WWE Extreme Rules 2019 Odds: Titles Likely To Change Hands
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Billed as one of the most 'extreme' nights in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Extreme Rules is here with all of the match odds finally out for everyone to begin betting on (unless you live in the United States). Early odds favor most of the champions but there are a few title holders that should be worried based on what oddsmakers have opened with.
Not only is the match odds worrisome for a few superstars hoisting WWE gold around their waist but there are also some prop bet odds that might worry a few people as well, notably the current WWE Championship holder Kofi Kingston. Here we will break down the opening odds for WWE Extreme Rules 2019.
Kofi Kingston in Extreme Trouble?
The opening odds for Kingston's WWE Championship match against Samoa Joe isn't concerning for the pancake-loving champion. Kingston's odds to beat Joe are actually very high, currently at -625 on 888Sports. There is also a pretty solid chance that the match ends in a pinfall, with odds currently set at -278. Considering Joe's finishing move is submission based, it seems the match odds all point to Kofi Kingston retaining his WWE title.
However, the prop bets are extremely concerning when discussing Kofi Kingston and the current Money in the Bank (MITB) contract holder Brock Lesnar. Since Lesnar won the prized MITB contract, his odds of cashing in on the Universal Championship have always been greater than Brock's odds to cash-in on Kingston WWE Championship. That was until this week. Currently, Lesnar's odds to cash-in his contract on the WWE Championship are set at -125 with the Universal Championship at -112.
Even more alarming for New Day fans is the fact that Kingston has odds to see his belt taken away before or during SummerSlam (one month away) at -455. The odds Lesnar walks out of Sunday as the new WWE champion are just +110, which is roughly below 50-percent while there is just about a 35-percent chance Lesnar actually cashes-in at Extreme Rules.
Despite some of the odds indicating Lesnar may not cash-in on Kofi come Sunday, the odds definitely favor Lesnar cashing in on Kofi very soon. There are odds currently set at -250 that Lesnar will cash-in his contract during a WWE Network event, so if not Sunday night SummerSlam seems very likely.
WWE Championships in Jeopardy
There are three other championships that bettors and fans should keep a close eye on, beginning with the obvious handicap match for Bayley's Smackdown Women's Championship. Bayley must fight two different people at once, so the odds actually favor her opponents Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross. The odds Bliss & Cross win Sunday night are currently -125, with odds that Cross be involved in the match decision at -190.
This would indicate that Bliss & Cross indeed take the belt off of Bayley, who has odds to lose her belt before or during SummerSlam set at +100. If this story plays out the way the odds sees fit, then it would set up a feud between Bliss & Cross as to who is the real champion. If Bliss & Cross beat Bayley then Bliss gets the belt, which seems to be a good way to set up a future rivalry between Nikki and Alexa.
Ricochet is also in danger of losing his United States Championship, barely favored over AJ Styles with odds at -125. Styles will more than likely have the numbers advantage in this match which may dictate the end result should Luke Gallows or Karl Anderson become involved. Finally, the Smackdown Tag Team Championship is also a cause of concern as the champions Daniel Bryan & Erick Rowan are barely favored over two other teams.
Bryan & Rowan have odds to retain currently set at -139. Although favored, the odds are a bit low since they have to overcome not one but two other teams. New Day has odds to concede the match at -112, so it does seem likely that if there are new tag team champions in this match that Heavy Machinery would be most likely to pull off the upset.
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Other Extreme Rules Matches
Other match odds show Aleister Black over Cesaro at -295 for what many are predicting will be the match of the night. Braun Strowman has odds to win his Last Man Standing match at -190 over Bobby Lashley while Drew Gulak is favored to retain his Cruiserweight Championship at -250 over Tony Nese. The Revival also have odds set at -139 to retain their Raw Tag Team Championship over The Usos.
Roman Reigns and Undertaker have odds to beat Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre set at -345. Despite the high odds, they were much higher a few weeks ago when the match was first announced. Undertaker has odds to be involved in the match decision at -230 while Shane has odds at -400, so expect those two to be in the ring when the match is over despite who wins.
Finally, the lovebird champions of Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch have odds to defend their championships in a 'winner take all' mixed tag team match set at -560. There are odds set at -295 that the female competitors end the match, so expect Lynch to make Lacey Evans tap out a third straight time if these odds hold true.