Topless men in tights grappling each other in front of a crowd of 90,000 people. It might sound like a sell-out at the drag show in Las Vegas but it’s actually all about WrestleMania 29 in New Jersey. Tonight the ‘sport’s’ (and that term is used loosely) biggest superstars fight it out on the biggest stage of them all.
Here at The Paddy Power Blog we’ve managed to stop ogling the Bella Twins long enough to bring you all the stats and form you need to know before placing your WrestleMania bets.
John Cena v The Rock
WWE Championship match
- 59 per cent of the time a new WWE Champion is crowned at WrestleMania
- The Rock and John Cena have both appeared at WrestleMania nine times each. The Rock has won five of his matches (56 per cent) and Cena has won six (67 per cent)
- In 2012 The Rock beat John Cena at WrestleMania by giving him a rock bottom and scoring the pin.
At 1/7 John Cena is the red-hot favourite to beat The Rock and regain the WWE Championship. He just edges it in regards to WrestleMania form despite being pinned by The Rock last year. Rocky is 4/1 to retain his belt, something only 41 per cent of WWE Champions have managed to do on the biggest stage of them all.
Alberto Del Rio v Jack Swagger
WWE Heavyweight Championship match
- Heavyweight Championship challengers have a 70 per cent success rate at WrestleMania
- Alberto Del Rio has only appeared once at WrestleMania, losing a World Heavyweight title match to Edge in 2011
- Jack Swagger has a 100 per cent Mania record, winning both of the matches he has been involved in.
Alberto Del Rio is odds-on at 2/7 but the better bet might be with Swagger at 9/4. Heavyweight title challengers have a great record at WrestleMania and Swagger knows what it takes to get the job done in a main event.
The Undertaker v CM Punk
- The Undertaker holds the record for the longest unbeaten WrestleMania streak at 20-0
- CM Punk has a 50 per cent success rate at WrestleMania, winning three of the six bouts he has been involved in
- Punk will be bringing Paul Heyman to the ring with him as manager. That still might not be enough though as wrestlers who bring a manager with them have a success rate of just 57 per cent.
The Undertaker’s incredible WrestleMania record has the Paddy Power traders scrambling so there isn’t much value in him at 1/12. They don’t want anything to do with CM Punk at 11/2 and the presence of Heyman won’t be enough for the straight-edged superstar.
Triple H v Brock Lesnar
- Triple H has a 44 per cent success rate at WrestleMania
- Brock Lesnar has only appeared at Mania twice, beating Kurt Angle in 2003 and then losing to Goldberg in 2004
- Triple H lost here in 2011 and 2012, both times to The Undertaker
At 2/7 it is hard to see Triple H getting beat here. It is nearly a decade since Lesnar fought at Mania and Triple H’s experience of the big stage might give him the edge. He’s lost at the last two Wrestlemanias and he’ll be keen to stop the rot with the help of Shawn Michaels.
Team Hell No v Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
Tag Team Championship match
- The Tag Team Championships have been up for grabs 21 times at WrestleMania. 11 times (52 per cent) a new pair of Champs have emerged with the current holders regaining their belts on 10 occasions (48 per cent)
- Daniel Bryan has fought at Mania once and lost while his partner Kane has just a 43 per cent success rate
- Dolph Ziggler has appeared at Wrestlemania twice, winning one and losing one, with his partner Big E Langston making his Mania debut
There isn’t much to chose between the two sides with Team Hell No at 8/15 and Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston a shade of odds-against at 11/8. None of the four competitors have a particularly eye-catching WrestleMania record and there is no strong Tag Team Title trend. The appearance of AJ Lee might just swing it for Ziggler and Langston with wrestlers bringing managers to the ring having a 57 per cent success rate.