Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - "The Smark's Shoot Standings" (S3) are where YOU let us know YOURS.
This week, we're asking you to cast a vote in the comments, giving us the top three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week.
Next week? Well, read on. No matter how we vote, we love to read discussions about why.
The S3 also keeps an ongoing tally of your votes, which we use to determine a Performer of the Year. The Standings for last week and the year-to-date are detailed below.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the October 22nd Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's Main Event, TNA Impact Wrestling from the 25th, the SmackDown episode that aired on Friday, October 26th, and WWE's Hell in a Cell 2012 pay-per-view (PPV) event from last night, (Oct. 28, 2012).
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
It's not the first time we smart mark's have been called haters, and haters do ♥ him...
(and apparently, he hates Kawaii)
Solid promo and in-ring storytelling trumped wins and losses for the former Road Rules star, as Miz wins his first S3. His dance partner came in right behind him and...seriously, y'all. A puppet from a YouTube show came in fourth. I don't think any of us need to say anything else about last week.
The S3 - Week Ending October 21
1. The Miz
2. Kofi Kingston
3. Austin Aries
4. Puppet H
5. (tie) Antonio Cesaro
5. (tie) Paul Heyman
5. (tie) Big Show
5. (tie) Kane
9. (tie) Devon
9. (tie) Ryback
The fall of AJ Lee continues in the annual S3, as A-Double is just a half point away from her. Kane also jumped into a tie with Y2J for seventh on the list. Jericho and brocklessnar's ability to hang around the bottom half of the top ten, while going months without even a mention on WWE programming, says a lot about this year, methinks.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending October 21
1. CM Punk - 190 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 162.5
3. AJ Lee - 111.5
4. Austin Aries - 111
5. Damien Sandow - 81.83
6. Dolph Ziggler - 79.5
7. Kane - 53
8. Chris Jericho - 53
9. Bobby Roode - 45.5
10. Brock Lesnar - 45
So, what is there to say? Well, in this changing/nothing ever changes world of pro wrestling, one thing that has certainly changed is the way we VOTE here at the S3.
We started with a big, long
pole poll before whittling that down to a smaller one. But with the Standings still being determined by numbers of anonymous votes. Due to what were, in retrospect, SB Nation growing pains, the polls disappeared for awhile, so we went to comment voting. Eventually, we settled on our current, "gimme your top 3" system (the complete rules & regs for which can be found here, in our last full annual Standings post).
What's with the history lesson, you ask? Well, the General confirmed the rumor that polls are back, baby!
But I also like that we've got a small, but dedicated, band of comment voters who have been deciding the S3 for the last couple of months. So, to test out the poll feature AND keep with the democratic spirit with which the S3 was founded, I'm gonna leave it up to you, the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC).
Do we go back to just having the poll? We routinely received more input that way.
Or, should we stick with the comment voting? A big advantage there, is our dedicated panel, that and you can vote for anyone you please, not just the names I deem as poll-worthy.
Is there a third option? I was thinking we could keep comment voting scored the way it is now, while reinstating a poll which then becomes another kind of top three comment vote - scored the same way; or perhaps, weighted to count as multiple comments?
Let us know what you think. If you have some other solution, whole cloth or just a tweak to my options, spell it out in the comments along with your top three from last week (recaps of the which can be found here for the "free shows" and here for the PPV).
See you next week for results, and a new/old format to your S3.
Update: This cool FanPost was edited and promoted to the front page by CagesideSeats.com -- Enjoy the read, Cagesider's, as we always do!