WrestleMania 36 may be a long way away but Sky Bet are already giving betting odds on their website for who will headline the show of shows. The British-based gambling company have named more than 20 potential match-ups for the event on April 5th, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.
Just because a match is listed on the website doesn’t necessarily mean it is likely to take place. For example, Edge & Beth Phoenix vs Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch is included but has odds of 100/1. Given Edge retired in 2011, after being diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis, this hardly seems like a safe bet.
There are however still plenty of proposed matches which could realistically happen, and go on last. The favourites include some of the biggest stars in the WWE and even a couple of the biggest stars outside of it. According to Sky Bet, here are the 10 matches most likely to close WrestleMania 36.
Note: This list is purely for entertainment purposes and is not meant to encourage gambling on wrestling events that aren’t happening for another 9 months.
10. The Four Horsewomen Vs The Four Horsewomen
WWE’s Four Horsewomen made up of Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, Bayley & Sasha Banks vs The Four Horsewomen of MMA made up of Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke.
This match has been destined for some time with a confrontation occurring between the two groups back at the 2017 Mae Young Classic. Since then, there have been several clashes on social media and of course the big rivalry between Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair. However, with question marks over both Banks and Rousey’s future in the WWE, this match may not even be possible next year.
9. Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar
Did someone say WrestleMania rematch?
The clash between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans was poorly received by fans. Lesnar winning the match and retaining the Universal Championship was however a hugely shocking moment as almost everything indicated a win for The Big Dog. Perhaps WWE want to avenge Roman’s bloody loss by having them go at it again at WrestleMania 36.
After cashing-in on Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules, Brock is now the Universal Champion once again. If history is anything to go by he could easily hang on to that title until next year, no matter how much fans complain. If that is the case, there won’t be many stars more credible than Roman Reigns to dethrone him.
8. Roman Reigns Vs Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins
Speaking of rematches between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Their match at WrestleMania 31 was a singles bout before it was interrupted by a cash-in from Seth Rollins. The fans gave that main event in Santa Clara a much warmer reception, so WWE may want to try and recreate some of that magic next year. Also, as Seth Rollins jumped into the match late, there is some justification for a bout where they all start in the ring together. Maybe.
As with the previous entry, this match is perhaps more plausible now Brock Lesnar is Universal Champion. And rather than a well-trodden singles feud, WWE may opt for the potentially more interesting triple threat dynamic.
7. Becky Lynch Vs Ronda Rousey
Odds: 16/1 Who believed the main event of this year’s WrestleMania in East Rutherford should have been a straight singles match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey, and that Charlotte Flair was an unnecessary addition?
Well if you did, you could get your wish just one year later if this match goes ahead. There is plenty of story already established, including the fact that neither woman has made the other tap out. The Twitter exchanges alone would be worth watching.
6. The Rock Vs John Cena
The Rock vs John Cena could become a trilogy of WrestleMania main events. They already closed out WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami Gardens and WrestleMania 29 (also in East Rutherford), with the first event becoming the highest grossing show in WWE history. It seems unlikely they would wrestle again in such a high profile match, given how busy both men are in Hollywood, which makes these odds a little surprising.
A third match would also make the full year build to their ‘Once in a Lifetime’ encounter in 2012 even more insulting.
5. Seth Rollins Vs AJ Styles
Full-time roster members for this entry. Seth Rollins and AJ Styles are two of the best wrestlers in the business. They had their first WWE match together at Money in the Bank, 2019 with the Beast Slayer emerging victorious, and retaining the Universal Championship. Styles then went out injured and the pair moved on to other story-lines. As The Phenomenal One is now a heel and reunited with The Club, there could be a very different dynamic if the two started feuding again in time for WrestleMania 36.
This one would probably necessitate Seth Rollins taking the Universal Championship back at SummerSlam next month, or else one of them winning a major title before WrestleMania. But the real challenge for Seth now is remaining relevant enough for people to be invested in a feud such as this.
4. Roman Reigns Vs John Cena
Still shocking to think that Roman Reigns and John Cena had their first singles match together at No Mercy, 2017. It wasn’t even the main event. With the star power involved, the match was obviously WrestleMania worthy, which WWE frequently stated at the time despite condemning the rivalry to a B-level show. Reigns ended up winning so maybe Cena could seek revenge for some reason in 2020 and the match will headline WrestleMania this time.
Mainstream stars like John Cena and The Rock popping up in these betting odds suggests their presence may be needed. With AEW on the rise and falling ratings, it is reasonable to assume WWE will try and recruit big names for their next Marquee event.
3. Roman Reigns Vs Braun Strowman
In case you hadn’t noticed, Roman Reigns comes up a lot in the WrestleMania betting odds, probably because he’s headlined 4 of the last 5. The latest and last 14/1 has him facing Braun Strowman. The pair have quite a history together with the Monster Among Men proving a valiant foe for The Big Dog. If they were to come together again for WrestleMania 36, at the very least there should be plenty of Braun pushing over emergency vehicles to enjoy in the build-up.
Braun Strowman remains a prominent figure on WWE’s main roster but is yet to win a major title. Perhaps a main event feud like this would see him get the kind of crowning moment many fans were hoping for in 2018.
2. Roman Reigns Vs The Rock
There have been occasional rumours of this one happening for a while now. WWE have even proposed Roman Reigns vs The Rock in a published video entitled ‘5 things we want to see at WrestleMania 36: WWE List This!’. They put the contest forward as a suggestion to make 36 the greatest WrestleMania yet and there is no question this would be quite a marquee match.
The cousins are currently co-starring in the latest Fast & Furious film (Hobbs & Shaw) so we can only speculate as to why they might start feuding. Perhaps Rock is still angry about failing to get Reigns over at the 2015 Royal Rumble.
1. Roman Reigns Vs Seth Rollins
The joint shortest odds (but listed first) are for Roman Reigns to face Seth Rollins. Another potential rivalry with plenty of history to draw on. Perhaps if Dean Ambrose hadn’t become Jon Moxley again and signed with AEW, these odds would be for a triple threat.
As it stands, WWE would have a hard job cutting the Lunatic Fringe out of all of the video packages. In fact, that is probably the biggest reason why they wouldn’t book this match. The last thing WWE will want is to remind everyone that The Shield’s third member is helping their biggest competition in years.
WWE may still be able to find interesting angles without mentioning the iconic faction though, perhaps simply focusing instead on whether Seth can slay the Big Dog. If this potential match does go on to main event WrestleMania 36 and Seth is victorious, the biggest question has to be, would WWE market a Big Dog Slayer T-shirt?