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How much wrestling actually happened at Double or Nothing 2021?

AEW Double or Nothing 2021

AEW featured nine total matches on the main card of Double or Nothing 2021 (Sun., May 30) in Jacksonville, Florida.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 56 minutes, and 6 seconds (3h 56m 06s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the nine matches that took place during this event:

  • 31m 18s: Inner Circle vs. The Pinnacle
  • 27m 00s: Omega vs. Cassidy vs. PAC
  • 23m 29s: Casino Battle Royale
  • 21m 03s: Young Bucks vs. Moxley & Kingston
  • 17m 18s: Hikaru Shida vs. Britt Baker
  • 12m 28s: Sting & Allin vs. Sky & Page
  • 12m 03s: Hangman Page vs. Brian Cage
  • 10m 55s: Cody Rhodes vs. Anthony Ogogo
  • 9m 51s: Miro vs. Lance Archer

These times add up to 2h 45m 25s, which is roughly 70.1% of the show. The overall match time percentage for all 11 AEW PPVs is now 62.8%. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all 117 WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

Several matches included brawls before the bell rang to officially start the match. This happened with the Young Bucks, Sting, and Stadium Stampede. None of the action that occurred before the bell is counted as part of the 70.1% total match time.

This is the first time an AEW event has reached 70% overall match time, with the previous high mark of 66.5% coming at Full Gear 2019. The only three WWE events that have reached 70% (going back to the start of 2013) are Royal Rumble 2018, Royal Rumble 2019, and Royal Rumble 2020, which each included two Royal Rumble matches.

The main card of Double or Nothing 2021 included nine matches, which is only the second time an AEW PPV has featured that many matches. In the Cageside offices we noticed that AEW was zipping from the end of one match right into the entrances for the next one, and the numbers appear to bear that out. AEW took things close to the edge of the four hour window of time; this was the longest overall runtime of any AEW PPV.

Here are the approximate survival times for all 21 participants in the Casino Battle Royale, which had a median survival time of 2m 35s:

  • 23m 29s: Christian Cage
  • 14m 57s: Will Hobbs
  • 13m 58s: Matt Hardy
  • 13m 02s: Isiah Kassidy
  • 12m 02s: Jungle Boy
  • 7m 37s: Marc Quen
  • 6m 23s: Dustin Rhodes
  • 6m 02s: Penta El Zero Miedo
  • 5m 32s: Brian Pillman Jr.
  • 2m 37s: Max Caster
  • 2m 35s: Griff Garrison
  • 1m 50s: Preston Vance
  • 1m 42s: Lio Rush
  • 1m 36s: Nick Comoroto
  • 1m 34s: Colt Cabana
  • 1m 33s: Matt Sydal
  • 1m 26s: Anthony Bowens
  • 1m 22s: Evil Uno
  • 0m 58s: Aaron Solow
  • 0m 26s: Lee Johnson
  • 0m 24s: Serpentico

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

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