Updated Updated: August 29, 2019

Betting on WWE

How To Bet On WWE And Make Profit Using
Strategy

Betting on WWE is unpredictable and high-risk but with the
right betting tips and tricks, you can make money out of it.

WWE holds hundreds of events throughout the year available
for streaming in over 180 countries. It is an internationally known
entertainment company with fans all over the globe. It has produced some of the
most iconic wrestlers that have become a household name thanks to their
performance in the ring as well as outside of it, such as moving on to
Hollywood like Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and John Cena.

WWE enjoys a large fan base in the UK as well. At the end of
2019, there will be six WWE events physically taking place throughout the UK
and three more in Dublin, Ireland. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the
public interest and level of competition have made bookmakers provide some
betting lines on WWE events.

WWE betting is exciting and different from
traditional sports betting. It is crucial to understand these differences and familiarise
yourself with WWE if you want to successfully gamble on it.

What is WWE?

World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE, is the world’s
largest professional wrestling company, founded in 1952 in the USA. Throughout its history, it has changed its name and added and
removed some events. It has also successfully captivated a large worldwide
audience that regularly tunes in for its events.

WWE has expanded its brand into several divisions to better
separate its talented roster. As recent as 2017, WWE launched NXT UK which is a
brand based in the UK. The most popular brands or divisions in WWE are:

●
Raw – this
is the flagship brand of WWE. It premiered in 1993 as an innovation to
televised professional wrestling. Before RAW, televised professional wrestling
events were pre-recorded with studio voice overs and taped conversations. Raw
broke new ground with its live televised wrestling event in front of a live
audience. It became an instant hit and decades later it is still seen by the majority
fan base as the face of WWE. Raw is a three-hour long event is broadcasted
Mondays on the USA Network from 8 PM – 11 PM Eastern Time.

●
SmackDown Live
it debuted in 1999 as a solution to better divide WWE’s talented roster and
complement the Raw brand. At the beginning, it was taped but it has since moved
to live format as well. SmackDown grew its own following fan base having been
broadcasted from 160 different arenas in 7 different countries. It is a two-hour long event and is broadcasted Tuesdays on USA Network from 8 PM – 10 PM
Eastern Time.

●
NXT – the
newest WWE brand, NXT first began in 2010. It is the minor, or rookie division
of WWE seeking to discover the next big wrestling star. It has high viewership
and it is appreciated for its quality of wrestling and its gripping storylines.
WWE NXT airs every Wednesday from 8 PM Eastern Time on the WWE Network. The
length of each episode varies anywhere from under an hour up to three hours.

Betting on WWE

WWE is undeniably a very successful company with events that
attract tens of thousands of fans in the arenas and millions in front of their
TVs. Despite all this, WWE betting is not very popular among bookies and
bettors alike.

The main reason WWE betting in the UK is not preferred by
many is that it goes against the very nature of betting: the results are fixed!
WWE matches are not legitimate contests. Each WWE show is purely based on
entertainment, with captivating storylines and scripted and choreographed
matches. The winners of these matches are predetermined and planned, while
obviously kept in high secrecy.

Therefore, when you bet on WWE, you don’t bet on wrestler
“A” to win against wrestler “B” because “A” is the faster, stronger and more
talented wrestler. Instead, you bet on wrestler “A” to win the match because
following the storyline leading up to the fight, you think he is the one that
was selected to win.

It is similar to betting on reality shows like Britain’s Got
Talent, where the winner is chosen by the public and you try to anticipate who the
public will pick. As such, there is an opportunity to make a profit when betting on
WWE, as long as you completely understand it and follow a solid strategy.

How to bet on WWE?

You can bet on WWE by going to the novelty and special bets
section of your chosen bookmaker. It is a rather new betting market, but WWE
betting is definitely not a new concept.

Betting Types

Depending on the bookmaker and the WWE show, different
betting types will be available. Some common ones are:


Straight Bet
the most common type of bet in WWE, you have to select the winner of a match.


First-time winner
– if a wrestler competes in an event that he or she has never won, you can
bet on them to win it for the first time.


Longest ring time
– you simply bet on the wrestler who will spend the most time in the ring
during a match.


First to appear –
this is very similar to the coin toss or odds/even markets available in
various sports. You bet on who will be the first wrestler to enter the ring.


Appearance bet
an exciting feature, particularly common on WWE Royal Rumble betting. You bet
on a person, usually a celebrity or retired wrestler to make an appearance or
even enter a WWE event. For example, at the Royal Rumble in 2017, Barack Obama
had 1000/1 odds of making an appearance compared to 2000/1 for Donald Trump.


Most eliminations
– in a WWE event that features more players, like the Royal Rumble, you can
bet on the wrestler who will get the most opponents eliminated.


Bout outcome
you can bet on how a match will end instead of who will win. You can bet on
tap-out or disqualification for example.

Strategy

You need to use the right approach when you take on WWE
betting, especially since you are using your hard earned money to hopefully
make some profit.


WWE betting is
different
– matches are choreographed, manoeuvres rehearsed, winners
predetermined. Don’t waste your time looking up wrestlers’ skills levels in
different areas because they are not actually competing against one another.
Each time a WWE wrestler enters the ring, he or she knows who will be the
winner before the match starts. It’s not based on skills, attitude or strength,
it is just based on a script.


Find a pattern
– looking up head to head stats and recent results is not as insightful as in
other sports. Instead, you should look up patterns in the storyline and see
where a wrestler pops up. For example, John Cena doesn’t lose often in the
weekly WWE Raw or SmackDown shows. He does, however, lose more frequently in
Pay-Per-View events.


Low Stakes
it is well known that WWE shows are staged and the winners are predetermined.
They are not trying to be sneaky about it, it’s in their name: the World
Wrestling Entertainment company with its roots based in sports and dramatic
theatre
. It is high-risk betting and as such, you should not stake your
month’s rent on a single bet. Use low stakes and value odds to make it
entertaining and increase your chances of making a profit.

Betting tips

Each betting strategy is based on tips and tricks to make it
successful. Some tips that apply to WWE betting are:


Follow the storyline – WWE wrestlers do not win or lose because of their skills or performances. They win or lose based on the script of a storyline. Each weekly episode of Raw or SmackDown is a story that builds up to the main event between two or more wrestlers. This story is based on a script from some writers who decide the winner of a WWE match before it even begins. Their motive in the storyline is to bring as much interest and attention to WWE as possible
because that translates into financial profit for them. As such, pay attention to the development of the storyline. More often than not, one wrestler will be portrayed as the bad guy with the other being the good guy. But the favourite, most liked wrestler will not necessarily be the winner as predictability is not always good for the ratings.


Ignore leaked stories – the outcomes of WWE matches are predetermined by a select few people who know choose who the winning wrestler will be before the wrestler himself does. Which he does, even before stepping in the ring because he has to rehearse for it. These scriptwriters keep everything in total secrecy. However,
there is always that tipster who will claim to have inside information from the storyline writers and is willing to share that with you in exchange for money. It is very likely a scam where the ‘secret’ is either a guess or a prediction. You can do that on your own without having to pay money for it.


Research and analyze – recent results and head-to-head stats might not be as useful in WWE betting as in other sports. However, a look at the big picture of WWE and a closer look at each particular storyline can provide some insightful information. You should also take a look at previous data from WWE and see in which way outcomes of different storylines affected the company in terms of viewership and feedback. For example, if a portrayed villain wrestler wins against the favourite, well-liked one, the audience ratings might increase
following the shocking upset. So it would be in WWE’s interest to build up a villain and then turn him or her into a hero.

Where can you bet on WWE?

Thanks to the ever-growing interest in the novelty and
special bets markets, you can bet on WWE at most reputable land-based or onlinebookies in the UK. Recommended bookmakers for WWE betting are:


SkyBet


PaddyPower

       888sports


Betfair


William Hill


Betway

The most popular events

On top of having weekly shows and its own broadcasting
network, WWE also has some major events throughout the year. These are usually
available on Pay-per-View and draw in high viewership numbers. This is where
you will find a large selection of WWE betting odds with value in them. Some of
these main events are:


Royal Rumble


Wrestlemania


Elimination Chamber (Raw)


Fastlane (SmackDown)


Money in the Bank


Hell in a Cell


Survivor Series


SummerSlam

WWE Lingo

There is definitely some lingo being used in WWE and it is
best to know their meaning to fully understand what the wrestlers are saying
and the context it plays in the storyline. Some examples are:

WWE Lingo

Meaning

Angle

A non-wrestling fragment that moves forward the
storyline

Face

A wrestling hero or favourite among the public

Gimmick

The way a wrestler calls his or her character

Heat

Audience booing

Heel

The bad guy or villain

Jobbing

A wrestler losing a match

Marks

Term used to describe wrestling fans

Pop

Audience cheering

Selling

Word used to describe a wrestler who acts hurt or
injured

Tweener

A wrestler who is neither a villain or a hero

FAQ

  1. Is WWE staged?
    Yes, it is staged, choreographed and rehearsed. The winners are
    selected before they step into the ring.
  2. Why would I bet on
    WWE if it’s staged?
    Opportunity. When done right, WWE betting can be profitable. Just
    because it’s staged, WWE should not be ignored. It’s similar to betting on
    other special bets like Britain’s Got Talent, where the winner is voted by
    the public and you predict who that will be.
  3. Is there value in WWE betting?
    Most bookmakers offer WWE betting for entertainment and to bring in
    new members. Because it is not a popular betting market, they do not spend
    much time and effort on setting the odds and updating them. That is where
    you will identify some value odds.

 

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