Following the completion of the latest season of Roast Battle on Comedy Central, the Tuesday night show has entered a period of stagnancy. That’s not to say there haven’t been great moments – Omid Singh vs. Joe Eurell and Armando Torres vs. Jacob Trimmer come to mind – but busy schedules have forced periodic absences from Coach Tea and The Wave, and there haven’t been many superstar-loaded headlining battles. That’ll all change on December 4, when Roast Battle presents Best Of The Belly Room, Volume 1. Four battles, all main events. The full card will be announced shortly, but until then we focus on the latest edition of the power rankings.

Los Angeles Top Ten

1. Toby Muresianu 13-4-1
2. Nicole Becannon 11-5
3. Alex Duong 14-7
4. Leah Kayajanian 14-9-1
5. Pat Barker 18-8-2
6. Doug Fager 11-6-1
7. Omid Singh 18-9
8. Jamar Neighbors 7-6
9. Joe Eurell 12-10-2
10. Keith Carey 17-19

By defeating Paige Wesley, Leah Kayajanian may have put herself into a great position to get the next title shot. While several names have been floated as worthy challengers, it really seems like a two-horse race between Kayajanian and Alex Duong at this point. The rest of the Top Ten was inactive for October, making for a spooooooooky lack of movement.

New York Top Ten

1. Dan Wickes
2. Sean Finnerty
3. Dave Sirus
4. Paul Hooper
5. Yoshiko Watson
6. Drew Drevyanko
7. Maddy Smith
8. JP McDade
9. Jerry Martinez
10. Jake Vevera

Current champion Dan Wickes will be making his first title defense on November 25 against number one contender Sean Finnerty in a highly anticipated matchup. Earlier this month, Yoshiko Watson barely beat out Drew Drevyanko in a battle of former champions – however, Drevyanko holds strong in the rankings with a big win on the Halloween show dressed as Howard Stern (side note – why don’t we have character battles in LA, and when can we start?). Jerry Martinez holds his spot at 9 after a fun battle and victory over unranked John Fox, and Jake Vevera rounds out the Top Ten with an impressive win over KP Burke.

Los Angeles 11-20

11. Bryan Vokey 9-3
12. Sarah Keller 9-2-2
13. Jeanne Whitney 8-2
14. Alex Hooper 14-9
15. Isaac Hirsch 8-2
16. Quentin Thomas 8-4
17. Dan Nolan 12-12
18. Rena Hundert 7-2
19. Jeff Sewing 6-4-2
20. Jay Light 15-16-1

Alex Hooper and Isaac Hirsch stole the show at the Roast Battle vs. Rap Battle event on October 9, with Hirsch destroying Psycoses and Hooper demolishing Uno Lavoz. Both move up three spots as a result, and Hirsch readies for a battle tomorrow night against current #16 Quentin Thomas.

New York 11-20

11. Catherine Zini
12. Chris Crespo
13. Patrick Schroeder
14. Chloe McGovern
15. Mia Faith Hammond
16. Sally Ann Hall
17. Mark Benjamin
18. Leo Volf
19. Jessica Fleischer
20. Anthony Passaretti

Sally Ann Hall makes her rankings debut at 16 after a huge win over former champion Anthony Passaretti, who falls to 20. Mark Benjamin makes his inaugural rankings appearance at 17 after upsetting Jessica Fleischer to advance to the CFC XVIII tournament finals. Mia Faith Hammond remains one of the most exciting battlers at CFC, playing Anne Frank on their Halloween show and winning her battle against Woody Allen (played by roasting favorite Andrew Manning). Finally, Leo Volf uses a big win over former champ Jill Weiner to jump into the top 20.

Los Angeles 21-30

21. Jacob Trimmer 7-4-1
22. Brett Erickson 6-0
23. Zach Stein 10-6
24. Evan Cassidy 6-4
25. Caesar Lizardo 10-6
26. Tony Bartolone 8-8
27. John-Michael Bond 8-4
28. Ashley Johnson 6-1
29. Stuart Thompson 6-6
30. Jonathan Rowell 5-5-1

Caesar Lizardo also delivered a big win on the Roast Battle vs. Rap Battle show, defeating Vodka Gravas in convincing fashion and becoming a member of the Ten Win Club in the process. He moves up to number 25 with the win. Right behind him is Tony Bartolone, who avenged a series of losses with a main event win over Armando Torres. Finally, Ashley Johnson continued an impressive start to his battle career with a main event win over previously undefeated Billy Anderson.

New York 21-30

21. Jill Weiner
22. Mikey Mays
23. Dan Abraham
24. KP Burke
25. Robbie Goodwin
26. Pedro Gonzalez
27. Rob Ryan
28. Jessica Clayton
29. Bobby Sheehan
30. Mike Kramer

We round out the New York rankings with a couple of moves – first, Bobby Sheehan continues his roll with a second straight Fight of the Night performance, this time against first-time battler Dan Pyatetsky. Rounding out the rankings is Mike Kramer, who has screamed and yelled his way into the rankings. He will be in a tournament semifinal battle with Casey Regan, with the winner taking on Mark Benjamin in the finals for the future title shot.

Los Angeles 31-50

31. Robin Tran 4-7-1
32. Armando Torres 4-4-1
33. Logan Guntzelman 3-1
34. Billy Anderson 4-1
35. Rachel Mac 3-2-1
36. Dylan Sullivan 3-1
37. Brian McDaniel 5-3
38. Greg Roque 5-3
39. April Lotshaw 4-3
40. Tom Whalen 5-2

Torres and Anderson lose battles and manage to move up 4 and 5 spots respectively, as a result of several battlers dropping out due to inactivity (more on that later). Dylan Sullivan also moves up 2 spots after a loss to battle rapper Digits, while Tom Whalen uses the dropouts to jump an impressive 10 spots following his win over David Nieker.

41. Micah Bleich 3-0
42. Paige Wesley 6-9
43. Tim McGorry 5-3
44. Movses Shakarian 5-5
45. Mark Stevens 5-5
46. Heather Marulli 6-7
47. Paul Elia 3-3
48. Kelsey Lane 5-6
49. Andrew Ryan Fox 4-4
50. Victor Martinez 4-4

Paige Wesley becomes the latest to catch a break with all the inactivity dropouts, as she moves up from 45 to 42 following her loss to Leah Kayajanian. The final five are all returning names; Marulli, Elia, and Lane return without battling, while Fox and Martinez get in following weak wins in terrible battles (even though both have pretty solid track records overall). We bid adieu to Mike Schmidt, Galina Rivina, Ramsey Badawi, Katrina Davis, and Valerie Tosi, all of whom haven’t stepped in the ring since February.

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