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WWE SummerSlam 2014: Match Times

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Here is a breakdown of the SummerSlam 2014 Pay-Per-View (PPV) with a detailed look at exactly how much time each match was given.

WWE's SummerSlam 2014 lasted for 2 hours 51 minutes and 43 seconds (2h 51m 43s). 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 03s: Hogan is introduced and cuts a 1m 57s promo
  • 2m 34s: Video hyping SummerSlam 2014
  • 0m 52s: Opening pyro as Cole welcomes us to SummerSlam 2014
  • 3m 47s: Pre-match for Miz vs Ziggler
  • 7m 51s: Miz vs Ziggler
  • 1m 35s: Post-match for Miz vs Ziggler
  • 0m 23s: Commentators hype Night Of Champions 2014
  • 0m 30s: Commentators discuss the Stephanie and Brie story
  • 1m 02s: Raw recap of Brie's arrest
  • 1m 34s: Backstage Brie Bella promo
  • 3m 17s: Pre-match for AJ vs Paige
  • 4m 56s: AJ vs Paige
  • 1m 39s: Post-match for AJ vs Paige
  • 0m 56s: Commercial for WWE 2K15 featuring Sting
  • 6m 54s: Pre-match for Rusev vs Swagger
  • 8m 55s: Rusev vs Swagger
  • 3m 46s: Post-match for Rusev vs Swagger (Russian flag raised, replays)
  • 0m 33s: Commercial for Diet Dew
  • 0m 17s: Cole talks about Los Angeles
  • 0m 24s: Post-match for Rusev vs Swagger (commentators discuss match)
  • 5m 49s: Pre-match for Rollins vs Ambrose (with a 2m 54s video package)
  • 10m 52s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 1m 38s: Post-match for Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 6m 06s: Pre-match for Jericho vs Wyatt
  • 12m 57s: Jericho vs Wyatt
  • 1m 55s: Post-match for Jericho vs Wyatt
  • 0m 33s: Commercial for Takis Fuego
  • 0m 12s: Cole talks about Los Angeles
  • 0m 12s: Plug for PPV theme song
  • 6m 17s: Pre-match for Stephanie vs Brie (with a 3m 55s video package)
  • 11m 07s: Stephanie vs Brie
  • 3m 17s: Post-match for Stephanie vs Brie (celebration, replays)
  • 0m 31s: Commercial for Sin City
  • 0m 31s: Post-match for Stephanie vs Brie (commentators discuss match)
  • 2m 42s: Mama's Boy segment
  • 3m 46s: Pre-match for Orton vs Reigns
  • 16m 17s: Orton vs Reigns
  • 1m 51s: Post-match for Orton vs Reigns
  • 0m 49s: Commercial and commentator hype for SummerSlam 2015 in NY/NJ
  • 0m 48s: Commentators hype WWE Network
  • 0m 18s: Tweet from Jessica Alba
  • 0m 10s: Cole talks about Los Angeles
  • 8m 56s: Pre-match for Cena vs Lesnar (with a 3m 42s video package)
  • 16m 06s: Cena vs Lesnar
  • 2m 56s: Post-match for Cena vs Lesnar

Match Times

The 8 matches combined for a bell-to-bell time of 1h 29m 01s. This means that 51.8% of the show was devoted to in-ring action.

The match time of  1h 29m 01s is the second lowest amount of match time for any WWE PPV that I have tracked since the start of 2013.  Only last month's Battleground 2014 event clocked in with less total match time.  These are the only two events that failed to include include at least 90 minutes of bell-to-bell match time.

The average match time at SummerSlam 2014 was 11m 08s.  Here is the sorted list of match times for SummerSlam 2014.  This also includes where each match currently ranks on the list of WWE's Longest PPV Match Times for 2014.

  • 16m 17s: Orton vs Reigns (19th longest out of 56 total matches)
  • 16m 06s: Cena vs Lesnar (20th)
  • 12m 57s: Jericho vs Wyatt (25th)
  • 11m 07s: Stephanie vs Brie (29th)
  • 10m 52s: Rollins vs Ambrose (30th)
  • 8m 55s: Rusev vs Swagger (33rd)
  • 7m 51s: Miz vs Ziggler (36th)
  • 4m 56s: AJ vs Paige (47th)

This is the third consecutive SummerSlam PPV that I have timed, and all three clocked in with less than 92 minutes of total match time.

Since the start of 2013, SummerSlam 2014 is the only PPV event that did not include a match of at least 17 minutes in bell-to-bell match time.

However it is the first PPV of 2014 to include at least seven matches with a match time of 7m 00s or higher.  For comparison's sake, WWE ran 6 PPVs in 2013 that shared this characteristic.  This includes WrestleMania 29, Extreme Rules 2013, Payback 2013, Money In The Bank 2013, Night Of Champions 2013, and Battleground 2013.  Is this a sign that WWE has generally failed to develop compelling undercard storylines in 2014, or are there better ways to explain this?

SummerSlam 2014 only featured 16 performers who accumulated match time on the main card of the event.  That is about as low as it gets.  Every match on the card was a one-on-one match.  The lumberjacks did get some camera time but that doesn't count for them as far as the actual match time is concerned.

Three defending champions lost their belts at SummerSlam 2014.

For the first 7 PPV events of 2014, the main card only witnessed a total of four championship changes.  This includes Bryan's win at WrestleMania 30, Barrett's win at Extreme Rules 2014, Cena's win at Money In The Bank 2014, and The Miz winning at Battleground 2014.  Note that in only one of these four cases did a defending champion actually take the fall to lose the belt.

Lesnar had Cena hoisted onto his shoulders for the first F5 at about 0m 23s into their match.

Lesnar and Cena had the shortest PPV main event match since the Orton and Big Show dud at Survivor Series 2013.

Orton's main event with the Big Show was the last time that a Randy Orton PPV match was shorter than 16 minutes.  Randy is working on a streak of 9 consecutive PPV matches of longer than 16 minutes.

But of course John Cena has a streak of 10 such PPV matches in a row because CenaWinsLOL.  The last time a John Cena PPV match did not go at least 16 minutes was at Hell In A Cell 2013 when he returned from an injury to battle Alberto Del Rio.

SummerSlam 2014 was the first PPV of the year where Cesaro failed to gain any match time on the main card.

That leaves Cena, Orton, Reigns, and Wyatt as the only remaining wrestlers to have more than zero seconds of match time on the main card of every single PPV of 2014.

In fact Roman Reigns has more match time on PPV in 2014 than any other WWE performer.  Wrestling in tons of group matches and dominating a Royal Rumble match for nearly 34 minutes has its benefits.

CM Punk ranks 19th on that list out of 80 total WWE wrestlers and divas who have wrestled on PPV this year.  Laying around doing nothing in a Royal Rumble match for over 49 minutes has its benefits.

Meanwhile Big Show and Mark Henry have yet to wrestle on the main card of a PPV since the Andre The Giant Battle Royal at WrestleMania 30.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 44m 52s, which is 26.1% of the show.  This is the highest percentage of the year in this category.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 8 matches:

  • 8m 56s: Cena vs Lesnar
  • 6m 54s: Rusev vs Swagger (with a 1m 21s Lana promo and a 0m 31s pre-match brawl)
  • 6m 17s: Stephanie vs Brie
  • 6m 06s: Jericho vs Wyatt (with two separate Raw recaps that soaked up 1m 48s)
  • 5m 49s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 3m 47s: Miz vs Ziggler (with a 1m 04s Miz promo)
  • 3m 46s: Orton vs Reigns
  • 3m 17s: AJ vs Paige

SummerSlam 2014 also included 16 separate pre-match superstar entrances.  These 16 entrances took up a total time of 23m 10s.  Here is the sorted list of these 16 entrance times:

  • 2m 14s: Randy Orton (with a 0m 56s video recap of Orton attacking Reigns)
  • 1m 55s: Chris Jericho (with a 0m 14s plug for WWE Slam City)
  • 1m 51s: Jack Swagger with Zeb Colter and the Color Guard
  • 1m 48s: Paige (with a 0m 56s Raw recap of her debut and championship win)
  • 1m 39s: Seth Rollins (with a 0m 05s Beadle cameo, a 0m 05s Simmons cameo, and 0m 24s of ads)
  • 1m 36s: John Cena
  • 1m 31s: Bray Wyatt
  • 1m 27s: AJ Lee (with a 0m 42s Raw recap of her return and championship win)
  • 1m 26s: Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman
  • 1m 22s: Rusev with Lana (with a 0m 14s plug for Totino's Bold)
  • 1m 20s: Dolph Ziggler (with a 0m 24s intro of German announcers, and a 0m 07s Menounos cameo)
  • 1m 20s: Roman Reigns (with a 0m 13s plug for Night Of Champions 2014)
  • 1m 17s: The Miz (with a 0m 29s intro of the Spanish and Cole's announce teams)
  • 1m 01s: Stephanie McMahon
  • 0m 42s: Dean Ambrose
  • 0m 41s: Brie Bella (with a 0m 09s cameo from Ronda Rousey)

Hulk Hogan also had an entrance that was not part of any pre-match segments.  The Hulkster's entrance lasted for about 0m 33s.  When Hogan's time is combined with the 16 pre-match entrance times listed above, it results in 23m 43s of entrance times at SummerSlam 2014.

I did not count The Miz promo as part of his entrance time.  For most cases, I count entrance time as just the time when a superstar's entrance music is playing.   As a result, pre-match promos are rarely ever included in entrance time.

I did count the entire Color Guard performance as part of Jack Swagger's entrance time.

Chris Jericho's entrance was also 1m 55s at Battleground 2014, and that entrance also included a plug for WWE Slam City.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 19m 32s, which is 11.4% of the show.  This is the highest percentage in this category out of all 2014 PPV events, though 3 of the 7 remaining PPV events this year have reached at least 11% as well.

Here is the sorted list of total post-match segment time for all 8 matches:

  • 4m 10s: Rusev vs Jack Swagger
  • 3m 48s: Stephanie McMahon vs Brie Bella
  • 2m 56s: John Cena vs Brock Lesnar
  • 1m 55s: Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt
  • 1m 51s: Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns
  • 1m 39s: AJ Lee vs Paige
  • 1m 38s: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose
  • 1m 35s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler

Wyatt's promo after his matched lasted 0m 45s.

After Rusev's victory, the Russian flag was raised and the Russian national anthem played for about 1m 23s.  The overall post-match segment time of 4m 10s was the 6th longest out of 56 total PPV matches in 2014.

The post-match segment time for Stephanie's match wasn't too far behind, as it ranks as the 8th longest on the list.

28 of the 56 PPV matches in 2014 have had a post-match segment time of two minutes or longer.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 18m 18s (10.7%) of the show for everything else.  This is the lowest percentage of the year in this category.

This includes a tweet from Jessica Alba, a Hulk Hogan promo, hype for Night Of Champions 2014, hype for WWE Network, a video for SummerSlam 2015, a commercial for WWE 2K15, a plug for the PPV theme song, Cole talking about Los Angeles, a Raw recap of the Brie Bella storyline, and a backstage promo from Brie Bella.  It also includes commercials for Sin City, Diet Dew, and Takis Fuego.  That bizarre Mama's Boy segment also fell into this category.

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.

  • 27m 58s: John Cena vs Brock Lesnar (16.3% of the total show time)
  • 21m 54s: Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns (12.8%)
  • 21m 12s: Stephanie McMahon vs Brie Bella (12.3%)
  • 20m 58s: Chris Jericho vs Bray Wyatt (12.2%)
  • 19m 59s: Rusev vs Jack Swagger (11.6%)
  • 18m 19s: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (10.7%)
  • 13m 13s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (7.7%)
  • 9m 52s: AJ Lee vs Paige (5.7%)

The percentages show a remarkable parity throughout most of the card.  WWE focused on featuring several matches on the card rather than putting a huge amount of time into just one or two epic matches, like last year's card.

To illustrate that point, the time allocated for Cena's match with Bryan last year took up 23.5% of the total time for SummerSlam 2013, and Punk's match with Brock Lesnar took up 22.0% of the total show time.

So 45.5% of SummerSlam 2013 was devoted to the top two matches.  Whereas this year, the two longest matches didn't even take up 30% of the show.

The combined pre-match and post-match segment time of Rusev's match was greater than the actual match time.

This is becoming the norm for Rusev, as 4 of his last 5 PPV matches exhibit this trait.  This has only happened in 7 out of 51 (13.7%) of the remaining 2014 PPV matches.  And that is generously counting the Ambrose versus Rollins "match" from Battleground 2014 as one of those seven matches.

Prior to SummerSlam 2014, there were rumors circulating about how much time each match would receive on the PPV. Here is the rumored list:

  • 25m 00s: Cena vs Lesnar
  • 20m 00s: Orton vs Reigns
  • 15m 00s: Stephanie vs Brie
  • 15m 00s: Jericho vs Wyatt
  • 15m 00s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 12m 00s: Rusev vs Swagger
  • 12m 00s: AJ vs Paige
  • 10m 00s: Miz vs Ziggler

The biggest discrepancy with this list compared to the actual results is that Rusev's match was given equal time to Paige's match in the rumored list.  In reality, Rusev's total time was closer to the 20-minute mark, while Paige's match was hovering closer to 10 minutes.

It is important to note that my definition of what counts for pre-match segment time could be different from how WWE approximates it.  For example, the dedicated video packages (or Raw recaps, in some cases) that air before a big match is something that I always count as part of pre-match segment time.  I also count any commentator hype that immediately precedes these summary videos.  However when WWE is planning out the show, they might classify that time differently and instead start the clock for the segment a little later, when the entrances officially begin.

So if you exclude from consideration any pre-match ongoings that take place prior to entrances (such as commentator hype, dedicated video packages, etc) and instead start the clock when entrances begin, the modified results would be the following:

  • 23m 56s: Cena vs Lesnar
  • 21m 54s: Orton vs Reigns
  • 19m 59s: Rusev vs Swagger
  • 18m 44s: Jericho vs Wyatt
  • 16m 46s: Stephanie vs Brie
  • 15m 05s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 13m 13s: Miz vs Ziggler
  • 9m 52s: AJ vs Paige

This modification places the affected matches (Cena vs Lesnar, Stephanie vs Brie, Jericho vs Wyatt, Rollins vs Ambrose) closer in line with the rumored times.  And so Rusev's match stands out even more in this context.  Ziggler's match and Jericho's match also received 3 to 4 more minutes than rumored in this case.

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 Miz vs Ziggler, AJ vs Paige, Rusev vs Swagger, Pre-match for Ambrose/Rollins

  • Match - 36.2% - 21m 42s
  • Pre-match - 31.4% - 18m 51s
  • Post-match - 12.3% - 7m 24s
  • Miscellaneous - 20.1% - 12m 03s

Hour Two - Includes Ambrose vs Rollins, Jericho vs Wyatt, Brie vs Steph

  • Match - 58.2% - 34m 56s
  • Pre-match - 22.6% - 13m 33s
  • Post-match - 12.3% - 7m 21s
  • Miscellaneous - 6.9% - 4m 10s

Hour Three (actually 51m 43s) - Includes Orton vs Reigns, Cena vs Lesnar

  • Match - 62.6% - 32m 23s
  • Pre-match - 24.1% - 12m 28s
  • Post-match - 9.2% - 4m 47s
  • Miscellaneous - 4.0% - 2m 05s

The main thing that is evident here is that once the first hour was finished, there wasn't much time allocated for miscellaneous segments for the remainder of the night.  The Mama's Boy segment was the primary miscellaneous item that aired in that time.

Final Results for SummerSlam 2014

Match - 51.8% - 1h 29m 01s

Pre-match - 26.1% - 44m 52s

Post-match - 11.4% - 19m 32s

Miscellaneous - 10.7% - 18m 18s