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The King of Strong Style leads New Japan invasion of the Smark's Shoot Standings

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 four 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 and internet streaming pro wrestling shows -  the January 12th episode of WWE Monday Night Raw, Tuesday night's Main Event, Lucha Underground & WWE NXT from Wednesday the 14th, Thursday's free web release of ROH TV and WWE SmackDown on SyFy, and the TNA Impact Wrestling that aired on Friday, January 16th.

Make YOUR mark, smarks!


If you're walking down the street and you see this, do you scream BAI GAWD or YEA-OH!?

I'd probably just pass out, so consider it a rhetorical question.

  • If you're saying, "who are these four guys with the names I'm not sure how to pronounce in last week's top 10?", go watch the co-main events of Wrestle Kingdom 9 and thank the Smarks who voted for them later.  (By the by, I used ReverendKain's suggestion for fixing my double-Nakamura boner in the poll by adding the votes and applying them using the split of Shinsuke-to-Kota from the comment vote, which was 42/58)
  • Brought back his bosses and beat up a Ryback, but old Traitorface probably got more love for being the inspiration for a reunion between his brothers.  That helped Dean overcome a feud ending loss to Bray Wyatt, but - sufferin' succotash! - it couldn't get Roman in the S3.
  • Paige gets her first points in months from a really good match against the champ on Main Event...wait, this has more to do with Total Divas than I want to give that show credit for, doesn't it?
  • The Brit is also hanging around with T.J. and Natty, and the cat man can do no wrong with you Smarks right now.  Kind of like his tag partner, who is basically this year's AJ Lee...picking up a point or two a week regardless of how he's booked.
  • Zayniacs, the lot of you.

The S3: 2014-15, Week 40

1. Shinsuke Nakamura
2. Seth Rollins

3. Tyson Kidd
4. Kota Ibushi
5. Dean Ambrose

6. Paige
7. Kazuchika Okada

8. Sami Zayn
9. Hiroshi Tanahashi
10. Cesaro

Points in our weekly Standings determine our annual list - full details on rules and scoring HERE.

The Future gets a little bit closer to the top spot, and the It Factor picked the wrong week to come back to television - which allowed the Anti Diva a chance to leap frog him in the annual 10.

The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending January 10

1. Dean Ambrose - 236.5 points
2. Seth Rollins - 225

3. Cesaro - 116.75

4. Dolph Ziggler - 113.33

5. Paul Heyman - 98
6. Tyson Kidd - 89.5

7. Damien Sandow - 78.5

8. Paige - 77

9. Bobby Roode - 74.83

10. Bo Dallas - 66.5


There's a whole lot of wrestling on television every week all of a sudden.  We can cover you for RawMain Event, ImpactLucha UndergoundNXTSmackdownand even ROH, but you're on your own with streaming only promotions.

The hunt is half the fun, though.  So track down what you like and tell your fellow wrestling fans about it with your vote!

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