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Smarks offer Cesaro a brass ring


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 - WWE’s Battleground pay-per-view (PPV), the July 25 episode of Monday Night Raw, Tuesday's SmackDown Live, Wednesday's WWE NXT, the Cruiserweight Classic and ROH TV, Thursday's TNA Impact, this week's New Japan shows and any other internet streaming wrestling that aired from July 24 - 30, 2016.

Make YOUR mark, smarks!

Why would this guy be over with wrestling fans?

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Said no one other than Vince McMahon ever.

  • A fire post-Draft promo helps the Swiss Superman fly over both the WWE champ and the brother he fought for that belt twice on the way to a PPV Triple Threat.
  • There's a lot of wrestling on these days, leading to a lot of different men & women receiving votes in our comments. The CWC is making quite and impression, however, and last week it 3.5 guys in the top ten.
  • Calling the YES man a half, since he's also the General Manager of that show on Tuesday nights.
  • Not the show that BROKEN guy you keep voting for comes from - that's on Thursdays now.
  • The G1 Climax hasn't produced many match of the year candidates yet, but a man from NOAH upsetting the Rainmaker gave fans something to talk about.

The S3: 2016-17, Week 16

1. Cesaro
2. Seth Rollins
3. Dean Ambrose
4. TJ Perkins
5. Daniel Bryan
6. Tajiri
7. Matt Hardy
8. Naomichi Marufuji
9. (tie) Mustafa Ali
9. (tie) Sasha Banks

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

His lead is still, to use a WWE Hall of Famer’s favorite word, "yuge", but the more weeks the Phenomenal One misses the top ten, the more interesting our annual campaign gets.

The S3 Performer of the Year - through the Week Ending July 23

1. AJ Styles - 123 points
2. Kevin Owens - 68
3. Seth Rollins - 59
4. Dean Ambrose - 58
5. Cesaro - 52.5
6. Roman Reigns - 47
7. Matt Hardy - 33.5
8. John Cena - 27
9. Cage - 26.5
10. Sami Zayn - 21.5

Last week was a little less busy with Lucha Underground taking a few weeks off and no EVOLVE shows, but there was still New Japan, Raw, Smackdown, NXT, CWC and Impact (plus whatever other wrestling products you found time to watch on a cable or internet-connected screen).

So figure out who rocked your world, then let us know what you come up with by one or both of the means below.

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