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How much wrestling actually happened at All Out 2021?

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Paul Wight AEW All Out 2021

AEW featured nine total matches on the main card of All Out 2021 (Sun., Sept. 5) from the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 47 minutes, and 28 seconds (3h 47m 28s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the nine matches that took place during this event:

  • 22m 03s: Young Bucks vs. Lucha Bros
  • 21m 19s: Kenny Omega vs. Christian
  • 21m 05s: Casino Battle Royale
  • 19m 45s: Chris Jericho vs. MJF
  • 16m 39s: CM Punk vs. Darby Allin
  • 13m 21s: Miro vs. Eddie Kingston
  • 11m 52s: Jon Moxley vs. Satoshi Kojima
  • 11m 34s: Britt Baker vs. Kris Statlander
  • 3m 10s: Paul Wight vs. QT Marshall

These times add up to 2h 21m 38s, which is roughly 62.3% of the show. The overall match time percentage for all 12 AEW PPVs is 62.8%. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all 120 WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.9%.

Chris Jericho’s match time is the sum of two separate parts. The first part lasted 18m 15s and concluded when the bell rang for MJF’s pin fall victory. The match was restarted shortly afterwards, and the second part lasted about 1m 30s.

As is the case with nearly all of AEW’s PPV matches, almost every match at All Out was given 10+ minutes to work with, with the exception of Paul Wight’s debut match for the promotion. Wight’s matches should understandably be kept short at this stage of his career; his match time of 3m 10s is actually longer than I would have predicted coming in to the show.

Even so, one could argue he drew the short straw on this card because his match was sandwiched in between the two potential main events - CM Punk’s return match, and Omega’s defense of the AEW world championship. There’s a rumor going around that Wight’s match was saved for that spot just in case an earlier match went long and something needed to be cut from the event.

Here are the approximate survival times for all 21 participants in the Casino Battle Royale, which had a median survival time of 5m 15s:

  • 15m 12s: Thunder Rosa
  • 14m 41s: Nyla Rose
  • 12m 31s: The Bunny
  • 9m 56s: Penelope Ford
  • 9m 33s: Anna Jay
  • 8m 37s: Jamie Hayter
  • 7m 15s: Ruby Soho
  • 6m 47s: Tay Conti
  • 5m 47s: Red Velvet
  • 5m 26s: Jade Cargill
  • 5m 15s: Hikaru Shida
  • 4m 56s: Diamante
  • 4m 29s: Emi Sakura
  • 2m 10s: Leyla Hirsch
  • 1m 26s: Kiera Hogan
  • 1m 25s: KiLynn King
  • 1m 20s: Abadon
  • 1m 14s: Skye Blue
  • 1m 10s: Big Swole
  • 1m 00s: Riho
  • 0m 56s: Rebel (not Reba)

Riho’s elimination was a bit of a mystery to me. It didn’t seem like she went over the top rope prior to being knocked off the ring apron and to the floor outside the ring. The former AEW women’s champion probably had the most disappointing night of anyone involved in this match, only lasting about one minute.

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?