On yer bike: cycling industry out-pedaled by demand

first_imgCycling is booming across the globe as people seek to avoid crowded buses and trains on their commute in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — or get back into shape after long months of lockdown.But with bicycle sales exploding in many countries, the craze has left manufacturers and retailers out-pedaled by demand.In Paris, where mayor Anne Hidalgo has been working hard to put cycling on the map, vastly increasing the number of bike lanes in recent years, would-be buyers often have to wait weeks for a brand new ride. “For three or four weeks now, I’ve had a dozen or so clients waiting. And I’ve had to return money to a few because I simply have no idea when I’ll have bikes for them,” independent Paris retailer Federico Mosca told AFP.One customer, 31-year-old Nicolas, said he had visited eight different shops before getting lucky.Even then, he was forced to bust his budget and buy a more expensive model because the cheaper bike he wanted was sold out.”I was looking for a specific bike and had given myself a month to buy one, but it’s not available anywhere,” he said. Broken chainBut in addition to runaway demand from the end consumer, lockdowns have made it difficult for European and US manufacturers to obtain parts.The Confederation of the European Bicycle Industry (CONEBI) estimates that 45 to 50 percent of parts for all bikes sold in Europe are imported from Asia.Moreno Fioravanti, secretary general of the European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association (EBMA), said the industry has “lost three months of production of components, and our stockpiles were used up in only two months”.Pancho Pimentel, marketing chief for Summit Bicycles, which has five stores in California, said “there are shortages everywhere, from bike brands to parts”.Cycling “works off of a global supply chain that has been interrupted due to COVID-19 and its consequences are being seen in every category”, he said.According to CONEBI, 7.3 million bikes and e-bikes were imported into Europe last year, principally from Taiwan and Cambodia.The world’s leading manufacturer, Taiwan-based Giant, saw its European sales increase by 140 percent year-on-year in June, driven in particular by sales of e-bikes.Its order-book is full until the first half of next year and it is similarly optimistic for the second half.However, CONEBI’s director general, Manuel Marsilio, said the bike shortage was not as bad as some people might suggest.”There was some shortage because of two months of lockdown, due to the fact that EU production stopped,” he said.”But our bike industry is working very hard to fill the gap. It is a very positive thing that we have so many small and medium-sized makers all over Europe, who are very flexible.”Most EU producers will continue to work also in July and August, so there won’t be a halt in the summer,” he said. Leading retail chain Decathlon said it also has waiting lists, but can refurbish second-hand bikes for impatient customers.French bicycle sales doubled in May and June compared to the same months last year, according to the sporting and cycling federation.Sales are booming in most countries around the world.Decathlon calculated that in Europe overall, sales “have increased two- and even threefold”.In China, demand has increased fivefold since lockdowns were eased.And in the US, sales of bikes have exploded, with online purchases alone skyrocketing in May by 5,000 percent over the figure for the same month last year. Overall US sales, both online and in-store, jumped by 81 percent year-on-year to $1.1 billion (950 million euros) in May, according to People for Bikes, a coalition of manufacturers and retailers.  Topics :last_img read more

Senegal: Cairn preparing SNE FPSO tender

first_imgCairn Energy, a London-listed oil company, has shed some light on the development progress of its large SNE oil discovery offshore Senegal.The company said on Monday detailed planning was underway for the for phased development of SNE field using a standalone FPSO with subsea wells and expansion capability.According to Cairn, engagement with major contractors has started prior to formal tendering for the FPSO and subsea infrastructure later this year.The transfer of operatorship to Australia’s Woodside for the development phase is planned to take place next year with Cairn continuing exploration activities on the acreage.The JV plans to submit an evaluation report and exploitation plan to the Government of Senegal in 2018. The Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) is also planned to start next year with a FID targeted before the end of 2018.Cairn estimates that the first phase of the SNE development will target ~240mmbbls principally in the S500 lower reservoirs with an initial target plateau of 75,000-125,000 bopd (dependent on FPSO capacity). The initial well count is up to 25 with oil producers, water and gas injectors. First oil is targeted from 2021 to 2023.The subsequent development phases will target the S400 upper reservoirs and additional areas, with current Cairn estimates of an additional well count of 40 wells, with 20 producers and 20 water injectors.The current SNE development plans assume gas re-injection during initial development with the potential for gas export in later phases. It is estimated that the SNE field holds more than 1 TcF recoverable non associated gas and 0.3 TcF of associated gas.Cairn (Operator) has a 40% WI in three blocks offshore Senegal (Sangomar Deep, Sangomar Offshore and Rusique Offshore) alongside partners, Woodside 35% WI, FAR Ltd 15% WI and the Senegal National Oil Company, Petrosen 10% WI.last_img read more

Siemens Gamesa Contracts FairWind for Turbine Pre-Assembly

first_imgSiemens Gamesa has contracted FairWind for turbine pre-assembly work for the Borssele 1+2 offshore wind project in the Netherlands and the Yunlin project in Taiwan.The work for Borssele will take place at the Port of Esbjerg in Denmark, with pre-assembly of 94 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD towers planned to begin at the start of 2020, including the high voltage scope and HSBM.FairWind will also be involved in the pre-assembly of 80 Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD towers at the Port of Taichung in Taiwan for the Yunlin project in 2020/2021, also including the high voltage scope and HSBM.Due to the announced work at Taichung, FairWind will continue to expand its team of Taiwanese technicians. The recruitment process has begun, with meetings scheduled in early January 2020.“We look forward to continuing the constructive cooperation we have had with Siemens Gamesa, as well as partners BMS Heavy Cranes A/S, and Sevenstar in Taiwan,” said Per Friis, Head of Offshore at FairWind.“We welcome back our technicians and site management in Esbjerg and Taichung, who have proven they can provide the quality, HSE, and milestones expected by our client.”This year, FairWind was involved in the pre-assembly of 87 towers for Siemens Gamesa for the Hohe See and Albatros offshore wind projects, as well as of 20 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project, which marked the company’s first in Taiwan.last_img read more

Smith, Marsh heap pain upon England with 301-stand

first_imgBy Ian RansomPERTH (Reuters) – An epic and unbeaten 301-run stand by Australia captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh left England’s hopes of retaining the Ashes in jeopardy on day three of the third Test at the WACA on Saturday.On an agonising day for Joe Root’s team, Smith broke English hearts with his second double-century after recalled all-rounder Marsh celebrated his maiden ton.The pair pushed Australia to 549 for four and a first innings lead of 146 runs, rendering England’s 403 a hopelessly inadequate total on a featherbed wicket.They strode off to a standing ovation, with Smith unbeaten on 229 and Marsh 181 not out, pushing towards a double-century of his own.“It felt really good yesterday, I was in the zone. I wanted to cash in today,” Smith said before he exited the ground to roaring applause.“We wanted to be out in the middle and just keep batting.”Two-nil down after losses in Brisbane and Adelaide, England’s hopes of keeping the series alive to Melbourne appear bleak.On day two, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow had English chests bursting with pride after compiling 237 runs for a record fifth-wicket partnership at the WACA.But the mark lasted less than a day, as Smith and Marsh smashed 57 boundaries between them to leave England praying for the mercy of rain.Showers are forecast for days four and five, but the weather may not be enough to save the tourists, who managed only a single wicket despite no fewer than seven players rolling over their arm throughout the day.Having torched England for 107 runs in the middle session, Smith and Marsh plundered another 128 after tea, as the tourists’ lack of pace was ruthlessly exposed.“It’s been a very, very tough day for our team,” England assistant coach Paul Farbrace told reporters.“What can we do? We’ve got what we’ve got… When it comes to flatter pitches, we don’t have that express pace.”Smith punished England with 215 at Lord’s in 2015 but set himself a new personal best at the WACA in a masterclass of patience, precision and timing.His unbeaten 390-ball knock has him fourth on the list of highest innings at the WACA, with the possibility of further promotion on day four.He reached the three-figure mark, his seventh against England, when he whipped paceman James Anderson through the leg side for four.The second hundred came with a single off all-rounder Moeen Ali, and he bounded down the wicket roaring in triumph to the delight of a big day three crowd.He also notched his 1,000th run for the year, and joined former Australia opener Matthew Hayden in reaching the mark four years in succession.Marsh completed a rare family trio of Ashes tons.His older brother Shaun Marsh scored an unbeaten 126 in the second test win at Adelaide Oval, and his father Geoff, beaming with pride in the heaving WACA crowd, posted 138 as an opener at Nottingham in the 1989 series.The younger Marsh cut paceman Stuart Broad to the fence to bring up his ton from 130 balls and pumped his fist in jubilation, having scored only two half-centuries in his previous 21 tests.While stopping short of declaring England’s spirit broken, Marsh said they were “obviously tired”.“Today was just a great day for Australia. To only lose one wicket for the whole day has really put us in a strong position,” said the 26-year-old.Moeen had Shaun Marsh caught at slip for 28 in the first hour but it was to prove England’s only highlight.Farbrace insisted the Ashes were still alive.“We’ve got two more days to play. It’s going to be tough, of course it’s going to be tough,” he said.“We’ve got to show some guts and determination.”ENGLAND 1st innings 403 (D. Malan 140, J. Bairstow 119, M. Stoneman 56; M. Starc 4-91) Australia 1st innings (Overnight: 203-3)C. Bancroft lbw b C. Overton 25D. Warner c Bairstow b C. Overton 22U. Khawaja lbw b Woakes 50S. Smith not out 229S. Marsh c Root b Ali 28M. Marsh not out 181Extras (b-2 lb-10 nb-1 w-1) 14Total (for 4 wickets, 152 overs) 549Fall of wickets: 1-44 D. Warner,2-55 C. Bancroft,3-179 U. Khawaja,4-248 S. MarshTo bat: T. Paine, M. Starc, P. Cummins, N. Lyon, J. HazlewoodBowling: J. Anderson 29 – 8 – 85 – 0(nb-1), S. Broad 28 – 3 – 112 – 0,C. Woakes 32 – 4 – 108 – 1(w-1),C. Overton 23 – 1 – 102 – 2,M. Ali 31 – 4 – 104 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 13 – 0,D. Malan 6 – 1 – 13 – 0.last_img read more

Future Eagles to Participate in Eight-Nation Tourney in Japan

first_imgThe U15 National Boys Team, known as the Future Eagles, has been invited to take part in an Eight –Nation Tournament in Japan in June this year.Known as the U16 International Dream Cup, the tournament started in 2015 and has welcomed teams from a number of the world’s leading football nations, including France, Spain and The Netherlands. Senegal, Mali and Guinea are among the African nations to have participated in previous editions.Team Administrator of the U15 National Boys Team, Adewale Adeyinka told thenff.com on Wednesday that the NFF has already responded positively to the invitation. Future Eagles Players for the U15 National Boys Team are selected during the annual NFF/Zenith Bank Future Eagles Championship. Last year, the Future Eagles won the silver medal of the football event at the 3rd African Youth Games held in Algiers. A good number of the players made the U17 National Team that won the WAFU Cup Tournament in Niger Republic in September last year, to qualify for this year’s Africa U17 Cup of Nations taking place in Tanzania.At the U16 International Dream Cup Tournament, host Japan, Chile and France finished in that order at the inaugural edition in 2015, while Mali, Japan and Hungary were the top teams in 2016. Host Japan, The Netherlands and Guinea were top of the pile in 2017, and last year, Spain, Paraguay and Senegal finished in that order.This year’s tournament will hold 12th – 16thJune in the city of Sendai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse’s Tyus Battle named finalist for national shooting guard honor

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Tyus Battle was named as a finalist for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award on Tuesday. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame named a watchlist of 20 in October and chopped the list in half today. Battle ranks second among Atlantic Coast Conference players in scoring with 19.7 points per game, trailing just Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (21.4). In Syracuse’s (16-8, 5-6 ACC) win against Louisville on Monday, Battle scored a game-high 25 points. Joining Battle on the list of 10 finalists is his ACC counterpart from Duke, Grayson Allen. The other eight finalists are Allonzo Trier (Arizona), Chandler Hutchinson (Boise State), Marcus Foster (Creighton), Rob Gray (Houston), Kendrick Nunn (Oakland), Carsen Edwards (Purdue), E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island) and Fletcher Magee (Wofford). The three previous winners of the award were Malik Monk (Kentucky) in 2017, Buddy Hield (Oklahoma) in 2016 and D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) in 2015. Five finalists will be presented to West and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee in March. The winner will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards on April 6 in Los Angeles. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cycling: FG Agrees to Organise Maiden African Cup 2019

first_imgOlawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Federal Government has struck an agreement with the Confederation of African Cycling (CAC) to stage in Abuja, the maiden African Track Championship, genetically known as African Cup 2019.The President of the Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN), Giandomenico Massari signed the undertaking with the CAC President, Dr Mohammed Azzam in Rome at the weekend. The championship is slated for between July 27 and 28 at the Velodrome, Package A, Abuja National Stadium.The parley between Massari and Azzam, that took place in the presence of the President of the International Cycling Union (UCI) David Lappartient and the President Italian Cycling Federation and Vice President of UCI, Mr Renato Di Rocco, was at the sideline of the CAC and EU Cycling Congress in Italy.The UCI is expected to provide technical and equipment support for the championship.In the light of the agreement, the CFN president said the federation would soon embark on a strategic marketing plan to woo potential sponsors into partnership that will make the African Cup a commercial and sporting success.He disclosed yesterday that Nigeria agreed to host the championship to help in nurturing the hidden potentials of its youth in cycling.Recently, two Nigerian cyclists, Gladys Tombrakpa and Mary Samuel, stunned cycling enthusiasts after winning in between themselves, seven medals at an international championship held in South Africa.Among other expectations, Massari said the Nigerian Federation will cater for accommodation, feeding, transportation and sundry technical and medical support to the participants.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Klopp hints he will leave Liverpool at the end of his current contract

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted he will leave the club at the end of his current contract.The former Borussia Dortmund manager first joined Liverpool in 2015 and is currently contracted to the club until 2022.Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group are keen to tie Klopp down to a new, long-term deal but the German has suggested he will take a break from football when his contract ends in three years’ time.When asked if he was planning to take a sabbatical, Klopp told Kicker:“It looks like it. Who can now say if he can give it his all in three years’ time?“If I decide for myself that I can’t go on anymore, I’ll take a break and in that year I’d have to make a definite decision [over my career].“I have absolute energy, but I have one problem; I can’t do ‘a little bit.’ I can only do ‘all or nothing.’“But the chances are very high that my energy levels will go up again [after a year’s break], and that I can then do the job the way I want to.”Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has been touted as a potential replacement for Klopp, should the German leave in 2022. Source: Sky Sportslast_img read more

WWE WrestleMania 35 matches: Full 2019 card, start time, odds & rumors

first_imgWrestleMania 35 takes place Sunday, April 7, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and will air live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view. The biggest show of the year for wrestling fans will once again feature all of the typical WWE pageantry and big matches, including the first women’s main event in WrestleMania history.Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the annual extravaganza, including the full match card, WrestleMania facts for each participant, and the current betting odds. WrestleMania debutAsuka: WrestleMania 34 (2018Dana Brooke: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Mickie James: WrestleMania 22 (2006)Ruby Riott: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Liv Morgan: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Sarah Morgan: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Carmella: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Naomi: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Lana: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Mandy Rose: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Sonya Deville: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Zelina Vega: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Nikki Cross: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordAsuka: 0-1Dana Brooke: 0-1Mickie James: 1-4Ruby Riott: 0-1Liv Morgan: 0-1Sarah Morgan: 0-1Carmella: 0-2Naomi: 2-2Lana: 0-2Mandy Rose: 0-1Sonya Deville: 0-1Zelina Vega: 0-0Nikki Cross: 0-0Gambling oddsAsuka: +250Dana Brooke: +2000Mickie James: +3300Ruby Riott: +2000Liv Morgan: +3300Sarah Morgan: +3300Carmella: +1000Naomi: +2000Lana: +3300Mandy Rose: +800Sonya Deville: +1200Zelina Vega: +2500Nikki Cross: +2000Shayna Baszler +1400Tenille Dashwood +3300 (Gambling odds are provided from BetOnline.ag)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year When is WrestleMania 35?WWE WrestleMania 35 will air live on Sunday, April 7, 2019. The pre-show will start at 5 p.m. with the main card beginning at 7 p.m. ET.Where will WrestleMania 2019 be held?MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., is the site of WrestleMania 35. The home of the NFL’s Jets and Giants holds a capacity of 82,500. MetLife Stadium also hosted WrestleMania 29 in 2013. MORE WRESTLEMANIA:• 10 great moments that define WrestleMania like no other• The best WrestleMania entrances of all time, ranked• Ranking the 10 worst WrestleMania main event matches• Ranking WrestleMania’s top 10 matches all timeWrestleMania 35 match cardRonda Rousey vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch in a Triple Threat match for the “RAW” women’s championshipThis match is literally history in the making with the women earning the closing spot on the show. Rousey goes into the match as the “RAW” Women’s Champion and claiming that she is the “baddest woman on the planet”. But Becky Lynch is having none of that and, with the fans behind her, has risen to become the most interesting personality in the WWE. Now, Flair comes into the match as the “SmackDown” Women’s Champion, possibly adding another intriguing layer to the match depending on what titles will be up for grabs.WrestleMania debutRonda Rousey: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Charlotte Flair: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Becky Lynch: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordRonda Rousey: 1-0Charlotte Flair: 2-0Becky Lynch: 0-2Gambling oddsRonda Rousey: +450Charlotte Flair: +300Becky Lynch: -350SN Q&A: Rob Van Dam talks return to Impact Wrestling, Vince McMahon, more Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal championshipEver since Rollins suffered a serious knee injury in late 2015, he has been working his way back to the top of the WWE. Now he has his chance. With his Royal Rumble win in January, he earned a shot at the Universal championship and wasn’t deterred, even after Lesnar destroyed him with six F5s. All Rollins has to do to take the title is slay “The Beast”.WrestleMania debutBrock Lesnar: WrestleMania 19 (2003)Seth Rollins: WrestleMania 29 (2013)WrestleMania win-loss recordBrock Lesnar: 5-3Seth Rollins: 5-1Gambling oddsBrock Lesnar: +100Seth Rollins: -140Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE ChampionshipKingston has been the model WWE employee for more than a decade but now he wants his opportunity to be WWE champion. Even after jumping through every hoop put in front of him, Mr. McMahon has pulled the rug out from him. But after his New Day brothers Big E and Xavier Woods won a tag team gauntlet, Kingston will finally get his shot at the gold on the biggest stage and the chance to prove he is more than a B+ player.WrestleMania debutDaniel Bryan: WrestleMania 27 (2011)Kofi Kingston: WrestleMania 24 (2008)WrestleMania win-loss recordDaniel Bryan: 5-2-1Kofi Kingston: 1-8Gambling oddsDaniel Bryan: +180Kofi Kingston: -270Triple H vs. Batista in a No Holds Barred match; if Triple H loses, he must retire as a wrestlerBatista has talked for years about having one last run in WWE, capping it off against Triple H at WrestleMania. It took him attacking Ric Flair on his 70th birthday to get Triple H’s attention and now the match is on with “The Game” putting his career on the line. This will be a fight between two Hall of Famers with the no holds barred stipulation.WrestleMania debutTriple H: WrestleMania 12 (1996)Batista: WrestleMania 20 (2004)WrestleMania win-loss recordTriple H: 9-13Batista: 3-3Gambling oddsTriple H: -400Batista: +250Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyreNow that Reigns is back with his leukemia in remission, he needed a big-name opponent to square off. It just so happened that McIntyre was also looking for a top star to square with on the big stage. The “Scottish Terminator” has been trying to take out every member of The Shield and has gotten in some good shots on Reigns so far. Now, the big athletic superstars will square off to see who can claim the yard.WrestleMania debutRoman Reigns: WrestleMania 29 (2013)Drew McIntyre: WrestleMania 26 (2010)WrestleMania win-loss recordRoman Reigns: 4-2Drew McIntyre: 1-3Gambling oddsRoman Reigns: -300Drew McIntyre: +200Bobby Lashley vs. Finn Balor for the intercontinental championshipThese two men have been intertwined for the past few months with Balor having a short run with the title before losing it to Lashley on an episode of “RAW” in mid-March. Balor later beat Lashley and Jinder Mahal in a handicapped match to earn a shot at the title as he looks to become a two-time I-C champion.WrestleMania debutBobby Lashley: WrestleMania 23 (2007)Finn Balor: WrestleMania 34 (2018)WrestleMania win-loss recordBobby Lashley: 1-0Finn Balor: 0-1Gambling oddsBobby Lashley: +350Finn Balor: -600Shane McMahon vs. The Miz in a Falls Count Anywhere matchThe unlikely team of McMahon and The Miz was working, so well in fact that they became the “SmackDown” tag team champions. They lost the titles to The Usos and then they failed to win them back at Fastlane, McMahon lost his mind and brutally beat down The Miz in front of his dad in his hometown of Cleveland. The Miz is hot for revenge and with this being a falls count anywhere match, the fight could go anywhere in the building and who knows what McMahon will be flying off of inside MetLife Stadium.WrestleMania debutShane McMahon: WrestleMania 15 (1999)The Miz: WrestleMania 25 (2009)WrestleMania win-loss recordShane McMahon: 3-2The Miz: 4-6Gambling oddsShane McMahon: +170The Miz: -250Randy Orton vs. AJ StylesThis has been slowly coming together over the past few months with each of them interrupting the other in backstage segments and then trading insults. Orton wasn’t too fond when Styles referred to the blue brand as “the place that AJ Styles built” considering he began his career in SmackDown back in 2002. We’ll see who has bragging rights when they go one-on-one.WrestleMania debutRandy Orton: WrestleMania 20 (2004)AJ Styles: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordRandy Orton: 6-8AJ Styles: 2-1Gambling oddsRandy Orton: -165AJ Styles: +125Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin in Angle’s retirement matchAngle announced last month that he will end his Hall of Fame career at WrestleMania 35 and was given the opportunity to choose his opponent for his final match. It made sense that Angle would pick Corbin who took his spot as the “RAW” General Manager last year and has been a thorn in his side. However, that announcement has not been well-received by fans who wanted to see Angle face a bigger name in his sendoff match. That controversy continues making some wonder if there could be something else in the works come Sunday night.WrestleMania debutKurt Angle: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Baron Corbin: WrestleMania 32 (2016)WrestleMania win-loss recordKurt Angle: 4-4Baron Corbin: 1-2Gambling oddsKurt Angle: -250Baron Corbin: +170Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio for the WWE United States championshipIt took a while but Joe finally won his first WWE title in early March when he defeated R-Truth, Andrade, and Mysterio to win the U.S. championship. He successfully defended it at Fastlane and Mysterio was named his WrestleMania opponent. If given enough time, this could be one of the better matches of the night. One other thing to look out for: Mysterio’s son Dominic, who is training to be a wrestler and has made some recent backstage TV appearances, will be sitting ringside.WrestleMania debutSamoa Joe: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Rey Mysterio: WrestleMania 19 (2003)WrestleMania win-loss recordSamoa Joe: 0-0Rey Mysterio: 7-4Gambling oddsSamoa Joe: -250Rey Mysterio: +170The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley and Sasha Banks) vs. The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) vs. The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) vs. Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka in a Fatal Four-Way match for the “RAW” women’s championshipBayley and Sasha haven’t been shy in saying that they’re the best team in the WWE and will take on all comers. They’ll have to do just that with these other three teams answering the call over the past few weeks leading up to the big event.WrestleMania debutBayley: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Sasha Banks: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Beth Phoenix: WrestleMania 24 (2008)Natalya: WrestleMania 25 (2009)Billie Kay: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Peyton Royce: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Nia Jax: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Tamina Snuka: WrestleMania 30 (2014)WrestleMania win-loss recordBayley: 1-1Sasha Banks: 0-2Beth Phoenix: 1-3Natalya: 1-4Billie Kay: 0-1Peyton Royce: 0-1Nia Jax: 1-1Tamina Snuka: 0-2Gambling oddsBoss ‘n’ Hug Connection: -260Beth Phoenix and Natalya: +500The IIconics: +250Nia Jax and Tamina: +1000Buddy Murphy vs. Tony Nese WWE Cruiserweight championshipNese earned his shot for the cruiserweight title after winning the #1 contender tournament on 205 Live, defeating Cedric Alexander in the finals. Now, he’ll get to take on his buddy, who also happens to be the champ. It’s somewhat of an unlikely match but Buddy Murphy has been tearing it up on the brand and this match shouldn’t be any different.WrestleMania debutBuddy Murphy: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Tony Nese: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordBuddy Murphy: 0-0Tony Nese: 0-0Gambling oddsBuddy Murphy: -180Tony Nese: +140Andre the Giant Memorial Battle RoyalThe annual battle royal match honoring the late Andre the Giant will be held for the 6th consecutive year. There really isn’t much at stake here other than bragging rights and a huge trophy and the match is more of a way to get a bunch of other talent onto the show. The match has had its moments over the years including former Patriots’ star Rob Gronkowski getting involved several years back. Both Michael Che and Colin Jost of SNL fame will be participants and who knows what other surprises could be in store.WrestleMania debutBraun Strowman: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Michael Che: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Colin Jost: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Matt Hardy: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Jeff Hardy: WrestleMania 16 (2000)Titus O’Neil: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Curtis Axel: WrestleMania 30 (2014)Andrade: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Shelton Benjamin: WrestleMania 19 (2003)Ali: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Apollo Crews: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Tyler Breeze: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Jinder Mahal: WrestleMania 30 (2014)No Way Jose: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Bobby Roode: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Chad Gable: WrestleMania 33 (2017)Kalisto: WrestleMania 32 (2016)Gran Metalik: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Lince Dorado: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Bo Dallas: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Heath Slater: WrestleMania 27 (2011)Rhyno: WrestleMania 17 (2001)Viktor: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Konnor: WrestleMania 31 (2015)Luke Gallows: WrestleMania 26 (2010)Karl Anderson: WrestleMania 34 (2018)Otis: WrestleMania 35 (2019)Tucker: WrestleMania 35 (2019)EC3: WrestleMania 35 (2019)WrestleMania win-loss recordBraun Strowman: 1-1Michael Che: 0-0Colin Jost: 0-0Matt Hardy: 4-6Jeff Hardy: 1-5Titus O’Neil: 0-3Curtis Axel: 0-4Andrade: 0-0Shelton Benjamin: 1-7Ali: 0-0Apollo Crews: 0-1Tyler Breeze: 0-3Jinder Mahal: 1-2No Way Jose: 0-0Bobby Roode: 0-1Chad Gable: 0-2Kalisto: 1-1Gran Metalik: 0-0Lince Dorado: 0-0Bo Dallas: 0-4Heath Slater: 0-6Rhyno: 0-4Viktor: 0-4Konnor: 0-4Luke Gallows: 0-3Karl Anderson: 0-2Otis: 0-0Tucker: 0-0EC3: 0-0Gambling oddsBraun Strowman: +120Michael Che: +2500Colin Jost: +2500Matt Hardy: +5000Jeff Hardy: +4000Titus O’Neil: +5000Curtis Axel: N/AAndrade: +1200Shelton Benjamin: N/AAli: +1600Apollo Crews: +4000Tyler Breeze: N/AJinder Mahal: N/ANo Way Jose: +2500Bobby Roode: +3300Chad Gable: +5000Kalisto: N/AGran Metalik: N/ALince Dorado: N/ABo Dallas: N/AHeath Slater: N/ARhyno: N/AViktor: N/AKonnor: N/ALuke Gallows: N/AKarl Anderson: N/AOtis: N/ATucker: N/AEC3: +2500Rob Gronkowski: +1000Lars Sullivan: +1600Curt Hawkins: +1000Velveteen Dream: +2000Harper: +2000Bray Wyatt: +2500Adam Cole: +4000Mojo Rawley: +2500Pete Dunne: +4000Hulk Hogan: +5000Elias: +5000Rowan: +5000Conor McGregor: +5000Kane: +4000Second Annual WrestleMania Women’s Battle RoyalThis match debuted last year in New Orleans with Naomi outlasting the rest of her female superstars to get the win. With Asuka losing the “SmackDown” women’s championship, she’ll have to settle for this match and we’ll see who else enters the fray over this last week leading up to the show.last_img read more