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, did you hear about our BIG ANNOUNCEMENT? Keep reading...
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the March 18th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from the 21st, and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday March the 22nd.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
If that's too adorbs for you, remember that Thompson also designed Daniel Bryan's ring jacket from his World Heavyweight Championship run.
• Another week with a long list of folks receiving votes, as there seems to be first place and then everyone else for the internet wrestling community (IWC) these days. Punk's awesome villainy won him another week, with Kane's bereaved son/self-aware comedy stalker coming in a distant second.
• A great man we just lost who was willing to have his death be part of the storytelling genre he loved tied for third with the (kayfabe) Greatest Man That Ever Lived.
• Several names from the annual top ten that haven't seen a weekly Standings in quite some time make an appearance. I knew those Ziggler and Sandow guys sounded familiar...
• I'd have to go look (and I will - there are some year-end stats and stuff coming. But that's not the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT), but it's not often that someone runs away with a week like Bully Ray following his title win and heel turn then turns around and fails to place the following week.
The S3 - Week Ending March 17
1. CM Punk
3. (tie) Paul Bearer
3. (tie) Austin Aries
5. Dolph Ziggler
6. AJ Lee
7. (tie) Damien Sandow
7. (tie) Jack Swagger
9. (tie) Cody Rhodes
9. (tie) Bobby Roode
9. (tie) Brock Lesnar
9. (tie) Seth Rollins
The usual jockeying for position in the mid-card of the annual list, with more of the same at the top. A rundown of how the weekly and annual Standings are calculated can be found here.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending March 17
1. CM Punk - 292 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 181
3. Dolph Ziggler - 155.5
4. Austin Aries - 153.5
5. AJ Lee - 143
6. Damien Sandow - 125.83
7. Alberto Del Rio - 100.25
8. Bobby Roode - 94.75
9. Antonio Cesaro - 93.5
10. Big Show - 89
Okay. Okayokayokayokay. It's time. Here's the
Anybody here old like me and remember when it used to be a big deal that your favorite show was going to start airing on a different night? Like when Smackdown moved from Thursdays to Fridays?
Well, starting on March 31st, the Smark's Shoot Standings are moving to Sunday! Our benevolent dictators here at Cageside Seats have offered us a prime piece of front page real estate for the whole day and a chance to break free from the deluge of always excellent pre-Raw coverage that cSs offers.
It will be a shift in how we think about the "week" we're voting for, as the Sunday pay-per-view (PPV) will now start the voting period as opposed to being the capstone. But I hope you'll agree that the benefits of increased exposure for our thoughts outweighs the hassle of tweaking the paradigm we use to arrive at them.
Well, this inaugural season of Standings has already seen it's fair share of changes and adjustments (the disappearing poll, which lead to the game-changing advent of comment voting, then the reintegration of the poll into the new scoring system, and going from FanPost to staff-written article...to name a few). Switching it up now will allow us to experience the last of our growing pains and start season two of the S3 clean.
Of course, you can always still vote on Mondays. It's just that, once or twice a month, you'll want to leave out any PPV action you saw or news you heard from night before.
I hope that you smarks are as excited about this as we are here at the S3 home office. Let us know in the comments, along with your usual votes, thoughts and observations about the week that was.
And see you on Sunday!