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 the top three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. There might be a giant poll down there too...
The S3 also keeps an ongoing tally of your votes, which we use to determine a Performer of the Year. Below you'll find the latest version of the Standings and how that affected the annual list. And your feedback makes it all happen.
We did start the discussion of how/if we integrate a poll back into our Standings last week. I'm not no selling the results, but I might be. Read on.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the October 29th Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's Main Event, TNA Impact Wrestling from November 1st and the SmackDown episode that aired on Friday the 2nd.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
The folks who looked the strongest at Hell in a Cell performed the best in last week's voting, while Justin Gabriel collected some 'career advancement' points for his increased presence on TV and what he's done with it.
The S3 - Week Ending October 28
1. Big Show
3. Justin Gabriel
4. (tie) Paul Heyman
4. (tie) Randy Orton
4. (tie) CM Punk
4. (tie) Sheamus
4. (tie) Austin Aries
9. (tie) Cody Rhodes
9. (tie) Damien Sandow
Nothing much to see here, although Show is breathing down the neck of the annual top ten with 44.5 total points.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending October 28
1. CM Punk - 195 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 162.5
3. Austin Aries - 116
4. AJ Lee - 111.5
5. Damien Sandow - 83.33
6. Dolph Ziggler - 79.5
7. Kane - 53
8. Chris Jericho - 53
9. Bobby Roode - 45.5
10. Brock Lesnar - 45
Our poll on polls didn't get a great turnout (Sandy or apathy?), but was fairly close. In the end, those in favor of a poll - in one way or another - won out. 14 of the 19 votes were pro-poll. With that result came a bunch of questions. I did start to think about how to score it... for the status quo, a first place comment vote gets three points, a second gets two and a third gets one. Those points are summed up to determine our weekly standings. So I was thinking that we could score those that finish 1 - 2 - 3 in the poll to count as a "Super Comment"... maybe nine, six and three points?
There were some obvious problems with that: Poll voting is anonymous: commenters could vote in the poll, there are ways to vote multiple times, etc. In large part, I'm fine with that. This is an internet column about a popularity contest for an athletic chapter play, after all. But who gets on the poll? How do we handle tag teams - should they be listed as a unit, as individuals, both? I'm thinking much of this takes care of itself in that if you don't like who is listed or how they're listed on the poll, vote in the comments
But that's where the big problem popped up. I don't mind telling you, my fellow Cagesiders, my interest in pro wrestling is at an all-time low. As I started to think about creating a poll, I realized I hadn't watched a second of sports entertainment last week. The only thing that's kept me going is this website in general, this column in particular, and the community behind them both.
So thanks, DarkTalon and Flyingpigs and Buckeye Brawler. You, too, tripletanfan98 and Zero Indulgence and Manolo Has Pizzazz. And, of course, jolie and Kanenite. From those in charge and to the lurkers - I'm more a fan of cSs than I am of wrestling at the moment.
But we'll get through the bleak midwinter together, and before we know it the Rumble and better times will be ahead. Help me out in the comments (along with your Vote, of course). How should we integrate poll results into our small but dedicated set of comment votes? For a Voter's Guide, check out Nolan's recap of last week's shows here .
See you next week!