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 outcome of last week's voting, the results of which make up our annual competition for Performer of the Year.
Remember, the Standings are for the previous week - the May 13th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Impact from May 16th and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 17th.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
That seems a little sexist, but you are a multiple time S3 weekly champ...
Found flyer at Bluegrass Kitchen in Charleston, WV "Without a beard, you’re the same as every other woman and child." twitter.com/WWEDanielBryan…— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) May 5, 2013
So who am I to say.
• Current cause célèbre Antonio Cesaro continues to earn votes and rack up Standings points, regardless of wins and losses, or who finds him "boring". Once (and future?) cause célèbre Damien Sandow sang a little song about Randall K Orton.
• Dean Ambrose showed signs of becoming a one-man wolfpack with all the singles action he's been getting. Abyss broke up a main event in TNA and added intrigue to the story of he and his "brother", Joseph Park.
• Both Mark Henry and Paul Heyman continue to break the stereotype that smarks only love guys who can go, go, go in the ring.
• Brock Lesnar gets credit for tearing shit up. Bobby Roode gets credit for not sticking his junk in anyone's face.
• I just hope that everybody who finished in the 8 way tie for 10th last week earns some more points throughout the year, or the .125 next to their names in the full Standings will look kind of sad.
The S3: 2013-14, Week 5
1. Daniel Bryan
2. Antonio Cesaro
3. Damien Sandow
4. Dean Ambrose
6. Mark Henry
7. Paul Heyman
8. (tie) Bobby Roode
8. (tie) Brock Lesnar
10. (tie) AJ Lee
10. (tie) Chris Jericho
10. (tie) Great Khali
10. (tie) Gail Kim
10. (tie) Frankie Kazarian
10. (tie) Christopher Daniels
10. (tie) Kane
10. (tie) Kenny King
And this...this is a smarky looking list:
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending May 11
1. Daniel Bryan - 32 points
2. Dean Ambrose - 26
3. Antonio Cesaro - 24.5
4. Dolph Ziggler - 15
5. Fandango - 14.5
6. (tie) Seth Rollins - 14
6. (tie) Roman Reigns - 14
8. Brock Lesnar - 12.5
9. Mark Henry - 12
10. Ryback - 10.5
This is our first attempt at having a Sunday pay-per-view (PPV) not cap a week of voting. Should be interesting...remember that you're voting for the nationally televised wrestling-related action from Raw on the 13th through Smackdown on the 17th. Extreme Rules will factor into our votes next week, along with the shows that follow it.
Clear as mud?
In case you're not confused enough already - and for any newcomers who might be swinging by the ol' cSs to read up on Sunday's show - let's reprint our S3 primer:
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. Damien Sandow
2. HHH/Hulk Hogan
results in Sandow getting three weekly points, HHH and Hogan getting a point each (splitting the two points assigned to a second place vote) while Aksana 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. Damien Sandow
2. HHH/Hulk Hogan
In this instance, HHH and Hogan 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 is typically counted as one comment for each twenty individual votes (e.g. if we get 43 poll votes, six points are assigned to the highest vote-getter, four points for second, two for third) with all three slots used and ties counted accordingly.
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 Zeb Colter, ODB and Titus O'Neil tie for seventh, nine points (four for seventh, three for eighth and two for ninth) will be split three ways.