WWE's SummerSlam 2016 lasted for 4 hours 3 minutes and 34 seconds (4h 03m 34s). 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 22s||Then, Now, Forever||0m 22s|
|0m 22s||2m 34s||Video hyping SummerSlam 2016||2m 12s|
|2m 34s||3m 23s||Opening pyro; Cole welcomes you||0m 49s|
|3m 23s||10m 36s||Pre-match for Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO||7m 13s|
|10m 36s||22m 44s||Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO||12m 08s|
|22m 44s||23m 51s||Post-match for Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO||1m 07s|
|23m 51s||24m 22s||Commercial for Tapout||0m 31s|
|24m 22s||27m 04s||Backstage with Jon Stewart and pals||2m 42s|
|27m 04s||33m 55s||Pre-match for Sasha vs Charlotte||6m 51s|
|33m 55s||47m 45s||Sasha vs Charlotte||13m 50s|
|47m 45s||49m 54s||Post-match for Sasha vs Charlotte||2m 09s|
|49m 54s||50m 25s||Commercial for Digiorno||0m 31s|
|50m 25s||51m 46s||Backstage with The Club and Balor||1m 21s|
|51m 46s||52m 00s||Plug for PPV theme song||0m 14s|
|52m 00s||52m 19s||Intro of SmackDown Live commentary team||0m 19s|
|52m 19s||55m 37s||Pre-match for Miz vs Crews||3m 18s|
|55m 37s||1h 01m 16s||Miz vs Crews||5m 39s|
|1h 01m 16s||1h 02m 24s||Post-match for Miz vs Crews||1m 08s|
|1h 02m 24s||1h 03m 21s||Commercial for WWE 2K17||0m 57s|
|1h 03m 21s||1h 03m 46s||Filler commentary||0m 25s|
|1h 03m 46s||1h 11m 43s||Pre-match for Cena vs Styles||7m 57s|
|1h 11m 43s
||1h 34m 54s||Cena vs Styles||23m 11s|
|1h 34m 54s
||1h 38m 38s||Post-match for Cena vs Styles||3m 44s|
|1h 38m 38s
||1h 40m 40s||Commercial for WWE Network||2m 02s|
|1h 40m 40s
||1h 42m 21s||Cricket Wireless WWE sweepstakes video||1m 41s|
|1h 42m 21s
||1h 48m 55s||Pre-match for New Day vs The Club||6m 34s|
|1h 48m 55s
||1h 58m 00s||New Day vs The Club||9m 05s|
|1h 58m 00s
||1h 59m 52s||Post-match for New Day vs The Club||1m 52s|
|1h 59m 52s
||2h 00m 30s||Commercial for Holy Foley!||0m 38s|
|2h 00m 30s||2h 01m 01s||Commercial for Backlash 2016||0m 31s|
|2h 01m 01s
||2h 01m 16s||Filler commentary||0m 15s|
|2h 01m 16s
||2h 08m 48s||Pre-match for Ambrose vs Ziggler||7m 32s|
|2h 08m 48s
||2h 24m 06s||Ambrose vs Ziggler||15m 18s|
|2h 24m 06s
||2h 25m 21s||Post-match for Ambrose vs Ziggler||1m 15s|
|2h 25m 21s
||2h 27m 48s||Video recap of SummerSlam week in NYC||2m 27s|
|2h 27m 48s
||2h 33m 42s||Pre-match for Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki||5m 54s|
|2h 33m 42s
||2h 44m 44s||Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki||11m 02s|
|2h 44m 44s
||2h 45m 39s||Post-match for Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki||0m 55s|
|2h 45m 39s
||2h 46m 01s||Commercial for Clash of Champions 2016||0m 22s|
|2h 46m 01s
||2h 46m 35s||Plug for PPV theme song; Wale in audience||0m 34s|
|2h 46m 35s
||2h 47m 47s||Review of Rusev/Reigns feud||1m 12s|
|2h 47m 47s
||2h 49m 31s||Menounos interviews Rusev and Lana||1m 44s|
|2h 49m 31s
||3h 01m 14s||Pre-match for Balor vs Rollins||11m 43s|
|3h 01m 14s||3h 20m 38s||Balor vs Rollins||19m 24s|
|3h 20m 38s
||3h 23m 14s||Post-match for Balor vs Rollins||2m 36s|
|3h 23m 14s
||3h 24m 50s||Kickoff panel||1m 36s|
|3h 24m 50s
||3h 27m 01s||Commercial for KFC with Miz and Ziggler||2m 11s|
|3h 27m 01s
||3h 27m 23s||Filler commentary||0m 22s|
|3h 27m 23s
||3h 37m 55s||Brawl between Reigns and Rusev||10m 32s|
|3h 37m 55s
||3h 38m 26s||Commercial for Total Bellas||0m 31s|
|3h 38m 26s
||3h 39m 20s||Hype for Holy Foley!||0m 54s|
|3h 39m 20s
||3h 48m 43s||Pre-match for Lesnar vs Orton||9m 23s|
|3h 48m 43s
||4h 00m 28s||Lesnar vs Orton||11m 45s|
|4h 00m 28s||4h 03m 34s||Post-match for Lesnar vs Orton||3m 06s|
The 9 matches combined for a total time of 2h 01m 22s. This means that 49.8% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 37th highest percentage in this category out of the 45 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.
Here is the sorted list of match times for SummerSlam 2016. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 324 matches in my data set.
- 23m 11s: John Cena vs AJ Styles (36th longest out of 324 matches)
- 19m 24s: Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins (69th)
- 15m 18s: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler (104th)
- 13m 50s: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte (130th)
- 12m 08s: Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO (160th)
- 11m 45s: Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton (163rd)
- 11m 02s: Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki (182nd)
- 9m 05s: New Day vs The Club (217th)
- 5m 39s: The Miz vs Apollo Crews (292nd)
I didn't count the brawl between Rusev and Reigns as a match, because there was no bell to signify the start of the match, and there was no official winner or decision given. That entire segment, including the ring entrances, was thrown into the Miscellaneous category.
Dolph Ziggler's match time of 15m 18s is his 2nd longest match time in my data set for any of his one-on-one matches, trailing only his ladder match at TLC 2014 against Luke Harper.
Lesnar's match was the 4th shortest main event out of 45 total main event matches in my data set.
14 of the 15 shortest main event matches include at least one of Lesnar, Orton, or Ambrose (you can also replace Ambrose with Rollins and the statement remains true). This could be a function of how frequently WWE relies on these specific performers to main event their PPV events. However 8 of Lesnar's 10 main event matches do fall into this group.
This is the first PPV in my data set with two women's matches that each passed 10 minutes in length. This is the most total match time dedicated to the women's division out of all 45 PPV events.
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 06m 25s, which is 27.3% of the show. This is the 5th highest percentage in this category out of the 45 events in my data set.
Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 9 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 12s and the average time is 5m 51s.
- 11m 43s: Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins
- 9m 23s: Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton
- 7m 57s: John Cena vs AJ Styles
- 7m 32s: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- 7m 13s: Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO
- 6m 51s: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte
- 6m 34s: New Day vs The Club
- 5m 54s: Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki
- 3m 18s: The Miz vs Apollo Crews
Five matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Sasha's match (2m 58s), Cena's match (3m 26s), Ziggler's match (3m 32s), Balor's match (3m 37s), and Lesnar's match (4m 25s) combined to take up 17m 58s of the pre-match segment time.
The list above shows that nearly every single match surpassed the average pre-match segment length of 5m 51s. This is strongly related to why this show included over an hour of pre-match segments.
5 of the matches were given the lengthy video package treatment, both male tag team matches included pre-match promos, and the women's tag team match included 7 different entrance times, if the Eva Marie tease is counted, as well as Nikki's return.
Balor's entrance lasted 3m 41s. The pre-match segment time for his match was also extended due to WWE's decision to spend 1m 02s introducing several international commentary teams during Seth's entrance.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 17m 52s, which is 7.3% of the show. This is the 39th highest percentage in this category out of the 45 events in my data set.
Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 9 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 29s.
- 3m 44s: John Cena vs AJ Styles
- 3m 06s: Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton
- 2m 36s: Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins
- 2m 09s: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte
- 1m 52s: New Day vs The Club
- 1m 15s: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- 1m 08s: The Miz vs Apollo Crews
- 1m 07s: Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO
- 0m 55s: Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki
No post-match replays were shown for the matches involving New Day, Ambrose, and Lesnar.
Ziggler's post-match segment time of 1m 15s is the second shortest for a WWE Championship match in my data set, excluding any matches related to Money in the Bank cash-ins. The shortest such segment for a WWE Championship match goes to Rollins versus Kane at Hell in a Cell 2015, clocking in at 0m 53s.
The women's tag team match became the 29th match out of 324 total matches in my data set to have a post-match segment that lasted less than 1m 00s.
That leaves about 15.6% (37m 55s) of the show for everything else. This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 45 events in my data set.
Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. SummerSlam 2016 included 9 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 3m 23s (Then Now Forever; opening hype video and pyro)
- Block 2: 3m 13s (Ad for Tapout; Backstage with Jon Stewart)
- Block 3: 2m 25s (Ad for Digiorno; Backstage with The Club)
- Block 4: 1m 22s (Ad for WWE 2K17; filler commentary)
- Block 5: 3m 43s (Hype for WWE Network; Cricket Wireless Sweepstakes)
- Block 6: 1m 24s (Ad for Holey Foley!; Ad for Backlash 2016)
- Block 7: 2m 27s (Video on SummerSlam week in NYC)
- Block 8: 3m 52s (Ad for Clash of Champions; Menounos interviews Rusev)
- Block 9: 16m 06s (Kickoff panel; Ad for KFC; Rusev/Reigns brawl)
The entrances for the Rusev/Reigns segment lasted about 3m 11s, and then roughly 5m 13s passed (this is where most of the physicality took place) before the match was officially called off. The segment continued on for 2m 08s so that Reigns could deliver the giant running spear on Rusev.
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 324 entries in my data set.
- 34m 52s: John Cena vs AJ Styles (43rd longest out of 324 entries)
- 33m 43s: Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins (53rd)
- 24m 14s: Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton (114th)
- 24m 05s: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler (115th)
- 22m 50s: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte (125th)
- 20m 28s: Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO (152nd)
- 17m 51s: Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki (180th)
- 17m 31s: New Day vs The Club (187th)
- 10m 05s: The Miz vs Apollo Crews (291st)
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 62.7%.
(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.)
- 66.5%: John Cena vs AJ Styles
- 63.5%: Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler
- 61.8%: Becky, Naomi, Carmella vs Natalya, Alexa, Nikki
- 60.6%: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte
- 59.3%: Enzo and Cass vs Jeri-KO
- 57.5%: Finn Balor vs Seth Rollins
- 56.0%: The Miz vs Apollo Crews
- 51.9%: New Day vs The Club
- 48.5%: Brock Lesnar vs Randy Orton
SummerSlam 2016 was essentially a 4-hour card that contained 2 hours of wrestling, slightly more than 1 hour of pre-match material, and slightly less than 1 hour of everything else.
WWE has previously run some 4-hour cards (WrestleMania 29, WrestleMania 30, WrestleMania 31) that didn't reach 121 minutes in total match time, so "only" half of SummerSlam 2016 being devoted to match times might actually be an outcome on the optimistic range of expectations.
Final Results for SummerSlam 2016
Match - 49.8% - 2h 01m 22s
Pre-match - 27.3% - 1h 06m 25s
Post-match - 7.3% - 17m 52s
Miscellaneous - 15.6% - 37m 55s