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.
|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|
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.
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:
- 17m 58s: SummerSlam 2016
- 17m 15s: WrestleMania 32
- 12m 43s: Battleground 2016
- 11m 51s: Hell in a Cell 2015
- 11m 15s: Extreme Rules 2016
- 10m 59s: Money in the Bank 2016
- 10m 46s: Payback 2016
- 10m 06s: TLC 2015
- 9m 50s: Fastlane 2016
- 9m 24s: Night of Champions 2015
- 7m 13s: Royal Rumble 2016
- 5m 32s: Survivor Series 2015
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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