WrestleMania Night 1 Odds: Who Will Leave as the WWE Champion?

WrestleMania marks the biggest night of the year in the world of professional wrestling. Every year around this time, the WWE’s biggest names clash to settle rivalries and crown new champions. In other words, it’s the Super Bowl of pro wrestling.

This year’s WrestleMania will take place over two nights in front of 25,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Night 1 of WrestleMania is set to go down on Saturday, April 10 and the card is filled with several high-profile matches, including a WWE Championship bout between Drew McIntyre and the defending champion, Bobby Lashley.

While professional wrestling may not have as big of a presence in sports betting as football or basketball, WrestleMania weekend is popular enough for sportsbooks to release odds on the event.

Here are the odds and betting lines that BetOnline has released for some of the bigger matches taking place in Tampa this weekend.

WrestleMania Odds: WWE Championship Match – Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre

Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, April 8

  • Drew McIntyre -200
  • Bobby Lashley +150

Before last year’s WrestleMania, the WWE was building Drew McIntyre up to be its next top superstar. Fans began to start cheering for him organically until the COVID-19 pandemic forced WWE to close off its shows to fans. However, McIntyre still ended up winning the WWE Championship at last year’s event and held it until November 2020. Now, former MMA fighter Bobby Lashley is the champion heading into the event.

The two have been feuding for the last several months and are set to climax at WrestleMania. At -200, McIntyre is favored to win and it makes sense because it would allow him to finally win the WWE Championship in front of fans after the global pandemic prevent that moment last year.

Bad Bunny and Damien Priest vs. The Miz and John Morrison Odds

Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, April 8

  • Bad Bunny and Damien Priest -950
  • The Miz and John Morrison +500

For as long as the event has been around, celebrities like Mickey Rourke, Cyndi Lauper and Snoop Dogg are just some of the names that have appeared at WrestleMania. Now, Bad Bunny, one of the biggest pop stars in Latin America, will be wrestling his debut match.

Bad Bunny had appeared at WWE’s 2021 Royal Rumble back in January and has since found himself feuding with the tag team of The Miz and John Morrison.

Just because he’s a celebrity, don’t take Bad Bunny lightly. He’s a massive wrestling fan and moved to Florida so that he could train nearly every day at the WWE Performance Center in preparation for this match. At -950, he and Priest are heavy favorites to win at WrestleMania, which makes sense. WWE usually puts celebrities in winning situations and Bad Bunny has worked hard enough to prove that he’s taken this opportunity seriously.

WrestleMania Odds: SmackDown Women’s Championship – Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair

Odds via BetOnline as of Thursday, April 8

  • Bianca Belair -400
  • Sasha Banks +250

The biggest women’s match on Night 1 of WrestleMania is a battle for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship between defending champion Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair.

Belair earned the opportunity when she outlasted 29 other women in the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble. WWE has highlighted her almost every week since then, including hour-long documentaries and talk show appearances, leading fans to believe that she’s ready to be one of the faces of the company. Belair’s -400 odds indicate that BetOnline feels the same.

However, don’t count Banks out yet. While she’s 0-5 at WrestleMania, she’s been in WWE for nine years and some fans feel like this year could finally be the one where she gets her first win on the big stage.

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Devon Platana
After graduating with a Masters degree in Journalism, Devon joined USGS to improve his sports writing skills. As a lifelong sports fan, one of Devon’s favorite things to do is analyze statistics across all sports.