Like a 'face-in-peril, we're looking to YOU to come in like a house a'fire. An episode of Raw filled with real-life drama was top of mind last week, how did it effect our Standings? The new WWE tag team champs dominated the discussion, as the smart marks here at Cageside Seats continued to be nonplussed at the latest booking coming out of Orlando. That's what the Smark's Shoot Standings (S3) are for - to see what shakes out when YOU, the internet wrestling community (IWC), chimes in with your vote for the three performers who impressed you the most on nationally televised pro wrestling last week.
What alchemy do we use to come up with the Standings? How does what some are calling the rebirth of the tag team scene in the WWE change our formulae? Who are your fellow smarks voting for, and why? Join us after the jump for all that and more.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the September 17th Raw, Impact from September the 20th and the Smackdown episode that aired on the 21st.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
He hasn't always been a part of our favorite story...
The big, red freak gets a little more love than his "I'm the tag team champions" partner. Michael Cole shows his human side and his journalistic chops to finish second. Cena and Punk started with some of their best mic work in ages under strange circumstances, and ended with a match and finish on pay-per-view that largely impressed. A handful of other workers got credit for solid work, including a special shout out from jolie to the King for beating the fourth horseman (this one, not this one).
The S3 - Week Ending September 16
- Michael Cole
- (tie) John Cena / Daniel Bryan
- CM Punk
- (tie) Vickie Guerrero / Jerry Lawler
- David Otunga
- Paul Heyman
There was a great discussion in last week's comments asking if you could vote for tag teams, and how those votes would/should be tabulated. We considered awarding half votes (1.5 points to each guy in the team for a first place vote rather than the usual 3). That would have given us a tie for first between Kane and Cole.
Option B was to award each member of the tag team full credit for the place they were voted (each wrestler would get 3 points for first, with the second place finisher still getting the full 2 points and third place still getting 1 point). Kane would have won that way, too.
In the end, as there was no plan in place or advance notice that tag teams would be handled differently (and since both smarks who voted for tag teams took the time to specify who should be slotted where in a standard, one guy, one place system), we went with the existing one guy, one place system.
Doing it that way for last week closes the gap between one and two in our annual Standings, but not much else:
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending Sept 16
- CM Punk - 163.5 points
- Daniel Bryan - 146.3
- AJ Lee - 108.4
- Austin Aries - 103.5
- Dolph Ziggler - 79.56
- Damien Sandow - 65.337
- Chris Jericho - 53.8
- Brock Lesnar - 45.9
- Bobby Roode - 41.10
- Alberto Del Rio - 39.25
Moving forward though, we're going to go with ZeroIndulgence's suggestion that we treat tag teams the way we treat weekly ties in the annual Standings. Voting for a team, such as Team Friendship, is saying that those wrestlers are tied in your three. So if you vote for the Prime Time Players, you only have one other place for the week:
- Brock Lesnar
- No Vote
In this scenario, Lesnar gets three points while Titus O'Neil and Darren Young would get 1.5 points each (the 2 points for second place and the 1 point for third split between them). I think this keeps the S3 as something that evaluates individual performers and at the same time allows the voter to recognize tag teams.
Head on over to Nolan's weekly results summary to remind yourself about the week that was and then comment below to let us know how you want your points allocated amongst your three favorite performers. Be back next week to see how your three shape the S3!