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WWE SummerSlam 2016 match times stats breakdown

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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.

Start End Description Duration
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

Match Times

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.

Pre-match Segments

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.

Post-match Segments

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.

Miscellaneous Segments

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.

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 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

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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