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Match Times: WWE Money In The Bank 2015 Edition

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WWE's Money In The Bank 2015 lasted for 2 hours 59 minutes and 2 seconds (2h 59m 02s). 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" segments include video packages, entrances, ring introductions, and any verbal promos that occur right before a match officially begins. The "post-match" segments include any celebrations, replays, angles, attacks, or promos that occur right after a match is finished.

  • 0m 20s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
  • 2m 11s: Ten bell salute to Dusty Rhodes
  • 2m 11s: Video hyping Money In The Bank 2015
  • 0m 56s: Opening pyro as Cole welcomes you to Money In The Bank 2015
  • 6m 12s: Pre-match for Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 20m 33s: Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 2m 41s: Post-match for Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 0m 31s: Video - Please do not try this at home
  • 4m 20s: Pre-match for Nikki vs Paige
  • 11m 18s: Nikki vs Paige
  • 2m 09s: Post-match for Nikki vs Paige
  • 0m 47s: Commercial for Swerved
  • 0m 19s: Filler commentary
  • 6m 52s: Pre-match for Ryback vs Big Show
  • 5m 28s: Ryback vs Big Show
  • 1m 42s: Post-match for Ryback vs Big Show
  • 0m 29s: MGK guest stars on Raw tomorrow
  • 0m 31s: Commercial for Tough Enough
  • 0m 23s: Commentators hype Tough Enough
  • 8m 04s: Pre-match for Cena vs Owens
  • 19m 13s: Cena vs Owens
  • 6m 00s: Post-match for Cena vs Owens
  • 0m 44s: Commercial for WWE Shop
  • 0m 28s: Commercial for Total Divas
  • 2m 19s: Backstage Ambrose interview
  • 1m 10s: Commentators talk about Dusty Rhodes
  • 3m 38s: Dusty Rhodes tribute video
  • 0m 41s: Commentators hype Dusty Rhodes: Celebrating The Dream
  • 5m 03s: Pre-match for New Day vs Prime Time Players
  • 5m 49s: New Day vs Prime Time Players
  • 1m 26s: Post-match for New Day vs Prime Time Players
  • 1m 59s: Expert panel analysis with Renee, Booker T, Graves, and Saxton
  • 0m 57s: Replay of the finish to the Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 0m 24s: Reigns versus Wyatt is announced for Battleground 2015
  • 10m 25s: Pre-match for Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 35m 40s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 5m 09s: Post-match for Rollins vs Ambrose

Match Times

The 6 matches combined for a total time of 1h 38m 01s. This means that 54.7% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action.  This is the 16th highest percentage in this category out of the 31 WWE events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Money In The Bank 2015.  This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 219 matches in my data set.

  • 35m 40s: Rollins vs Ambrose (6th longest out of 219 matches)
  • 20m 33s: Money In The Bank Ladder Match (47th)
  • 19m 13s: Cena vs Owens (53rd)
  • 11m 18s: Nikki vs Paige (115th)
  • 5m 49s: New Day vs Prime Time Players (194th)
  • 5m 28s: Ryback vs Big Show (198th)

The ladder match between Rollins and Ambrose is now the longest one-on-one match in my data set. It easily took that title from Cena versus Rusev from Payback 2015, which clocked in at 28m 01s.

This PPV only included 6 matches on the main card, and so that meant that match times needed to go longer.  I thought for sure that a 7th match was going to be added to the card to fill out the remaining time, but instead WWE chose to go extremely long with the main event.

The divas match also received a nice bump up in time.  The match time for Paige versus Nikki eclipsed both Stephanie versus Brie and AJ versus Kaitlyn to become the longest one-on-one divas match in my data set.

Paige pinned Brie for a false finish at the 10m 26s mark of the match between Paige and Nikki.  Nikki then pinned Paige approximately 0m 52s later for the true finish of the match.

There have been 45 PPV matches thus far in 2015.  Ryback versus Big Show missed out on being the shortest match of the year by one second.  The Ascension versus New Age Outlaws still reigns over that wasteland.

The New Day's loss to Prime Time Players didn't fare much better; it has the 4th shortest time out of the 45 PPV matches this year.

The time for that match stands out to me in a big way and could mean that WWE doesn't think Prime Time Players are a good fit for average length matches right now.  There was not a time crunch on this show, yet WWE chose to keep this one under 6 minutes while also booking a title change.

The two matches between Cena and Owens each finished between 19 and 20 minutes in length.

Dave Meltzer scored 3 out of the 6 matches on this card under 2 stars on his grading scale.  The last time the main card of a PPV included 3 such matches was at Fastlane 2015.  At that time, Fastlane 2015 was actually the 4th consecutive PPV to include at least 3 matches of fewer than 2 stars.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 40m 56s, which is 22.9% of the show.  This is the 13th highest percentage in this category out of the 31 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 6 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 4m 39s and the average time is 5m 38s.

  • 10m 25s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 8m 04s: Cena vs Owens
  • 6m 52s: Ryback vs Big Show
  • 6m 12s: Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 5m 03s: New Day vs Prime Time Players
  • 4m 20s: Nikki vs Paige

Money In The Bank 2015 included 18 separate pre-match superstar entrances.  These 18 entrances took up a total time of 21m 37s.  Here is the sorted list of these 18 entrance times:

  • 2m 21s: Ryback (with a 0m 16s Ryback tweet and a 0m 50s Raw recap video)
  • 2m 06s: The Miz (with a 1m 34s Miz promo)
  • 1m 53s: John Cena
  • 1m 30s: Paige (with a 0m 32s Raw recap of her struggles with Twin Magic)
  • 1m 28s: Seth Rollins
  • 1m 21s: Kevin Owens (with a 0m 11s plug for Hulu)
  • 1m 13s: Big E and Xavier Woods (with a 0m 21s replay of Kofi power bombed onto a ladder)
  • 1m 10s: Randy Orton (with a 0m 10s intro of Cole's announce team)
  • 1m 10s: Roman Reigns
  • 1m 07s: Dean Ambrose (with a 0m 13s plug for Battleground 2015)
  • 1m 05s: Prime Time Players (with a 0m 16s look at a tweet from Titus)
  • 1m 02s: Big Show (with a 0m 17s plug for WWE Immortals)
  • 0m 55s: Nikki Bella (with a 0m 14s look at a tweet from the Bella twins)
  • 0m 54s: Ziggler with Lana
  • 0m 46s: Sheamus
  • 0m 39s: Neville
  • 0m 32s: Kane (with a 0m 10s intro of the Spanish announce team)
  • 0m 25s: Kofi Kingston

In addition to entrances, the pre-match segments also featured 2 extended video packages.  The video packages for Cena versus Owens (3m 01s) and Rollins versus Ambrose (3m 31s) add up to 6m 32s.

So when you combine the 18 pre-match entrances (21m 37s) and the 2 dedicated video packages (6m 32s) that accounts for 28m 09s of the overall pre-match segment time for the show.

Xavier Woods and Big E cut a 2m 27s promo in the ring after their entranced concluded.

Paige's backstage interview lasted for about 1m 39s right before the entrances for her match began.  These backstage interviews often end up in the Miscellaneous category, but this time I classified it as part of the pre-match segment because it immediately preceded the match.

There was a 1m 09s video recap of the feud between Ryback, Miz, and Big Show that aired right before the entrances for that match took place.  There was another 0m 50s Raw recap of Ryback shell shocking Big Show that aired during Ryback's entrance.  Miz also received an entrance and cut a promo as part of the pre-match segment for this one.  Add it all up and you get a pre-match segment time that was longer than the actual match time of 5m 28s.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 19m 07s, which is 10.7% of the show.  This is the 11th highest percentage in this category out of the 31 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 6 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 01s and the average time is 2m 30s.

  • 6m 00s: Cena vs Owens
  • 5m 09s: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 2m 41s: Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 2m 09s: Nikki vs Paige
  • 1m 42s: Ryback vs Big Show
  • 1m 26s: New Day vs Prime Time Players

The victory speech Rollins delivered lasted about 0m 38s.

Mercifully, no post-match replays were shown for Ryback versus Big Show.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 11.7% (20m 58s) of the show for everything else.  This is the 19th highest percentage in this category out of the 31 events in my data set.

7m 40s of this time was devoted to Dusty Rhodes.

These miscellaneous segments included commercials for Tough Enough, Swerved, Total Divas, and WWE Shop.

There was also an expert panel segment, a backstage interview with Ambrose, hype for Battleground 2015, hype for MGK's performance on Raw the next night, and so forth.

The commercial for Swerved has now appeared on three consecutive events.

The "Don't try this at home" video has now aired on the last two events, after only appearing once from Royal Rumble 2014 through Payback 2015.

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.  This list also includes where each total time ranks among the 219 entries in my data set.

  • 51m 14s: Rollins vs Ambrose (6th highest out of 219 entries)
  • 33m 17s: Cena vs Owens (44th)
  • 29m 26s: Money In The Bank Ladder Match (58th)
  • 17m 47s: Nikki vs Paige (114th)
  • 14m 02s: Ryback vs Big Show (145th)
  • 12m 18s: New Day vs Prime Time Players (163rd)

It was shown earlier that the match times for both Ryback and New Day's matches ranked in the 190's out of 219 matches, yet when you take the pre-match and post-match segments into consideration, both matches jump up the list quite a bit.

Roughly 28.6% of the show was devoted to the combined pre-match, post-match and match time for Rollins versus Ambrose.

And here is a look at the "Match Time Percentage" for each match.  For any given match, this percentage shows how the match time compares to the combined pre-match and post-match segment time.  For some context, it's good to know that the median result here over the last couple of years is roughly 63%.

  • 69.8%: Money In The Bank Ladder Match
  • 69.6%: Rollins vs Ambrose
  • 63.5%: Nikki vs Paige
  • 57.7%: Cena vs Owens
  • 47.3%: New Day vs Prime Time Players
  • 39.0%: Ryback vs Big Show

This is the first time since Survivor Series 2014 that a card included two matches that finished under 50% in this metric.  Any match that finishes under 50% means that the combined pre-match and post-match segment times were longer than the actual match time.

The overall timing results for Money In The Bank 2015 are not that different from the typical WWE PPV.  However this show included some infrequent occurrences, such as a 35-plus minute one-on-one match, a 10-plus minute divas match, and two championship undercard matches that fell under six minutes.

Final Results for Money In The Bank 2015

Match - 54.7% - 1h 38m 01s

Pre-match - 22.9% - 40m 56s

Post-match - 10.7% - 19m 07s

Miscellaneous - 11.7% - 20m 58s