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Match Times: Elimination Chamber 2014 Edition

Here is a break down of the WWE Elimination Chamber 2014 pay-per-view (PPV) with a detailed look at exactly how much time each match was given. This edition also includes a summary of the timing for the Elimination Chamber match.

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WWE's Elimination Chamber 2014 lasted for 2 hours 53 minutes and 51 seconds (2h 53m 51s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of the show, in chronological order.

The matches are in bold. The "pre-match" includes video packages, entrances, ring introductions, and any verbal promos that occur right before a match officially begins. The "post-match" includes any celebrations, replays, angles, attacks, or promos that occur right after a match is finished.

  • 0m 20s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
  • 2m 01s: Video hyping Elimination Chamber 2014
  • 0m 50s: Opening pyro as Cole welcomes us to Elimination Chamber 2014
  • 3m 46s: Pre-match for Big E vs Swagger
  • 11m 50s: Big E vs Swagger
  • 1m 05s: Post-match for Big E vs Swagger
  • 1m 19s: Bad News Barrett segment
  • 0m 52s: Promoting Hogan's return to WWE and Raw tomorrow
  • 0m 15s: Filler commentary
  • 0m 48s: Raw recap of Kane attacking Bryan
  • 0m 32s: Smackdown recap of Kane attacking Bryan
  • 1m 16s: Backstage Bryan promo
  • 3m 30s: Pre-match for New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 8m 35s: New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 0m 59s: Post-match for New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 1m 08s: Bad News Barrett segment
  • 0m 42s: Video - WrestleMania 30 is 42 days away
  • 2m 16s: Commentators hype and demonstrate the WWE Network
  • 2m 14s: Pre-match for Titus vs Young
  • 6m 19s: Titus vs Young
  • 0m 26s: Post-match for Titus vs Young
  • 1m 26s: Bad News Barrett segment
  • 1m 51s: Expert panel analysis with Josh, Henry, Rey, and Miz
  • 9m 06s: Pre-match for Shield vs Wyatts
  • 22m 43s: Shield vs Wyatts
  • 2m 25s: Post-match for Shield vs Wyatts
  • 0m 16s: Commercial for Totino's Pizza Rolls
  • 0m 31s: Commercial for WWE Network featuring Hulk Hogan
  • 1m 07s: Backstage Christian promo
  • 0m 18s: Plug for PPV theme song
  • 3m 09s: Pre-match for AJ vs Cameron
  • 3m 57s: AJ vs Cameron
  • 1m 15s: Post-match for AJ vs Cameron
  • 1m 48s: Bad News Barrett segment
  • 1m 03s: Santino and other superstars play with toys backstage
  • 0m 16s: Commercial for Totino's Pizza Rolls
  • 0m 19s: Cole talks about Minneapolis
  • 6m 18s: Pre-match for Del Rio vs Batista
  • 7m 09s: Del Rio vs Batista
  • 1m 49s: Post-match for Del Rio vs Batista
  • 1m 16s: Advertisement for WWE Network
  • 14m 17s: Pre-match for Elimination Chamber Match
  • 37m 35s: Elimination Chamber Match
  • 2m 54s: Post-match for Elimination Chamber Match

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 42m 20s, which is 24.4% of the show. For comparison's sake, 22.0% of WWE's total 2013 PPV time was dedicated to pre-match segments.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 7 matches:

  • 14m 17s: Elimination Chamber Match
  • 9m 06s: Shield vs Wyatts
  • 6m 18s: Del Rio vs Batista
  • 3m 46s: Big E vs Swagger
  • 3m 30s: New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 3m 09s: AJ vs Cameron
  • 2m 14s: Titus vs Young

Entrances lasted for 23m 48s, which is 56.2% of the total pre-match segment time on the show. Here is the sorted list of superstar entrance times for this show:

  • 2m 47s: Batista
  • 2m 05s: John Cena
  • 1m 59s: Randy Orton
  • 1m 39s: Alberto Del Rio
  • 1m 32s: Daniel Bryan
  • 1m 30s: The Shield
  • 1m 23s: Big E
  • 1m 22s: The Wyatt Family
  • 1m 19s: Christian
  • 1m 16s: Sheamus
  • 1m 09s: Cameron
  • 1m 05s: Cesaro
  • 1m 01s: The Usos
  • 0m 54s: AJ Lee
  • 0m 49s: New Age Outlaws
  • 0m 45s: Titus O'Neil
  • 0m 41s: Jack Swagger
  • 0m 32s: Darren Young

Barrett was not included on this list because his four entrances did not occur during pre-match segments. However for those who are curious, his 4 entrances combined for 1m 06s.

Swagger's entrance was interrupted with a 1m 31s promo from Zeb.

0m 15s of Big E's entrance was used to introduce the Spanish announce team.

The Outlaws did their usual routine on the mic for 1m 19s after their entrance concluded.

0m 18s of the Usos entrance was used to plug Hulu Plus.

There was a 0m 58s Smackdown video recap between the entrances of Titus and Young.

AJ's in-ring promo after her entrance lasted for 0m 50s.

1m 01s of Batista's entrance included a Raw video recap of his attack on Del Rio.

Del Rio spoke on the mic for 0m 15s and then unleashed a pre-match attack on Batista that lasted 0m 55s.

There was a 0m 15s plug for WrestleMania 30 during Cena's entrance.

Last year's Elimination Chamber match had the longest pre-match segment time of 2013, and it looks like this year's chamber match will also be a top candidate for that distinction in 2014. Here is the breakdown of that entire 14m 17s pre-match segment.

  • 1m 45s: Expert panel analysis hyping the chamber match
  • 0m 34s: Cole talks about the chamber while it is being lowered
  • 2m 19s: Video package covering the brutality of the chamber match
  • 0m 16s: Justin Roberts introduces the match
  • 9m 16s: Superstar entrances
  • 0m 07s: Chamber door is locked

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 10m 53s, which is 6.3% of the show. This is the smallest percentage of post-match segment time for any PPV that I have covered. For comparison's sake, 10.1% of all 2013 PPV time was devoted to post-match segments.

Here is the sorted list of post-match segment time for all 7 matches:

  • 2m 54s: Elimination Chamber Match
  • 2m 25s: Shield vs Wyatts
  • 1m 49s: Del Rio vs Batista
  • 1m 15s: AJ vs Cameron
  • 1m 05s: Big E vs Swagger
  • 0m 59s: New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 0m 26s: Titus vs Young

Bad News Barrett's presence cut short the 4 separate post-match segments on the bottom of that list and played a large role in this extremely low amount of post-match segment time on this PPV.

Titus versus Young had the shortest post-match segment time of any match that I have covered in this series. The previous low was 0m 36s for Miz versus Kingston at TLC 2013. Titus just stood over Darren's fallen body until Bad News Barrett brought that post-match segment to a sudden halt.

AJ's post-match segment time of 1m 15s is pretty much her norm. 5 of her 2013 PPV matches had a post-match segment time that fell between 1m 13s and 1m 17s.

Match Times

The 7 matches combined for a bell-to-bell time of 1h 38m 08s. This means that 56.4% of the show was devoted to in-ring action.

The average match time at Elimination Chamber 2014 was 14m 01s. Here is the sorted list of match times for Elimination Chamber 2014:

  • 37m 35s: Elimination Chamber Match
  • 22m 43s: Shield vs Wyatts
  • 11m 50s: Big E vs Swagger
  • 8m 35s: New Age Outlaws vs Usos
  • 7m 09s: Del Rio vs Batista
  • 6m 19s: Titus vs Young
  • 3m 57s: AJ vs Cameron

The sum of the pre-match and post-match segment time for Del Rio vs Batista was 8m 07s, which was actually longer than their match time of 7m 09s.

This is also true of the divas match. The sum of their pre-match and post-match segment time was 4m 24s, while the match itself lasted only 3m 57s.

The last one-on-one PPV match devoid of a main event babyface (Cena, Punk, Bryan) that went longer than Big E versus Swagger's time of 11m 50s was the RVD versus Del Rio match at Battleground.

Timing the Elimination Chamber Match

Here are all of the relevant timestamps for the Elimination Chamber Match:

0m 00s: Match begins with Sheamus vs Cesaro
4m 59s: Timer reaches zero
5m 10s: Spotlight lands on Bryan's pod
10m 13s: Timer reaches zero
10m 22s: Spotlight lands on Christian's pod
15m 13s: Timer reaches zero
15m 22s: Spotlight lands on Cena's pod
20m 28s: Timer reaches zero, signifying Orton's entrance into the match
26m 06s: Sheamus eliminated by Christian
27m 13s: Christian eliminated by Bryan
30m 11s: Cesaro eliminated by Cena
32m 40s: Cena eliminated by Orton
37m 35s: Bryan eliminated by Orton

The survival times for all 6 superstars are as follows:

  • 32m 25s: Daniel Bryan
  • 30m 11s: Cesaro
  • 26m 06s: Sheamus
  • 17m 18s: John Cena
  • 17m 07s: Randy Orton
  • 16m 51s: Christian

The total survival time for all 6 superstars adds up to 2h 19m 58s. For comparison's sake, the survival times for last year's chamber participants had a sum of 1h 51m 11s. One big difference is that 2013 included 4-minute waiting periods between pod openings, whereas this year included 5-minute waiting intervals. Last year's match also included two big men (Kane, Henry) who didn't even last for 11 minutes, whereas every single participant this year lasted at least 16 minutes.

How well did WWE stick to the rule of 5-minute waiting intervals? I am assuming that the clock is paused during the brief periods where the spotlight is circling each pod as it is about to select a new participant to enter the match.

The first timer reached zero at 4m 59s, which is basically perfect timing. Bryan's pod was chosen about 11 seconds later.

It then took about 5m 03s for the next timer to reach zero, and another 9 seconds for the selection of Christian's pod.

Then 4m 51s lapsed until the next timer reached zero. This is noteworthy because it is exactly 5 minutes after the previous timer reached zero, thus implying that the a clock may have actually been running while the spotlight was previously selecting Christian. Cena's pod opened 9 seconds later.

The final timer then reached zero about 5m 06s after Cena's pod opened.

It took 20m 28s for all pods to be opened. It then took another 17m 07s for the remainder of the match to play out, including all 5 eliminations.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 22m 30s (12.9%) of the show for everything else. For comparison's sake, about 12.3% of all 2013 WWE PPV time was devoted to miscellaneous segments.

These segments include things like Bad News Barrett promos, expert panel analysis, video recaps from Raw and Smackdown, hype and commercials for the WWE Network, commercial for WrestleMania 30, backstage promos, filler commentary, superstars playing backstage with toys, and so forth.

The four segments featuring Bad News Barrett lasted for a total time of 5m 41s.

The three separate segments devoted to promoting the WWE Network took up 4m 03s. This is not counting the one Bad News Barrett segment that was also primarily used to praise the WWE Network.

The expert panel analysis segment included a 0m 37s video recap of the pre-show match featuring Rybaxel versus Rhodes Brothers.

Summary

Here is a listing of how much total show time was allocated for each match when you add up all 3 components: pre-match time, match time, and post-match time.

  • 54m 46s: Elimination Chamber Match (31.5% of the total show time)
  • 34m 14s: Shield vs Wyatts (19.7%)
  • 16m 41s: Big E vs Swagger (9.6%)
  • 15m 16s: Del Rio vs Batista (8.8%)
  • 13m 04s: New Age Outlaws vs Usos (7.5%)
  • 8m 59s: Titus vs Young (5.2%)
  • 8m 21s: AJ vs Cameron (4.8%)

With the top two matches taking up 51.2% of the total show time, the timing of Elimination Chamber 2014 was quite similar to the timing of Elimination Chamber 2013, where the top two matches took up 48.3% of the total show time.

This show also clearly cut back on the usual post-match segment time. This was likely done to accommodate some promotion for the WWE Network as well as cramming some Bad News Barret segments onto the card. Yet Bad News Barrett has still not accumulated any match time on the main card of a PPV since last July at Money In The Bank 2013.

Final Results for Elimination Chamber 2014

Match - 56.4% - 1h 38m 08s

Pre-match - 24.4% - 42m 20s

Post-match - 6.3% - 10m 53s

Miscellaneous - 12.9% - 22m 30s