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.
We also have the results of last week's voting, and how that effected our annual competition for Performer of the Year. And since there have been some new names popping up in the comments (YES!), there's a detailed description of how voting works and the S3 are determined.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the January 28th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, the Thursday the 31st broadcast of TNA Impact Wrestling, and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 2nd.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
Yeah you did, Chris. And it was a great night for us smarks, too.
- Y2J shocked the world and won the week fairly handily as his return at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view (PPV) transformed even the snarkiest smarks into cheering marks again.
- He remains a bit of a divisive figure amongst die-hards, but The Great One ending a historic reign and beginning his own earned him a second place finish. The vanquished champ still got a lot of love and pads his annual lead with a seventh in the week that was.
- ADR's streak of first and seconds comes to an end, but his title defense earned third place - a couple of spots ahead of the man who's helped to make his face turn so successful.
- The iron man of the Rumble match got lost in the shuffle, booking-wise and S3-wise, but still placed in the upper division.
- Bobby Roode is one of the main reasons to keep your eye on the number two promotion out of Florida, and their sole representative in this edition of the Standings.
- That winning the Rumble to set-up "Twice in a Lifetime (and counting)" at Wrestlemania barely puts him ahead of a NXTer getting the Maven push and the currently direction-less Hungry One tells you everything you need to know about the internet wrestling community (IWC)'s love of the Doctor of Thuganomics.
The S3 - Week Ending January 27
1. Chris Jericho
2. The Rock
3. Alberto Del Rio
4. Dolph Ziggler
5. (tie) Big Show
5. (tie) Bobby Roode
7. CM Punk
8. John Cena
9. (tie) Bo Dallas
9. (tie) Ryback
Some jockeying for position, but no actual movement on the annual list. Jericho lurks just outside of the top ten, though. I don't think there's another guy working today who could take six months off and still be as much of a draw for the IWC.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending January 27th
1. CM Punk - 238 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 174
3. Dolph Ziggler - 148
4. Austin Aries - 134.5
5. AJ Lee - 133.5
6. Damien Sandow - 122.33
7. Alberto Del Rio - 92.25
8. Antonio Cesaro - 82.5
9. Big Show - 82
10. Bobby Roode - 79.5
So, how does this crazy thing work, you ask? Or maybe you didn't. Either way, I'm gonna tell you.
If you choose to vote in the comments (and we hope you do), you have three "slots". If you place one performer in each, first place is assigned three points for the week, second two and third one. Weekly points are assigned to everyone's comment for ranking.
You can list more than one wrestler per slot, either as a tag team or a tie between unrelated workers. If you use all three slots and have people tied in any of them, those performers will split the points assigned to that slot. For instance:
1. Antonio Cesaro
2. Big Show/Alberto Del Rio
3. Bobby Roode
results in Cesaro getting three weekly points, Big Show and ADR getting a point each (splitting the two points assigned to a second place vote) while Roode also gets the one point for third.
On the other hand, you can assign more points for a tie by having the tie replace one of your other slots, like so:
1. Antonio Cesaro
2. Big Show/Alberto Del Rio
In this instance, Show and Del Rio would each receive 1.5 weekly Standings points, as they will split the two points for second and the one point for third.
The poll has been counted as two comment votes (six points for first - two points for third) with all three slots used and ties counted accordingly. If we get to where we're receiving hundreds of poll votes, that weight will increase. But as we've been getting 20-40 votes since its return, 2x seems a good multiplier.
The annual list is calculated in a similar fashion. Finishing first in the weekly poll is worth ten annual points, through tenth being worth one. Ties split the points assigned to the rankings between the number of people tied. So if Kane, Sting and Layla tie for seventh, nine points (four for seventh, three for eighth and two for ninth) will be split three ways.
Let me know if that makes sense, if you care. There really is a method to our counting and compiling madness.
Last week started hot and heavy with a lot of Rumble fall-out and seemed to wind down from there. Who earned your vote or votes?
You can jog your memory with the Raw playlist, the Main Event results, the Impact live blog and the playlist for Smackdown. Then come on back and vote, crunch numbers along with me or just banter with your fellow Cagesiders. We'll be here next and every week with the results.