Wrestlemania 34 Betting Lines – Part 3

7. The Miz(♚) vs Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Championship)

What’s at stake

Lots and lots of multi person matches this year at WrestleMania.  This is what happens when just about everyone on the roster is healthy.  This means that three of the best four male performers on the Raw Brand are “relegated” to the Intercontinental Championship match.  Each of these three wrestlers could and have Main Evented PPVs.  Or we could look at these three wrestlers elevating the IC title (something I have desired for years).  The build for this match (like most of the matches on the WrestleMania card) has really been vanilla.  This match is really just about being the best.

There are many different ways to become a successful WWE Superstar.  You can star in a reality show, tryout to wrestle on a reality show, be on the WWE roster for twelve years that saw the highs (WM27 main event, Mizdow, winning WWE Championship) and the lows (tag team with John Morrison) of the WWE while being a WWE lifer.  The Miz has gone from joke, to overrated, to underrated, to among the best performers in the business.  The Miz comes in the heel of the match, but you wouldn’t know by the reaction of the audience.  It is really hard to be a heel in today’s world(more on this later).  The other two competitors started off in the independent wrestling scene, entered WWE’s developmental program, won the highest title in the developmental program, entered WWE after a decade or more in the wrestling business and both have won the highest championship in the company.  All three wrestlers could win.  All three wrestlers are popular.  All three wrestlers are really good. This match is interesting in the ability level this match has to offer.  It lacks an interesting storyline, which means this will be the annual “Good Wrestleman Match”.  As far as “Wrestleman Matches”, this might be one of the best in WrestleMania. 

Betting Line

The Miz +120

Seth Rollins +130

Finn Balor +140

What I am looking forward to…

Near fall outta no where.

What am I not looking forward to…

Michael Cole calling this a classic in minute eight of the match.

What I want to happen…

The Miz to win.  Always support The Miz.

What I think will happen…

I think whoever wins on Sunday will lose at Raw on Monday.

6. AJ Styles(♚) vs Shinsuke Nakamura (WWE Championship Match)

What’s at stake

I may not understand new technology, but I love food, so I love Uber Eats.  Uber Eats has become one of my favorite things in the world (against all odds).  I have ordered from all different types of places and have done so at work and at home.  The standard charge is five dollars for delivery.  There are times I would pay three times more!  Perhaps my most ludicrous purchase came on January 4th 2018.  The purchase was made at 4:30am and was made from Denny’s.   I am not sure how long it had been since I have bought food that early or how long it had been since I ate at Denny’s.  The purchase was three Grand Slam Sluggers, one for me, one for my lovely wife and one for my friend Justin.  The food came in large bags and was accompanied by three 20 oz coffees and three 20oz orange juices.  The reason? Wrestle Kingdom 12. 

Those who know me best know me to be a fierce WWE loyalist.  I have to admit, WK 12 had me intrigued.  The biggest reason was because Chris Jericho was featured in a match against Kenny Omega.  Omega is very good and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t watched one of his matches to do so.  My dad used to say that former golfer Greg Norman “oozed charisma”.  Omega “oozes charisma”.  The six hour WK 12 show was fun and, having not stayed up all night since the Millennium, exhausting.  I liked the show, but I still feel the same as I ever did.  WWE is the best and will always be the best. 

AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura faced off at WK 10, just weeks before Styles debuted in WWE.  Nakamura debuted a couple of months later in NXT.  This match is being labeled a dream match.  In terms of WWE, it seems more of a fantasy match. Is the guy who spent his career in NJPW and barely speaks English really facing the guy who spent most of his life in TNA for the WWE championship?  The answer in 2018 is yes.  The WWE championship is also the Smackdown Championship, which has become the “Wrestlemans” championship.  WWE is the best because for as long as Vince Jr has been in charge is they try to dominate all.  Every area of the country has a wrestling company? Go national and bury them.  WCW has NWO?  Go edgy and bury them.  People like UFC?  Get some of them.  People like indie wrestling? Sign their biggest stars.  People like Japan?  Replicate them too.  AJ vs Nakamura won’t be as interesting as Jericho vs Omega.  But it happens at WrestleMania, so it is bigger, and I don’t have to stay up all night, and I don’t have to eat Denny’s (unless I want to). 

Betting Line

Shinsuke Nakamura -240

What I am looking forward to…

Nakamura’s thing when he bends in a way that would leave all of my bones broken.

What am I not looking forward to…

Nakamura has weird hair.

What I want to happen…

A 22 minute match that is fun.

What I think will happen…

A 17 minute match that Nakamura wins but doesn’t live up to people’s expectations.  People are hard to please. 

5. Brock Lesnar(♚) vs Roman Reigns (Universal Chamionship)

What’s at stake

For those new to the program, Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns was the Main Event of WrestleMania 31.  Three years ago, rumors of Brock going to UFC were flying, people were wondering if Roman Reigns was failing as a babyface and Paul Heyman was the best promo guy in the business.  Boy things sure have changed. 

Making a sequel is a dangerous game.  For every Godfather part two there are ten Caddyshack 2’s.  In WrestleMania, there have been three matchups that have been the last match of WrestleMania twice (I was tempted to count Michaels vs Undertaker at WM 25 and WM 26, but 25 was technically not last).  Bret Hart faced Yokozuna at both WrestleMania 9 and 10.  The first match was kind of bad, the second match was kind of worse.  Steve Austin faced The Rock at both WrestleMania 15 and 17 in the final match.  On this occasion, the sequel was better than the original (Although it happened as I faded out of wrestling, so I care about it less).  Third, The Rock faced John Cena in Miami at WrestleMania 28 and New Jersey at WrestleMania 29. The first was better and more anticipated than the second. 

This doesn’t bring much of a different narrative than the first match three years ago.   The match three years ago had more possibilities and more intrigue.  The match three years ago had the possibility of Money in The Bank cash-in (which happened). The match three years ago had a slightly better Brock Lesnar and a not as good Roman Reigns.  The match three years ago beat expectations.  This match feels like the easiest to predict.  It seems as though Lesnar is really leaving this time, which means Roman Reigns gets to win in the Main Event of WrestleMania for the third straight time (hasn’t happened since Hogan at WM 1, 2, 3).  This will be a very good match, it will be hard hitting and it will almost certainly go on last.  There is always the possibility of a full blown Roman Reigns heel turn (everyone feel free to laugh out loud).  This sequel won’t be a bomb like “Speed 2: Cruise Control” but it won’t be a hit either.  Think of it as “Bill and Ted’s Bogus Adventure”.  Same characters, similar premise, oddly watchable (Plus sometimes Roman Reigns makes weird faces, like Bill and Ted)

Betting Line

Roman Reigns -500

What I am looking forward to…

Superman punch number 4 from Roman Reigns.

What am I not looking forward to…

Superman punch number 6 from Roman Reigns.

What I want to happen…

I still feel the same as I did three years ago in my review, Roman Reigns is oddly compelling.

What I think will happen…

Roman Reigns will win, win clean, win then, now and forever.