Who is Favored by Sports Books When Jinder Mahal Defends Against AJ Styles on Smackdown?
UPDATE – Since the odds went slightly in favor of AJ Styles, by the time word got out that there was a title change on RAW last night in Manchester AJ became heavily favored at -900 to Jinder Mahal’s +500. Cesaro and Sheamus becoming tag team champions on a pretaped event showed a willingness by the WWE to have title switch happen knowing spoilers would get out in advance, this could be the reason why the odds went so heavily in AJ’s favor. The long odds didn’t last however, as AJ’s odds decreased overnight. Jinder is now slightly favored at -160 to successfully defend the WWE Championship on Smackdown. There’s no indication that any of this is due to possible leaked finishes, but rather a run from gamblers backing Jinder and getting $5 for every $1 wagered on a possible victory. AJ Styles’ odds are currently +120, meaning a $100 bet upon success would win $120.
There are actually betting odds available for Tuesday’s Smackdown WWE Championship match between defending champion Jinder Mahal and challenger AJ Styles. This isn’t the first time odds makers took on a Smackdown match. This first happened over the Summer when John Cena and Shinsuke Nakamura faced off on television. Cena was favored early on, but Nakamura prevailed.
For Tuesday’s match the initial odds were and even bet, with both Mahal and Styles set at -120. The odds changed almost immediately and AJ is now a slight favorite at -155 to Jinder’s +115. As always, because this is a championship match, this doesn’t mean The Phenomenal One is favored to walk out of Smackdown as Champion due to the “champion’s advantage” of titles not changing hands due to a DQ or count out.
It’s also worth mentioning that The Maharajah has overcome long odds in the past during this championship reign. Another factor to consider is that Jinder is set to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series in a “champion vs champion” match. Styles winning the title could change that and some could argue that with AJ having more star power than Jinder, this would make for a more intriguing match and be more of a money draw. On the other hand, WWE is obviously firmly behind Mahal and a win over AJ would only elevate him further.
Once again, these odds are available at 5Dimes, where it’s free to register and no deposit or obligation to place wagers is required for those that simply want to follow the odds and see how they move. Players are accepted all over the world and bets can as low as 50 cents. This particular match is worth following because it could go in any direction. Usually odds close right as the match is starting, however this is being pretaped at the Manchester Arena in England, so these odds are likely to close before Smackdown airs.
Source – 5Dimes