WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show

The WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show is set to begin at 5 PM ET on the WWE Network.

This series will feature interviews, in-depth analysis and two championship matches: U.S. name game and Cruiserweight title game. The following gaming chances are courtesy of 5Dimes.
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Deadly 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 since he acquired it on October 6th in his hometown at the Super Show-Down event on the WWE Network. He’s become the driving force for 205 Live and is a large reason why this show has no success.
After defeating Alexander in the TLC PPV event, Murphy was up for whatever challenge was thrown his way. So, the WWE decided to perform a fatal 4-way match where Buddy will have to defend his title against 3 other wrestlers. Murphy does need to be pinned to eliminate the belt.
Ordinarily, these matches are utilized for two purposes: to take the belt off a champ with no making that wrestler look weak or to possess the champ come out looking more powerful by defeating multiple opponents.
Which way will the WWE book this game?
Oddsmakers believe that the WWE will continue to keep the belt on Murphy as he is a big favorite over the other 3 wrestlers. The wise bet is on Murphy, he’s the safest choice for this game. Keep an eye out. Can the WWE eventually use Itami for over an NXT celebrity?
WWE Bet: Buddy Murphy to keep the belt (-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 then, Nakamura was on a mission to get his United States Championship belt backagain. This feud has turned personal, or so the WWE would like 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 in WrestleMania 34. He’s fighting to get a secondary title on the Kickoff Show this year. This is evidence that the WWE has.
Ironically, it’s almost as if the WWE is taking the same approach Shinsuke that they took with Rusev. It’s an approach of epic collapse and many missed chances despite what the WWE Universe has clamored for.
Both guys deserve better than what they have going for them a feud that many fans don’t care about. With that said, I anticipate the WWE to keep the belt Rusev as he is a fan favourite and it could provide the belt a few worth till they pass it on to some rising heels such as Andrade Cien Almas.

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