Bet On Wrestling
Wait… you can bet on professional wrestling, you ask? Yes you can!
Professional wrestling may be a pre-determined ‘sport’ where the winners are determined ahead of the matches, but that has not stopped bookmakers from offering customers with the opportunity to bet on shows.
After all, you could bet on who would rule supreme in Game of Thrones. You could bet on who Negan battered (quite literally) in The Walking Dead. So why shouldn’t you be able to bet on professional wrestling and it’s unique mix of soap opera drama and scripted violence?
Markets are limited when it comes to the matches, with customers usually only able to bet on who the winner will be, but for the bigger events, like WWE’s WrestleMania and Royal Rumble events, you will often find additional markets.
In the past you could have bet on UFC star Conor McGregor making the leap from mixed martial arts to professional wrestling and you could have bet on television presenter John Oliver making a surprise appearance at WWE WrestleMania after his presented a scathing segment about the company’s practice during his ‘Last Week Tonight’ show. You could even bet on how wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer would rate a match in his long-running Wrestling Observer newsletter.
Paddy Power are particularly big fans of wrestling, as you will know if you follow its social media platforms, and every year the Irish bookmaker offers punters the chance to play the WWE Royal Rumble Fantasy Game that allows customers to win VIP trips to WWE events as well as free bet prizes and more.
So as you can see, there has never been a better time to bet on professional wrestling and Bettingpro.com will have everything you need to know when you are looking to place your bets on the next major WWE event or on a show presented the fledgling All Elite Wrestling (AEW) promotion.
WWE – World Wrestling Entertainment
When you think of professional wrestling you immediately think of World Wrestling Entertainment – the premier brand that has been broadcast into homes across the globe on a weekly basis for several decades.
Having been considered a regional promotion in the North East of the United States for a couple of decades the WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), shot to prominence in the early 80s as owner and third generation promoter Vince McMahon embarked on a mission to revolutionise the industry. No longer would WWF stay in its corner of the world, it became a national powerhouse that would tour North America and to bolster his entire McMahon went about raiding regional promotions of their best talent, sending many out of business.
The cultural phenomenon of Hulk Hogan, along with the era of ‘Rock n’ Wrestling’ then took WWF to even greater heights as demand for the product grew around the world, and after a lean period between 1993 and 1997 the company experience another explosion of popularity in the late 90s as the ‘Attitude Era’. With a racier and edgier product led by the likes of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and The Undertaker, WWF capitalised on the rebel culture of 18-35 year olds during that time to smash television ratings records and pay-per-view buyrates, making wrestling cool again.
Of course those numbers were never going to be sustained for decade after decade and a decline set in once again during the early 2000s, when WWF was forced to rebrand as World Wrestling Entertainment due to a lost court battle with the World Wildlife Fund, but while weekly numbers are not what they once was the WWE remains the industry leader and continues to sign big-money deal after big-money deal to cement its status as number one.
Its biggest event, WrestleMania, is no longer a one-night event taking place in an arena somewhere. It is now an incredible week-long experience that sees thousands upon thousands of fans flock to the host city for a week that includes fan festivals, the Hall of Fame, meet and greets, television shows and, of course, WrestleMania itself, which is now held exclusively in packed stadiums holding between 70,000 and 80,000 fans. When it hit the AT&T Stadium in 2016, in excess of 101,000 filed into the home of the Dallas Cowboys NFL team to witness the biggest event in the history of the WWE – a night that saw current stars rub shoulders with past legends on a night where wrestling once again took centre stage in the entertainment world.
And WWE is not only leading the way in professional wrestling, it has also broke new ground in how it delivers content to its fans with the WWE Network, the company’s version of Netflix, proving to be a revolutionary approach that has inspired the likes of the UFC, NFL and NBA to follow suit by offering their own similar product.
Some may poke fun at the ‘fake sport’. Some will mock fans for following a show that has pre-determined results. But even in what could be considered a ‘down period’ for the company, what cannot be denied is that WWE remains a global powerhouse in the entertainment world.
There is no bigger event in the entire business of professional wrestling than WWE WrestleMania!
Wrestling guru Vince McMahon put everything on the line when he held the inaugural event at Madison Square Garden back in March 1985, and it proved to be a gamble that paid off as A-Team star Mr T teamed up with Hulk Hogan in a main event tag team match that also featured the late, great Rowdy Roddy Piper and boxing icon Muhammad Ali.
Since that night this event has developed an aura and a reputation of its own thanks to a long list of memorable moments that include Hulk Hogan slamming the legendary Andre The Giant, Stone Cold Steve Austin becoming champion for the first time, Mike Tyson ‘knocking out’ Shawn Michaels and the return of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson for a showdown with John Cena.
No longer is the event held in arenas, it is now a stadium affair with fans from every state in America and countries across the globe all descending on the host city for a week of fun and festivities surrounding this spectacular event.
Over 101,000 piled into the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas back in 2016 to set both an attendance record for the venue and one for WrestleMania itself, proving that while WWE may not have the mainstream stars it once had it is still an entertainment juggernaut with WrestleMania still the ‘Super Bowl of professional wrestling’.
History Of WrestleMania
|March 31, 1985||WrestleMania||Hulk Hogan & Mr T beat Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff||New York, New York||19,121|
|April 7, 1986||WrestleMania 2||Mr T beat Roddy Piper||Uniondale, New York||16, 585|
|The British Bulldogs beat Greg Valentine & Brutus Beefcake||Rosemont, Illinois||9,000|
|Hulk Hogan beat King Kong Bundy||Los Angeles, California||14,500|
|March 29, 1987||WrestleMania III||Hulk Hogan beat Andre The Giant||Pontiac, Michigan||93,173|
|March 27, 1988||WrestleMania IV||Randy Savage beat Ted DiBiase||Atlantic City, New Jersey||18,165|
|April 2, 1989||WrestleMania V||Hulk Hogan beat Randy Savage||Atlantic City, New Jersey||18,946|
|April 1, 1990||WrestleMania VI||The Ultimate Warrior beat Hulk Hogan||Toronto, Canada||67,678|
|March 24. 1991||WrestleMania VII||Hulk Hogan beat Sgt Slaughter||Los Angeles, California||16,158|
|April 5, 1992||WrestleMania VIII||Hulk Hogan beat Sid Justice||Indianapolis, Indiana||62,167|
|April 4, 1993||WrestleMania IX||Hulk Hogan beat Yokozuna||Las Vegas, Nevada||16,891|
|March 20, 1994||WrestleMania X||Bret Hart beat Yokozuna||New York, New York||18,065|
|April 2, 1995||WrestleMania XI||Lawrence Taylor beat Bam Bam Bigelow||Hartford, Connecticut||16,305|
|March 13, 1996||WrestleMania XII||Shawn Michaels beat Bret Hart||Anaheim, California||18,853|
|March 23, 1997||WrestleMania 13||The Undertaker beat Sycho Sid||Rosemont, Illinois||18,197|
|March 29,1998||WrestleMania XIV||Stone Cold Steve Austin beat Shawn Michaels||Boston, Massachusetts||19,028|
|March 28, 1999||WrestleMania XV||Stone Cold Steve Austin beat The Rock||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||20,276|
|April 2, 2000||WrestleMania 2000||Triple H beat The Rock, Big Show & Mick Foley||Anaheim, California||18,034|
|April 1, 2001||WrestleMania X-Seven||Stone Cold Steve Austin beat The Rock||Houston, Texas||67,925|
|March 17, 2002||WrestleMania X8||Triple H beat Chris Jericho||Toronto, Canada||68,237|
|March 30, 2003||WrestleMania XIX||Brock Lesnar beat Kurt Angle||Seattle, Washington||54,097|
|March 14, 2004||WrestleMania XX||Chris Benoit beat Triple H & Shawn Michaels||New York, New York||18,000|
|April 3, 2005||WrestleMania 21||Batista beat Triple H||Los Angeles, California||20,193|
|April 2, 2006||WrestleMania 22||John Cena beat Triple H||Rosemont, Illinois||17,159|
|April 1, 2007||WrestleMania 23||John Cena beat Shawn Michaels||Detroit, Michigan||80,103|
|March 30, 2008||WrestleMania XXIV||The Undertaker beat Edge||Orlando, Florida||74,635|
|April 5, 2009||WrestleMania XXV||Triple H beat Randy Orton||Houston, Texas||72,744|
|March 28, 2010||WrestleMania XXVI||The Undertaker beat Shawn Michaels||Glendale, Arizona||72,219|
|April 3, 2011||WrestleMania XXVII||The Miz beat John Cena||Atlanta, Georgia||71,617|
|April 1, 2012||WrestleMania XXVIII||The Rock beat John Cena||Miami, Florida||78,363|
|April 7, 2013||WrestleMania 29||John Cena beat The Rock||East Rutherford, New Jersey||80,676|
|April 6, 2014||WrestleMania XXX||Daniel Bryan beat Batista & Randy Orton||New Orleans, Louisiana||75,167|
|March 29, 2015||WrestleMania 31||Seth Rollins beat Brock Lesnar & Roman Reigns||Santa Clara, California||76,976|
|April 3, 2016||WrestleMania 32||Roman Reigns beat Triple H||Arlington, Texas||101,763|
|April 2, 2017||WrestleMania 33||Roman Reigns beat The Undertaker||Orlando, Florida||75, 245|
|April 8, 2018||WrestleMania 34||Brock Lesnar beat Roman Reigns||New Orleans, Louisiana||78,133|
|April 7, 2019||WrestleMania 35||Becky Lynch beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair||East Rutherford, New Jersey||82,265|
AEW: All Elite Wrestling
Professional wrestling received a major shake-up in 2019 with the launch of All Elite Wrestling, and as the fledgling company prepares to make its weekly television debut in early October the bookmakers have decided it is time to ‘be elite’.
World Wrestling Entertainment, more commonly known as WWE, has had a stranglehold over the business of professional wrestling since early 2001 when Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) folded due to financial difficulties and AOL-Time Warner’s desperation to get rid of World Championship Wrestling resulted in the company selling WCW to WWE supremo Vince McMahon.
Since that date no company has managed to provide competition to the WWE, but that all changed in late 2018 when former WWE star, Cody Rhodes, teamed up with Nick and Matt Jackson, known collectively as The Young Bucks, to run a huge independent show in Chicago called ‘All In’. The event was a critical and commercial success and it earned the interest of the Khan family, known for their ownership of the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team and English soccer side Fulham.
Trademark filings surrounding the name All Elite Wrestling soon made their way into the press and in early 2019 the announcement was made – AEW would run its first official show in the second quarter of 2019 with Tony Khan, son of Jaguars and Fulham owner Shahid, heading up the company as president and CEO, with Rhodes and the Jacksons, alongside Kenny Omega, playing the roles of executive vice president while also featuring as in-ring performers.
AEW quickly swooped to sign up some of the top independent talent in the world of professional wrestling to put together a supremely talented roster, but the blockbuster signings that helped the group make a major splash were the captures of former WWE and WCW star Chris Jericho and one of WWE’s headline performers in recent years, Dean Ambrose, aka. Jon Moxley. Jericho debuted in the closing moments of the press conference to announce AEW’s launch, while Moxley ended months of speculation about him making the jump from WWE when he performed a post-match run-in during the company’s inaugural event, Double Or Nothing, in Las Vegas.
In that time All Elite Wrestling also announced blockbuster television deals with TNT, the former home of WCW, in the United States, as well as a deal with ITV in the United Kingdom, meaning AEW would have the opportunity to reach more viewers than the WWE in the UK! The launch of the show would not be for several months, so it was up to AEW to build up momentum ahead of the debut and it did just that with its maiden PPV, ‘Double Or Nothing’ and follow-up ‘All Out’ proving to be critical and commercial success.
The question is can they now help usher in another golden period for professional wrestling, the likes we have not seen since WWE and WCW went to war between 1995 and 2001 and lit up an entire industry with record-breaking television ratings, sky high PPV buy rates and a long list of stars who became household names.
Will AEW truly be elite?