The WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Show is set to Start at 5 PM ET on the WWE Network.
This show will feature interviews, in-depth evaluation and two championship matches: U.S. name game and Cruiserweight title match. The next gaming chances are courtesy of 5Dimes.
WWE Cruiserweight Title Match: Deadly 4-Way
Odds: (c)Buddy Murphy (-150) vs Akira Tozawa (+500) vs Kalisto (+400) vs Hideo Itami (+450)
Murphy enters this deadly four-way having successfully defended the Cruiserweight title because he acquired it on October 6th in his hometown at the Super Show-Down occasion on the WWE Network. He’s become the driving force for 205 Live and is a large reason why this series is having any success.
After beating Alexander at the TLC PPV event, Murphy was up for whatever challenge was thrown his way. So, the WWE decided to do a deadly 4-way game where Buddy might need to defend his title against 3 other wrestlers. Murphy does have to be pinned to lose the belt.
Typically, these games are used for two purposes: to take the belt off a champ without making that wrestler seem weak or to possess the champ come out looking more powerful by defeating multiple opponents.
Which way will the WWE book this game?
Oddsmakers believe that the WWE will keep the buckle on Murphy as he’s a big favorite over the other 3 wrestlers. The smart bet is on Murphy, he’s the safest pick for this match. Keep an eye out. Can the WWE eventually use Itami for over an NXT celebrity?
WWE Bet: Buddy Murphy to keep the buckle (-150)
United States Title Match: (c)Rusev vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Odds: Rusev (-320), Nakamura (+240)
On the Christmas episode of SmackDown, Rusev surprised his followers with a championship triumph over Shinsuke Nakamura. Since that time, Nakamura has been on a mission to get his United States Championship belt back. This feud has turned private, so the WWE would like you to think, as Rusev’s spouse Lana was hurt during one of Nakamura’s attacks on Rusev.
A year ago, Nakamura won the men’s battle royal and could go on to face AJ Styles at WrestleMania 34. He is fighting for a secondary name on the Kickoff Show this year. This is further evidence that the WWE has.
Ironically, it is almost as if the WWE is taking the exact same approach Shinsuke they took with Rusev. It is an approach of epic collapse and numerous missed chances despite what the WWE Universe has clamored for.
Both guys deserve better than what they have going for them — a feud that many fans do not care about. With that said, I expect the WWE to keep the belt Rusev as he’s a fan favorite and it might give the belt some value until they pass it on to a rising heel like Andrade Cien Almas.
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