The WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show is set to begin at 5 PM ET on the WWE Network.
This show will include interviews, in-depth evaluation and two championship matches: U.S. name match and Cruiserweight title game. The following betting odds are courtesy of 5Dimes.
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Fatal 4-Way
Odds: (c)Buddy Murphy (-150) vs Akira Tozawa (+500) vs Kalisto (+400) vs Hideo Itami (+450)
Murphy enters this deadly four-way having successfully defended the Cruiserweight title because he won it on October 6th in his hometown at the Super Show-Down occasion on the WWE Network. He has become the driving force for 205 Live and is a big reason why this series is having any success.
After defeating Alexander at the TLC PPV occasion, Murphy was up for anything challenge was thrown his way. So, the WWE decided to do a deadly 4-way game where Buddy will need to defend his title against 3 other wrestlers. Murphy does need to be pinned to eliminate the belt.
Ordinarily, these games are utilized for two purposes: to take the belt off a champ with no making that wrestler seem weak or to possess the champ come out looking stronger by defeating multiple opponents.
Which way will the WWE book this match?
Oddsmakers feel that the WWE will keep the buckle on Murphy as he is a big favorite over another 3 wrestlers. The wise bet is on Murphy, he’s the safest pick for this game. Keep a look out for Itami who conquered Cedric Alexander to get into this game. Could the WWE eventually use Itami for more than an NXT celebrity?
WWE Bet: Buddy Murphy to keep the buckle (-150)
United States Title Match: (c)Rusev vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Odds: Rusev (-320), Nakamura (+240)
On the Christmas episode of SmackDown, Rusev amazed his followers with a championship triumph over Shinsuke Nakamura. Since that time, Nakamura was on a mission to receive his United States Championship belt backagain. This feud has turned private, so the WWE wants you to believe, as Rusev’s wife Lana was hurt during one of Nakamura’s attacks on Rusev.
A year ago, Nakamura won the men’s battle royal and could go on to face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34. He’s fighting for a secondary name on the Kickoff Show, this year. This is proof that the WWE does not have any idea what they are doing with Shinsuke.
Ironically, it is almost as though the WWE is taking the exact same approach Shinsuke they took with Rusev. It’s a way of epic failure and numerous missed opportunities despite what the WWE Universe has clamored for.
Both men deserve better than what they have going for them a feud that most fans don’t care about. That said, I expect the WWE to keep the belt Rusev as he is a fan favourite and it might give the belt some value until they pass it on to some rising heel like Andrade Cien Almas.
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