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 three performers you think entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why. And/or vote for your top performer in our poll.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the December 10th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact Wrestling from December 13th, the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 14th and WWE's TLC Pay-Per-View (PPV).
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
I know this isn't really part of your gimmick anymore, but have a venti French Roast on the S3, AC.
- Feats of strength and general charisma allow Antonio Cesaro to overcome a trite gimmick and a few losses to claim his first weekly S3 crown.
- Damien Sandow came close to his second straight 'W', largely on the strength of his fun and educational apprentice search segments.
- Lots of Shield votes this week, but Ambrose lead in both poll voting and individual shout-outs.
- Austin Aries got a PPV win to go along with his usual awesomeness. Fellow rulebreaker Bobby Roode didn't win, but still was money for TNA.
- Speaking of awesome, not everyone in the Internet Wrestling Community (IWC) hates the Miz. But I'm sure a majority of us will fume over his edging out Punk in anything.
The S3 - Week Ending December 9
1. Antonio Cesaro
2. Damien Sandow
3. Dean Ambrose
4. Austin Aries
6. CM Punk
7. Bobby Roode
8. (tie) Roman Reigns
8. (tie) Seth Rollins
There were some questions about vote splitting and points in last week's comments. The base format is to vote for three performers: 1st place vote = three points, 2nd place = two points, 3rd place = one point.
You can vote for tag teams or ties in one of two ways:
One way is to still vote for three performers, but to allocate your votes/points differently by indicating a tie. For example, if you vote for Rhodes Scholars as a team for first place, your first and second place points will be split between them such that Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow each get 2.5 points in the weekly tally. In this scenario, you would still vote for someone for third place and that wrestler would receive your final point.
The other way is to vote for a team or multiple workers in one place, but still have use all three slots. Say your first place vote is for The Shield as a group, but you still vote for individuals for 2nd and 3rd place. In this instance, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins would split the 1st place vote and get one weekly Standings point a piece, while the person in 2nd would receive two points and the person in 3rd also getting one point.
In our annual Standings, the race for second place heats up as Aries picks up a few points and Sandow climbs to 4th. The It Factor also creates a little space for himself from the log jam at the bottom of the top ten.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending December 9
1. CM Punk - 211.5 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 164
3. Austin Aries - 133
4. Damien Sandow - 114.33
5. Dolph Ziggler - 113
6. AJ Lee - 111.5
7. Bobby Roode - 63
8. Big Show - 60.5
9. (tie) Chris Jericho - 53
9. (tie) Kane - 53
That was a fairly eventful week, dontchathink? If Vegas gave odds on the S3, I'm pretty sure I know who would be the favorite coming out of TLC. Refresh yourself on the rest of the week's programming with the Week in Wrestling, and the individual recaps and video playlist for Raw, Main Event, Impact and Smackdown.