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WWE Roadblock: End of the Line match times stats breakdown

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WWE's Roadblock: End of the Line lasted for 2 hours 56 minutes and 8 seconds (2h 56m 08s). 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.

PPV Timing for Roadblock: End of the Line

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 22s Then, Now, Forever 0m 22s
0m 22s 2m 42s Video hyping Roadblock 2m 20s
2m 42s 3m 27s Opening pyro 0m 45s
3m 27s 9m 15s Pre-match for New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus 5m 48s
9m 15s 19m 15s New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus 10m 00s
19m 15s 22m 54s Post-match for New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus 3m 39s
22m 54s 25m 53s Backstage with Owens and Jericho 2m 59s
25m 53s 26m 38s Commercial for Royal Rumble 2017 0m 45s
26m 38s 29m 57s Pre-match for Zayn vs. Strowman 3m 19s
29m 57s 39m 58s Zayn vs. Strowman 10m 01s
39m 58s 41m 47s Post-match for Zayn vs. Strowman 1m 49s
41m 47s 43m 55s Hype for UK Championship Tournament 2m 08s
43m 55s 50m 02s Pre-match for Rollins vs. Jericho 6m 07s
50m 02s 1h 07m 07s Rollins vs. Jericho 17m 05s
1h 07m 07s 1h 08m 33s Post-match for Rollins vs. Jericho 1m 26s
1h 08m 33s 1h 10m 22s Commercial for WWE Network 1m 49s
1h 10m 22s 1h 11m 47s Hype for Big Cass vs. Rusev rematch on Raw 1m 25s
1h 11m 47s 1h 15m 33s Pre-match for Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick 3m 46s
1h 15m 33s 1h 21m 33s Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick 6m 00s
1h 21m 33s 1h 24m 49s Post-match for Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick 3m 16s
1h 24m 49s 1h 25m 20s Ad for WWE Crash Cage Playset 0m 31s
1h 25m 20s 1h 25m 52s Commercial for Tapout 0m 32s
1h 25m 52s 1h 28m 37s Backstage with Owens 2m 45s
1h 28m 37s 1h 28m 52s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 15s
1h 28m 52s 1h 36m 55s Pre-match for Sasha vs. Charlotte 8m 03s
1h 36m 55s 2h 06m 56s Sasha vs. Charlotte Part 1 30m 01s
2h 06m 56s 2h 08m 36s Post-match for Sasha vs. Charlotte Part 1 1m 40s
2h 08m 36s 2h 11m 32s Sasha vs. Charlotte Part 2 2m 56s
2h 11m 32s 2h 15m 27s Post-match for Sasha vs. Charlotte Part 2 3m 55s
2h 15m 27s 2h 15m 50s Commercial for WWE Supercard 0m 23s
2h 15m 50s 2h 16m 24s Commercial for Royal Rumble 2017 0m 34s
2h 16m 24s 2h 16m 50s Pittsburgh Steelers in audience 0m 26s
2h 16m 50s 2h 17m 31s Hype for Royal Rumble 2017 and Raw Talk 0m 41s
2h 17m 31s 2h 26m 01s Pre-match for Owens vs. Reigns 8m 30s
2h 26m 01s 2h 49m 24s Owens vs. Reigns 23m 23s
2h 49m 24s 2h 56m 08s Post-match for Owens vs. Reigns 6m 44s

Match Times

The 6 matches combined for a total time of 1h 39m 26s. This means that 56.5% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 19th highest percentage in this category out of the 52 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013. Out of the 42 three-hour events in my data set, the total match time of 1h 39m 26s ranks 10th highest.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Roadblock: End of the Line. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 370 matches in my data set.

  • 32m 57s: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (9th longest out of 370 matches)
  • 23m 23s: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (40th)
  • 17m 05s: Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho (102nd)
  • 10m 01s: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman (228th)
  • 10m 00s: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (229th)
  • 6m 00s: Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick (330th)

I have Zayn’s match timed at 10m 01s and the first part of Charlotte’s match timed at 30m 01s; there’s always a margin of error of 2 or 3 seconds to keep in mind for all timing boundaries. I also had Goldberg’s squash of Lesnar at Survivor Series 2016 clocked at 1m 27s, whereas WWE’s official time was 1m 26s.

I usually assume that timing discrepancies come at the end of the match, as I wait for the bell to ring before stopping the clock (rather than stopping it at the referee’s third touch of the mat). But in the case of Zayn and Charlotte’s match, my best guess is that the one second difference occurred in the beginning of the match. I start the clock as soon as I hear a bell ring, but perhaps WWE waited for the opening bell to stop ringing before starting their clock for those two matches.

Either way it is just a one second difference and it’s not a big deal. It’s just part of the margin of error that will always be present.

The 32m 57s time for Sasha’s match does not include the time after the initial 30-minute clock expired, when the referee was trying to communicate to the ring announcer about how the match would proceed before checking to see if Sasha was ready to continue. This portion of time lasted 1m 40s, and I counted it as a post-match segment.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 35m 33s, which is 20.2% of the show. This is the 41st highest percentage in this category out of the 52 events in my data set. Out of the 42 three-hour events in my data set, the total pre-match segment time of 35m 33s ranks 29th highest.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 6 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 19s and the average time is 5m 55s.

  • 8m 30s: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
  • 8m 03s: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 6m 07s: Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
  • 5m 48s: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 3m 46s: Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick
  • 3m 19s: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman

Three matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Jericho's match (2m 23s), Sasha's match (3m 30s), and Roman's match (3m 06s), combined to take up 8m 59s of the pre-match segment time.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 22m 29s, which is 12.8% of the show. This is the 6th highest percentage in this category out of the 52 events in my data set. Out of the 42 three-hour events in my data set, the total post-match segment time of 22m 29s ranks 5th highest.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 6 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 00s and the average time is 2m 27s.

  • 6m 44s: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
  • 5m 35s: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 3m 39s: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 3m 16s: Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick
  • 1m 49s: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
  • 1m 26s: Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

The post-match segments on this card loomed larger than normal. Two of the matches featured dramatic title changes (Sasha, New Day), Swann’s post-match segment included the heel turn of Neville, and Roman’s post-match segment included Rollins and Reigns laying an extended beatdown on Jeri-KO.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 10.6% (18m 40s) of the show for everything else. This is the 38th highest percentage in this category out of the 52 events in my data set. Out of the 42 three-hour events in my data set, the total miscellaneous segment time of 18m 40s ranks 27th highest.

Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. Roadblock: End of the Line included 6 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 27s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video and pyro)
  • Block 2: 3m 44s (Backstage with Owens/Jericho; Ad for Royal Rumble 2017)
  • Block 3: 2m 08s (Hype for United Kingdom Championship Tournament)
  • Block 4: 3m 14s (Ad for WWE Network; Hype for Big Cass vs. Rusev rematch on Raw)
  • Block 5: 4m 03s (Ads for Tapout and WWE toys; Backstage with Owens)
  • Block 6: 2m 04s (Ads for Royal Rumble 2017 and WWE Supercard; Steelers in crowd)

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 370 entries in my data set.

  • 46m 35s: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (12th longest out of 370 entries)
  • 38m 37s: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns (24th)
  • 24m 38s: Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho (129th)
  • 19m 27s: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (187th)
  • 15m 09s: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman (253rd)
  • 13m 02s: Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick (287th)

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 62.9%.

(Here's an example calculation: an entry with a match time of 6m 00s, pre-match time of 3m 00s, and a post-match time of 1m 00s has a score of 60.0%, because the match time of 6m 00s is 60% of the total sum of 10m 00s for all three components.)

  • 70.7%: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 69.4%: Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
  • 66.1%: Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman
  • 60.6%: Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns
  • 51.4%: New Day vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 46.0%: Swann vs. Perkins vs. Kendrick

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Roadblock: End of the Line spent a ton of time on the two main events while also putting extra emphasis on longer post-match segments than is expected on PPV. This was the first Raw-exclusive PPV of the new era that fell short of 3 hours in length. It was also the third consecutive WWE PPV with only 6 matches on the main card. 6 of the last 7 PPVs have also reached 56.0% match time, with Hell in a Cell 2016 being the only exception.

Final Results for Roadblock: End of the Line

Match - 56.5% - 1h 39m 26s

Pre-match - 20.2% - 35m 33s

Post-match - 12.8% - 22m 29s

Miscellaneous - 10.6% - 18m 40s