The World Wrestling Entertainment diva leads going into the dance contest

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 05, 2006 08:00 AM

Even before ABC’s surprise hit Dancing with the Stars debuts for its new season Thursday night, pro-wrestling diva Stacy Keibler is favored to win, according to online betting sites.

Oasis Casino gives Keibler, of World Wrestling Entertainment, 2-1 odds to take the trophy, as does One reason for the stakes is said to be that she has a dancing background.

Trailing Keibler are George Hamilton (5-1), Tia Carrere (11-2) and Lisa Rinna (6-1), according to Pinnacle Sports.

Access Hollywood anchor Gisele Fernandez and Nick’s bro, Drew Lachey, are tied at 13-2, followed by P. Miller (7-1) and Tatum O’Neal (8-1).

The long shots: the NFL’s Jerry Rice (12-1) and “SportsCenter” anchor Kenny Mayne (14-1).