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Welcome to the Cageside Community Wrestler Rankings

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Everybody who comes to Cageside Seats has an opinion about what's going on in pro wrestling - The Wrestler Rankings are where YOU let us know YOURS.

What are the Wrestler Rankings? Well, for the past nine years, they’ve been the Smark’s Shoot Standings (S3). For regulars, this is still the same fan vote, just under a new name. For folks looking to get in on the fun for the first time, the rest of the post will tell you everything you need to know. And if you have any questions beyond that, ask in the comments! Either I or one of our regular voters will help you out.

The Rankings come out every Sunday. The post consists of a poll listing people involved in prominent angles on nationally televised shows that happened the week before, but if you don’t see your pick - don’t worry. That’s not the only - or most impactful - way to vote. More on that in a minute.

We’ll also normally have the outcome of the previous Sunday’s voting. That creates a weekly Top Ten Ranking. Placing in the weekly Top Ten earns wrestlers points in our annual competition for Performer of the Year. Since a “year” for us starts with the Raw after WrestleMania and ends with the following WrestleMania, we just crowned our ninth Performer of the Year. Read all about last year’s Standings Rankings here.

And congrats, Boss!

Okay, so how does this all work?


Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Cageside Community Wrestler Rankings:

Performers who play a significant role on a nationally televised wrestling show available in at least 50 million United States homes, or on a major PPV/streaming event, will get entries in our click-vote poll.

If you want to vote for someone who doesn’t appear in the poll, and/or if would like to either recognize more performers or have a greater impact on the Standings, you should log in and cast a comment vote.

Voting both via the poll and a comment is not only allowed, but encouraged. If you want to really influence the S3, and have a lot more flexibility with your ballot, you’ve really got to comment.

On a comment “ballot”, you have four slots. If you place one performer in each, first place is assigned 4 points for the week, second 3, third 2 and fourth 1.

You can list more than one wrestler per slot, either as a tag team or a tie between unrelated performers. If you have people tied in any one slot, those performers will split the points assigned to that slot. For instance:

1. Eddie Kingston
2. Street Profits
3. Deonna Purrazzo
4. Dexter Lumis

Gives Kingston 4 points toward the weekly Rankings. Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins get 1.5 each (splitting the 3 points assigned to a second place vote), while the Knockouts champ gets 2 points for third, and Indi Hartwell’s crush receives 1 for fourth.

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. Eddie Kingston
2. Street Profits
4. Deonna Purrazzo

In this instance, Tez & Dawkins each receive 2.5 points for the week, as they will split the 3 points for second and the 2 points for third. Purrazzo then gets 1 for fourth.

You can not put the same wrestler in multiple slots. If your ballot looks like this:

1 - 4 Eddie Kingston

The Mad King still only receive the four points for first place. The remaining points for that ballot will not be awarded to anyone.

The poll is counted separately. The performer who receives the most votes gets 10 points, second receives 9 points, and so on down to the person who receives the tenth highest vote count earning 1 point for the week. Doesn’t matter if the winner gets 6,000 votes in the poll, he or she only gets 10 points from it. This is because the poll is prone to trolling and not that hard to game... but mostly because we want you to join the conversation in the comments!

The annual list is calculated in a similar fashion. Finishing first in the weekly Rankings is worth 10 points in the Performer of the Year Rankings... down through tenth being worth 1 point. Ties split the points assigned to the rankings between the number of people tied. So if one week, Britt Baker, Tetsuya Naito, and Cameron Grimes tie for seventh, they each get 3 points - the 4 for seventh, 3 for eighth and 2 for ninth split three ways.

Clear as mud? Remember, feel free to ask questions below.


In addition to revealing the final 2020 - 2021 Standings Rankings, our last post conducted a straw poll to predict who we’ll crown after WrestleMania 38 next spring. Here are those results...

The Wrestler Rankings Performer of the Year - Voter Predictions for 2021-22

1. Roman Reigns
2. (tie) Bianca Belair
2. (tie) Sasha Banks
4. Becky Lynch
5. Cesaro
6. Kenny Omega
7. Hangman Page
8. Seth Rollins
9. (tie) Jon Moxley
9. (tie) Christian Cage

Okay, let’s do this thing. Remember, the Rankings are for the previous week’s nationally televised and internet streaming pro wrestling shows - the April 12 episodes of Raw & Dark: Elevation, Tuesday’s NXT & Dark, Weds., April 14’s Dynamite, Thursday’s Impact, the April 16 SmackDown, this week’s NJPW Strong, MLW Fusion, NWA Powerrr & ROH TV, and any other televised or internet streaming wrestling that aired from April 12 - April 17 2020.

We'll see you next week with the first results, and for another vote!

Poll

Which performer had the best week, April 12 - 17?

This poll is closed

  • 3%
    Bobby Lashley
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Erik
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ivar
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Charlotte Flair
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Asuka
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Rhea Ripley
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Alexa Bliss
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    The Miz
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    John Morrison
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Nia Jax
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Shayna Baszler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kofi Kingston
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Xavier Woods
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Bray Wyatt
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Drew McIntyre
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    T-BAR
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    MACE
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Karrion Kross
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Nash Carter
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Wes Lee
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mercedes Martinez
    (2 votes)
  • 6%
    Kushida
    (36 votes)
  • 0%
    Raquel González
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Franky Monet
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roderick Strong
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Johnny Gargano
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Candice LeRae
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Austin Theory
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Indi Hartwell
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Dexter Lumis
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Bronson Reed
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Shotzi Blackheart
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ember Moon
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Jackson
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Nick Jackson
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    PAC
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Rey Fenix
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Jade Cargill
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Ogogo
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    Chris Jericho
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Tyson
    (5 votes)
  • 1%
    Kenny Omega
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Kris Statlander
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Christian Cage
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Powerhouse Hobbs
    (2 votes)
  • 9%
    Darby Allin
    (50 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hardy
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Josh Alexander
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Karl Anderson
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Doc Gallows
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Jazz
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordynne Grace
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Myers
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Sami Callihan
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Rich Swann
    (1 vote)
  • 21%
    Roman Reigns
    (116 votes)
  • 16%
    Cesaro
    (86 votes)
  • 0%
    Rey Mysterio
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Kevin Owens
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Sami Zayn
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Apollo Crews
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Bianca Belair
    (60 votes)
  • 0%
    Dolph Ziggler
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Robert Roode
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Natalya
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tamina
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Seth Rollins
    (5 votes)
534 votes total Vote Now