There is a lot going on in big-time pro wrestling - what do YOU think about it?
Cast a vote for whomever's work entertained or impressed the most in the last week, and feel free to talk about why in the comments.
The Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) also keep an annual tally of YOUR votes, and this edition takes an in-depth look back at the first three months of voting. Does it tell us anything meaningful about sports entertainment or YOUR fandom? Keep reading and decide for YOURSELF.
Remember, the poll is for the previous week - RAW from July 9th, the July 12th Impact, the Smackdown that aired on Friday the 13th and WWE's Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View (PPV).
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
Do YOU think he's prouder of his TNA World Heavyweight Championship or for being the first TNA wrestler to win an S3 weekly poll?
TNA's Destination X PPV was clearly a hit with S3 Voters, as two members of and the new champ that brought legitimacy back to the division that show celebrates all finished in the top ten. WWE's AJ was knocked from her perch for the first time in a month, but still finished strong. Meanwhile, the rejuvenation of Alberto Del Rio and the consistency of Chris Jericho seem to indicate that Smarks love a good trolling.
The S3 - Week Ending July 8
1. Austin Aries
2. AJ Lee
3. Kenny King
4. Alberto Del Rio
5. Tyson Kidd
6. Chris Jericho
7. Zema Ion
8. Zack Ryder
9. CM Punk
10. (tie) Big Show
10. (tie) Heath Slater
In lieu of the usual The S3 Performer of the Year list, and at the request of Friend of the S3 Manolo Has Pizzazz, we present our first QUARTERLY S3 DATA DUMP (the S3D2)!
- Our current annual standings leader has never won a weekly S3. While some claim to be tired of him, or even mockingly refer to him as "CM Cena", Punk is enjoying a long run with the WWE strap, can still put on a fantastic match, is over with the masses and at least not revolting to some of YOU.
- While not too many folks have claimed a weekly top prize and the big ten points that comes with it, Punk and the new World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank briefcase holder are proof that just remaining in the conversation, even if they're not dominating it, is one way to succeed.
- The WWE seems to have a hard time keeping a buzz going about someone. It's doesn't simply seem that YOU have short attention spans. Lesnar and his story come and go week-to-week. Laurinaitis' rise and fall both occurred before I had time to learn how to spell his name. Big Show is an unstoppable force for a month and then not even on TV a week after a PPV loss. Is this booking in the Twitter era?
- It's probably too late to change it this "year" without seriously screwing things up, but is ten too many for the Standings? We've had weeks of low Vote totals where barely ten different wrestlers place, and there are a lot of performers who have a point or two and may never get another.
As context for newcomers, the fine print probably bears reposting here:
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 in the weekly S3 poll. Those receiving votes in the prior week typically 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.
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.
What pops out at YOU? Who are YOU Voting for this week? Want to just thank us for still having a click-based poll? Comment or no - we appreciate the views, time and Votes. See YOU next week.