Today, I look at the betting trends leading up to WWE Backlash. Two things before we get into the odds for Backlash: (1) Betting odds for WWE represent possible spoilers. While it is not a certainty, they are right more often than not. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now! (2) A quick reminder of how American betting odds work in case you are used to another format:
A “favorite” is given a negative number. This is the amount of money that needs to be placed on that competitor to win $100. For example, if someone is a -300 favorite, you need to bet $300 to potentially win $100. If you win the bet, you get $400 back (your original $300 and your $100 profit). If you lose the bet, you lose your $300. -300 = 1/3 in fractional odds.
An “underdog” is given a positive number. This is the amount of money you will WIN so long as you bet $100. For example, if someone is a +450 underdog, you need to bet $100 to potentially win $450. If you win the bet, you get $550 back (your original $100 and your $450 profit). If you lose the bet, you lose your $100. +450 = 9/2 in fractional odds.
Coming off the heels of the Greatest Royal Rumble, the odds for Backlash came out later than usual, with the opening lines on April 28th featuring only 3 matches. Last year, Randy Orton closed as a -600 favorite to win the WWE Championship over +350 underdog Jinder Mahal and we all know how that turned out. Without further ado, let’s get into the odds for Backlash 2018…