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WWE's Backlash 2016 lasted for 2 hours 37 minutes and 52 seconds (2h 37m 52s). 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 Then, Now, Forever 0m 20s
0m 20s 1m 08s Message about Sept. 11 0m 48s
1m 08s 3m 37s Video hyping Backlash 2016 2m 29s
3m 37s 4m 21s Opening pyro; welcome to Backlash 2016 0m 44s
4m 21s 9m 32s In-ring segment: Bryan and Shane talk 5m 11s
9m 32s 15m 20s Pre-match for Women's 6-Pack Challenge 5m 48s
15m 20s 29m 40s Women's 6-Pack Challenge 14m 20s
29m 40s 32m 54s Post-match for Women's 6-Pack Challenge 3m 14s
32m 54s 33m 25s Commercial for Clash of Champions 2016 0m 31s
33m 25s 34m 39s Backstage with Jagger Eaton and Miz 1m 14s
34m 39s 35m 28s Wyatt attacks Orton backstage 0m 49s
35m 28s 39m 05s Pre-match for Hype Bros vs Usos 3m 37s
39m 05s 49m 16s Hype Bros vs Usos 10m 11s
49m 16s 50m 35s Post-match for Hype Bros vs Usos 1m 19s
50m 35s 52m 53s Renee interviews Rhyno and Slater 2m 18s
52m 53s 53m 37s Video: Connor's Cure 0m 44s
53m 37s 54m 21s Commercial for CWC 0m 44s
54m 21s 1h 01m 09s Pre-match for Miz vs Ziggler 6m 48s
1h 01m 09s 1h 19m 27s Miz vs Ziggler 18m 18s
1h 19m 27s 1h 20m 47s Post-match for Miz vs Ziggler 1m 20s
1h 20m 47s 1h 22m 38s Kickoff panel 1m 51s
1h 22m 38s 1h 23m 09s Video recap of pre-show match 0m 31s
1h 23m 09s 1h 25m 46s Pre-match for Orton vs Wyatt 2m 37s
1h 25m 46s 1h 26m 11s Orton vs Wyatt 0m 25s
1h 26m 11s 1h 26m 43s Post-match for Orton vs Wyatt 0m 32s
1h 26m 43s 1h 27m 48s Pre-match for Kane vs Wyatt 1m 05s
1h 27m 48s 1h 38m 44s Kane vs Wyatt 10m 56s
1h 38m 44s 1h 39m 53s Post-match for Kane vs Wyatt 1m 09s
1h 39m 53s 1h 41m 10s Backstage with Styles and jobbers 1m 17s
1h 41m 10s 1h 43m 26s Commercial for WWE Network 2m 16s
1h 43m 26s 1h 44m 20s Hype for No Mercy 2016 0m 54s
1h 44m 20s 1h 47m 10s Pre-match for Slater and Rhyno vs Usos 2m 50s
1h 47m 10s 1h 57m 05s Slater and Rhyno vs Usos 9m 55s
1h 57m 05s 2h 00m 21s Post-match for Slater and Rhyno vs Usos 3m 16s
2h 00m 21s 2h 01m 23s Ad for KFC starring Miz and Ziggler 1m 02s
2h 01m 23s 2h 01m 44s Commercial for Clash of Champions 2016 0m 21s
2h 01m 44s 2h 02m 03s Filler commentary 0m 19s
2h 02m 03s 2h 02m 18s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 15s
2h 02m 18s 2h 10m 46s Pre-match for Ambrose vs Styles 8m 28s
2h 10m 46s 2h 35m 41s Ambrose vs Styles 24m 55s
2h 35m 41s 2h 37m 52s Post-match for Ambrose vs Styles 2m 11s

Match Times

The 7 matches combined for a total time of 1h 29m 00s. This means that 56.4% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 17th highest percentage in this category out of the 46 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013. Out of the 38 three-hour events in my data set, the total match time of 1h 29m 00s ranks 31st highest.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Backlash 2016. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 331 matches in my data set.

  • 24m 55s: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles (24th longest out of 331 matches)
  • 18m 18s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (78th)
  • 14m 20s: Women's Six-Pack Challenge (122nd)
  • 10m 56s: Kane vs Bray Wyatt (186th)
  • 10m 11s: Hype Bros vs The Usos (199th)
  • 9m 55s: Slater and Rhyno vs The Usos (203rd)
  • 0m 25s: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt (327th)

18m 18s is the most amount of time that either Ziggler or Miz have received in a one-on-one PPV match since the start of 2013. The only longer one-on-one Intercontinental Championship match in my data set is Owens versus Ambrose from Royal Rumble 2016.

Here are the survival times for each competitor in the Women's 6-Pack Challenge:

  • 14m 20s: Becky, Carmella
  • 12m 03s: Nikki Bella
  • 11m 57s: Natalya
  • 10m 51s: Naomi
  • 9m 38s: Alexa Bliss

The first match did not officially begin until 15m 20s into the first hour, which is the 4th longest waiting period for the first match out of 46 PPV events in my data set.

The other 3 events that had an even longer waiting period until the first match began (Night of Champions 2013, WrestleMania 30, Survivor Series 2014) all started the night off with a talking segment in the ring, just like Backlash 2016 did.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 31m 13s, which is 19.8% of the show. This is the 37th highest percentage in this category out of the 46 events in my data set. Out of the 38 three-hour events in my data set, the total pre-match segment time of 31m 13s ranks 34th 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 11s and the average time is 5m 49s.

  • 8m 28s: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
  • 6m 48s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
  • 5m 48s: Women's Six-Pack Challenge
  • 3m 37s: Hype Bros vs The Usos
  • 2m 50s: Slater and Rhyno vs The Usos
  • 2m 37s: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt
  • 1m 05s: Kane vs Bray Wyatt

Two matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Ziggler's match (2m 19s) and Ambrose's match (3m 31s) combined to take up 5m 50s of the pre-match segment time.

One reason why this event had less pre-match segment time than most PPVs is because there are usually 3 or 4 matches that receive the dedicated video package treatment.  This card only had two such matches.  To get a sense of how much time was freed up as a result of this, here is a list of how much time each of the last 12 PPVs spent on these pre-match dedicated video packages:

The bottom two entries on the list only featured two dedicated video packages, just like Backlash 2016.  Most other entries on the list allocated between 4 to 8 more minutes of pre-match segment time to dedicated video packages than Backlash 2016.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 13m 01s, which is 8.2% of the show. This is the 33rd highest percentage in this category out of the 46 events in my data set. Out of the 38 three-hour events in my data set, the total post-match segment time of 13m 01s ranks 32nd 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 1m 59s and the average time is 2m 28s.

  • 3m 16s: Slater and Rhyno vs The Usos
  • 3m 14s: Women's Six-Pack Challenge
  • 2m 11s: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
  • 1m 20s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
  • 1m 19s: Hype Bros vs The Usos
  • 1m 09s: Kane vs Bray Wyatt
  • 0m 32s: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt

The top two entries on this list were stretched out by in-ring interviews with the winners.

Unfortunately a judgment call had to be made on the timing boundary between the post-match segment of Wyatt's match with Orton and the pre-match segment of Wyatt's match with Kane, because the two segments essentially blended together.  I decided to set that boundary right at the point when the ring announcer started to read the card mandating that Bray Wyatt fight Kane in a No Holds barred match.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 15.6% (24m 38s) of the show for everything else. This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 46 events in my data set. Out of the 38 three-hour events in my data set, the total miscellaneous segment time of 24m 38s ranks 10th 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. Backlash 2016 included 6 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 9m 32s (Show opening; Sept. 11 message; Shane/Bryan in-ring segment)
  • Block 2: 2m 34s (Ad for Clash of Champions; Eaton with Miz; Wyatt attacks Orton)
  • Block 3: 3m 46s (Slater interview; Connor's Cure; Hype for CWC)
  • Block 4: 2m 22s (Kickoff panel; Recap of pre-show match)
  • Block 5: 4m 27s (Styles backstage; Hype for WWE Network; Hype for No Mercy)
  • Block 6: 1m 57s (Ad for KFC; Ad for Clash of Champions; Plug for theme song)

Shane and Bryan's talking segment to begin the show seemed unnecessary to me and basically just a way to kill 5 minutes.

Any time a PPV includes a non-wrestling segment in the ring like that, there's a good chance that event will finish with a relatively high amount of miscellaneous segment time, just as Backlash 2016 did.

That segment was relatively short though, as far as non-wrestling segments in the ring go.  But when that time is added on to at least 4 separate backstage segments as well as the typical commercials and hype for WWE products, the end result is a lot of miscellaneous segment time.

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 331 entries in my data set.

  • 35m 34s: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles (39th longest out of 331 entries)
  • 26m 26s: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler (100th)
  • 23m 22s: Women's Six-Pack Challenge (122nd)
  • 16m 01s: Slater and Rhyno vs The Usos (215th)
  • 15m 07s: Hype Bros vs The Usos (225th)
  • 13m 10s: Kane vs Bray Wyatt (250th)
  • 3m 34s: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt (331st)

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.)

  • 83.0%: Kane vs Bray Wyatt
  • 70.1%: Dean Ambrose vs AJ Styles
  • 69.2%: The Miz vs Dolph Ziggler
  • 67.4%: Hype Bros vs The Usos
  • 61.9%: Slater and Rhyno vs The Usos
  • 61.3%: Women's Six-Pack Challenge
  • 11.7%: Randy Orton vs Bray Wyatt

If Wyatt's two matches are combined into one block of time, the Match Time Percentage for Wyatt would be 67.8%.

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With only 6 real matches on the card, Backlash 2016 ended up being one of the shortest PPVs of the last 5 years, even after stretching for time by opening the show with a talking segment and featuring a couple of post-match interviews.  This also allowed the top 3 matches on the card to go long, so this PPV ended up with a slightly higher percentage of match time than normal.  However, the card only included 89 minutes of wrestling due to its relatively short run time.

Final Results for Backlash 2016

Match - 56.4% - 1h 29m 00s

Pre-match - 19.8% - 31m 13s

Post-match - 8.2% - 13m 01s

Miscellaneous - 15.6% - 24m 38s