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WWE's Fastlane 2017 lasted for 3 hours 5 minutes and 5 seconds (3h 05m 05s). 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 Fastlane 2017

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 21s Then, Now, Forever 0m 21s
0m 21s 2m 18s Video hyping Fastlane 2017 1m 57s
2m 18s 3m 06s Opening pyro 0m 48s
3m 06s 6m 06s Pre-match for Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe 3m 00s
6m 06s 15m 52s Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe 9m 46s
15m 52s 17m 23s Post-match for Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe 1m 31s
17m 23s 17m 54s Ad for Tapout 0m 31s
17m 54s 18m 29s Ad for WrestleMania 33 0m 35s
18m 29s 20m 13s Backstage with Bayley & Nia Jax 1m 44s
20m 13s 25m 13s Pre-match for Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Cass 5m 00s
25m 13s 33m 55s Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Cass 8m 42s
33m 55s 35m 01s Post-match for Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Cass 1m 06s
35m 01s 36m 02s Ad for WWE Champions mobile game 1m 01s
36m 02s 37m 44s Backstage with Foley & Stephanie 1m 42s
37m 44s 42m 03s Pre-match for Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax 4m 19s
42m 03s 50m 22s Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax 8m 19s
50m 22s 51m 58s Post-match for Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax 1m 36s
51m 58s 53m 07s Hype for WWE Network 1m 09s
53m 07s 53m 45s Hype for Raw Talk 0m 38s
53m 45s 58m 10s Pre-match for Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal 4m 25s
58m 10s 1h 06m 21s Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal 8m 11s
1h 06m 21s 1h 07m 44s Post-match for Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal 1m 23s
1h 07m 44s 1h 08m 24s Pre-match for Big Show vs. Rusev 0m 40s
1h 08m 24s 1h 17m 05s Big Show vs. Rusev 8m 41s
1h 17m 05s 1h 17m 43s Post-match for Big Show vs. Rusev 0m 38s
1h 17m 43s 1h 18m 14s Ad for KFC starring Enzo & Cass 0m 31s
1h 18m 14s 1h 18m 59s WrestleMania 33 is 28 days away 0m 45s
1h 18m 59s 1h 21m 17s Backstage with Kevin Owens 2m 18s
1h 21m 17s 1h 22m 32s Austin Aries' beautiful massive package 1m 15s
1h 22m 32s 1h 25m 59s Pre-match for Neville vs. Jack Gallagher 3m 27s
1h 25m 59s 1h 38m 07s Neville vs. Jack Gallagher 12m 08s
1h 38m 07s 1h 39m 43s Post-match for Neville vs. Jack Gallagher 1m 36s
1h 39m 43s 1h 40m 14s Ad for Jetsons & WWE: Robo-WrestleMania! 0m 31s
1h 40m 14s 1h 41m 01s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 47s
1h 41m 01s 1h 43m 16s Backstage with Paul Heyman 2m 15s
1h 43m 16s 1h 48m 26s New Day ice cream segment 5m 10s
1h 48m 26s 1h 56m 27s Pre-match for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman 8m 01s
1h 56m 27s 2h 13m 41s Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman 17m 14s
2h 13m 41s 2h 16m 14s Post-match for Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman 2m 33s
2h 16m 14s 2h 16m 47s Ad for Ride Along Season 2 0m 33s
2h 16m 47s 2h 17m 49s Backstage with Foley and Samoa Joe 1m 02s
2h 17m 49s 2h 18m 01s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 12s
2h 18m 01s 2h 25m 56s Pre-match for Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair 7m 55s
2h 25m 56s 2h 42m 44s Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair 16m 48s
2h 42m 44s 2h 44m 38s Post-match for Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair 1m 54s
2h 44m 38s 2h 45m 36s Hype for WrestleMania 33 0m 58s
2h 45m 36s 2h 46m 12s Hype for Raw Talk 0m 36s
2h 46m 12s 2h 48m 13s Raw recap video: Rollins/HHH segment 2m 01s
2h 48m 13s 3h 02m 06s Pre-match for Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg 13m 53s
3h 02m 06s 3h 02m 29s Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg 0m 23s
3h 02m 29s 3h 05m 05s Post-match for Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg 2m 36s

Match Times

The 9 matches combined for a total time of 1h 30m 12s. This means that 48.7% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 49th highest percentage in this category out of the 55 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 Fastlane 2017. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 391 matches in my data set.

  • 17m 14s: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (103rd longest out of 391 matches)
  • 16m 48s: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair (113th)
  • 12m 08s: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher (198th)
  • 9m 46s: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe (251st)
  • 8m 42s: Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Big Cass (275th)
  • 8m 41s: Big Show vs. Rusev (277th)
  • 8m 19s: Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (287th)
  • 8m 11s: Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal (292nd)
  • 0m 23s: Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg (387th)

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 50m 40s, which is 27.4% of the show. This is the 5th highest percentage in this category out of the 55 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 19s and the average time is 5m 57s.

  • 13m 53s: Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg
  • 8m 01s: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  • 7m 55s: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 5m 00s: Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Big Cass
  • 4m 25s: Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal
  • 4m 19s: Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
  • 3m 27s: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
  • 3m 00s: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
  • 0m 40s: Big Show vs. Rusev

4 matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Sasha's match (1m 17s), Roman's match (4m 08s), Bayley’s match (3m 35s), and Goldberg's match (3m 31s) combined to take up 12m 31s of the pre-match segment time.

The pre-match segment for Golodberg’s match was longer than all but two of the 9 actual matches on the main card of Fastlane.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 14m 53s, which is 8.0% of the show. This is the 40th highest percentage in this category out of the 55 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 1m 59s and the average time is 2m 26s.

  • 2m 36s: Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg
  • 2m 33s: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  • 1m 54s: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 1m 36s: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
  • 1m 36s: Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
  • 1m 31s: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
  • 1m 23s: Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal
  • 1m 06s: Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Big Cass
  • 0m 38s: Big Show vs. Rusev

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 15.8% (29m 20s) of the show for everything else. This is the 11th highest percentage in this category out of the 55 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. Fastlane 2017 included 8 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 06s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video and pyro)
  • Block 2: 2m 50s (Ads for Tapout and WrestleMania; Backstage with Bayley)
  • Block 3: 2m 43s (Ad for WWE Champions; Backstage with Foley & Steph)
  • Block 4: 1m 47s (Hype for WWE Network & Raw Talk)
  • Block 5: 4m 49s (Ads for KFC & WrestleMania; KO backstage; Aries’ video)
  • Block 6: 8m 43s (Ad for Jetsons & WWE Shop; Heyman backstage; New Day segment)
  • Block 7: 1m 47s (Ad for Ride Along; Backstage with Foley & Joe; PPV theme song)
  • Block 8: 3m 35s (Hype for WrestleMania & Raw Talk; Raw recap)

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 391 entries in my data set.

  • 27m 48s: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman (104th longest out of 391 entries)
  • 26m 37s: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair (116th)
  • 17m 11s: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher (235th)
  • 16m 52s: Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg (238th)
  • 14m 48s: Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Big Cass (272nd)
  • 14m 17s: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe (280th)
  • 14m 14s: Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax (283rd)
  • 13m 59s: Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal (288th)
  • 9m 59s: Big Show vs. Rusev (359th)

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 63.0%.

(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.)

  • 87.0%: Big Show vs. Rusev
  • 70.6%: Neville vs. Jack Gallagher
  • 68.4%: Sami Zayn vs. Samoa Joe
  • 63.1%: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 62.0%: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  • 58.8%: Gallows & Anderson vs. Enzo & Big Cass
  • 58.5%: Cesaro vs. Jinder Mahal
  • 58.4%: Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax
  • 2.3%: Kevin Owens vs. Goldberg

Jinder and Rusev’s matches sort of bled into each other in terms of transitioning from the post-match segment for Jinder leading into the pre-match segment for Rusev. If those two matches were instead merged into one block of time, it would have scored a 70.4% on this metric.

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A couple days before Fastlane 2017 took place, I stated that the card probably needed more content because the originally advertised 7 matches would only fill roughly 80 minutes of match time. In reality those 7 matches only resulted in 73m 20s of match time, largely thanks to Zayn’s match falling about 6 minutes short of my prediction.

Therefore WWE did in fact need to add much more content to this card, and they did so with two extra matches (Cesaro vs. Jinder, Big Show vs. Rusev) and a talking segment in the arena from the New Day.

These three extra segments added nearly 30 minutes of content to the Fastlane card, and the event actually eclipsed the 3-hour mark as a result of this large amount of filler content.

Final Results for Fastlane 2017

Match - 48.7% - 1h 30m 12s

Pre-match - 27.4% - 50m 40s

Post-match - 8.0% - 14m 53s

Miscellaneous - 15.8% - 29m 20s