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.
Cast a vote in the comments. Give us your top three performers who entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why.
The S3 also keeps an ongoing tally of your votes, and this edition takes an in-depth look back at the first six months of voting. Does it tell us anything meaningful about sports entertainment or our enjoyment of it? Keep reading and decide for yourself.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the October 1st Raw, Impact from the 4th and the SmackDown episode that aired on October 5th.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
Nope, not Geno-fave Benny Camer. Or his trusty sidekick Stan Stansky. Here's...
Back-up plan or future main eventer, you wanted to be fed more of The Ryback. The prospect of a motivated Samoa Joe on Impact every week with his new TV Title garnered votes from the folks still watching TNA on the regular. The evil WWE champ tied for third with the Legend he stomped, a couple of veterans reinvigorated by tweaks to their characters were knotted up at five and the recently christened Rhodes Scholars split the points for seventh. The Raw GM, her faces and her thighs took the next spot. Finally, Sheamus' first new challenger in what feels like forever went halfsies with Punk's adviser to close out our Standings.
The S3 - Week Ending September 30
2. Samoa Joe
3. (tie) CM Punk
3. (tie) Mick Foley
5. (tie) Bully Ray
5. (tie) Kane
7. (tie) Cody Rhodes
7. (tie) Damien Sandow
9. AJ Lee
10. (tie) Big Show
10. (tie) Paul Heyman
As the headline indicates, we've been doing this in one form or another for six months (25 weeks, to be exact). Here's a chart of everybody who has gotten some love from you smarks, their point total for the year, number of first place finishes, highest finish in the weekly Standings and number of times placing in the top ten.
The S3 Performer of the Year -- through the Week Ending Sept 30
When the first full list was published back in July, I had a few observations on what the data might be telling us. Due to life and laziness, I didn't have a lot of time for that this week...what do YOU think? Anything meaningful (as meaningful as a largely unscientific popularity contest for a pretend sport can be) in here? I had some big dreams of listing point totals and positions from the last full Standings, maybe even a chart or two but, alas, the aforementioned life and laziness (the L2?). Maybe later. You can check out the full year-to-date S3 from July here.
This is probably a good time to spell out the latest version of the fine print, too.
The weekly S3 is compiled using commenters' listings of their top three performers who appeared on nationally televised (TNA or WWE) pro wrestling in the past week. First place votes are awarded three points, second place given two and third place scored as one point. If a commenter votes for a tag team, the members of that team count as two voting spots and split the total points for those spots. If a commenter lists two performers as tied for a single spot, they split the points for that spot. For example: if someone ranks the tag team of Gabriel and Kidd as their first place performer, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd would each receive 2.5 points in the weekly tally (the 3 points for first and the 2 points for second divided between them). If someone lists Madison Rayne and Alicia Fox as tied for third place, they would each receive a half point (the 1 point for third split between them) towards the weekly Standings.
The annual S3 is based on the weekly results, with a first place finish being worth ten points, a second worth nine, and so on. Ties will result in the points that each spot would have received being distributed equally among the number of wrestlers involved in the tie. For example: Bobby Roode, Mark Henry and Kharma tie for fifth, occupying spots five (5 points), six (4 points) and seven (3 points) in the standings. The twelve points awarded for those spots are split three ways, and they each receive four points toward Performer of the Year.
Get thinking about last week, check out Nolan's results column to keep everything straight and comment away. See you next week as we head into fall and get another step closer to crowning our first S3 Performer of the Year!