Yes, WWE Has Tagged In DraftKings; No, You Can’t Bet On Roman Reigns

Written By Russ Mitchell on April 8, 2021
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Back in the ’80s, WWE fans knew how everything was going to play out on the weekly television shows.

The guy already in the ring with the pastel wrestling tights was never going to beat the guy with the entrance music, manager and bedazzled ensemble. Apologies to Barry Horowitz and the Brooklyn Brawler, but you guys were never going to win.

Even on your birthday. We knew that.

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These days, both opponents get entrance music and fancy robes with trim and rhinestones. Fans might not be able to easily determine the outcome, but enough details have been taken care of ahead of time to make pro wrestling a bad fit for sports wagering.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a partnership to be had.

DraftKings, WWE to launch free pools at WrestleMania

As the official gaming partner, DraftKings will launch an inaugural promotion April 10 and 11 at WrestleMania.

The partnership’s free-to-play pools include a series of chance questions around specific sporting events and/or content. The contests are available to any sportsbook customer, regardless of location. Participants compete for a cash prize pool.

The free aspect of the pool competitions means that customers can participate in states where legal sports betting is not yet available.

Prizes will be split among the top scorer or scorers, according to a DraftKings spokesperson:

“The agreement grants DraftKings exclusive rights to license media assets and in-game branding for WWE pay-per-view events, in addition to the free-to-play pool contest around WWE’s marquee event, WrestleMania 37. We are always exploring new and exciting ways to expand in our collaborations and look forward to additional opportunities for DraftKings customers to engage with WWE.”

The operator said its free-to-play pools product is created and based entirely on chance, without knowledge of the outcome of any sporting event.

The DraftKings spokesperson emphasized:

“We are not offering traditional wagering on WWE events.”

Your not-betting guide to WrestleMania 37

WrestleMania will take place Saturday and Sunday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay.

The two-night event will stream live exclusively on Peacock at 7 p.m. This event will have everything: Steel cage matches, Nigerian drum fights, tag team turmoil, Bad Bunny, triple threat matches …

No “Iron Mike Sharpe, though. Bless his soul; they used to squash him back in the ’80s.

Night 1

  • WWE Champion Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre
  • SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair
  • Bad Bunny & Damian Priest vs. The Miz & John Morrison
  • Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
  • Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. The Riott Squad vs. Natalya & Tamina – Tag Team Turmoil
  • Raw Tag Team Champion The New Day vs. AJ Styles & Omos
  • Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon — Steel Cage Match

Night 2

  • Universal Champion Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan — Triple Threat Match
  • “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton
  • Raw Women’s Champion Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley
  • United States Champion Riddle vs. Sheamus
  • Intercontinental Champion Big E vs. Apollo Crews — Nigerian Drum Fight
  • Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
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Russ Mitchell has been covering news and sports in northwest Iowa since 1997, including 11 years as managing editor for one of the most acclaimed community newspapers in the state. He looks forward to keeping readers up to date on the growing sportsbook industry in Iowa.

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