender Reigns is so long right now that I wouldn’t be surprised if it flips before Sunday.
The Hardy Boyz are defending their tag team titles against Cesaro & Sheamus in a steel cage match, with the Hardyz being +335 underdogs and the challengers -505 favorites. I honestly like that since the Cesaro/Sheamus tag team borders on irrelevance if they don’t win while the Hardyz will still be popular win or lose. Alexa Bliss (-265) is the favorite to retain her women’s title against former champ Bayley (+185) in a kendo stick on a pole match (seriously), but here I like the champ to retain since that title has changed hands too many times in the last year already. Finally, expect these odds to spread out a bit as Dean Ambrose (+115) is a small dog and The Miz a small favorite (-155) to take his title in a match where Ambrose can lose the title by DQ — that favors the challenger even in “sports entertainment.”
Please remember that all previews are for entertainment purposes and to only bet what you can afford. Enjoy Extreme Rules on Sunday!