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Winner, and NEW Smark Shoot Standings Performer of the Year...

For 53 Sundays (plus one Monday for WrestleMania), Cageside Seats has asked you to tell us about your favorite performances in pro wrestling. In record numbers, you Cagesiders answered the call.

Ladies and germs, smarks* and casuals, here's the full, final, official S3 for 2017 - 2018:

Wish I had time to do some fancy graphs like I used to back in the early days of this thing - if anyone wants to take a stab at analysis, let me know and I can email you the full spreadsheet I use to keep track of it week-to-week. But here are some quick thoughts as we close the book on our sixth year...

11 on down
  • Another year, another record setting number of performers received points. And for the first time, a non-WWE wrestler cracked the Top Ten!
  • Holding a Title doesn’t do a lot for women in WWE. The totals show the increased emphasis the company’s put on their female roster, but the most popular acts with our audience generally weren’t atop the division.
  • More voters and more feds getting love didn’t stop a weird extra from a WWE comedy bit from getting some weekly points. That dude from catering was pretty great, though.
  • Every year, there's someone who has an early run which keeps them in the top ten most of the year, but whose push fades and they end up not getting a lot of votes later. Call it the Damien Sandow Award. This year, Breezango share that honor. “Fashion Files” was a big deal for our voters... until it wasn’t.
  • Personally, one of my favorite things about this is the weird, coincidental (?) ties which either make perfect or no sense. Thanks to 59th place, I now have a new dream match I desperately need to see at some point. And I had to chuckle at the trio of Young Bucks’ foils at 79.
10 - Miz

The A-Lister’s been changing hardcore fan minds for a while, but coming out of mocking John Cena last year, he really hit his stride in our sixth season. Tenth is a fitting place for him, too, because he racked up his total by placing a lot, but doing so in the back half of weekly Standings.

9 - Asuka

Her record-setting NXT run wrapped up without a loss during the early part of this season, so she technically disproves my bullet point about Women’s champs above (as does someone we’ll talk about in a minute - but I stand by my point when Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Naomi and Ember Moon are beneath our two top ten women, and Bayley and Nikki Cross). Mostly, she’s proof that wins and losses don’t always matter... but a ton of wins rarely hurt.

8 - Kenny Omega

Multiple six star matches for a globally recognized promotion, taking part in a multi-year, layered, LGBT-friendly storyline which includes a role on a hit YouTube series and a really smart internet presence which casts you as the leader of all things anti-WWE is all it takes. Try harder, fellow indie/international kids.

7 - Rusev

Insert holiday joke here. The Handsome One replaces Cesaro as the internet’s “Vince McMahon doesn’t get us” darling.

6 - Johnny Gargano

Pretty impressive showing from a guy who doesn’t appear outside a streaming service. Babyfaces do sell. We’ll see how he does now that he’s a little less of an underdog, and the WWE template for this kind of act is back in action on the main roster.

5 - AJ Styles

Last year’s winner took a tumble despite remaining in the title scene on Tuesday nights. Feel safe saying voters placed the blame for this at Vince McMahon, Road Dogg and Jinder Mahal’s feet rather than The Phenomenal One’s, though.

4 - Kevin Owens

Second straight fourth place finish for our 15 - 16 Performer of the Year.

3 - Sasha Banks

The Boss only held her brand’s top prize for eight days during the ‘Mania-to-’Mania period this covered, and she definitely benefits from some comment voters who will throw all their support to her even when she doesn’t do a whole lot. But she’s someone everyone has an opinion about, which makes her sort of the female version of this year’s winner.

2 - Braun Strowman

Kept waiting for The Monster Among Men to pull a little closer to his frequent nemesis and give us our first race for Performer of the Year that went down to the wire since Seth Rollins’ win back in ‘14 - ‘15, but it never happened. But booking didn’t do him any favors, and there are just enough fans who haven’t come around on him (*cough* Cain A. Knight *cough*). Maybe this year...

1 - Roman Reigns

The Big Dog changed a few minds by continuing to deliver entertaining matches, and with a character which played enough like a Tweener to quiet some of the calls for a full heel turn. He was also central to the top story on the biggest wrestling show in the world week-in and week-out. Will the shocking WrestleMania 34 outcome and the latest worked shoot efforts to endear him to “smart” fans change anything over the coming weeks? There will certainly be a lot of arguing while we find out...

For fun, use the poll below to make a prediction as to the 2018-19 winner. Last year, you picked AJ to repeat and... he tried! Can Romey overcome what five previous winners couldn’t? Let us know what you think!

Any other questions, concerns, screams or cries? Use the comments for those, too!

See you on Sunday for Season Seven of The S3*!


Who will have the best year's worth of performances between WrestleMania 34 and WrestleMania 35?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Roman Reigns
    (121 votes)
  • 12%
    AJ Styles
    (72 votes)
  • 20%
    Braun Strowman
    (125 votes)
  • 4%
    Kenny Omega
    (25 votes)
  • 0%
    Cody Rhodes
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Sasha Banks
    (16 votes)
  • 4%
    Ronda Rousey
    (29 votes)
  • 7%
    Johnny Gargano
    (43 votes)
  • 7%
    Seth Rollins
    (43 votes)
  • 5%
    Shinsuke Nakamura
    (35 votes)
  • 2%
    Finn Bálor
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    Aleister Black
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Kevin Owens
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Kazuchika Okada
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Charlotte Flair
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    The Miz
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    John Cena
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    (3 votes)
  • 2%
    Samoa Joe
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Other (specify in comments)
    (17 votes)
597 votes total Vote Now


This thing started as a FanPost, back when I had a “real” job and pretty much knew and was friends with the handful of people who voted every week. The internet was a little less divisive, and I don’t think the s-word was used as an insult between fans as much as it is today. Certainly, I think most of our voters got that the title of our little poll was a tongue-in-cheek joke.

But all you need to do is see Keith Lee at a WrestleMania Axxess show to know 2018 is a different beast. And the point of The S3 was never to isolate or segregate fans, but to help figure out who the broadest possible cross-section of them was enjoying week-to-week.

All of which is prelude to asking... should we change the name?

Not sure what to, exactly. Something straight forward would probably work best, but I may be too weird to not work alliteration in somehow. Anyway, this is YOUR Standings, so you get a say...


Should we change the name of our weekly fan vote for favorite wrestling performance to something other than The Smark’s Shoot Standings (S3)?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    (87 votes)
  • 38%
    (130 votes)
  • 35%
    Don’t Care
    (120 votes)
337 votes total Vote Now

If you’re a “Yes” voter, feel free to offer suggestions in the comments.

See you Sunday!

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