The Big Show v. Akebono style: sumo The Big Show -150 (2:3) Akebono EV (1:1) Draw/No Decision +900 (9:1) Over/Under time = 3:43
Rey Misterio Jnr. v. Eddie Guerrero style: one fall Eddie Guerrero -250 (2:5) Rey Misterio +200 (2:1) Draw/No Decision +400 (4:1) Over/Under time = 11:20
side action Eddie Guerrero heel turn 3:1 Rey Misterio heel turn 7:1 Basham interference 3:2
Trish Stratus v. Christy Hemme style: one fall, woman's title Trish Stratus -400 (1:4) Christy Hemme +350 (7:2) Draw/No Decision +650 (13:2) Over/Under time = 5:34
side action Lita heel turn 2:1 Regal/Tajiri heel turn 10:1 Over/Under Offensive moves from Christy = 8 Over/Under Blown spots by Christy = 3
The Undertaker v. Randy Orton style: one fall The Undertaker -200 (1:2) Randy Orton +150 (3:2) Draw/No Decision +800 (8:1) Over/Under time = 13:02
side action Over/Under "Boring" chants from crowd = 1.5 Over/Under Blown spots by both wrestlers combined = 3 Over/Under Blade jobs = 1.5 Stacy Keibler apparence 2:1 Keibler affecting the outcome directly 7:1
Christian v. Edge v. Chris Jericho v. Chris Benoit v. Shelton Benjamin v. Kane style: ladder match Kane +150 (3:2) Chris Jericho +200 (2:1) Edge +300 (3:1) Chris Benoit +350 (7:2) Shelton Benjamin +550 (11:2) Christian +800 (8:1) Draw/No Decision +2000 (20:1) Over/Under time = 14:45
side action Over/Under Blade jobs = 2.5 Over/Under Tapouts = 1 Gene Snitsky interference 3:1 Muhammad Hassan interference 7:1 Randy Orton interference 12:1
Kurt Angle v. Shawn Michaels style: one fall Kurt Angle -150 (2:3) Shawn Michaels EV (1:1) Draw/No Decision +300 (3:1) Over/Under time = 22:37
side action Standing ovation at the end 1:2 Handshake at the end 3:1
David Batista v. Triple H style: one fall, world championship Triple H -200 (1:2) David Batista +150 (3:2) Draw/No Decision +850 (17:2) Over/Under time = 20:02
side action Ric Flair face turn 4:1 New evolution member interferes 10:1 Dusty finish 7:2
John "Bradshaw" Layfield v. John Cena style: one fall, wwe championship John Cena -250 (2:5) JBL +200 (2:1) Draw/No Decision +700 (7:1) Over/Under time = 17:23
Overall Side Action Vince McMahon appearance 1:2 Bret Hart appearance 8:1 The Rock appearance 4:1 Mick Foley appearance 3:1 Crusierweight Title match sanctioned 3:1
Could I play the part of degenerate expert gambler? Fab.
The Big Show v. Akebono Akebono EV (1:1)
At those numbers, you gotta take Akebono, and take him strong. Most of their growth is expanding in new markets, and this finish has to be constructed with that in mind. And add in the rumors of Show being unhappy with the finish and this is an eawy one.
I'd Stay Away from the Over/Under time here; I don't expect a lot of action, but stalling for sure.
Rey Misterio Jnr. v. Eddie Guerrero Stay Away from the finish.
I wouldn't be against throwing a little bit on Rey at those numbers, but I don't think there's a clear enough outcome to be strong on either guy. Putting something on a Misterio heel turn is tempting, but I don't think it's strong enough possiblity to be worth it.
11:20's an intersting time; if this was a SD! PPV, obviously you take the over, but time management works very odd on WM PPVs and this is one match they would (fairly or not) take time away if they felt they needed it elsewhere. Stay Away too.
Trish Stratus v. Christy Hemme Christy Hemme +350 (7:2)
Easy, easy bet. It'd become more debatable if it was Christy winning and winning the title; could figure them doing a DQ finish to give Christy the win but keep the title off of her if they don't think she's far enough along.
Leaning towards the over on time, but not feeling too strong. If offensive moves by Christy include all strikes, take the over. If strikes don't count, take the under - I'd take the under if the line went down to 5, in that case.
I'd take the Lita heel turn if it was a higher number. It's a long shot, but a shot.
The Undertaker v. Randy Orton The Undertaker -200 (1:2)
Take the Undertaker. The momentuem is clearly against Orton at this point. I'd take the under on Blade jobs (Undertaker's not going to do it), and Stacy appearing, though I don't feel strongly about her being part of the finish.
Christian v. Edge v. Chris Jericho v. Chris Benoit v. Shelton Benjamin v. Kane style: ladder match Edge +300 (3:1)
Too iffy to take anyone for sure here, unless I can bet on Christian not winning. When it comes to pick this for any previews I might be doing, I'm probably leaning towards Edge, but not strong enough to lay money on it.
If blades jobs were expanded to busted up, I'd take the over in heartbeat. I would take the over on time, but not for a lot.
Kurt Angle v. Shawn Michaels
Stay Away, outside of a small bet on Over 22:37.
David Batista v. Triple H David Batista +150 (3:2)
Suprised the numbers so good there, comparing it to the other title match. I'd bet strong on it. 20:02 would be way too long for these two, and the sane thing would be to have a shorter match, but I wouldn't bet on it.
John "Bradshaw" Layfield v. John Cena John Cena -250 (2:5)
You know what? Nah, stay away. The odds aren't good and there was the previous plan to have Cena win out on SD! instead, so it's not a sure thing, which it has to be at that number.
Overall Side Action Vince McMahon appearance 1:2
Iffy enough to pass at that number.
Bret Hart appearance 8:1 The Rock appearance 4:1 Mick Foley appearance 3:1 Crusierweight Title match sanctioned 3:1
All too low to throw cash at.
Sure 5 on Akebono (1:1) ****LOCK OF THE WEEK**** 4 on Christy (7:2) 4 on Undertaker (1:2) 3 on Blade Jobs in UT/Orton (1:1) 2 on Stacy appearing in UT/Orton (1:1) 2 on over on time for Ladder Match (1:1) 2 on over on time for HBK/Angle (1:1) 4 on Batista (3:2) 26 units total
Maybe if strikes do count, 4 on over for offensive moves for Trish/Christy if strikes don't count, 4 on under for offensive moves for Trish/Christy if hardway does count, 3 on over 2.5 bleeding in ladder match
30 Man Battle Royal(e) style: over the top, who wants a paycheck? ***Note: As of 5:42 MST, I don't know the offical wrestlers in the royal(e) so there may be more than 30 listed.
Luther Reigns +300 Muhammad Hassan +300 Carlito Cool +350 Booker T +350 Chris Masters +500 Rob Van Dam +600 Eugene +600 Gene Snitsky +600 Heidenrich +650 Tyson Tomko +700 Orlando Jordan +700 Mark Jindrak +700 Charlie Haas +800 Matt Hardy +850 Garrison Cade +900 Kenzo Suzuki +1000 Tajiri +1100 William Regal +1100 Rene Dupree +1150 Bubba Ray Dudley +1400 Paul London +1400 Hardcore Holly +1500 Maven +1500 Viscera +1800 Mark Henry +1900 The Hurricane +2100 Simon Dean +2300 Billy Kidman +2400 Doug Basham +2500 Danny Basham +2500 Spike Dudley +2800 Rosey +3200 Jesus (wrestler, not Christ) +3400 Scotty 2 Hotty +3400 Robert Conway +3700 Sylvain Granier +3700 Funaki +4000 D-Von Dudley +4000 Akio +5000 Jonathan Coachman +5000 Shannon Moore +5000 Val Venis +5000 Khosrow Daivari +5500
I was late starting the tape, so if anything happened before the opening pyro (like packages, whatever) – who cares? We are in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the first Smackdown! since Paul Heyman’s departure!