The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are back for another go round. Cast YOUR vote for best performer from last week, then jump to the rest of our weekly song and dance: last week's results, the latest S3 Wrestler of the Year standings and something new to try to get YOUR ire up. We love YOUR votes, but YOUR comments would really help us to...Have a Nice Day!
Remember, the poll is for the previous week - the May 21st RAW, Impact! from May 24th, the Smackdown that aired on Friday the 25th of May.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
Well, lookee here - YOU have something in common with Brie Bella.
(Look, I love the dude as much as the next Smark, but I'm tired of looking for pictures of his mug each week)
The S3 - Week Ending May 20
1. Daniel Bryan
2. CM Punk
4. John Laurinaitis
6. Big Show
7. (tie) AJ Lee
7. (tie) Austin Aries
9. (tie) Jeff Hardy
9. (tie) Chris Jericho
Which doesn't change the annual S3 (for which the scoring system can be found here) much at the top, but as friend of the S3 joliemadchen pointed out last week, the "midcard" slots from 3 - 10 provide the drama.
The S3 Wrestler of the Year - through the Week Ending May 20
1. Daniel Bryan - 58.5 points
2. CM Punk - 46.5
3. Brock Lesnar - 25.5
4. John Laurinaitis - 23
5. Chris Jericho - 21
6. John Cena - 17
7. Tensai - 15.5
8. Austin Aries - 14.5
9. (tie) Bobby Roode - 14
9. (tie) Sheamus - 14
Now here's an attempt to (to paraphrase Bonnie Raitt) give YOU something to talk about.
And, in keeping with the whole "standings" part of our gimmick, here are the top reasons why YOU should consider voting for the It Factor, TNA Champion Bobby Roode:
1. On the Impact Wrestling episode which aired last Thursday, Roode broke the record for longest title reign in the ten year history of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling when he defeated the previous record holder, AJ Styles, in the main event (yes, there are promotions out there that feature their champion in the main event of their flagship weekly network TV show).
2. He was trained by Shawn Morley. And that dude is a PIMP.
3. His current iteration as "The Leader of the Selfish Generation" is the latest character development in his long TNA career. After starting as a member of the Team Canada stable through Robert Roode, Inc to half of the Beer Money tag team, he's made each one work and sold it in a way that makes sense as a continuing character arc.
4. He's not quite Dolph Ziggler or Daniel Bryan in the ring or CM Punk or Paul Heyman on the stick, but dude bumps like crazy, does the best spinning spinebuster since Arn Anderson himself (sorry Hunter) and can get a reaction as an everyman babyface or an elitist heel.
5. Roode has navigated the waters of TNA and survived Vince Russo, Kevin Nash, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan to become the top dog. Not too shabby when YOU consider that the list of those who have failed or bailed on that quest includes a who's who of Smark faves like Punk, Samoa Joe, Christian and Nigel McGiunness.
Make of this what YOU will. If YOU're not familiar with Roode, check out some video of his awesome 2010 feud as one half of Beer Money (with James Storm) against the Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley). Or the amazing go home promo he and Storm had for their match at this year's Lockdown. As mentioned in the comments to one of last week's posts, as D-Bry runs away with this thing, I'm going to be doing more things to keep myself interested. I hope some of YOU found it worth the space.
Here's the fine print:
A wrestler must appear on a nationally televised pro wrestling program (currently WWE RAW, Smackdown or TNA Impact) or a PPV promoted on one of those shows to be included. Those receiving votes in the prior week will appear in the poll, unless they do not appear on television during the week that the poll covers. Wrestlers playing a major role in a story or angle, given significant promo time or involved in a lengthy and/or widely acclaimed match will be listed on the poll regardless of whether or not they received votes in the prior week. If YOU smarks think we've excluded someone, cast YOUR vote for that person in the comments, and state YOUR case for why that vote should count. Provided a decent justification, YOUR vote will be tabulated and that wrestler will be listed in the next poll.