WWE's TLC 2016 lasted for 2 hours 43 minutes and 7 seconds (2h 43m 07s). 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 00s||0m 21s||Then, Now, Forever||0m 21s|
|0m 21s||2m 35s||Video hyping TLC 2016||2m 14s|
|2m 35s||3m 20s||Opening pyro||0m 45s|
|3m 20s||7m 30s||Pre-match for Slater & Rhyno vs Orton & Wyatt||4m 10s|
|7m 30s||13m 24s||Slater & Rhyno vs Orton & Wyatt||5m 54s|
|13m 24s||15m 43s||Post-match for Slater & Rhyno vs Orton & Wyatt||2m 19s|
|15m 43s||16m 47s||Commercial for WWE Network||1m 04s|
|16m 47s||19m 59s||Backstage Ambrose/Styles promos||3m 12s|
|19m 59s||22m 24s||Pre-match for Nikki Bella vs Carmella||2m 25s|
|22m 24s||30m 21s||Nikki Bella vs Carmella||7m 57s|
|30m 21s||32m 27s||Post-match for Nikki Bella vs Carmella||2m 06s|
|32m 27s||32m 44s||Commercial for WWE Supercard||0m 17s|
|32m 44s||33m 46s||Kay Jewelers video (part 1)||1m 02s|
|33m 46s||34m 09s||Filler commentary||0m 23s|
|34m 09s||43m 09s||Pre-match for The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler||9m 00s|
|43m 09s||1h 08m 06s||The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler||24m 57s|
|1h 08m 06s||1h 11m 39s||Post-match for The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler||3m 33s|
|1h 11m 39s||1h 12m 22s||Commercial for Tribute to the Troops||0m 43s|
|1h 12m 22s||1h 12m 48s||Phillips talks about Dallas; Plug for theme song||0m 26s|
|1h 12m 48s||1h 17m 26s||Pre-match for Kalisto vs Baron Corbin||4m 38s|
|1h 17m 26s||1h 30m 20s||Kalisto vs Baron Corbin||12m 54s|
|1h 30m 20s||1h 33m 06s||Post-match for Kalisto vs Baron Corbin||2m 46s|
|1h 33m 06s||1h 33m 22s||Commercial for WWE Supercard||0m 16s|
|1h 33m 22s||1h 34m 32s||Backstage Natalya interview||1m 10s|
|1h 34m 32s||1h 35m 22s||Hype for Roadblock and Royal Rumble 2017||0m 50s|
|1h 35m 22s||1h 41m 46s||Pre-match for Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss||6m 24s|
|1h 41m 46s||1h 56m 53s||Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss||15m 07s|
|1h 56m 53s||1h 59m 08s||Post-match for Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss||2m 15s|
|1h 59m 08s||2h 00m 04s||Kay Jewelers video (part 2)||0m 56s|
|2h 00m 04s||2h 00m 45s||Hype for 205 Live||0m 41s|
|2h 00m 45s||2h 01m 23s||Cena is hosting SNL||0m 38s|
|2h 01m 23s||2h 09m 47s||Pre-match for AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose||8m 24s|
|2h 09m 47s||2h 40m 49s||AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose||31m 02s|
|2h 40m 49s||2h 43m 07s||Post-match for AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose||2m 18s|
The 6 matches combined for a total time of 1h 37m 51s. This means that 60.0% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 6th highest percentage in this category out of the 51 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013. Out of the 41 three-hour events in my data set, the total match time of 1h 37m 51s ranks 16th highest.
Here is the sorted list of match times for TLC 2016. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 364 matches in my data set.
- 31m 02s: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose (10th longest out of 364 matches)
- 24m 57s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (27th)
- 15m 07s: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss (126th)
- 12m 54s: Kalisto vs Baron Corbin (168th)
- 7m 57s: Nikki Bella vs Carmella (275th)
- 5m 54s: Slater and Rhyno vs Orton and Wyatt (326th)
This was only the 4th time out of 51 events where the first two matches were the shortest two matches of the night. This also happened at Royal Rumble 2013, SummerSlam 2014, and Clash of Champions 2016.
Becky Lynch versus Alexa Bliss is the second-longest one-on-one women's match in my data set, trailing only Sasha Banks versus Charlotte Flair from Hell in a Cell 2016.
Orton's match was the second-shortest tag team championship match in my data set, trailing only New Day versus Prime Time Players from Money in the Bank 2015.
Ambrose's match was the second-longest one-on-one match in my data set, trailing only Ambrose versus Rollins from Money in the Bank 2015.
American Alpha has received no match time on the main card of all three SmackDown-only PPVs.
TLC 2016 rounded up to reach the 60.0% match time threshold, which is an infrequent occurrence for WWE PPVs. But it turns out that TLC is usually among the best-performing WWE PPVs for match time percentage. Here is the list of the 10 events in my data set with the highest match time percentages:
- 64.6%: Royal Rumble 2016
- 64.5%: Royal Rumble 2015
- 61.7%: Royal Rumble 2013
- 61.7%: TLC 2014
- 60.8%: Royal Rumble 2014
- 60.0%: TLC 2016
- 59.4%: TLC 2013
- 59.1%: Elimination Chamber 2015
- 58.8%: Money in the Bank 2016
- 58.2%: Money in the Bank 2013
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 35m 01s, which is 21.5% of the show. This is the 36th highest percentage in this category out of the 51 events in my data set. Out of the 41 three-hour events in my data set, the total pre-match segment time of 35m 01s ranks 29th highest.
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 5m 19s and the average time is 5m 55s.
- 9m 00s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
- 8m 24s: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose
- 6m 24s: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
- 4m 38s: Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
- 4m 10s: Slater and Rhyno vs Orton and Wyatt
- 2m 25s: Nikki Bella vs Carmella
Four matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Ziggler's match (2m 57s), Kalisto's match (1m 59s), Becky's match (2m 57s), and Ambrose's match (3m 41s) combined to take up 11m 34s of the pre-match segment time.
The pre-match segment for Ziggler's match included a 1m 37s backstage segment that included an argument between Daniel Bryan and the Miz.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 15m 17s, which is 9.4% of the show. This is the 25th highest percentage in this category out of the 51 events in my data set. Out of the 41 three-hour events in my data set, the total post-match segment time of 15m 17s ranks 24th highest.
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 1m 59s and the average time is 2m 26s.
- 3m 33s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
- 2m 46s: Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
- 2m 19s: Slater and Rhyno vs Orton and Wyatt
- 2m 18s: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose
- 2m 15s: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
- 2m 06s: Nikki Bella vs Carmella
Every single one of these post-match segments rank above the 1m 59s median time for all 364 post-match segments in my data set. In several cases this was due to some post-match mic time for one of the wrestlers.
That leaves about 9.2% (14m 58s) of the show for everything else. This is the 46th highest percentage in this category out of the 51 events in my data set. Out of the 41 three-hour events in my data set, the total miscellaneous segment time of 14m 58s ranks 40th highest.
Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. TLC 2016 included 6 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 3m 20s (Then Now Forever; Opening video and pyro)
- Block 2: 4m 16s (Ad for WWE Network; Backstage Ambrose/Styles promos)
- Block 3: 1m 42s (Ad for WWE Supercard; Kay Jewelers video)
- Block 4: 1m 09s (Ad for Tribute to the Troops; Plug for PPV theme song)
- Block 5: 2m 16s (Ads for WWE Supercard & Royal Rumble 2017; Natalya backstage)
- Block 6: 2m 15s (Kay Jewelers video; Ad for 205 Live; Cena hosting SNL)
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 364 entries in my data set.
- 41m 44s: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose (17th longest out of 364 entries)
- 37m 30s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (30th)
- 23m 46s: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss (133rd)
- 20m 18s: Kalisto vs Baron Corbin (176th)
- 12m 28s: Nikki Bella vs Carmella (290th)
- 12m 23s: Slater and Rhyno vs Orton and Wyatt (292nd)
Now 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 since 2013 is 62.9%.
(Here's an example calculation: an entry with a match time of 6m 00s, pre-match time of 3m 00s, and a post-match time of 1m 00s has a score of 60.0%, because the match time of 6m 00s is 60% of the total sum of 10m 00s for all three components.)
- 74.4%: AJ Styles vs Dean Ambrose
- 66.5%: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
- 63.8%: Nikki Bella vs Carmella
- 63.6%: Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
- 63.5%: Kalisto vs Baron Corbin
- 47.6%: Slater and Rhyno vs Orton and Wyatt
TLC 2016 was the third SmackDown-only PPV of the new era. All three PPVs finished with a total show time under 2h 45m 00s, and they all rank among the four shortest PPVs in my data set. In the case of TLC 2016, 60% of the show time was allocated to action in the ring. This extra match time was taken away from the pre-match and miscellaneous segments, and it's hard to complain about that.
Final Results for TLC 2016
Match - 60.0% - 1h 37m 51s
Pre-match - 21.5% - 35m 01s
Post-match - 9.4% - 15m 17s
Miscellaneous - 9.2% - 14m 58s