WWE Super Showdown came and went, and it was a show. Betting-wise, the match card didn’t exactly offer many options with intriguing returns. Seth Rollins, Kofi Kingston, and Finn Balor all retained their titles, as expected, and none had payout potential. There were three matches with interesting betting lines, however. Randy Orton defeated Triple H, paying out at -125 odds, The Undertaker beat Goldberg and paid out at -110, and in the only betting upset win of the night (in singles action, anyway), Shane McMahon defeated Roman Reigns, paying off at +333 odds.
Looking ahead, there are two long-term prop bets available from Bovada. The first bet takes a look at seven WWE Superstars and asks which will be the first to sign and appear with All Elite Wrestling. While Finn Balor’s name is certainly a surprise (and at a minuscule +275!), the other wrestlers available are a collection of under-utilized and unhappy Superstars.
Dolph Ziggler is the odds on favorite at +200, followed by Balor, Shinsuke Nakamura (+300), and Luke Harper (+450). The longshot contenders are Sasha Banks (+1000), Rusev (+1000), and The Revival (+1000). Aside from Balor, there is reason to believe that any or all of these wrestlers could theoretically find themselves knocking on AEW’s door. At least some of these options have either publicly stated they wish to be released from WWE (Luke Harper), have been the subject of credible reports that they’ve asked WWE management for their release (The Revival), or have been openly and publicly critical of WWE and WWE creative (Sasha Banks).
In the second wager, a new twist on a question that wrestling fans have been clamoring about for over five years: Will CM Punk appear at All Elite Wrestling’s “All Out” pay per view? The “Voice of the Voiceless” hasn’t officially appeared in a wrestling capacity since the 2014 WWE Royal Rumble, walking out of the company and away from the business the day after the event. Ever since, his name has echoed through arenas at WWE events, both as a protest of WWE with whatever storytelling was going on at the moment and as a hopeful cry that so many wrestling fans’ favorite wrestler would return.
While it seems beyond unlikely that CM Punk would set foot in a WWE ring again (though if Bret Hart can do that, anything is possible), fans were given new hope in 2018 when Cody Rhodes and The Young Bucks put on “All In” in Punk’s hometown of Chicago, Illinois. CM Punk did not appear at the event, though the success of “All In” led to the formation of AEW and the “Double or Nothing” pay per view in Las Vegas on Memorial Day weekend. Now, as All Elite Wrestling builds towards another show in Chicago, the hope of a CM Punk sighting returns.
The betting odds for this one are shockingly lopsided, with a “Yes” bet posting at -220 and the “No” listed at +155. Considering that CM Punk has been focused on his MMA career ever since, including two fights in UFC and a commentary job with CFFC, these are pretty surprising. By the time “All Out” rolls around, it will be over 2,000 days since CM Punk’s last wrestling appearance. Although, there was that time in April that a masked wrestler made Daryck St. Holmes “Go To Sleep” at an MKE Wrestling show. Could the odds be a sign that the Straight Edge Savior might be considering an appearance with AEW, or does this provide potential for a major payday?
You can find Drew Goldfarb and Rick Rockwell’s thoughts on these topics and more by watching the video at the top of this page. Be sure to check out “The Payoff” every week (playlist available here), and check out Rick’s article on these wagers for even more details.