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's nationally televised pro wrestling shows - the August 12th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Wednesday night's WWE Main Event, TNA Hardcore Justice/Impact from August 15th and the WWE SmackDown that aired on Friday the 16th.
Make YOUR mark, smarks!
I don't even know if the beard-off is still going on, but I'm running out of jokes:
• The Beast Incarnate impresses with pre-taped promo, your garden variety beatdown and one of the best throwaway lines in the history of pro wrestling. His upcoming pay-per-view nemesis manages a tie for fourth with the Eater of Worlds for taking the beating and just doing what he do.
• It pays to be Roode, as a new alliance invigorates Bobby on Impact.
• The booking of Christian earns Capt. Charisma sixth more than actual charisma does.
• Damien Sandow has excellent taste in leather crafts, Randy Orton hasn't let his plain old red metal case slow him down and the Boss is the Boss...he don't need no steenkin' briefcase.
• Poor Ricardo got destroyed in an angle that doesn't even seem to have a story connected to it, and Ms Lee is always good for three points (and if that doesn't make sense, more on points in a second).
The S3: 2013-14, Week 18
1. Daniel Bryan
2. Brock Lesnar
3. Bobby Roode
4. (tie) Bray Wyatt
4. (tie) CM Punk
7. (tie) Damien Sandow
7. (tie) Randy Orton
7. (tie) Vince McMahon
10. (tie) AJ Lee
10. (tie) Ricardo Rodriguez
Points in our weekly Standings determine our annual list - I've republished the rules and scoring metric below for anyone swinging by to join us on this lovely SummerSlam day.
First place does appear to be donesville, but keep coming back to see if The Shield ever gets their momentum , how far Punk can climb the list after spotting everyone else a couple of months and there's a really interesting log jam in the 10-20 range featuring names like Lesnar, Ziggler and a hard-charging newcomer who calls himself The Eater of Worlds...
We'll have a full Standings list (and maybe some line graphs!) next month.
The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending August 10
1. Daniel Bryan - 147 points
2. AJ Lee - 51.375
3. Seth Rollins - 50
4. CM Punk - 46.25
5. Dean Ambrose - 45
6. Damien Sandow - 44.03
7. (tie) Antonio Cesaro - 44
7. (tie) Fandango - 44
9. Paul Heyman - 36
10. Mark Henry - 29.5
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The S3:
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. Justin Gabriel
2. Gail Kim/Jinder Mahal
3. Sin Cara
results in Gabriel getting three weekly points, Gail and Jinder getting a point each (splitting the two points assigned to a second place vote) while Sin Cara 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. Justin Gabriel
2. Gail Kim/Jinder Mahal
In this instance, Gail and Jinder 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 Eric Young, Layla and Sweet T tie for seventh, nine points (four for seventh, three for eighth and two for ninth) will be split three ways.
While you're waiting for tonight, check out our recaps and playlists for everything that happened last week - Raw, Main Event, Impact and Smackdown. Get your votes in quick before SummerSlam clouds your judgement!