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Podcast Episode 270: Fastlane 2017 Results

Uh oh. There’s a slow car in the fast lane, and traffic is getting backed up. People are getting frustrated, and looking for some way to just get past all of this. No, it’s not just a road trip to Vegas – it’s the Road to WrestleMania.

Fastlane was full of confusing booking decisions, and RAW more or less continued them. I can’t honestly say I’m excited by anything happening on RAW these days. Save us, SmackDown! Save WrestleMania!

Featuring: Psyniac (@rawispsyniac), Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag), and ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman).

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Podcast Episode 266: Samoa Joe vs Roman Reigns

Samoa Joe debuted on RAW last week and made quite the splash as he literally took out Seth Rollins. His brutality continued this week as he faced Seth’s buddy Roman, but let’s be clear – this story is about Roman Reigns and his feud with Braun Strowman. What’s in Joe’s future, then, as his match with Rollins seems likely to be canceled?

Also: we had TWO championship matches on RAW. However, they both occurred with little to no fanfare, so you could guess what happened… And don’t even get me started on Goldberg’s (likely successful) pursuit of the Universal Championship…

At least we have SmackDown, though, right? Though The Dirty Sheets will cover SmackDown in depth, we’ll at least touch on this weekend’s Elimination Chamber as a few of us will be on hand (right here!) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Featuring: Joshua Schlag (@thesteelcage / @schlizzag), ‘The Beast from the Middle East’ Darrell Johnson (@zazzumplop), and ‘The Mayor of Reseda’ Derek (@cap_kaveman).

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The Most Open Royal Rumble Ever

A look at who could possibly win the most wide open Royal Rumble ever, where even the betting favorite has changed six times in four months

It’s fairly standard protocol for the WWE to tell you that their annual Royal Rumble event is “anyone’s for the taking” and that everyone has an equal one in thirty shot, however, that is never ever the reality, with the Rumble usually being between two or three guys at best, and often it’s simply a predictable one horse race.This year appears to be a massive exception to the norm, with the number of potential winners now exceeding double figures and with no clear betting favorite. In addition to that, the betting favorite has changed six times since SummerSlam.Let’s have a look at the changes in favoritism.

Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins: Lesnar and Seth Rollins were originally was installed as joint 4/1 favorites. As it became clear that both were penciled in for matches against Shane McMahon and Triple H, their odds plummeted.

For those not clued up about what these odds mean, they mean a $100 bet on either would return $500 ($400 profit and the $100 stake returned).

Finn Balor: Finn spent a large amount of time as the favorite, with rumors indicating that he would be fit to return by the Royal Rumble. Having vacated the Universal Title after SummerSlam, Finn Balor seemed like the logical favorite.

Goldberg: After his win over Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series, Goldberg extended his deal with WWE and announced his entry into the Royal Rumble. The bookmakers reacted and instantly installed Goldberg as the favorite. He has since drifted out to 14/1.

Chris Jericho: Jericho spent a short time as the favorite after Roadblock, with the belief obviously being that Owens and Jericho would square off at WrestleMania, with the WWE Universal Title on the line.

Although the pair will certainly face at WrestleMania, it looks unlikely to be for the Universal Title, after Jericho captured the US Title. It’s highly unlikely that WWE would book the match as Champion vs Champion and bookmakers agree, with Jericho now out to 12/1.

The Undertaker: This is an extremely interesting one and demonstrates the current power of internet rumors. Many assumed that The Undertaker would simply win the Rumble and face John Cena.

However, Undertaker’s odds ironically drifted out after him announcing his involvement in the Rumble on RAW, as Dave Meltzer reported that Vince McMahon had canceled the Cena vs Undertaker match and that Undertaker had been moved onto Raw.

This has not been confirmed by WWE whatsoever, however, this story was picked up by every major internet wrestling site, resulting in Undertaker no longer being the favorite.

Braun Strowman: For weeks on my podcast, I have ridiculed any possibility of the WWE actually booking Roman Reigns vs Strowman for the WWE Universal Title at WrestleMania, despite it looking like the direction that the company’s taking on TV.

I can not fathom that WWE would be so blind as to book a match in a such a high profile spot, that will be undoubtedly booed by 70,000 people. However, as it stands, Strowman is currently the favorite to win the Rumble at 2/1.

He is also the odds-on favorite to eliminate the most men (odds-on means you have to bet more than your actual possible profit. He is currently 4/5, so you would have to bet $100 to win $180, so only an $80 profit from your $100 bet).

My thoughts

As I mentioned earlier, the Royal Rumble is wide open. I initially favored a Raw participant to win the Rumble, believing that Smackdown Live would use the Elimination Chamber (the next Smackdown PPV), to crown their No.1 contender.

I believed that the company would have Brock Lesnar win the Royal Rumble and Goldberg win the WWE Universal Title at WWE Fastlane on Sunday 5th March. It would be a great way to rebuild Brock after his 86 second loss and It would be a chance to get the Title onto Goldberg, which is something I believe the fans would like to see.

It would also raise the stakes for the final match between Goldberg vs Lesnar, making Lesnar’s two losses irrelevant, as he would win the final and most significant match of their trilogy.

The only problem with doing this is that the Universal Title would belong to a part-timer for several months, possibly up to SummerSlam in August.

However, my theory was thrown out the window last Tuesday when Shane McMahon announced that the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match would simply be a WWE Title defense by the Champion (AJ or Cena).

This now means that neither Raw or Smackdown have a clear way of crowning their own No.1 Contender, should the winner come from the opposing brand.

This opens the door wide open to both brands housing the Rumble winner, and a whole host of options, where even a debutante like Samoa Joe is being talked about as a contender.

Be it by accident or by design, the WWE have done a great job in making this year’s Royal Rumble genuinely unpredictable and must-see. Stay tuned to my podcast, The Dirty Sheets, as we will continue to speculate who will win the 2017 Royal Rumble.

This article was originally published at Sportskeeda.

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