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How much wrestling actually happened at Double or Nothing 2020?

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AEW Double or Nothing

AEW featured eight total matches on the main card of Double or Nothing 2020 (Sat., May 23) in Jacksonville, Florida.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 43 minutes, and 38 seconds (3h 43m 38s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the eight matches that took place during this event:

  • 33m 58s: Stadium Stampede match
  • 28m 28s: Casino ladder match
  • 21m 10s: Cody vs. Lance Archer
  • 17m 26s: Jungle Boy vs. MJF
  • 16m 34s: Nyla Rose vs. Hikaru Shida
  • 15m 28s: Jon Moxley vs. Mr. Brodie Lee
  • 8m 10s: Kris Statlander vs. Penelope Ford
  • 4m 11s: Dustin Rhodes vs. Shawn Spears

These times add up to 2h 25m 25s, which is roughly 65.0% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.1%.

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

Double or Nothing 2020 packed in about as much wrestling as we’ve seen on an AEW pay-per-view. Six of the eight matches went past 15 minutes in length, and the shortest of those 15+ minute matches was actually Moxley’s AEW world championship defense. I didn’t expect that Jungle Boy and MJF would rank in the upper half of match times on this card, but they did, and their excellent performance in the ring showed why AEW trusted them to go so long.

To follow up on that, three of the four longest matches of the night took place right at the start of the main card. So AEW decided to go with very long matches right from the outset (ladder, MJF, Cody), before filling the middle of the card with a couple shorter matches (Ford, Spears), ramping things up again (Rose, Moxley), and putting the longest match of the night (Stampede) in the main event.

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