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WWE WrestleMania 31 takes place tonight.
WrestleMania takes place at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California and is being shown live in North America on pay-per-view and on the WWE Network.The pre-PPV action is streaming live online (click on the video above to watch from around 18:30 ET/23:30 BST), while in the UK, WrestleMania 31 airs live via the WWE Network and on Sky Box Office/Sky Box Office HD from 00:00 BST.
A near-capacity crowd is expected at Levi’s Stadium tonight for WWE’s biggest show of the calendar year.
It will be the first WrestleMania event to be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and is headlined by the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns.
Brock Lesnar is now odds-on with bookmakers Paddy Power to win the main event of WrestleMania 31, after confirming he has signed a new contract with WWE.
Lesnar’s deal had been due to expire after his match against Reigns and his future had been the subject of much speculation in recent months, with reports suggesting the former UFC heavyweight champion could make a return to mixed martial arts.
However, the 37-year-old this week confirmed he is staying with World Wrestling Entertainment and that announcement forced the bookies into re-thinking their odds for the WrestleMania main event, with Paddy Power cutting his odds from 9/4 to 8/11 in recent days in their WrestleMania 31 odds market, while easing Reigns from 2/7 to Evens.
WrestleMania 31 card in full:
Main Event – WWE World Heavyweight Championship match
– Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
– Rusev (c) vs. John Cena
– The Undertaker vs. Bray Wyatt
– Sting vs. Triple H
– Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins
Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
– Bad News Barrett (c) vs. R-Truth vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust vs. Daniel Bryan
Tag Team Match
– AJ Lee and Paige vs. The Bella Twins
Pre-show – Fatal 4-Way Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship
– Tyson Kidd and Cesaro (c) vs. The New Day vs. Los Matadores vs. The Usos
Pre-show – Battle royal for the André the Giant Memorial Trophy
– Featuring Mark Henry, Big Show, Kane The Miz, Curtis Axel, Ryback, Fandango, Adam Rose, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Damien Mizdow, Sin Cara, Goldust, Heath Slater
Leigh Copson’s best three bets for WrestleMania 31:
Back Randy Orton to beat Seth Rollins (odds 6/4 at time of writing with Paddy Power)
This is a match that can certainly go either way on Sunday, but for me I think it will go the way of Randy Orton.
Seth Rollins obviously has a bright future ahead of him and WWE certainly has big plans for ‘Mr Money In The Bank’, but a loss at WrestleMania would not do any real damage to his rise. Orton needs to get his revenge for the attack that put him out of action and to get it he really has to have his hand raised on Sunday.
Rollins, on the other hand, can ride out a defeat because he is undoubtedly the number one heel on the roster at this time, and his character is made for instances like this where he can moan and probably blame the defeat on J&J Security or other members of The Authority.
Orton wins now, Rollins wins in the long run.
Back Daniel Bryan to win the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match (odds 1/2 at time of writing)
A large chunk of the fanbase are unhappy about Daniel Bryan being overlooked for the main event, but they should have something to cheer at the end of Sunday night’s ladder match.
WWE are reportedly looking to re-establish their secondary titles – with the aim of making them main event features on non-televised live events – and the Intercontinental title would almost certainly get a big boost in notoriety if Bryan was to claim it.
The former world heavyweight champion is considered a main-event star amongst the fans and of everyone in this match, he is the one that stands out if WWE’s intentions are to make their secondary belts means something again.
Plus, it would be a nice touch to see Bryan win a title he genuinely values after a difficult 12 months that saw him lose his father and get sidelined for lengthy period due to a neck injury.
Back Brock Lesnar to win the main event (Evens at time of writing with William Hill)
Of all my tips, this is the riskiest. Brock Lesnar’s contract situation has been the subject of much speculation in recent months, and amid rumours he was planning a return to MMA the bookies went with Roman Reigns as their odds-on favourite.
However, the ‘Beast Incarnate’ put an end to all of the chatter when he inked a new contract with WWE at last Monday night’s episode of RAW and that has forced the bookies to have a rethink. Some are now odds-on about him winning the match, but William Hill are offering Evens and that is certainly worth considering now that Lesnar is committed to WWE for another three years.
Him winning would certainly tie in with reports that the company are planning to make their secondary titles main-event features on the live show circuit.
– Back Randy Orton to beat Seth Rollins
– Back Daniel Bryan to win the Intercontinental Championship Ladder Match
– Back Brock Lesnar to win the main event