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Welcome to the very first installment of The Marketplace. This is not a match by match, segment by segment review column. But rather an assessment of the true story in WWE story lines. Lets jump right into with the Main Event Scene.

Main Event Scene: Brock Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe 

If I had been writing this column since Wrestlemania it would have been full of negativity. But wow was this Samoa Joe angle on point. The promo was subtle, not too over the top and came across as a fresh segment which was badly needed especially in the main event scene.

Injecting Paul Heyman into this feud right away portrayed Samoa Joe as a big league player and a real threat to Lesnar. Heyman was perfect in this segment more so than I think he’s been all year including the build to Wrestlemania.

But the star was clearly Joe on this night. Instead of the usual back and forth WWE promo on the microphone, this time TV viewers got a real treat that the live audience wasn’t subjected to. If you missed it check it out.

Joe explaining how Heyman was going to lose consciousness was psychotic, cruel and ruthless.Thus building his character and how he craves the spotlight Brock has. Add that to Joe knowing that choking out Heyman is no accomplishment and did nothing but hurt an older man and send a message to his Beast.


Very rarely does WWE do a quick, effective build like this and they deserve kudos for the perfectly executed segment. Mark this one down from me ladies and gentlemen, not very often will my reviews be so gleaming.

Now, how can WWE parlay this segment into next week? Joe has been setup as the heel thanks to his first interaction with Heyman. I would really like to see a heel actually stand his ground and go toe-to-toe with Lesnar instead of the typical ‘act like they want to fight and back down.’ That style can be effective when its the right type of heel, see The Miz. But with Joe he’s a badass and to make him credible WWE must keep him a badass. Sure he can hit the road after Lesnar gets the better of him, but for now let’s keep Joe on that level until Brock shows Joe physically who the Samoan Submission Machine is dealing with.

WWE has four more RAW’s to sell this as a real attraction. The writing should focus on these key themes the next four shows: physicality, build, physicality and finally intellect. In the first episode, show that Joe is willing to stand with Brock, but is overcome with the Beast’s strength. Joe bails but smiles on the way up the ramp excited about the violence to come.

Episode two, let’s assume Brock isn’t there live so how about a prerecorded backstage moment, where a brawl almost occurs but Angle was ready and actually keeps them apart. Plenty of yelling from both guys showing the anger in the feud.

13 days until the PPV, let’s have Joe get a hold of Heyman again. We can see how much Heyman is terrified of Joe while Lesnar has to watch on from a distance as Joe threatens to hurt his advocate if Lesnar comes any closer. Joe gets a shot in and bails knowing he is getting Brock off his game mentally.

The final RAW before Great Balls of Fire (by way terrible name does Vince think its 1960 again? Or is it so bad they knew it would get talked about, we have been worked.) Lesnar calls Joe to the ring with Heyman in tow. Joe has no problem walking right into the ring with Lesnar as Heyman holds Lesnar back from trying to kill Joe. Heyman hypes up the match as only he can and refers to epic movies and confrontations.

Maybe a Heyman line such as “what’s a great movie without a dynamite trailer, a preliminary preview.” Which is Brock’s cue to attack, he is getting the upper hand but Joe somehow gets his hands on Heyman, which distracts Brock emotionally and allows Joe to hit a low blow and instead of continuing the fight. Joe says to Heyman, “You got your preview Paul. This Sunday the Beast is DEAD.” He tosses the mic on Lesnar and walks out.

The match can be booked a couple ways that make sense. Lesnar wins in about 6-8 minutes with Joe getting in the majority of the offense for 4-6 minutes until Lesnar hits an F5 to slow him down. That follows a trip to Suplex City with multiple F5s to appease Heyman. 1-2-3.

Or how about Joe gives Lesnar a complete beating but Lesnar locks in a Kimura (nice idea J) and wins. Thus allowing the feud to continue making Joe look strong for the following rematch.

There’s always the Heyman swerve where he helps Joe win the title but if they go that route i would rather see Joe win the title off his ability to legitimize him as a real talent. Then you have Heyman help him retain at the following PPV or RAW. That would make more sense for Paul to “see the light” that Lesnar is on the decline.

Regardless a loss to Lesnar doesn’t hurt Joe at all unless its a complete squash. That would be a terrible choice because unlike the Summerslam where The Beast crushed John Cena and it made Lesnar a bigger star. A squash of Joe does nothing but hold another talent back.

WWE has the beginnings of a hot story if they can prop it up with more great booking. Fingers crossed.

The Smarksman of the Month — The Miz

This highlight is for the wrestler that put on the best work and deserves more in the coming months.

I loathe Dean Ambrose matches. I think he is fantastic character wise but just doesn’t do anything for me in the ring. Similar to my feelings on Alberto Del Rio.

Which brings me to the Smarksman of the Month… The Miz. He has been on a different level since his outburst towards Daniel Bryan on Talking Smack.

But at Extreme Rules he did the unthinkable for me. He made an Ambrose match entertaining. I will give you the stipulation helped but the transitions were executed above average.

Based on improved in-ring work, mic skills and his fantastic valet wife. The Miz should hold the Intercontinental Championship until it’s time for his main event push.

Like the column, hate the column, have your own thoughts or suggestions? Find me on Twitter @VegasBerserker. I will reply to everyone. Thanks for reading.  



  1. Steven

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Great read Alan! Hoping for this feud to be a good one.

  2. Alan Berg

    Jun 8, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it man. They built a hot start and usually mess it up but I am optimistic. They really need to change the formula, it’s killing the product. They still book the same after 20 years.

  3. Anonymous

    Jun 8, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Excellent article. I have been running RAW for background noise for a while but the Lesnar Joe feud is going to be epic unless someone drops the ball.

  4. Alan Berg

    Jun 8, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Totally. I am seriously pessimistic that WWE will drop the ball. Hopefully I am pleasantly surprised like I was on Monday. Thanks for the comment.

  5. Anonymous

    Jun 9, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Well done Alan. Enjoyed reading it. Keep up the good work!!!

  6. Alan Berg

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Appreciate the feedback and kind words.

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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #3)



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As we head towards one of the busiest periods of the calendar year for professional wrestling, the eyes have certainly been on the weekly shows and the quality that they are providing. The third week of the year certainly wasn’t a perfect one overall, but while some shows struggled, others really thrived.

There were some fantastic in-ring matches throughout the week, with a title bout and some good storyline development towards the major shows that are coming up in the future. But which show was the pick of the bunch? Join us as we Break It Down to find out!

6. WWE Raw

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For the third week in a row, WWE Raw takes the bottom spot, with the red brand really struggling to build an entertaining three hours. The show has fleeting moments of quality, such as the match between Charlotte Flair and Peyton Royce, which was hard-hitting and back and forth, as did Ricochet and AJ Styles, which is no surprise.

However, the show is just far too inconsistent, with not enough quality throughout the evening to really grip people, even heading into the Royal Rumble. Mace and Xavier Woods had quite a sloppy match, while the six-man tag team match had far too much in-fighting for The Hurt Business for the bout to get going.

Alexa’s Playground didn’t really work with Asuka, and their main event angle didn’t click either. However, the worst segment of the night was the Dirt Sheet, which was mocking Drew McIntyre and Goldberg. Seeing Gillberg was fun, but this didn’t build any interest in the upcoming WWE Championship match and made them both look ridiculous.

5. AEW Dynamite

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It was an off night for AEW this week, with this particular episode of AEW Dynamite not quite delivering or feeling particularly ‘must-see.’ There were good elements to this show, with Tazz cutting a great promo and Jon Moxley having arguably the match of the night.

However, there was a lot that just didn’t work. The opening tag team match was chaotic and quite sloppy, and that was a trend throughout the night. AEW often likes to have six-man tags, but a lack of rule-following is something that makes the matches tough to get connected with.

The main event was fun, seeing the Inner Circle’s attempts to prove who is the best being enjoyable, but it wasn’t a blockbuster match. Meanwhile, Cody’s bout with Peter Avalon was just far too long. The Shaq storyline continues to be teased and hasn’t really proven to be interesting to this point, with this show just lacking the normal buzz overall.

4. WWE SmackDown

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The blue brand was a much better show this week than last, with WWE SmackDown returning to its usual quality. Throughout the show, the work with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman was tremendous, with the opening promo from the Universal Champion silencing any doubters about his microphone skills.

The women’s tag team match was very enjoyable, with The Riott Squad holding their own with the champions until Billie Kay accidentally cost them. Her work is continuing to be great, and hopefully, WWE can continue that, meanwhile the Obstacle course did actually prove to be entertaining.

This was the type of segment that could have been a disaster, but it did a really good job of putting over Bianca Belair, especially when she carried Otis. Plus, seeing Kevin Owens get the best of Roman Reigns for a change was fantastic to see, as that hasn’t really happened since the Tribal Chief returned to WWE.


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WWE NXT U.K. was very enjoyable this week, with WWE’s newest brand continuing to deliver in high-quality in-ring action. Right from the start that standard was set as Rampage Brown and Dave Mastiff had a very hard-hitting bout. There was nothing pretty or technical about it, but instead, it was just a physical brawl, which was tons of fun to watch.

The show developed other storylines nicely as well. Kenny Williams pushing Amir Jordan into a tough match sets up certain possibilities, meanwhile seeing Ilja Dragunov return and showcase a much more physical and aggressive side of himself was tremendous, as he can build on this now.

The main event was given plenty of time and it really benefitted from that. Kay Lee Ray put her NXT U.K. Women’s Championship on the line against Jinny and they had a fantastic match together, going back and forth with Joseph Conners causing issues on the outside, ultimately leading to the finish.


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The black and gold brand was very much focused on the in-ring product again this week, which is mainly because of the two tournaments taking place. Kushida and Leon Ruff had a solid match with The Way, while Lucha House Party and Imperium had a really exciting match as well.

Having Lucha House Party set up their match with Legado Del Fantasma was great work, continuing to push the main roster team. Plus, it was great to see the women’s tournament really get built up, and Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter going through was a great surprise.

But it was the main event that really stole the show here, with the Fight Pit returning. This match type is one of the best that WWE has created in years, and Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa certainly didn’t disappoint, with an incredibly physical clash.

1. IMPACT Wrestling


When it comes to the best show of the week, there’s no doubt that IMPACT Wrestling takes the top prize. This show had everything from great in-ring work, surprises, and fantastic backstage segments to create a really entertaining evening of wrestling.

The big tag team segment was great, seeing James Storm return and then the surprise of Matt Hardy and Private Party, proving more doors are open between AEW and IMPACT. This played into the main event, which was a great bout, and with Tony Khan appearing as well, it was certainly noteworthy.

The way Taya Valkyrie finished up her run with IMPACT was fantastic, while the opening match between Eric Young and Rhino, plus the post-match beatdown was very well done as well. The show built the women’s tag team division and continued to push other mid-card talents too, which really provided an entertaining show.

Sixth place= 1 point
Fifth place= 2 points
Fourth place= 3 points
Third place= 4 points
Second place=5 points
First place= 6 points

2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):

WWE Raw- 3
IMPACT Wrestling- 12
AEW Dynamite- 12
WWE SmackDown- 11


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Break It Down: Ranking Every Major Wrestling TV Show (Week #2)



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While it’s still early on in 2021, the wrestling world has set a high standard for in-ring quality so far from last week and all of the shows continued in that mindset here. The shows were all varied and while not everything worked for each show, there were a lot of positives to takeaway.

A week that featured huge title matches, fantastic promos, and even some fireballs being thrown in for good measure has been enough to keep everyone entertained. But, which show was the strongest of the bunch? Let’s Break It Down and find out!

6. WWE Raw

Randy Orton

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WWE Raw has been a struggle as of late, and sadly this show didn’t change that run of form for the red brand. It was clear the show had been hurt by COVID-19, with a lot of people missing and a lot pulling double duty on the night, so credit does deserve to be given for that. On that note, praise is deserved for Drew McIntyre too, for making his appearances via video, despite having a positive COVID test.

Sheamus and Keith Lee had a fun match as partners and as opponents on this show, but outside of that this show lacked a lot. Charlotte Flair facing Lacey Evans was nothing special, and using Ric frequently right now isn’t helping her character while having Riddle be beaten so easily feels like a mistake, even if it helps Bobby Lashley overall.

The whole show was built around Triple H returning for a one-off match with Randy Orton, which was all set up nicely. It was never going to be a full match, but it would’ve been nice to have given this a little longer. Obviously, the big talking point was the Alexa Bliss fire, some people loved it, others hated it. I personally, quite enjoy a little magic and ridiculousness when it’s done well, and this story is working so far, with this being a nice finish to the show.

5. WWE SmackDown

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WWE SmackDown kickstarted 2021 with a bang last week, but sadly this episode was a slight drop in quality. It was still a good show though, with lots of positives to take, especially in terms of the in-ring product, with Daniel Bryan and Cesaro have a particularly great match on this show.

The work with Billie Kay was a lot of fun, with her ‘punk’ vibes being fantastic comedy, while the storyline with King Corbin and the Mysterio family continues to be put together well. Jey Uso had a really good match with Shinsuke Nakamura too, who appears to be gaining a big push as a babyface, which is great to see.

However, there were elements that didn’t work, with Bayley’s new talk show and segment being a little awkward, while all of the build with Roman Reigns and Adam Pearce was a little dragged out and too repetitive from last week.


WWE NXT UK was another really fun show this week, with the brand continuing to put together some great work lately. Seeing the debut of Sha Samuels was great, as he is a real talent in the ring and on the microphone, and he had a nice hard-hitting encounter with Joe Coffey to kick off the show.

Jinny and Kay Lee Ray had a really nice promo segment to build to their title match, and it certainly built interest in their upcoming title match. Plus, Sam Gradwell and Tyler Bate had a really enjoyable match together, with WWE clearly looking to build Bate back up.

However, this show was really all about the main event. WALTER defending his NXT UK Championship didn’t disappoint. He and A-Kid had tremendous chemistry with this being a very hard-hitting encounter that didn’t let up from start to finish, with WALTER retaining, but A-Kid looking just as good in defeat.

3. IMPACT Wrestling

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It was a big week for IMPACT Wrestling with the Hard To Kill event taking place this weekend. While that PPV was a lot of fun, our focus is on the weekly edition of IMPACT, which on the whole was also a great show, building to the PPV in a really nice manner.

The opening women’s match got plenty of time and they didn’t disappoint, while the tag team match featuring Manik and Suicide was also a fast-paced and frantic bout. The storyline development between Eric Young’s group and Rhino and his men wasn’t really needed, with the match itself being incredibly average.

Moose’s squash victory was also dragged on a little too long, and he would’ve benefited from being a little quicker. However, the main event between Karl Anderson and Rich Swann was solid, and the post-match brawl built up the six-man tag team match for Hard To Kill perfectly, which is what was needed.


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Yet again the black and gold brand was very enjoyable this week. The show featured a lot of brilliant in-ring work, with a large focus being placed on tag team wrestling, with the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic beginning, which brought plenty of fun bouts.

Grizzled Young Veterans showcased just how good they are, although, booking Ever-Rise as a babyface team here was odd, while MSK’s debut was very fun to see, with the former IMPACT stars seriously impressing. Candice LeRae and Shotzi Blackheart had a good bout as well, while Xia Li’s character development continues to be done brilliantly.

Johnny Gargano’s match with Dexter Lumis was the only real disappointment of the show, as this didn’t quite connect. However, the work with Pete Dunne throughout the show was excellent, building him and his group up as a real threat, with Dunne facing Finn Balor being something that everyone should be excited for.

1. AEW Dynamite


AEW Dynamite was incredibly exciting this week, with a lot of really good matches taking place. The show benefited from not having and big multi-man matches, with everything being crisp and to the point. PAC and Eddie Kingston had an excellent opening match which set the pace for the entire show, with this story being a lot of fun.

This show also saw the best piece of booking that Miro has had since he joined AEW. He was dominant and physical, and hopefully, this is how he’s used moving forwards. The Matt Hardy and Private Party backstage segment will likely be overlooked by most, but it was really good storytelling here as well.

Kenny Omega choosing The Good Brothers over the ‘Bucks is a nice twist, and FTR also had a fantastic tag team bout with Jungle Boy and Marko Stunt. The Waiting Room segment was fun and really shows Britt Baker at her best, meanwhile, Tay Conti and Serena Deeb had a fantastic match. The main event also delivered, like everything on this brilliant show, but the only nitpick I had was Sting’s appearance. Doing the same thing with him every week is already feeling stale, he is someone who should be used less frequently to make him feel more special, in my opinion.

Sixth place= 1 point
Fifth place= 2 points
Fourth place= 3 points
Third place= 4 points
Second place=5 points
First place= 6 points

2020 results (each week, the points tally will be added up below):

WWE Raw- 2
IMPACT Wrestling- 6
AEW Dynamite- 10
WWE SmackDown- 8

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We Ranked: 5 Ways WWE Should Utilize The Legends On WWE Raw



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Tonight is WWE Raw Legends Night, and plenty of familiar faces will be coming back to the company, but how should WWE use them? It’s going to be a blockbuster episode of WWE Raw to kickstart 2021 in style, and there will be a real element of nostalgia about the show, with a lot of legends being confirmed for the event.

While not every legend is going to have a significant role to play on the show, some of the talents are going to have a very big part to play in things. WWE has heavily pushed the legends aspect of the show, so there’s no doubt going to be some involvement. But what are the best, and most logical ways the talents could be used?


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