WWE's Hell in a Cell 2017 lasted for 3 hours 33 minutes and 4 seconds (3h 33m 04s). 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.
PPV Timing for Hell in a Cell 2017
|0m 00s||0m 25s||Then Now Forever||0m 25s|
|0m 25s||3m 08s||Video hyping Hell in a Cell 2017||2m 43s|
|3m 08s||3m 54s||Welcome to Hell in a Cell 2017||0m 46s|
|3m 54s||8m 58s||Pre-match for New Day vs. The Usos||5m 04s|
|8m 58s||30m 51s||New Day vs. The Usos||21m 53s|
|30m 51s||33m 43s||Post-match for New Day vs. The Usos||2m 52s|
|33m 43s||34m 45s||Ad for WWE 2K18||1m 02s|
|34m 45s||35m 30s||Filler commentary||0m 45s|
|35m 30s||36m 39s||Backstage Styles promo||1m 09s|
|36m 39s||40m 14s||Pre-match for Orton vs. Rusev||3m 35s|
|40m 14s||51m 53s||Orton vs. Rusev||11m 39s|
|51m 53s||53m 11s||Post-match for Orton vs. Rusev||1m 18s|
|53m 11s||53m 42s||Ad for TLC 2017||0m 31s|
|53m 42s||54m 56s||Ad for KFC and WWE 2K18||1m 14s|
|54m 56s||55m 36s||Filler commentary; Backstage glance at Shane||0m 40s|
|55m 36s||1h 03m 25s||Pre-match for Styles vs. Dillinger vs. Corbin||7m 49s|
|1h 03m 25s||1h 22m 45s||Styles vs. Dillinger vs. Corbin||19m 20s|
|1h 22m 45s||1h 24m 50s||Post-match for Styles vs. Dillinger vs. Corbin||2m 05s|
|1h 24m 50s||1h 26m 45s||Ad for Komen Foundation||1m 55s|
|1h 26m 45s||1h 27m 01s||Filler commentary||0m 16s|
|1h 27m 01s||1h 33m 52s||Pre-match for Natalya vs. Charlotte||6m 51s|
|1h 33m 52s||1h 46m 04s||Natalya vs. Charlotte||12m 12s|
|1h 46m 04s||1h 48m 52s||Post-match for Natalya vs. Charlotte||2m 48s|
|1h 48m 52s||1h 49m 33s||Ad for WWE Story Time||0m 41s|
|1h 49m 33s||1h 50m 03s||Hype for Talking Smack||0m 30s|
|1h 50m 03s||1h 50m 28s||Filler commentary||0m 25s|
|1h 50m 28s||1h 54m 54s||Fashion Files||4m 26s|
|1h 54m 54s||2h 04m 34s||Pre-match for Mahal vs. Nakamura||9m 40s|
|2h 04m 34s||2h 16m 37s||Mahal vs. Nakamura||12m 03s|
|2h 16m 37s||2h 18m 15s||Post-match for Mahal vs. Nakamura||1m 38s|
|2h 18m 15s||2h 18m 37s||Hype for upcoming Raw||0m 22s|
|2h 18m 37s||2h 21m 04s||Backstage Owens promo||2m 27s|
|2h 21m 04s||2h 24m 46s||Pre-match for Roode vs. Ziggler||3m 42s|
|2h 24m 46s||2h 36m 16s||Roode vs. Ziggler||11m 30s|
|2h 36m 16s||2h 37m 58s||Post-match for Roode vs. Ziggler||1m 42s|
|2h 37m 58s||2h 38m 48s||Ad for WWE Shop||0m 50s|
|2h 38m 48s||2h 39m 47s||Hype for TLC 2017||0m 59s|
|2h 39m 47s||2h 49m 47s||Pre-match for McMahon vs. Owens||10m 00s|
|2h 49m 47s||3h 28m 30s||McMahon vs. Owens||38m 43s|
|3h 28m 30s||3h 33m 04s||Post-match for McMahon vs. Owens||4m 34s|
The 7 matches combined for a total time of 2h 07m 20s. This means that 59.8% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 8th highest percentage in this category out of the 65 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 Hell in a Cell 2017. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 466 matches in my data set.
- 38m 43s: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens (8th longest out of 466 matches)
- 21m 53s: New Day vs. The Usos (70th)
- 19m 20s: AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin (101st)
- 12m 12s: Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair (232nd)
- 12m 03s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (238th)
- 11m 39s: Randy Orton vs. Rusev (247th)
- 11m 30s: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler (253rd)
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 46m 41s, which is 21.9% of the show. This is the 44th highest percentage in this category out of the 65 events in my data set.
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 29s and the average time is 6m 10s.
- 10m 00s: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
- 9m 40s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- 7m 49s: AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin
- 6m 51s: Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
- 5m 04s: New Day vs. The Usos
- 3m 42s: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 3m 35s: Randy Orton vs. Rusev
Three matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Natalya's match (3m 06s), Mahal's match (3m 15s), and McMahon's match (5m 56s) combined to take up 12m 17s of the pre-match segment time.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 16m 57s, which is 8.0% of the show. This is the 47th highest percentage in this category out of the 65 events in my data set.
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 26s.
- 4m 34s: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
- 2m 52s: New Day vs. The Usos
- 2m 48s: Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
- 2m 05s: AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin
- 1m 42s: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 1m 38s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- 1m 18s: Randy Orton vs. Rusev
That leaves about 10.4% (22m 06s) of the show for everything else. This is the 44th highest percentage in this category out of the 65 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. Hell in a Cell 2017 included 7 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 3m 54s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video)
- Block 2: 2m 56s (Ad for WWE 2K18; Styles promo)
- Block 3: 2m 25s (Ad for TLC 2017; Ad for KFC and WWE 2K18)
- Block 4: 2m 11s (Ad for Komen Foundation; Filler commentary)
- Block 5: 6m 02s (Ad for WWE Story Time; Hype for Talking Smack; Fashion Files)
- Block 6: 2m 49s (Hype for Raw; Owens promo)
- Block 7: 1m 49s (Ad for WWE Shop; Hype for TLC 2017)
The overall run time for Hell in a Cell 2017 was 3h 33m 04s, and this ranks 10th highest out of all 65 events in my data set.
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 466 entries in my data set.
- 53m 17s: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens (10th longest out of 466 entries)
- 29m 49s: New Day vs. The Usos (110th)
- 29m 14s: AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin (114th)
- 23m 21s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (183rd)
- 21m 51s: Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair (207th)
- 16m 54s: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler (297th)
- 16m 32s: Randy Orton vs. Rusev (307th)
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 62.9%.
(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.)
- 73.4%: New Day vs. The Usos
- 72.7%: Shane McMahon vs. Kevin Owens
- 70.5%: Randy Orton vs. Rusev
- 68.0%: Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 66.1%: AJ Styles vs. Tye Dillinger vs. Baron Corbin
- 55.8%: Natalya vs. Charlotte Flair
- 51.6%: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
Final Results for Hell in a Cell 2017
Match - 59.8% - 2h 07m 20s
Pre-match - 21.9% - 46m 41s
Post-match - 8.0% - 16m 57s
Miscellaneous - 10.4% - 22m 06s