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WrestleMania 32 lasted for 4 hours 51 minutes and 53 seconds (4h 51m 53s).  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.

Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 19s WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening 0m 19s
0m 19s 2m 37s America the Beautiful 2m 18s
2m 37s 5m 52s Video hyping WrestleMania 32 3m 15s
5m 52s 6m 59s Opening pyro; Cole welcomes you 1m 07s
6m 59s 12m 13s Pre-match for IC Ladder Match 5m 14s
12m 13s 27m 37s IC Ladder Match 15m 24s
27m 37s 29m 21s Post-match for IC Ladder Match 1m 44s
29m 21s 29m 53s Commercial for Tapout 0m 32s
29m 53s 30m 27s Filler commentary 0m 34s
30m 27s 37m 13s Pre-match for Jericho vs Styles 6m 46s
37m 13s 54m 20s Jericho vs Styles 17m 07s
54m 20s 55m 09s Post-match for Jericho vs Styles 0m 49s
55m 09s 55m 40s Commercial for Total Divas 0m 31s
55m 40s 56m 06s Celebrity sightings: Amell, Simmons 0m 26s
56m 06s 57m 27s Menounos interviews Ryder backstage 1m 21s
57m 27s 1h 02m 11s Pre-match for New Day vs League of Nations 4m 44s
1h 02m 11s 1h 12m 14s New Day vs League of Nations 10m 03s
1h 12m 14s 1h 21m 44s Post-match for New Day vs League of Nations 9m 30s
1h 21m 44s 1h 23m 17s Commercial for upcoming content on WWE Network 1m 33s
1h 23m 17s 1h 23m 36s Filler commentary 0m 19s
1h 23m 36s 1h 31m 14s Pre-match for Ambrose vs Lesnar 7m 38s
1h 31m 14s 1h 44m 03s Ambrose vs Lesnar 12m 49s
1h 44m 03s 1h 46m 07s Post-match for Ambrose vs Lesnar 2m 04s
1h 46m 07s 1h 46m 57s Commercial for Snickers 0m 50s
1h 46m 57s 1h 47m 36s Filler commentary 0m 39s
1h 47m 36s 1h 50m 53s Video recap of the 2016 WWE HOF ceremony 3m 17s
1h 50m 53s 1h 53m 50s Finkel introduces the WWE HOF Class of 2016 2m 57s
1h 53m 50s 2h 04m 46s Pre-match for Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky 10m 56s
2h 04m 46s 2h 20m 48s Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky 16m 02s
2h 20m 48s 2h 23m 22s Post-match for Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky 2m 34s
2h 23m 22s 2h 37m 13s Pre-match for Undertaker vs Shane McMahon 13m 51s
2h 37m 13s 3h 07m 18s Undertaker vs Shane McMahon 30m 05s
3h 07m 18s 3h 13m 59s Post-match for Undertaker vs Shane McMahon 6m 41s
3h 13m 59s 3h 14m 30s Commercial for Cricket Wireless 0m 31s
3h 14m 30s 3h 16m 29s Kickoff panel with Renee, Graves, Lita, and Booker T 1m 59s
3h 16m 29s 3h 20m 11s Pre-match for Andre the Giant Battle Royal 3m 42s
3h 20m 11s 3h 29m 54s Andre the Giant Battle Royal 9m 43s
3h 29m 54s 3h 31m 09s Post-match for Andre the Giant Battle Royal 1m 15s
3h 31m 09s 3h 31m 20s Commercial for WWE 2K16 0m 11s
3h 31m 20s 3h 32m 02s Cole talks about Dallas 0m 42s
3h 32m 02s 3h 33m 04s Commercial for WrestleMania 33 1m 02s
3h 33m 04s 3h 33m 17s Cole talks about AT&T Stadium 0m 13s
3h 33m 17s 3h 46m 01s Rock announces attendance record 12m 44s
3h 46m 01s 3h 56m 17s Pre-match for Rock vs Rowan 10m 16s
3h 56m 17s 3h 56m 24s Rock vs Rowan 0m 07s
3h 56m 24s 4h 01m 34s Post-match for Rock vs Rowan 5m 10s
4h 01m 34s 4h 02m 14s Commercial for Camp WWE 0m 40s
4h 02m 14s 4h 02m 30s Filler commentary 0m 16s
4h 02m 30s 4h 16m 32s Pre-match for Triple H vs Reigns 14m 02s
4h 16m 32s 4h 43m 42s Triple H vs Reigns 27m 10s
4h 43m 42s 4h 46m 52s Post-match for Triple H vs Reigns 3m 10s
4h 46m 52s 4h 51m 53s Recap video to end the show 5m 01s

Match Times

The 9 matches combined for a total time of 2h 18m 30s. This means that 47.5% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action.  This is the 38th highest percentage in this category out of the 40 WWE events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.

Here is the sorted list of match times for WrestleMania 32.  This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 285 matches in my data set.

  • 30m 05s: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon (10th longest out of 285 matches)
  • 27m 10s: Triple H vs Roman Reigns (12th)
  • 17m 07s: Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles (73rd)
  • 16m 02s: Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky (86th)
  • 15m 24s: IC Ladder Match (90th)
  • 12m 49s: Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar (130th)
  • 10m 03s: New Day vs League of Nations (172nd)
  • 9m 43s: Andre the Giant Battle Royal (180th)
  • 0m 07s: The Rock vs Erick Rowan (284th)

Here are the survival times for each superstar who competed in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal:

  • 9m 43s: Baron Corbin
  • 9m 41s: Kane
  • 9m 37s: Bo Dallas, Darren Young
  • 9m 23s: Mark Henry
  • 9m 05s: Tyler Breeze
  • 8m 50s: Heath Slater
  • 8m 28s: Adam Rose
  • 8m 19s: Curtis Axel
  • 7m 40s: Goldust
  • 7m 18s: R-Truth
  • 6m 14s: Jack Swagger
  • 5m 54s: Tatanka
  • 4m 56s: Konnor
  • 4m 48s: Diamond Dallas Page
  • 4m 04s: Viktor
  • 2m 17s: Big Show
  • 2m 15s: Shaquille O'Neal
  • 1m 10s: Damien Sandow
  • 0m 57s: Fandango

It took about two seconds for the bell to ring after Kane was eliminated, and so I gave those two additional seconds of survival time to Baron Corbin.

Only 7 out of the 40 events in my data set have an overall match time of under 50.0%, and 3 of them are WrestleMania events.  However due to the sheer length of this card, the overall match time of 2h 18m 30s is the most for any event in my data set.

At a quick glance, the main card of WrestleMania 32 appears to be the longest WrestleMania card of all-time, clocking in at 4h 51m 53s.  However it appears to just fall short of WrestleMania 20 for the most match time of any WrestleMania event, unless the pre-show matches are added to the mix.

Shane McMahon's match is the 6th longest WrestleMania match of all-time.  Triple H's match against Reigns is the 11th longest of all-time.

Out of those 11 longest matches in WrestleMania history, Dave Meltzer gave the lowest star rating to Shane's match (2.5 stars) and the third lowest rating to Triple H's match with Reigns (3.25 stars).  The second lowest star rating from that group goes to the fatal 4-way main event of WrestleMania 16 (3 stars).

Rock's match with Rowan is the shortest WrestleMania match of all-time, out of at least 310 total matches.  I am not sure how to time the Hardcore Championship matches that took place backstage at WrestleMania 18, so they have been excluded.

The triple threat match for the Women's Championship is the longest women's match in the history of WrestleMania by more than 6 minutes.  None of the others even reached 10 minutes in length.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 17m 09s, which is 26.4% of the show.  This is the 6th highest percentage in this category out of the 40 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 9 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 4m 58s and the average time is 5m 46s.

  • 14m 02s: Triple H vs Roman Reigns
  • 13m 51s: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon
  • 10m 56s: Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky
  • 10m 16s: The Rock vs Erick Rowan
  • 7m 38s: Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar
  • 6m 46s: Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles
  • 5m 14s: IC Ladder Match
  • 4m 44s: New Day vs League of Nations
  • 3m 42s: Andre the Giant Battle Royal

WrestleMania 32 included 27 separate pre-match superstar entrances.  These 27 entrances took up a total time of 43m 31s.  Here is the sorted list of these 27 entrance times:

  • 5m 52s: Triple H with Stephanie
  • 5m 25s: Undertaker
  • 3m 08s: New Day
  • 2m 45s: Shane McMahon with his children
  • 2m 27s: Sasha Banks with Snoop Dogg
  • 2m 21s: Roman Reigns
  • 2m 05s: Wyatt Family
  • 2m 03s: Charlotte with Ric Flair
  • 1m 47s: Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman
  • 1m 41s: Chris Jericho
  • 1m 37s: Kevin Owens
  • 1m 35s: AJ Styles
  • 1m 32s: League of Nations
  • 1m 12s: Becky Lynch
  • 0m 57s: Big Show
  • 0m 56s: Dean Ambrose
  • 0m 52s: Dolph Ziggler
  • 0m 41s: Shaquille O'Neal
  • 0m 36s: Sami Zayn
  • 0m 34s: Stardust
  • 0m 33s: The Miz
  • 0m 33s: Diamond Dallas Page
  • 0m 33s: Mark Henry
  • 0m 28s: Zack Ryder
  • 0m 27s: Kane
  • 0m 26s: Sin Cara
  • 0m 25s: Battle Royal jobbers (and Baron Corbin)

WrestleMania 32 also included six other entrances outside of these 27 pre-match entrances.  When you add on the entrance times for the The Rock (5m 12s), Steve Austin (1m 17s), John Cena (0m 58s), Sting (0m 47s), Shawn Michaels (0m 28s), and Mick Foley (0m 28s), it results in a total entrance time for the show of 52m 41s.

In addition to 27 entrances, the pre-match segments also featured 5 extended video packages.  The video packages for Undertaker versus Shane (4m 40s), Triple H versus Reigns (3m 39s), Ambrose versus Lesnar (3m 26s), Jericho versus Styles (2m 58s), and Charlotte's match (2m 32s) add up to 17m 15s.

So when you combine the 27 pre-match entrances (43m 31s) and the 5 dedicated video packages (17m 15s), that accounts for 1h 00m 46s of the overall pre-match segment time on the show.

Roughly 1m 16s of the pre-match segment for the ladder match was spent introducing all of the announce teams.

Jericho's entrance included a 0m 10s plug for Snickers, while AJ's entrance included a 0m 21s plug for Hulu.

The League of Nation's entrance included a 0m 46s Raw recap video of their brutal assault of the New Day.

The pre-match segment for Charlotte's match included a 0m 53s recap video from the pre-show, where Lita unveiled the new Women's Championship.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 32m 57s, which is 11.3% of the show.  This is the 11th highest percentage in this category out of the 40 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 9 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 00s and the average time is 2m 32s.

  • 9m 30s: New Day vs League of Nations
  • 6m 41s: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon
  • 5m 10s: The Rock vs Erick Rowan
  • 3m 10s: Triple H vs Roman Reigns
  • 2m 34s: Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky
  • 2m 04s: Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar
  • 1m 44s: IC Ladder Match
  • 1m 15s: Andre the Giant Battle Royal
  • 0m 49s: Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles

The post-match segment for Jericho's match is tied for the 10th shortest segment in my data set out of 285 total post-match segments.  There was no replay of the finish.  The only thing that really happened was Jericho asking the referee to raise his hand in victory.

On the other side of the spectrum is the post-match segment for New Day's match, which is 4th longest post-match segment in my data set.  Not far behind that is the post-match segment for Shane McMahon versus Undertaker, which ranks as the 11th longest out of 285 post-match segments.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 14.8% (43m 17s) of the show for everything else.  This is the 11th highest percentage in this category out of the 40 events in my data set.

Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins.  WrestleMania 32 included 10 different blocks of miscellaneous segments.  Here is how long each block lasted.

  • Block 1: 6m 59s (America the Beautiful; opening hype video; opening pyro)
  • Block 2: 1m 06s (Commercial for Tapout; filler commentary)
  • Block 3: 2m 18s (Commercial for Total Divas; Celebrity sightings; Ryder promo)
  • Block 4: 1m 52s (Commercial for WWE Network; filler commentary)
  • Block 5: 7m 43s (Commercial for Snickers; filler commentary; HOF segment)
  • Block 6: 0m 00s (Nothing)
  • Block 7: 2m 30s (Commercial for Cricket Wireless; Kickoff panel)
  • Block 8: 14m 52s (Commercials for WWE 2K16 and WrestleMania 33; Rock with flamethrower)
  • Block 9: 0m 56s (Commercial for Camp WWE; filler commentary)
  • Block 10: 5m 01s (Recap video to end the show)

Block 6 is empty because WWE went straight from the post-match segment of Charlotte's match into the pre-match segment for Undertaker's match without cramming any miscellaneous segments in between.

Block 8 includes Rock's entrance with the flamethrower and his announcement of the attendance record, but it does not include anything that happened after the Wyatt Family came out.  This timing of this entire segment will be broken down in the following section.

The Rock and John Cena

The Rock's segment was a pain to deal with.  It was very tempting to just throw the whole thing (except for the brief match time with Rowan) into the Miscellaneous Segment category, but there were some reasonable pre-match and post-match segment boundaries that could be identified.

The entire segment from start to finish lasted 28m 17s.

Everything that happened before the Wyatt Family came out (cheerleaders, flamethrower entrance, attendance announcement) was thrown into the category of miscellaneous time, and this lasted 12m 44s.

The cheerleaders performed for about 1m 06s of that time.  It then took Rock about 6m 10s to make his entrance and do the flamethrower routine before he finally uttered a word into the microphone.  The rest of that time was spent making the attendance record announcement.

The entrance of the Wyatts then signaled the start of a pre-match segment, because an angle was now taking place to set up a match between Rock and Rowan.  This pre-match segment lasted 10m 16s, and it largely consisted of back and forth banter between The Rock and Bray Wyatt.

The Rock's match with Rowan lasted about 6 or 7 seconds.  This is a judgment call that depends on whether you end the match time when the referee's hand hits the mat for a third time, or if you stop the clock when the bell rings.  In the former case the match time is closer to 6 seconds, in the latter case it probably rounds up to 7 seconds.

My official time is 7 seconds, but I am not going to pretend that I know any better than WWE on this one.  Their claim of 6 seconds certainly falls within a very reasonable margin of error from my time.

After Rock defeated Rowan, everything that followed (including Cena's return) was classified as a post-match segment.  This ate up 5m 10s off the clock.

So that's the full breakdown of timing for The Rock's segment across all 4 categories.

On a final note for this segment, The Rock's theme song played for a total time of 8m 22s out of this entire 28m 17s block of time.  It played on 4 separate occasions throughout the segment.

If you add the time for both Cena (0m 58s) and Wyatt's (2m 05s) entrance music on top of that, this means that entrance music was playing for about 11m 25s of that entire 28m 17s block of time.  That's longer than the match times for New Day's match as well as the Battle Royal.

If you disagree with my decisions above and think that I should have instead lumped the entire segment (except for the quick match time) into the Miscellaneous category, then the overall timing percentages for WrestleMania 32 would change as follows: the pre-match percentage would drop from 26.4% to 22.9%, the post-match percentage would drop from 11.3% to 9.5%, and the miscellaneous percentage would increase from 14.8% to 20.1%.

Hourly Breakdown

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.

Match Pre-match Post-match Miscellaneous Description
Hour 1 32m 31s (54.2%) 14m 33s (24.3%) 2m 33s (4.3%) 10m 23s (17.3%) IC Ladder; Jericho
Hour 2 22m 52s (38.1%) 15m 59s (26.6%) 11m 34s (19.3%) 9m 35s (16.0%) New Day; Lesnar; HOF
Hour 3 38m 49s (64.7%) 18m 37s (31.0%) 2m 34s (4.3%) 0m 00s (0.0%) Charlotte; Undertaker
Hour 4 17m 08s (28.6%) 13m 58s (23.3%) 11m 32s (19.2%) 17m 22s (28.9%) Battle Royal; Rock
Hour 5 27m 10s (52.4%) 14m 02s (27.0%) 4m 44s (9.1%) 5m 57s (11.5%) Triple H vs Reigns

This table shows that WWE concentrated most of the match time into the odd hours while focusing more on past legends in the even hours.  Keep in mind that Hour 5 actually had a length of 51m 53s.

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 285 entries in my data set.

  • 50m 37s: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon (8th longest out of 285 entries)
  • 44m 22s: Triple H vs Roman Reigns (13th)
  • 29m 32s: Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky (69th)
  • 24m 42s: Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles (95th)
  • 24m 17s: New Day vs League of Nations (98th)
  • 22m 31s: Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar (111th)
  • 22m 22s: IC Ladder match (113th)
  • 15m 33s: The Rock vs Erick Rowan (188th)
  • 14m 40s: Andre the Giant Battle Royal (198th)

Out of the 15 entries in my data set that Brock Lesnar was involved in, only his dud of a segment with Big Show at Royal Rumble 2014 took up less total time than his showing at WrestleMania 32.  What was WWE thinking here?

The time listed above for Rock's segment is probably misleading because it does not include any of the things that happened before the Wyatts came out, such as the flamethrower entrance.  If you add all that stuff back into the equation, then Rock's segment actually lasted 28m 17s.  That would rank him 4th highest on the above list, though the women would still impressively rank ahead of him in third place.

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.)

  • 69.3%: Chris Jericho vs AJ Styles
  • 68.9%: IC Ladder match
  • 66.3%: Andre the Giant Battle Royal
  • 61.2%: Triple H vs Roman Reigns
  • 59.4%: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon
  • 56.9%: Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar
  • 54.3%: Charlotte vs Sasha vs Becky
  • 41.4%: New Day vs League of Nations
  • 0.8%: The Rock vs Erick Rowan

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Considering that Undertaker versus Shane, Triple H versus Reigns, and Thrice In A Lifetime combined to take up 2h 03m 16s (or 42.2%) of WrestleMania 32, the extent to which you enjoyed the show probably correlates strongly with how you felt about those matches and segments.

And if you tuned in to see Brock Lesnar, well you didn't even get 23 minutes worth of content featuring the Beast Incarnate.  Let's hope that WWE will find something more substantive for Brock Lesnar to do next year at WrestleMania 33.

Final Results for WrestleMania 32

Match - 47.5% - 2h 18m 30s

Pre-match - 26.4% - 1h 17m 09s

Post-match - 11.3% - 32m 57s

Miscellaneous - 14.8% - 43m 17s