December 2016 is in the books, and while it
will largely be remembered as the calm before the Roast Battle Season Two
storm, it also featured a few top tier battles, memorable moments, and
star-making undercard performances. How did it affect the Top 50 rankings? Let’s
find out with the first Power Rankings of 2017!

1. Alex Hooper 11-3 
2. Earl Skakel 9-2-1 
3. Toby Muresianu 7-3
4. Omid Singh 11-5
5. Connor McSpadden 8-3  
6. Jay Light 11-8
7. Keith Carey 11-8  
8. Pat Barker 9-4
9. Olivia Grace 6-3-1  
10. Doug Fager 6-4 

The top ten sees minimal change. Earl Skakel
pulled down an overtime win against Benji Aflalo, but he probably won’t be able
to jump to the number one spot without beating the current champ, Alex Hooper,
in the process. While most of the remaining battlers in this bracket took a
break after the Comedy Central taping, Keith Carey jumped right back into the
ring and scored a win over Tom Goss. He returns to the top ten as a result.

11. Joe Dosch 9-6-1 
12. Jeff Sewing 4-0-1  
13. Anna Valenzuela 5-1
14. Kim Congdon 7-3
15. Leah Kayajanian 6-6-1
16. Tom Goss 5-4
17. Dan Nolan 8-5
18. Albert Escobedo 7-0
19. Rich Slaton 4-3
20. Rena Hundert 4-0 

Goss drops five spots to number 16 with the
loss, and the second bracket welcomes Albert Escobedo for the first time. His
latest victory was gift-wrapped by Santa Claus himself, as Tony Bartolone’s
Saint Nick gimmick flopped hard. Still, 7-0 is 7-0, and Escobedo now holds the
record for most consecutive wins ever. The accompanying top 20 spot is well
deserved – hopefully he gets a similarly ranked opponent soon and gets to prove
himself further. He’s earned a big battle and a chance to win without antics
overriding the jokes.

21. Stuart Thompson 5-4
22. Mike Schmidt 4-0
23. Guam Felix 6-1
24. Jeanne Whitney 5-2 
25. Evan Cassidy 4-2
26. Jamar Neighbors 3-3 
27. Robbie Goodwin 5-0 
28. Tony Bartolone 4-2
29. Ramsey Badawi 3-1
30. Alex Duong 5-5 

Robbie Goodwin’s win over Anish Shah runs his
streak to five consecutive wins and lands him in the top 30 for the first time
ever. His bubbly energy and quick asides have led to some of the more fun
battles in the Belly Room in recent memory and given him an undefeated record
in the process. Bartolone’s swing-and-a-miss drops him to 28, and the rest of
the bracket remains unchanged.

31. Frank Castillo 8-9 
32. Brent Duncan 5-2
33. Hormoz Rashidi 4-4-1   
34. Richie Gaines 4-1
35. Robbie Kirkhuff 3-1
36. Sina Amedson 4-5
37. Lonnie Johnson 3-0 
38. Mark Stevens 3-1
39. Jacob Trimmer 3-0 
40. Galina Rivina 3-1 

Another bracket with very little movement, but
two newer battlers have entrenched themselves at the 39 and 40 spots. Jacob
Trimmer jumps from 47 to 39 after his Battle of the Night double-overtime win
against Alfred Konuwa, and Galina Rivina re-emerges on the Power Rankings with
a big main event win over Josh Waldron.

41. April Lotshaw 2-1
42. Nicole Aimee Schreiber 2-0 
43. David Deery 1-2-2
44. Nick Petrillo 4-3 
45. Logan Guntzelman 2-0
46. Alfred Konuwa 3-2-1  
47. Heather Marulli 2-2
48. Bryan Vokey 2-0
49. Kayla Rosenberg 1-0-1
50. Dave Neal 3-0 

Our final bracket, as usual, features the most
movement. Logan Guntzelman returns to the rankings at number 45 after her and
Brendan Cooney delivered a great undercard battle and she emerged victorious.
Konuwa drops to 46 after the loss to Trimmer. The bottom four features three
new names – Heather Marulli comes in at 47 after her Performance of the Night
win over Courtney Banks, Kayla Rosenberg debuts at 49 after her main event draw
with Nat Baimel, and Dave Neal makes a cameo at 50 after his lackluster win
over Julian Fernandez ran his record to 3-0.

And there you have it! The December 2016
rankings are official. January 2017 will provide the most movement in a long
time, as the Road to Roast Battle fights air and change everything. Add the
major tournament at the House of Blues to the equation, and subtract the five
people scheduled to drop out due to inactivity, and this list might look pretty
different. For record corrections, contact Jay Light, Pat Barker, Frank
Castillo, or Keith Carey. It’s going to be another stacked month of battles at
The Comedy Store, so make sure you’re there live or watching on Periscope every
Tuesday night! 

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