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Everyone who comes to Cageside Benches has an opinion on what happens in professional wrestling – the wrestling ratings are where you tell us who you are.

Cast a vote in the comments. Give us the four actors you think you enjoyed or liked the most last week, and feel free to talk about why. and/or vote for your best performer in our poll.

We also have the result of last week’s vote, the results of which make up our annual contest for Cageside Cupis given to us overall performance.

This week, we’ll be voting on the online and nationally televised professional wrestling programming that took place January 8-14 – rawAnd Darkness: riseAnd darkAnd NXTAnd dynamiteAnd fusionAnd PowererAnd EffectAnd SmackDownAnd frenzyAnd Level upAnd NJPW is strongEffect Hard to kill PPV, and anything else I forget.

But first, here’s the result of last week’s vote, and how those results changed our annual competition for Cageside Cup.

Everything about this guy seems like a bigger deal when he’s in Japan, you know?

  • The events of January 4, 2023 at the Tokyo Dome account for 60% of our 10 most recent matches. In addition to the new IWGP United States Champion, there is his dance partner 6.25 Star, the new IWGP World Heavyweight King, and the IWGP Women’s Ruler. Champ & her next challenger, and the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight title holder.
  • A new TNT Champion has been crowned in his hometown, and he is the highest rated non-NJPW wrestler in these rankings.
  • WWE sent the former IWGP Intercontinental & World Champion to work with The Great Muta. He soaked up some fog, took a win, and finished sixth.
  • Other WWE representation came from the young man who retained the WWE belt in the United States, and a guy who enjoyed some popcorn with the tribal chief.

c CCWR: 2022-23, Week 40

1. Kenny Omega
2. Kazuchika Okada
3. Darby Allen
4. Mercedes Monet
5. Ospreay will
6. Shinsuke Nakamura
7. Hiromu Takahashi
8. Kerry
9. (tie) Austin’s theory
9. (tie) Sami Zayn

Points in our weekly rankings determine the ongoing yearly standings – which will determine who wins Cageside Cup next April. Full details of rules and registration here.

Where the air killer and pan-Atlantic champion collide with tribal leader and absolute top-ten…

Ranking of the best Cageside Cup performers – during the week ending January 7th

1 – Sami Zayn – 132
2. Jon Moxley – 122
3. MJF – 83
4. Wardlaw – 56
5. CM Punk – 54
6. Gunter – 48
7. Dax Harwood – 41.5
8. Claudio Castagnoli – 38
9. Will Asprey – 35
10. Orange Cassidy – 32.5


Ready to do it again? You can always check the “how to” here If you need it, or ask a question in the comments. But don’t be afraid to dive in! You give us clicks and comments, and we’ll take it from there.




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