Betting odds last night proved to do very poorly during last night's (Sun. August 20, 2017) SummerSlam pay-per-view (PPV) event.
There were quite a few upsets that took place during last night's card from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, that saw all but two titles on the night change hands during their matches. Quite a bit of upsets took place during the card, including Shinsuke Nakamura, who has a favorite to win, failing to capture the WWE Championship from Jinder Mahal. Also, John Cena defeating Baron Corbin was an upset on the betting lines, Sasha Banks defeating Alexa Bliss for the RAW Women's Title was yet another upset, as well as Rusev losing to Randy Orton in just a matter of seconds.
A couple of tag team bouts, The Usos defeating The New Day for the SmackDown Live Tag Team Titles and The Miz and The Miztourage defeating The Hardys and Jason Jordan, were also considered upsets.
Bet Wrestling recently released a statement following the event pertaining to why the odds didn't play out as expected during SummerSlam, noting all the upsets that took place and how this could affect betting on professional wrestling going forward (quotes via Wrestling Inc.):
"The smart money odds never came in for this year's SummerSlam and it appears WWE has finally sealed the leaks that have been affecting the betting odds for years. Time will tell if this is a permanent policy to keep the outcomes under wraps. As a result there were 5 upsets out of 13 matches.
"While Shinsuke Nakamura had been heavily favored to defeat Jinder Mahal in the WWE Championship match, those odds flipped hours before the match slightly in Mahal's favor. Jinder ended up winning. Not exactly an upset by the final odds, however Nakamura was at -1500 at one point, so earlier bets on Mahal paid off nicely.
"The Smackdown Women's Championship also flipped before the event in Natalya's favor, as well and held up with Natty beating Naomi for the title.
"John Cena was a slight underdog against Baron Corbin, however was able to win and this can be considered an upset.
"Sasha Banks was able to win the WWE Raw Championship from Alexa Bliss as a slight underdog, however Banks had been favored throughout most of the week the before the odds flipped in Bliss' favor. Another upset.
"Rusev was surprisingly favored to win from early on, and was able to hold on to the favorability up until the bell rang. Randy Orton pulled off the victory anyway, yet another upset.
"The Usos, a +400 underdog, managed to successfully regain the Smackdown Tag Team Championships against the New Day at -600. Even in the first preshow match the odds did not hold up. The Miz and The Miztourage upset The Hardy Boyz and Jason Jordan.
"If this trend continues, the landscape of the betting odds has effectively been changes and smart money leading to spoilers could be history."
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