WWE's Extreme Rules 2016 lasted for 2 hours 53 minutes and 14 seconds (2h 53m 14s). 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 00s||0m 21s||Then, Now, Forever||0m 21s|
|0m 21s||2m 31s||Video hyping Extreme Rules 2016||2m 10s|
|2m 31s||3m 20s||Opening pyro; Cole welcomes you||0m 49s|
|3m 20s||5m 39s||Pre-match for Usos vs The Club||2m 19s|
|5m 39s||14m 13s||Usos vs The Club||8m 34s|
|14m 13s||16m 20s||Post-match for Usos vs The Club||2m 07s|
|16m 20s||17m 34s||Hype for Camp WWE||1m 14s|
|17m 34s||21m 51s||Pre-match for Kalisto vs Rusev||4m 17s|
|21m 51s||31m 23s||Kalisto vs Rusev||9m 32s|
|31m 23s||33m 58s||Post-match for Kalisto vs Rusev||2m 35s|
|33m 58s||35m 13s||Hype for Foley's podcast with Shane||1m 15s|
|35m 13s||36m 06s||Hype for TMNT movie||0m 53s|
|36m 06s||42m 42s||Pre-match for New Day vs Vaudevillains||6m 36s|
|42m 42s||48m 54s||New Day vs Vaudevillains||6m 12s|
|48m 54s||49m 44s||Post-match for New Day vs Vaudevillains||0m 50s|
|49m 44s||50m 30s||Backstage AJ Styles interview||0m 46s|
|50m 30s||51m 18s||Commercial for WWE Shop||0m 48s|
|51m 18s||51m 58s||Commercial for Money in the Bank 2016||0m 40s|
|51m 58s||52m 25s||Filler commentary||0m 27s|
|52m 25s||58m 39s||Pre-match for Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn||6m 14s|
|58m 39s||1h 16m 58s||Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn||18m 19s|
|1h 16m 58s||1h 19m 06s||Post-match for Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn||2m 08s|
|1h 19m 06s||1h 20m 32s||Kickoff panel discussion||1m 26s|
|1h 20m 32s||1h 22m 08s||Video recap of the pre-show||1m 36s|
|1h 22m 08s||1h 22m 26s||Filler commentary||0m 18s|
|1h 22m 26s||1h 29m 50s||Pre-match for Ambrose vs Jericho||7m 24s|
|1h 29m 50s||1h 56m 11s||Ambrose vs Jericho||26m 21s|
|1h 56m 11s||1h 58m 28s||Post-match for Ambrose vs Jericho||2m 17s|
|1h 58m 28s||2h 00m 03s||Hype for upcoming content on WWE Network||1m 35s|
|2h 00m 03s||2h 00m 17s||Foley family is sitting ringside||0m 14s|
|2h 00m 17s||2h 00m 36s||Hype for Cruiserweight Classic||0m 19s|
|2h 00m 36s||2h 07m 24s||Pre-match for Charlotte vs Natalya||6m 48s|
|2h 07m 24s||2h 16m 56s||Charlotte vs Natalya||9m 32s|
|2h 16m 56s||2h 18m 38s||Post-match for Charlotte vs Natalya||1m 42s|
|2h 18m 38s||2h 19m 21s||Commercial for Camp WWE||0m 43s|
|2h 19m 21s||2h 28m 20s||Pre-match for Reigns vs Styles||8m 59s|
|2h 28m 20s||2h 50m 32s||Reigns vs Styles||22m 12s|
|2h 50m 32s||2h 53m 14s||Post-match for Reigns vs Styles||2m 42s|
The 7 matches combined for a total time of 1h 40m 42s. This means that 58.1% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 9th highest percentage in this category out of the 42 WWE events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013. Out of the 37 three-hour events in my data set, the total match time of 1h 40m 42s ranks 6th highest.
Here is the sorted list of match times for Extreme Rules 2016. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 298 matches in my data set.
- 26m 21s: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho (17th longest out of 298 matches)
- 22m 12s: Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles (40th)
- 18m 19s: Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn (70th)
- 9m 32s: Charlotte vs Natalya (193rd)
- 9m 32s: Kalisto vs Rusev (194th)
- 8m 34s: Usos vs The Club (211th)
- 6m 12s: New Day vs Vaudevillains (262nd)
Extreme Rules 2016 included 3 different matches that each surpassed 18 minutes in length. Only 6 previous events in my data set share this characteristic: WrestleMania 29, Royal Rumble 2014, WrestleMania 30, Extreme Rules 2014, Elimination Chamber 2015, and Money in the Bank 2015.
The match times for the remaining matches on Extreme Rules 2016 all suffered as a result of the top 3 matches taking up 1h 06m 52s. The 4th longest match of the night clocked in at just 9m 32s; this is the 7th shortest "4th longest match of the night" out of all 42 events in my data set. Here is the listing of the 10 shortest such matches:
- 2m 02s: Brock Lesnar vs Big Show (Royal Rumble 2014)
- 7m 35s: Rybaxel vs Goldust and Stardust (Money in the Bank 2014)
- 7m 49s: Kane vs Bray Wyatt (SummerSlam 2013)
- 8m 04s: Bella Twins vs Paige and Natalya (Royal Rumble 2015)
- 8m 35s: New Age Outlaws vs The Usos (Elimination Chamber 2014)
- 9m 25s: Team Hell No vs Team Rhodes Scholars (Royal Rumble 2013)
- 9m 31s: Wade Barrett vs Rob Van Dam (Payback 2014)
- 9m 32s: Charlotte vs Natalya (Extreme Rules 2016)
- 9m 33s: The Usos vs Cesaro and Kidd (Fastlane 2015)
- 10m 20s: The Usos vs Goldust and Stardust (Hell in a Cell 2014)
Charlotte's match at Extreme Rules 2016 was the shortest women's match on PPV since Elimination Chamber 2015, which took place at the end of May 2015.
The time for Charlotte's match was likely cut because the Asylum match broke 26 minutes in length. That match between Ambrose and Jericho became the 7th longest one-on-one match in my data set. Here are the top 10 matches on that list:
- 35m 40s: Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (Money in the Bank 2015)
- 30m 05s: Undertaker vs Shane McMahon (WrestleMania 32)
- 28m 01s: John Cena vs Rusev (Payback 2015)
- 27m 10s: Triple H vs Roman Reigns (WrestleMania 32)
- 27m 04s: Dean Ambrose vs Bray Wyatt (TLC 2014)
- 26m 55s: John Cena vs Daniel Bryan (SummerSlam 2013)
- 26m 21s: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho (Extreme Rules 2016)
- 25m 59s: Triple H vs Daniel Bryan (WrestleMania 30)
- 25m 53s: John Cena vs Randy Orton (Hell in a Cell 2014)
- 25m 17s: Brock Lesnar vs CM Punk (SummerSlam 2013)
Extreme Rules 2016 featured the third longest Intercontinental Championship match in my data set out of 27 such matches.
It also featured the second shortest tag team championship match out of 27 such matches. The only shorter one is New Day's loss to the Prime Time Players at Money in the Bank 2015, which clocked in at 5m 49s.
WWE actually crammed three full matches into the first 50m 00s of the card, and the 4th match of the night was already underway as the first hour ended.
TLC 2013 is the night where CM Punk and AJ Lee needed to get their matches out of the way quickly because they had plans to attend a wedding.
In the case of Payback 2014, the first hour actually included 4 full matches; the 5th match of the night was actually underway as the first hour came to a close.
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 42m 37s, which is 24.6% of the show. This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 42 events in my data set. Out of the 37 three-hour events in my data set, the total pre-match segment time of 42m 37s ranks 8th 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 5m 04s and the average time is 5m 48s.
- 8m 59s: Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles
- 7m 24s: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho
- 6m 48s: Charlotte vs Natalya
- 6m 36s: New Day vs Vaudevillains
- 6m 14s: Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn
- 4m 17s: Kalisto vs Rusev
- 2m 19s: Usos vs The Club
Four matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Zayn's match (1m 43s), Jericho's match (2m 51s), Natalya's match (2m 51s), and Roman's match (3m 50s) combined to take up 11m 15s of the pre-match segment time.
5 of the 7 pre-match segments at Extreme Rules 2016 lasted longer than the average pre-match segment time in my data set.
The Usos and The Club brawled before the opening bell of their match for about 0m 10s. This was not included as part of their match time.
The entrance for the Usos included a 0m 35s intro of three different ringside commentary teams.
The pre-match segment for Kalisto's match included a 0m 47s Raw recap video of Rusev's vicious attack on Kalisto.
Rusev's entrance included a 0m 48s introduction of the remaining commentary teams in the venue.
New Day's entrance included a 1m 00s Raw recap video of their time machine segment. Their pre-match promo then lasted nearly 2m 38s.
The entrance for Kevin Owens included a 0m 14s plug for Hulu.
Scary entrance music for the Asylum cage lasted about 0m 55s.
There was a 0m 10s plug for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows during Natalya's entrance.
A 0m 16s plug for Money in the Bank 2016 was shown while AJ Styles was on his way to the ring.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 14m 21s, which is 8.3% of the show. This is the 32nd highest percentage in this category out of the 42 events in my data set. Out of the 37 three-hour events in my data set, the total post-match segment time of 14m 21s ranks 27th 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 32s.
- 2m 42s: Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles
- 2m 35s: Rusev vs Kalisto
- 2m 17s: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho
- 2m 08s: Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn
- 2m 07s: Usos vs The Club
- 1m 42s: Charlotte vs Natalya
- 0m 50s: New Day vs Vaudevillains
The post-match segment for New Day's match did not include any replays of the action from the match. It is tied for the 13th shortest post-match segment in my data set out of 298 total post-match segments.
Extreme Rules 2016 did not include any post-match segment that lasted 3 minutes or longer. There are only 4 prior events in my data set that share this characteristic: Elimination Chamber 2013, Elimination Chamber 2014, Extreme Rules 2014, and WrestleMania 31.
That leaves about 9.0% (15m 34s) of the show for everything else. This is the 39th highest percentage in this category out of the 42 events in my data set. Out of the 37 three-hour events in my data set, the total miscellaneous segment time of 15m 34s ranks 34th 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. Extreme Rules 2016 included 7 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 3m 20s (Then Now Forever; opening hype video and pyro)
- Block 2: 1m 14s (Hype for Camp WWE)
- Block 3: 2m 08s (Hype for Shane podcast; Hype for TMNT movie)
- Block 4: 2m 41s (Backstage with Styles; Hype for MITB 2016 and WWE Shop)
- Block 5: 3m 20s (Kickoff panel; Pre-show recap videos)
- Block 6: 2m 08s (Hype for upcoming content on WWE Network)
- Block 7: 0m 43s (Commercial for Camp WWE)
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 298 entries in my data set.
- 36m 02s: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho (33rd longest out of 298 entries)
- 33m 53s: Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles (48th)
- 26m 41s: Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn (88th)
- 18m 02s: Charlotte vs Natalya (162nd)
- 16m 24s: Kalisto vs Rusev (189th)
- 13m 38s: New Day vs Vaudevillains (221st)
- 13m 00s: Usos vs The Club (228th)
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.)
- 73.1%: Dean Ambrose vs Chris Jericho
- 68.6%: Miz vs Cesaro vs Owens vs Zayn
- 65.9%: Usos vs The Club
- 65.5%: Roman Reigns vs AJ Styles
- 58.1%: Kalisto vs Rusev
- 52.9%: Charlotte vs Natalya
- 45.5%: New Day vs Vaudevillains
The pre-match segment for New Day's match was longer than the actual match time, which has happened only 16 times out of 298 matches in my data set. The fact that the post-match segment was so short actually saved their Match Time Percentage of 45.5% from dropping even lower.
Extreme Rules 2016 was essentially built around three big matches, and the rest of the card was largely an afterthought. The overall match time for the show was pretty high while the miscellaneous time was kept low. The biggest timing issue on this card was the sheer length of the Asylum match, which many critics seem to agree went on far too long.
Final Results for Extreme Rules 2016
Match - 58.1% - 1h 40m 42s
Pre-match - 24.6% - 42m 37s
Post-match - 8.3% - 14m 21s
Miscellaneous - 9.0% - 15m 34s