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How much wrestling actually happened at Revolution?

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AEW featured seven total matches on the main card of Revolution (Sat., Feb. 29) in Chicago, Illinois.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 32 minutes, and 3 seconds (3h 32m 03s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the seven matches that took place during this event:

  • 30m 06s: Omega & Page vs. Young Bucks
  • 24m 38s: Cody Rhodes vs. MJF
  • 22m 20s: Chris Jericho vs. Jon Moxley
  • 14m 43s: Dustin Rhodes vs. Jake Hager
  • 13m 01s: Orange Cassidy vs. PAC
  • 12m 46s: Nyla Rose vs. Kris Statlander
  • 4m 58s: Darby Allin vs. Sammy Guevara

These times add up to 2h 02m 32s, which is roughly 57.8% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all 98 WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

Darby Allin and Sammy Guevara beat the hell out of each other for roughly 5m 00s before the bell rang to start their match, and that time was not counted as part of their listed match time above.

Here are the match time percentages for the previous AEW-related events, in chronological order:

Every single event in the above list has a higher percentage than the average WWE pay-per-view (54.0%) in my data set, however Revolution ranks towards the bottom of AEW’s list. This is partially due to some lengthy entrances from Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho, the pre-match physicality between Allin and Guevara, and a post-match segment of 8m 46s for Moxley/Jericho.

The main card of most of AEW’s pay-per-views includes exactly seven matches, and pretty much every match has a chance to be good. Revolution continued that trend, where even Guevara and Allin’s short match time of 4m 58s would approach 10m 00s with the exciting pre-match brawl taken into account.

This was not my favorite AEW event, nor did I think it was quite as good as many other fans rated it, but it was still a breath of fresh air compared to WWE’s Super ShowDown from two nights before it. That card was filled quantity over quality, whereas AEW’s preference for events with seven matches with a few long ones mixed in generally works out better.

Are you surprised by any of these results, Cagesiders? Which of these matches received less (or more) time than you hoped for?