Wagering Options in Michigan

Michigan Sports Bettors Can't Wager on Pro Wrestling; What Are Other Options?

Over the past year, sports betting has rapidly increased in popularity in the US, with thirty states currently participating in a legal market of sports betting.

With two broadcast deals totaling more than $2 billion over the next two years, WWE has had a similarly successful year in many regards, even considering the recent departure of Vince McMahon.

No matter how much WWE tries to provide the appearance of authenticity by leaning toward the sporting side of sports entertainment, you wouldn't expect the two businesses to merge in any manner. However, there are legitimate ways to gamble on the results of WWE bouts, well, not bet, but rather just make a profit, let us explain.

DraftKings Wrestlemania Pool

DraftKings Michigan online casino and sportsbook provides exclusive access to WWE-related betting, which, as of today, is limited to free-to-play events.

In advance of this year’s Wrestlemania bout between Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, DraftKings has launched its DraftKings Wrestlemania free pool, making it easy for players to participate in the action at Wrestlemania 38. Unfortunately, Wrestlemania is now in our rearview mirror, but we hope that this promotion is going to come back for January’s Royal Rumble and next year’s Wrestlemania. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll finally get to see that Roman Reigns vs The Rock match. 

You cannot currently bet real money on professional wrestling if you reside in the United States. The DraftKings’ Wrestlemania free pool, however, was the next best thing in terms of making money. All you have to do before Wrestlemania is respond to a few questions on DraftKings’ website to be eligible for a free chance to win $25,000!

Michigan’s History with Wrestlemania

Detroit has a unique place in the history of WrestleMania. The Detroit region has hosted the annual event twice in its history. On March 29, 1987, the Pontiac Silverdome hosted WrestleMania 3, probably the most memorable of all the wrestling events. The powerslam by Hulk Hogan on Andre the Giant to start a new era of professional wrestling set an indoor attendance record of 93,173. It continues to be remembered as one of the most famous events in the industry, many remember it as the founding moment in the history of WWF and WWE. When Hulk Hogan became the icon of wrestling, the industry’s popularity skyrocketed, bringing millions of fans to their screens and creating a lot of young fans.

Twenty years later, WrestleMania 23 took place at Ford Field in Detroit. That event was attended by 80,103 people in total. Although Shawn Michaels was beaten by John Cena in the main event, Donald Trump's head-shaving of Vince McMahon is perhaps the highlight of the PPV.

Pontiac had held the indoor attendance record for decades until WrestleMania 34 broke it on April 8, 2018, with 101,763 spectators in AT&T Stadium. I can vouch for the fact that WrestleMania 23 was an experience, unlike any other. What WWE superstars perform on television is difficult to fully comprehend. Even in person, the things they do in the ring are simply hypnotizing.

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