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Match Times: Extreme Rules 2014 Edition

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Here is a breakdown of the Extreme Rules 2014 special event with a detailed look at exactly how much time each match was given.

WWE's Extreme Rules 2014 lasted for 2 hours 44 minutes and 1 second (2h 44m 01s). 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 19s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
  • 3m 02s: Video hyping Extreme Rules 2014
  • 0m 49s: Opening pyro as Cole welcomes us to Extreme Rules 2014
  • 5m 04s: Pre-match for RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro (with a 1m 52s Heyman promo)
  • 12m 34s: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
  • 1m 28s: Post-match for RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
  • 2m 19s: Backstage segment with Bryan and Stephanie
  • 0m 34s: Video - Bolieve
  • 4m 19s: Pre-match for Rusev vs Truth and Woods (with a 1m 21s Lana promo and a 0m 58s pre-match attack)
  • 2m 53s: Rusev vs Truth and Woods
  • 2m 21s: Post-match for Rusev vs Truth and Woods
  • 0m 31s: Commercial for Juicy Drop Pops
  • 0m 50s: Lilian introduces members of the New Jersey Special Olympics Team
  • 1m 52s: Renee interviews Evolution backstage
  • 3m 04s: Pre-match for Big E vs Barrett (including a 0m 46s Barrett promo)
  • 7m 55s: Big E vs Barrett
  • 1m 31s: Post-match for Big E vs Barrett
  • 0m 32s: Commercial for WWE Stack Down
  • 0m 36s: Video - Adam Rose is debuting on tomorrow's Raw
  • 0m 12s: Outside view of Izod Center
  • 9m 23s: Pre-match for Evolution vs The Shield (with a 3m 24s video package)
  • 19m 53s: Evolution vs The Shield
  • 2m 00s: Post-match for Evolution vs The Shield
  • 0m 45s: Preview for next episode of Legends' House
  • 0m 47s: Commentators hype the WWE Network: It's like Netflix but better!
  • 9m 34s: Pre-match for Cena vs Wyatt
  • 21m 12s: Cena vs Wyatt
  • 2m 37s: Post-match for Cena vs Wyatt (with a 3m 40s video package)
  • 2m 04s: Expert panel analysis with Josh, Booker T, Sheamus, and Riley
  • 1m 12s: Video recap of the pre-show WeeLC match
  • 2m 30s: Pre-match for Paige vs Tamina
  • 6m 16: Paige vs Tamina
  • 1m 09s: Post-match for Paige vs Tamina
  • 1m 25s: Backstage segment with Bray Wyatt and Little Johnny
  • 0m 13s: Plug for the official Extreme Rules 2014 theme song
  • 6m 11s: Pre-match for Bryan vs Kane (with a 3m 54s video package)
  • 22m 29s: Bryan vs Kane
  • 1m 35s: Post-match for Bryan vs Kane

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 40m 05s, which is 24.4% of the show.

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

  • 9m 34s: Cena vs Wyatt
  • 9m 23s: Evolution vs The Shield
  • 6m 11s: Bryan vs Kane
  • 5m 04s: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
  • 4m 19s: Rusev vs Truth and Woods
  • 3m 04s: Big E vs Barrett
  • 2m 30s: Paige vs Tamina

Three matches (Evolution vs Shield, Cena vs Wyatt, Bryan vs Kane) featured dedicated video packages as part of their pre-match segment time.  These video packages added up to a total time of 10m 58s.

Extreme Rules 2014 also included 16 separate pre-match superstar entrances.  These 16 entrances took up a total time of 18m 34s.  Here is the sorted list of these 16 entrance times:

  • 2m 10s: Evolution (with a 0m 10s plug for Juicy Drop Candy)
  • 2m 02s: John Cena
  • 1m 38s: Wade Barrett (including his 0m 46s promo)
  • 1m 31s: Bray Wyatt
  • 1m 26s: Jack Swagger (with a 0m 53s Raw recap of his feud with RVD and Cesaro)
  • 1m 22s: The Shield
  • 1m 19s: Paige
  • 1m 18s: Daniel Bryan (with a 0m 18s plug for WWE Payback 2014)
  • 1m 14s: Big E (with a 0m 13s introduction of the Spanish announce team)
  • 0m 59s: Rusev
  • 0m 55s: RVD (with a 0m 10s introduction of Cole's announce team)
  • 0m 49s: Tamina (with a 0m 20s plug for WWE Slam City)
  • 0m 40s: Cesaro (not including Heyman's 1m 52s promo)
  • 0m 31s: Lana (not including her 1m 21s promo)
  • 0m 21s: R-Truth and Xavier Woods
  • 0m 19s: Kane

There was a noteworthy 0m 55s wait between the end of Evolution's entrance and the start of The Shield's entrance.  The commentators even brought attention to this delay and said that The Shield must be making Evolution wait for them.

Rusev launched a 0m 58s pre-match attack on both Woods and Truth prior to the initial bell ring.

Kane's entrance was cut short because Daniel Bryan ran down the aisle to attack him, and  the bell rang shortly afterwards.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 12m 41s, which is 7.7% of the show.  This is the third smallest amount of time in this category out of the 16 events that I have graded going all the way back to Royal Rumble 2013.

Considering that the recent Elimination Chamber 2014 event holds the record low thus far in this category, it will be interesting to see if lower cumulative post-match segment times start to become a trend.  For now it is probably just noise and a circumstance more related to the fact that there were only 7 matches on the card.

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

  • 2m 37s: Cena vs Wyatt
  • 2m 21s: Rusev vs Truth and Woods
  • 2m 00s: Evolution vs The Shield
  • 1m 35s: Bryan vs Kane
  • 1m 31s: Big E vs Barrett
  • 1m 28s: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
  • 1m 09s: Paige vs Tamina

Match Times

The 7 matches combined for a bell-to-bell time of 1h 33m 12s. This means that 56.8% of the show was devoted to in-ring action.

The average match time at Extreme Rules 2014 was 13m 19s. Here is the sorted list of match times for Extreme Rules 2014:

  • 22m 29s: Bryan vs Kane
  • 21m 12s: Cena vs Wyatt
  • 19m 53s: Evolution vs The Shield
  • 12m 34s: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
  • 7m 55s: Big E vs Barrett
  • 6m 16s: Paige vs Tamina
  • 2m 53s: Rusev vs Truth and Woods

The final bell of the Rusev match rang about 4 seconds after the ref saw Truth tap out and called for the bell   I included these 4 seconds in the match time, as I try to strictly go by the ring bells.

The list above shows that this event included 3 matches that surpassed 19m 00s in duration.  Only 4 of the last 16 events that I have graded share this trait:  WrestleMania 29, Royal Rumble 2014WrestleMania 30 (there were 4 matches that surpassed 19m 00s on that card), and Extreme Rules 2014.

Note that WrestleMania is 4-hour show and so it is not surprising to see that those events include multiple lengthy matches.  However it is interesting that WrestleMania 29 was the only 2013 WWE PPV that included three matches of at least 19m 00s in length, whereas 3 of the 4 WWE special events in 2014 have already reached that mark.

In a related fact, WWE has yet to feature a 2014 special event with at least 8 matches on the main card.  In 2013, 7 of the 12 special events included 8 matches on the main card.  This counts the quick SummerSlam 2013 cash-in match as well, so keep that in mind.

In 2013, 19 of the 88 PPV matches (21.6%) lasted at least 19m 00s.

In 2014, 12 of the 25 special event matches (48.0%) have lasted at least 19m 00s.

In a related fact, 2014 special events have also included 3 matches that didn't even last 3m 00s.  In 2013, the only PPV match that didn't last more than 3m 00s was the SummerSlam 2013 cash-in match.

    Miscellaneous Segments

    That leaves about 18m 03s (11.0%) of the show for everything else.

    This includes multiple backstage segments and promos, a commercial for Juicy Drop Pops, videos promoting Adam Rose and Bo Dallas, a commercials for WWE Stack Down, a plug for the Extreme Rules 2014 theme song, preview of Legends' House, expert panel analysis, recap of the WeeLC match, commentators hyping the WWE Network, introduction of the New Jersey Special Olympics Team, and so forth.

    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.

    • 33m 23s: Cena vs Wyatt
    • 31m 16s: Evolution vs The Shield
    • 30m 15s: Bryan vs Kane
    • 19m 06s: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro
    • 12m 30s: Big E vs Barrett
    • 9m 55s: Paige vs Tamina
    • 9m 33s: Rusev vs Truth and Woods

    The 3 most hyped matches on the card took up a total show time of 1h 34m 54s , which is 57.9% of the total show time.

    The remaining 4 undercard matches took up a total show time of 51m 04s, which is 31.1% of the total show time.

    The bell-to-bell time of the Rusev match (2m 53s) was smaller than the pre-match segment time (4m 19s) and not much greater than the post-match segment time (2m 21s).

    The actual ratio of "Match time" to "Pre-match segment time + Match time + Post-match segment Time" was only 30.2%.  In other words, out of the total show time allocated to the Rusev match, only 30.2% of that time included the bell-to-bell action.

    Here is a sorted list of where all 25 of the 2014 special event matches rank on this metric:

    • 84.6%: Royal Rumble match (Royal Rumble)
    • 78.2%: Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal (WrestleMania 30)
    • 76.6%: Bryan vs Wyatt (Royal Rumble)
    • 74.3%: Bryan vs Kane (Extreme Rules)
    • 74.3%: Vickie Guerrero Divas Championship  Invitational (WrestleMania 30)
    • 70.9%: Big E vs Swagger (Elimination Chamber)
    • 70.3%: Titus O'Neil vs Darren Young (Elimination Chamber)
    • 68.6%: Elimination Chamber match (Elimination Chamber)
    • 66.4%: The Shield vs The Wyatt Family (Elimination Chamber)
    • 65.8%: RVD vs Swagger vs Cesaro (Extreme Rules)
    • 65.7%: New Age Outlaws vs The Usos (Elimination Chamber)
    • 63.6%: The Shield vs Evolution (Extreme Rules)
    • 63.5%: Cena vs Wyatt (Extreme Rules)
    • 63.5%: Cena vs Wyatt (WrestleMania 30)
    • 63.3%: Big E vs Barrett (Extreme Rules)
    • 63.2%: Paige vs Tamina (Extreme Rules)
    • 62.0%: Bryan vs HHH (WrestleMania 30)
    • 61.2%: Orton vs Batista vs Bryan (WrestleMania 30)
    • 58.6%: Orton vs Cena (Royal Rumble)
    • 50.5%: Undertaker vs Lesnar (WrestleMania 30)
    • 47.3%: AJ vs Cameron (Elimination Chamber)
    • 46.8%: Del Rio vs Batista (Elimination Chamber)
    • 46.5%: The Shield vs Kane and The New Age Outlaws (WrestleMania 30)
    • 30.2%: Rusev vs Truth and Woods (Extreme Rules)
    • 12.5%: Lesnar vs Big Show (Royal Rumble 2014)

    For 2013 PPV matches, the ratio of "Total Match Time" to "Total Pre-match segment time + Total Match time + Total Post-match segment time" came out to 63.3%.  Only 1 of the 88 matches scored below 40.4%, and that was the SummerSlam 2013 cash-in match (3.1%).

    So far in 2014, this ratio comes out to 64.2% across the first 4 special events.

    Hourly Results

    Here is an hourly breakdown showing how the pre-match, match, post-match, and miscellaneous segment times were scattered across each hour of the show.

    Hour One - Includes Cesaro vs RVD vs Swagger, Rusev vs Truth/Woods, and Big E vs Barrett
    Match - 38.9% - 23m 22s
    Pre-match - 32.8% - 19m 41s
    Post-match - 8.9% - 5m 20s
    Miscellaneous - 19.4% - 11m 37s

    Hour Two - Includes Shield vs Evolution, Cena vs Wyatt
    Match - 68.5% - 41m 05s
    Pre-match - 19.5% - 11m 43s
    Post-match - 7.7% - 4m 37s
    Miscellaneous - 4.3% - 2m 35s

    Hour Three (actually 44m 01s) - Includes Paige vs Tamina, Bryan vs Kane
    Match - 65.3% - 28m 45s
    Pre-match - 19.7% - 8m 41s
    Post-match - 6.2% - 2m 44s
    Miscellaneous - 8.7% - 3m 51s

    It should be noted that a large chunk of the pre-match segment time for Cena versus Wyatt landed towards towards the end of hour one, whereas the entire match time landed in the second hour.  This partially explains the excess pre-match segment time that can be seen in hour one.

    The third hour time of 44m 01s ranks as one of shortest final hours out of all 16 WWE special events going back to Royal Rumble 2013.  Only Survivor Series 2013 went off the air noticeably earlier, though technically by my numbers Royal Rumble 2014 was also one second shorter.  The difference is essentially negligible in that case though due to human error.

    Final Results for Extreme Rules 2014

    Match - 56.8% - 1h 33m 12s

    Pre-match - 24.4% - 40m 05s

    Post-match - 7.7% - 12m 41s

    Miscellaneous - 11.0% - 18m 03s