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NXT TakeOver: The End... match times stats breakdown

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NXT TakeOver: The End... lasted for 1 hour 58 minutes and 27 seconds (1h 58m 27s). 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.

Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 20s WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening 0m 20s
0m 20s 2m 35s Video hyping NXT TakeOver:The End...
2m 15s
2m 35s 3m 10s Welcome to NXT TakeOver:The End...
0m 35s
3m 10s 5m 46s Pre-match for Almas vs Dillinger 2m 36s
5m 46s 11m 07s Almas vs Dillinger 5m 21s
11m 07s 12m 25s Post-match for Almas vs Dillinger 1m 18s
12m 25s 12m 53s Plug for Triple H on Facebook Live 0m 28s
12m 53s 13m 04s Backstage with Nia Jax 0m 11s
13m 04s 17m 40s Pre-match for American Alpha vs Revival 4m 36s
17m 40s 33m 32s American Alpha vs Revival 15m 52s
33m 32s 38m 10s Post-match for American Alpha vs Revival 4m 38s
38m 10s 38m 41s Commercial for Warcraft 0m 31s
38m 41s 39m 02s Plug for official theme song 0m 21s
39m 02s 39m 24s Backstage with Asuka and Bayley 0m 22s
39m 24s 39m 48s Filler commentary; plug for Warcraft 0m 24s
39m 48s 46m 10s Pre-match for Aries vs Nakamura 6m 22s
46m 10s 1h 03m 16s Aries vs Nakamura 17m 06s
1h 03m 16s 1h 05m 44s Post-match for Aries vs Nakamura 2m 28s
1h 05m 44s 1h 05m 59s Samoa Joe arriving at the building 0m 15s
1h 05m 59s 1h 13m 18s Pre-match for Asuka vs Jax 7m 19s
1h 13m 18s 1h 22m 29s Asuka vs Jax 9m 11s
1h 22m 29s 1h 23m 54s Post-match for Asuka vs Jax 1m 25s
1h 23m 54s 1h 24m 58s Ad for Breaking Ground: Reloaded 1m 04s
1h 24m 58s 1h 25m 18s Plug for official theme song 0m 20s
1h 25m 18s 1h 25m 32s Plug for Triple H on Facebook Live 0m 14s
1h 25m 32s 1h 26m 38s Backstage with Regal and Roode 1m 06s
1h 26m 38s 1h 37m 11s Pre-match for Joe vs Balor 10m 33s
1h 37m 11s 1h 53m 21s Joe vs Balor 16m 10s
1h 53m 21s 1h 58m 27s Post-match for Joe vs Balor 5m 06s

Match Times

The 5 matches combined for a total time of 1h 03m 40s. This means that 53.7% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action.

Here is the sorted list of match times for NXT TakeOver: The End...:

  • 17m 06s: Austin Aries vs Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 16m 10s: Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
  • 15m 52s: American Alpha vs The Revival
  • 9m 11s: Asuka vs Nia Jax
  • 5m 21s: Andrade Almas vs Tye Dillinger

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 31m 26s, which is 26.5% of the show.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 5 matches:

  • 10m 33s: Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
  • 7m 19s: Asuka vs Nia Jax
  • 6m 22s: Austin Aries vs Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 4m 36s: American Alpha vs The Revival
  • 2m 36s: Andrade Almas vs Tye Dillinger

The pre-match segment for Dillinger's match was the only one that lacked a dedicated video package to hype up the match.

The dedicated video packages for American Alpha's match (2m 00s), Nakamura's match (2m 27s), Asuka's match (3m 14s), and Balor's match (2m 33s) combined to take up 10m 14s of the overall pre-match segment time for this event.

For those who are curious, Balor's entrance lasted roughly 3m 10s; Nakamura's entrance lasted 1m 55s.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 14m 55s, which is 12.6% of the show.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 5 matches:

  • 5m 06s: Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
  • 4m 38s: American Alpha vs The Revival
  • 2m 28s: Austin Aries vs Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 1m 25s: Asuka vs Nia Jax
  • 1m 18s: Andrade Almas vs Tye Dillinger

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 7.1% (8m 26s) of the show for everything else.

Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. NXT TakeOver: The End... included 5 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 10s (Opening hype video; welcome to NXT TakeOver: The End...)
  • Block 2: 0m 39s (Plug for Triple H on Facebook Live; Nia Jax backstage)
  • Block 3: 1m 38s (Hype for Warcraft; Asuka and Bayley backstage)
  • Block 4: 0m 15s (Samoa Joe arriving at the building)
  • Block 5: 2m 44s (Ad for Breaking Ground: Reloaded; Regal and Roode backstage)

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:

  • 31m 49s: Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor
  • 25m 56s: Austin Aries vs Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 25m 06s: American Alpha vs The Revival
  • 17m 55s: Asuka vs Nia Jax
  • 9m 15s: Andrade Almas vs Tye Dillinger

One thing that sticks out to me here is that the pre-match segment for Joe's match (10m 33s) lasted longer than the sum of all three components for Dillinger's match (9m 15s).

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.

(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.)

  • 65.9%: Austin Aries vs Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 63.2%: American Alpha vs The Revival
  • 57.8%: Andrade Almas vs Tye Dillinger
  • 51.3%: Asuka vs Nia Jax
  • 50.8%: Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor

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I have collected timing data on 42 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events over the last 3+ years; the timing component percentages for those shows collectively are: 22.7% pre-match segment time, 53.9% match time, 9.9% post-match segment time, and 13.5% miscellaneous segment time.

I don’t have much timing data yet on past NXT events so for now all I can really say is that NXT TakeOver: The End... seems to fit right in line with the overall match time of the typical WWE PPV.

However, just like NXT TakeOver: Dallas, the pre-match segment percentage for this event was very high; only 5 of the 42 WWE PPVs in my data set scored higher than 26.5%.

Only 1 of the 42 WWE PPVs in my data set scored lower than this event’s 7.1% in the miscellaneous segment category. NXT TakeOver: Dallas also scored on the extreme low end in this category, and it is certainly tempting to see a pattern here even with a dangerously small sample size of two.

Final Results for NXT TakeOver: The End...

Match - 53.7% - 1h 03m 40s

Pre-match - 26.5% - 31m 26s

Post-match - 12.6% - 14m 55s

Miscellaneous - 7.1% - 8m 26s