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Match Times: WWE Hell In A Cell 2015 Edition

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WWE's Hell In A Cell 2015 lasted for 2 hours 52 minutes and 26 seconds (2h 52m 26s). 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.

  • 0m 20s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
  • 2m 11s: Video hyping Hell In A Cell 2015
  • 0m 59s: Opening pyro as Cole welcomes you to Hell In A Cell 2015
  • 7m 02s: Pre-match for Cena vs Del Rio
  • 7m 46s: Cena vs Del Rio
  • 2m 02s: Post-match for Cena vs Del Rio
  • 1m 56s: Backstage segment with Rollins, Kane, and The Authority
  • 8m 09s: Pre-match for Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 23m 04s: Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 2m 09s: Post-match for Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 0m 32s: Commercial for Survivor Series 2015
  • 0m 26s: Commercial for The Condemned 2 starring Randy Orton
  • 0m 16s: Cole talks about Los Angeles
  • 0m 27s: Celebrity sightings in the audience
  • 6m 30s: Pre-match for New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 8m 25s: New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 1m 13s: Post-match for New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 1m 16s: Commercial and commentator hype for WWE 2K16
  • 5m 24s: Pre-match for Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 10m 39s: Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 1m 50s: Post-match for Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 0m 31s: Commercial for Survivor Series 2015
  • 0m 51s: Backstage segment with Reigns and Ambrose
  • 0m 43s: Celebrity sightings in the audience
  • 0m 17s: Plug for PPV theme song
  • 7m 23s: Pre-match for Rollins vs Kane
  • 14m 37s: Rollins vs Kane
  • 0m 53s: Post-match for Rollins vs Kane
  • 1m 27s: Commercial for Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • 1m 14s: Expert panel with Renee, Booker T, Graves, and Saxton
  • 0m 48s: Video recap of pre-show win for Ziggler, Cesaro, and Neville
  • 2m 34s: Pre-match for Owens vs Ryback
  • 5m 34s: Owens vs Ryback
  • 0m 43s: Post-match for Owens vs Ryback
  • 1m 13s: Commercial and commentator hype for Breaking Ground
  • 1m 30s: Recap of Del Rio's return and victory over Cena
  • 11m 23s: Pre-match for Lesnar vs Undertaker
  • 18m 08s: Lesnar vs Undertaker
  • 10m 01s: Post-match for Lesnar vs Undertaker

Match Times

The 7 matches combined for a total time of 1h 28m 13s. This means that 51.2% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action.  This is the 28th highest percentage in this category out of the 35 WWE events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.  Out of the 31 three-hour events in my data set, the total match time of 1h 28m 13s also ranks 28th highest.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Hell In A Cell 2015.  This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 249 matches in my data set.

  • 23m 04s: Reigns vs Wyatt (29th longest out of 249 matches)
  • 18m 08s: Lesnar vs Undertaker (62nd)
  • 14m 37s: Rollins vs Kane (88th)
  • 10m 39s: Charlotte vs Nikki (141st)
  • 8m 25s: New Day vs Dudley Boyz (170th)
  • 7m 46s: Cena vs Del Rio (187th)
  • 5m 34s: Owens vs Ryback (224th)

John Cena has wrestled in 33 out of the 249 matches in my data set.  His match time with Del Rio (7m 46s) ranks as the shortest match out of those 33 matches, and it's not close.  The second shortest Cena match in that time is Cena versus Rusev at Extreme Rules 2015, which lasted 13m 36s.  Prior to this match, it seemed like a given than any John Cena PPV match would get at least 13 minutes.

You have to go back to Cena's tag team championship win at Bragging Rights 2010 and his win over The Miz at The Bash 2009 to find Cena PPV matches that went shorter than 7 minutes.

This was also the only time since 2013 that John Cena wrestled in the first match on the main card of a PPV.  The only opening match of a PPV in my data set that was shorter than this one is New Age Outlaws versus The Ascension.

Hell In A Cell 2015 marked the 4th straight PPV event where the divas match has received at least 10 minutes of match time.

3 out of Ryback's last 4 PPV matches involving the Intercontinental Championship have lasted less than 6 minutes.

Roman Reigns has wrestled in ten matches on PPV in 2015.  Seven of those matches lasted at least 19 minutes, and only one of those matches lasted under 13 minutes.

There are 31 matches in my data set that include a defense of the WWE Championship or the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.  The match time for Rollins versus Kane (14m 37s) ranks as the 5th shortest of these 31 matches.  Here are the 10 shortest matches from that group:

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 48m 25s, which is 28.1% of the show.  This is the highest percentage in this category out of the 35 events in my data set.  Out of the 31 three-hour events in my data set, the total pre-match segment time of 48m 25s ranks 2nd highest.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 7 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 4m 51s and the average time is 5m 41s.

  • 11m 23s: Lesnar vs Undertaker
  • 8m 09s: Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 7m 23s: Rollins vs Kane
  • 7m 02s: Cena vs Del Rio
  • 6m 30s: New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 5m 24s: Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 2m 34s: Owens vs Ryback

Hell In A Cell 2015 included 15 separate pre-match superstar entrances.  These 15 entrances took up a total time of 23m 20s.  Here is the sorted list of these 15 entrance times:

  • 4m 05s: Undertaker
  • 2m 24s: Roman Reigns (with a 0m 11s look at Roman's twitter)
  • 2m 04s: Bray Wyatt
  • 2m 04s: Brock Lesnar with Paul Heyman (with a 0m 11s plug for WWE 2K16)
  • 1m 49s: Dudley Boyz
  • 1m 39s: John Cena (with a 0m 08s look at celebrities in the audience)
  • 1m 28s: Kevin Owens (with a 0m 24s video recap of his feud with Ryback)
  • 1m 25s: Seth Rollins (with a 0m 19s plug for Survivor Series 2015)
  • 1m 17s: Charlotte (with a 0m 09s look at Charlotte's twitter)
  • 1m 11s: Alberto Del Rio
  • 1m 03s: Ryback (with a 0m 16s plug for Hulu)
  • 0m 55s: Kane
  • 0m 50s: Nikki Bella (with a 0m 21s plug for Susan G. Komen Foundation)
  • 0m 44s: New Day
  • 0m 22s: Zeb Colter

Hell In A Cell 2015 also included one other entrance outside of these 15 pre-match entrances.  When you add on the entrance time for the Wyatt Family (1m 02s) after the main event ended, it results in a total entrance time for the show of 24m 22s.

In addition to 15 entrances, the pre-match segments also featured 4 extended video packages.  The video packages for Reigns versus Wyatt (2m 17s), Charlotte versus Nikki (2m 34s), Rollins versus Kane (3m 39s), and Lesnar versus Undertaker (3m 21s) add up to 11m 51s.

So when you combine the 15 pre-match entrances (23m 20s) and the 4 dedicated video packages (11m 51s), that accounts for 35m 11s of the overall pre-match segment time on the show.

Cena's pre-match promo lasted 0m 46s, and Colter's pre-match promo lasted 1m 09s.

Coverage of Xavier's injury (including a Raw Recap video) lasted 1m 01s, and this happened right before New Day made their entrance.  New Day's pre-match promo lasted 2m 41s.

WWE didn't spend any pre-match time on a formal introduction of the commentary teams.  Instead they quickly showed Cole's announce team on camera right after a "celebrity sightings" segment and just had a graphic with their names underneath.  This happened towards the end of the first hour.

There were several lengthy entrances on this card, with 5 separate entrances lasting at least 1m 45s.  Sometimes entrances can be extended if there is a Raw recap video thrown in there to summarize the feud, but that wasn't the case for any of these 5 really long entrances on this card.  Roman Reigns and The Dudley Boyz stand out in particular for not really doing anything of note to warrant the long entrance.  It's nothing like WrestleMania 31 levels of excessive entrance times, but excluding that one there is no other PPV in 2015 with as many entrances of 1m 45s or longer.  The only one that even comes close is Fastlane 2015.

5 out of the 7 pre-match segments at Hell In A Cell 2015 were longer than the average pre-match segment time in my data set, and 6 of the 7 segments were longer than the median pre-match segment time in my data set.  In addition to really long entrances, this card also featured 4 extended video packages to hype up the matches, whereas the typical PPV only includes 2 or 3 such video packages.  There were also 3 separate promos that took place during pre-match segments.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 18m 51s, which is 10.9% of the show.  This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 35 events in my data set.  Out of the 31 three-hour events in my data set, the total post-match segment time of 18m 51s ranks 11th highest.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 7 matches.  For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 01s and the average time is 2m 29s.

  • 10m 01s: Lesnar vs Undertaker
  • 2m 09s: Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 2m 02s: Cena vs Del Rio
  • 1m 50s: Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 1m 13s: New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 0m 53s: Rollins vs Kane
  • 0m 43s: Owens vs Ryback

The post-match segment time for Undertaker's match (10m 01s) lasted longer than the combined post-match segment time for all of the other matches (8m 50s).  Their post-match segment was so long that it actually eclipsed the bell-to-bell match time for 3 of the 7 matches.

That post-match segment is now the longest one in my data set out of 249 total entries, beating out the post-match segment time of 9m 37s for Undertaker versus Lesnar at WrestleMania 30.

No post-match replays were shown for Rollins versus Kane or Owens versus Ryback.

The post-match segment for Charlotte's match was the 6th longest post-match segment out of all 37 divas matches in my data set.  The match that tops that list is Kaitlyn versus AJ from Payback 2013.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 9.8% (16m 57s) of the show for everything else.  This is the 29th highest percentage in this category out of the 35 events in my data set.  Out of the 31 three-hour events in my data set, the total miscellaneous segment time of 16m 57s ranks 25th highest.

WWE spent 1m 10s of this time showing celebrities in the audience.

This also includes 1m 30s in the final hour of the show that was spent showing a replay of Del Rio's win over Cena.

There were commercials for Breaking Ground, Survivor Series 2015, The Condemned 2, WWE 2K16, and the Komen Foundation.  These commercials (and related commentator hype) combined for a total time of 5m 25s.

The two backstage segments that aired during the show (featuring Rollins, Kane, The Authority, Reigns, and Ambrose) combined to last 2m 47s.

The expert panel discussion segment and recap of the pre-show match combined to take up 2m 02s of the show.

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 249 entries in my data set.

  • 39m 32s: Lesnar vs Undertaker (14th longest out of 249 entries)
  • 33m 22s: Reigns vs Wyatt (45th)
  • 22m 53s: Rollins vs Kane (92nd)
  • 17m 53s: Charlotte vs Nikki (133rd)
  • 16m 50s: Cena vs Del Rio (147th)
  • 16m 08s: New Day vs Dudley Boyz (157th)
  • 8m 51s: Owens vs Ryback (237th)

Owens versus Ryback was a complete throwaway match, as the combined time for the match as well as its pre and post-match segments didn't even take up 9 minutes of the total show time.

There are only 12 entries out of 249 matches in my data set that took up less total show time than this one, and 6 of those 12 entries were divas matches, while one was a quick Money In The Bank cash-in match.  The remaining 5 matches that took up less total show time include Slater Gator versus Adam Rose and The Bunny, Adam Rose versus Paul Revere, Bo Dallas versus Kofi Kingston, Rusev versus Swagger, and The Shield versus New Age Outlaws and Kane.

On the other side of the spectrum is Undertaker versus Lesnar, whose total show time of 39m32s is the 14th longest time in my data set.  The only two matches so far in 2015 that took up more total show time are the Royal Rumble match and Ambrose versus Rollins.

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 63%.

  • 69.1%: Reigns vs Wyatt
  • 63.9%: Rollins vs Kane
  • 62.9%: Owens vs Ryback
  • 59.6%: Charlotte vs Nikki
  • 52.2%: New Day vs Dudley Boyz
  • 46.1%: Cena vs Del Rio
  • 45.9%: Lesnar vs Undertaker

The lengthy pre-match segments on this show and meager match times are largely responsible for dragging many of these percentages below the 63% median line.

Hell In A Cell 2015 included as much pre-match segment time as you'll find on a 3-hour WWE PPV, as well as the longest post-match segment in my data set.  Those factors taken together meant that there was less time available for bell-to-bell matches, and the card failed to deliver 90 minutes of match time.  It seems like WWE was banking on the two HIAC matches delivering worthwhile content, and the general consensus seems to be that those matches were indeed entertaining enough to carry the show.

Final Results for Hell In A Cell 2015

Match - 51.2% - 1h 28m 13s

Pre-match - 28.1% - 48m 25s

Post-match - 10.9% - 18m 51s

Miscellaneous - 9.8% - 16m 57s