WrestleMania 29 (WM 29) lasted for 3 hours 50 minutes and 54 seconds (3h 50m 54s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of that show, in chronological order. The matches are in bold. The "pre-match" includes entrances, video packages, and any verbal promos before a match officially began. The "post-match" includes any celebration time, replay time, or attacks that occurred after a match finished.
WrestleMania 29 Match Times
- 0m 20s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
- 2m 30s: Video regarding Hurricane Sandy
- 0m 41s: Cole welcomes us, National Guard on stage
- 1m 48s: Video hyping the 3 main events
- 0m 41s: Cole once again welcomes us to WM29
- 4m 00s: Pre-match for Shield 6-Man Tag
- 10m 36s: Orton, Sheamus, Big Show vs The Shield
- 2m 58s: Post-match for Shield 6-Man Tag
- 4m 09s: Video hyping Rock vs Cena
- 0m 26s: Cole mentions Snooki in attendance
- 3m 23s: Pre-match for The Ryback vs Henry
- 8m 03s: The Ryback vs Mark Henry
- 2m 19s: Post-match for The Ryback vs Henry
- 0m 42s: JBL playing with and promoting WWE toys
- 1m 27s: Video and on-stage segment for Special Olympics
- 0m 36s: Video for winning WM 30 tickets
- 3m 20s: Pre-match for Tag Team Championships
- 6m 18s: Team Hell No vs Ziggler and Langston
- 1m 50s: Post-match for Tag Team Championships
- 1m 01s: Video for Cena's Make-A-Wish
- 4m 58s: Pre-match for Jericho vs Fandango
- 9m 13s: Jericho vs Fandango
- 1m 16s: Post-match for Jericho vs Fandango
- 0m 32s: Commercial for WM 29 Chairs
- 1m 08s: Recap of Barrett vs Miz
- 0m 16s: Cole plugs the WM 29 post-show
- 2m 38s: Video on Rock's relationship with the millions
- 7m 16s: Diddy's performance
- 8m 57s: Pre-match for Del Rio vs Swagger (with 3m 37s video package)
- 10m 29s: Del Rio vs Jack Swagger
- 1m 29s: Post-match for Del Rio vs Swagger
- 1m 36s: Video for National Guard
- 12m 31s: Pre-match for Undertaker vs Punk (with 4m 05s video package)
- 22m 08s: Undertaker vs CM Punk
- 4m 25s: Post-match for Undertaker vs Punk
- 0m 31s: Video on Slim Jim and USO
- 0m 13s: Post-match for Undertaker vs Punk (Cole talks about the match)
- 2m 53s: Video hyping John Cena
- 0m 24s: Cole mentions Beadle in attendance
- 10m 57s: Pre-match for Lesnar vs HHH (with 3m 55s video package)
- 24m 00s: Lesnar vs HHH
- 2m 05s: Post-match for Lesnar vs HHH
- 0m 32s: Video for Extreme Rules
- 0m 47s: Video for Pain And Gain
- 4m 13s: Video and on-stage segment for 2013 Hall Of Fame Class
- 0m 32s: Video hyping WM 30 in New Orleans
- 1m 14s: Attendance record announcement
- 6m 09s: Pre-match for Rock vs Cena
- 24m 00s: Rock vs Cena
- 6m 24s: Post-match for Rock vs Cena
This is the third consecutive WM event that consisted of exactly 8 matches. And 5 of the last 7 WM events have included exactly 8 matches.
None of the undercard matches at WM 29 received even half as much time as any of the three big main events. This also happened last year at WM 28.
WM 19, WM 28, and WM 29 are the only events in WM history that included three different 20+ minute matches on the same card.
The total match time for WM 29 was 1h 54m 47s. This is the 9th highest total match time for all WM events. For comparison's sake, last year's WM 28 event had a total match time of 1h 57m 39s.
The average match time at WM 29 was 14m 21s. The median match time was 10m33s. These times are eerily similar to WM 28's average match time of 14m 42s and median match time of 10m 46s.
WM 12, WM 13, and WM 28 are the only WM events with higher average match times than WM 29.
The entire WM29 event had a duration of 3h 50m 54s. 49.7% of this total event time was allocated to bell-to-bell match times. This is the 16th highest number in WM history, just barely ahead of WM 28 (49.5%).
The Intercontinental Championship was not defended at WM 29. This championship has only been defended on 2 of the last 11 WM events.
No female championship was defended at WM 29. This is the 6th consecutive year where that statement has been true.
No women appeared as combatants on the card at WM 29. The last time that happened was at WM 13.
The shortest match on the card was Team Hell No versus Ziggler and Langston, clocking in at 6m 18s. This is the third longest "shortest match on the card" in WM history. WM 11, WM 13, and WM 29 are the only events in WM history that did not include a match shorter than 5 minutes.
The WM 29 tag team championship match also received a score of 2.5 stars from Dave Meltzer, which is by far the highest score ever for the shortest match on a WM card. The next highest star rating among this group of short matches belongs to WM 14's Rock vs Shamrock, which scored 1.5 stars. Only 3 of the 29 shortest matches on the card received more than 0.5 stars.
Daniel Bryan has now wrestled on the shortest match on the WM card for 2 years in a row. Other wrestlers who have accomplished this feat include Big Show (WM 26 and WM 27), Torrie Wilson (WM 19 and WM 20), Stacy Keibler (WM 19 and WM 20), and The Rock (WM 13 and WM 14). Can Daniel Bryan be the first wrestler to ever make it 3 years in a row with the shortest match at WM 30?
This is the 7th year in a row where Undertaker's WM match (4.5 stars) has scored at least 4 stars on Meltzer's scale.
This is the 6th straight year Undertaker's WM match has achieved the highest star-rating on the show.
The Punk vs Undertaker match was the shortest streak match since Batista fell victim to the dead man at WM 23. However it is still the 6th straight year where Undertaker's streak match has lasted over 20 minutes.
There have been 287 matches in the history of WM. Here is where the times for all of the matches at WM 29 rank on the list of longest WM matches:
- Rock vs Cena - tied for 11th longest
- Lesnar vs HHH - tied for 11th
- Punk vs Undertaker - 20th
- Shield vs Orton, Sheamus, Big Show - 117th
- Del Rio vs Swagger - 119th
- Jericho vs Fandango - tied for 144th
- Ryback vs Henry - 164th
- Hell No vs Ziggler and Langston - 201st
The "Pre-match" pieces added up to a total of 54m 15s, which is 23.5% of the total show time. This is almost exclusively comprised of wrestler entrances and video packages for the main event matches. It also includes Zeb's promo as well as any time the ring announcer needed to announce match stipulations.
The video packages reviewing the feuds for Del Rio vs Swagger, Punk vs Undertaker, and HHH vs Lesnar took up a total of 11m 38s.
The entrances for Lesnar vs HHH were longer than the match time for Team Hell No vs Ziggler and Langston.
The "Post-match" pieces added up to a total of 20m 59s, which is 10.0% of the total show time. More than half of this was allocated to The Rock vs Cena and Punk vs Undertaker. Once again, this includes any time where a wrestler is celebrating a victory, involved in a post-match attack, and commentators are discussing the match or showing replays of the key moments.
The post-match piece for Rock vs Cena was longer than the match time for Team Hell No vs Ziggler and Langston.
That leaves 38m 53s of the show (16.8%) for other miscellaneous things. This includes commercials, movie trailers, filler commentary, playing with action figures, Hall Of Fame segment, Special Olympics segment, Diddy's segment, and videos like the Hurricane Sandy and Make-A-Wish ones.
This also includes the various videos hyping the main event that aired throughout the course of the show. These videos added up to a total of 9m 40s.
And finally, here is how much time lapsed between the closing bell of one match and the opening bell of the next match:
- Matches 1 & 2: 10m 56s
- Matches 2 & 3: 8m 24s
- Matches 3 & 4: 7m 49s
- Matches 4 & 5: 22m 03s
- Matches 5 & 6: 15m 36s
- Matches 6 & 7: 19m 23s
- Matches 7 & 8: 15m 32s
It is also worth noting that about 10m 00s lapsed between the official start of the PPV and the opening bell of the first match.
So there's the complete breakdown of the timing of WM 29. What do you think about this, CageSiders? Is it really necessary to air about 10 minutes of videos hyping up a main event match that viewers had already spent their money on? Is it okay to devote 7 minutes to a standalone musical performance such as Diddy? Should WWE really air over 11 minutes of videos promoting their charitable causes, toys, Rock movies, and future events? Is 42 minutes of wrestler entrances a bit much? Will Daniel Bryan find himself in a longer match next year?
Let me know what you think!