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.
Our move to Sundays wasn't just a Rhodes Scholars break-up/reunion. With the exception of WrestleMania, we will publish and start week's on Sundays with any pay-per-views (PPV). But since it is "The Granddaddy of Them All" and the end of the season, so to speak, this final S3 of 2012-13 will be a Monday post that includes the PPV.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the April 1st episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from the 4th, the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday April the 5th and WrestleMania XXIX.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
Who can't wrestle?
Wait, that's not right. I really should learn how to pronounce his name...
WWE's shows have been largely lackluster and focused on angles in which we don't seem to be interested.
The exception, of course, being runaway Performer of the Year award winner, CM Punk. His double-duty pulling manager also ranks highly for his work last week.
A resurgent TNA product has been garnering a lot of interest, and from a wider group of smarks than the company's usual stalwarts.
And I can't remember the last time two females placed in the weekly Standings.
The S3 - Week Ending March 30
2. Chris Jericho
3. Paul Heyman
4. CM Punk
5. Jeff Hardy
6. John Laurinaitis
7. AJ Lee
8. (tie) Mark Henry
8. (tie) Kaitlyn
8. (tie) Hernandez
8. (tie) Sting
8. (tie) Big Show
Several positions are set, but as we head in to the final annual Standings, places 3 - 5 and 7 - 10 (actually, all the way down to 12) have been fluid. WrestleMania week could certainly change those positions one final time. Here's how the weekly and annual S3 is tabulated.
Here's where we stand heading in to your final vote of the year:
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending March 30
1. CM Punk - 308 points
2. Daniel Bryan - 181
3. Dolph Ziggler - 155.5
4. Austin Aries - 153.5
5. AJ Lee - 151
6. Damien Sandow - 125.83
7. Chris Jericho - 101.5
8. Alberto Del Rio - 100.25
9. Bobby Roode - 96.25
10. Big Show - 94.2
Our new season will synch up with the Wrestler Wrankings, so we can take a more analytical look at how what happens in the squared circle effects our evaluation of the men and women who toil to entertain us.
We'll see you Sunday for the final S3 of 2012-13!