WWE's Backlash 2017 lasted for 2 hours 50 minutes and 1 second (2h 50m 01s). 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 Backlash 2017
|0m 00s||0m 21s||Then Now Forever||0m 21s|
|0m 21s||2m 44s||Video hyping Backlash 2017||2m 23s|
|2m 44s||3m 28s||Opening pyro||0m 44s|
|3m 28s||8m 33s||Pre-match for Nakamura vs. Ziggler||5m 05s|
|8m 33s||24m 23s||Nakamura vs. Ziggler||15m 50s|
|24m 23s||26m 34s||Post-match for Nakamura vs. Ziggler||2m 11s|
|26m 34s||27m 18s||Ad for Extreme Rules 2017||0m 44s|
|27m 18s||27m 34s||Ad for Cricket Wireless||0m 16s|
|27m 34s||27m 58s||Backstage glance at AJ Styles||0m 24s|
|27m 58s||34m 20s||Pre-match for The Usos vs. Breezango||6m 22s|
|34m 20s||43m 38s||The Usos vs. Breezango||9m 18s|
|43m 38s||45m 15s||Post-match for The Usos vs. Breezango||1m 37s|
|45m 15s||46m 56s||Ad for WWE Network||1m 41s|
|46m 56s||47m 14s||Filler commentary||0m 18s|
|47m 14s||51m 48s||Pre-match for Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin||4m 34s|
|51m 48s||1h 06m 25s||Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin||14m 37s|
|1h 06m 25s||1h 08m 09s||Post-match for Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin||1m 44s|
|1h 08m 09s||1h 09m 45s||UpUpDownDown plays Rocket League||1m 36s|
|1h 09m 45s||1h 12m 49s||Backstage Mahal promo||3m 04s|
|1h 12m 49s||1h 20m 22s||Pre-match for Six-Woman Tag Team Match||7m 33s|
|1h 20m 22s||1h 30m 24s||Six-Woman Tag Team Match||10m 02s|
|1h 30m 24s||1h 31m 41s||Post-match for Six-Woman Tag Team Match||1m 17s|
|1h 31m 41s||1h 32m 29s||Ad for WWE Shop||0m 48s|
|1h 32m 29s||1h 32m 59s||Ad for Rocket League||0m 30s|
|1h 32m 59s||1h 33m 27s||Filler commentary||0m 28s|
|1h 33m 27s||1h 33m 41s||Plug for PPV theme song||0m 14s|
|1h 33m 41s||1h 40m 34s||Pre-match for Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles||6m 53s|
|1h 40m 34s||2h 01m 39s||Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles||21m 05s|
|2h 01m 39s||2h 05m 00s||Post-match for Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles||3m 21s|
|2h 05m 00s||2h 05m 49s||Video recap of the pre-show match||0m 49s|
|2h 05m 49s||2h 06m 23s||Hype for Talking Smack||0m 34s|
|2h 06m 23s||2h 08m 32s||Pre-match for Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan||2m 09s|
|2h 08m 32s||2h 17m 28s||Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan||8m 56s|
|2h 17m 28s||2h 18m 11s||Post-match for Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan||0m 43s|
|2h 18m 11s||2h 18m 49s||Video for #WWEHero||0m 38s|
|2h 18m 49s||2h 19m 56s||Hype for Extreme Rules 2017||1m 07s|
|2h 19m 56s||2h 30m 01s||Pre-match for Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal||10m 05s|
|2h 30m 01s||2h 45m 51s||Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal||15m 50s|
|2h 45m 51s||2h 50m 01s||Post-match for Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal||4m 10s|
The 7 matches combined for a total time of 1h 35m 38s. This means that 56.2% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 25th highest percentage in this category out of the 58 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 Backlash 2017. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 415 matches in my data set.
- 21m 05s: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles (73rd longest out of 415 matches)
- 15m 50s: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal (133rd)
- 15m 50s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler (133rd)
- 14m 37s: Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin (153rd)
- 10m 02s: Naomi, Becky, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella (259th)
- 9m 18s: The Usos vs. Breezango (284th)
- 8m 56s: Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan (290th)
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 42m 41s, which is 25.1% of the show. This is the 17th highest percentage in this category out of the 58 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 23s and the average time is 6m 03s.
- 10m 05s: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal
- 7m 33s: Naomi, Becky, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella
- 6m 53s: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
- 6m 22s: The Usos vs. Breezango
- 5m 05s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 4m 34s: Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
- 2m 09s: Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
Two matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping KO's match (2m 29s) and Mahal's match (2m 42s) combined to take up 5m 11s of the pre-match segment time.
Shinsuke Nakamura’s entrance lasted 2m 38s.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 15m 03s, which is 8.9% of the show. This is the 33rd highest percentage in this category out of the 58 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 57s and the average time is 2m 27s.
- 4m 10s: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal
- 3m 21s: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
- 2m 11s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 1m 44s: Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
- 1m 37s: The Usos vs. Breezango
- 1m 17s: Naomi, Becky, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella
- 0m 43s: Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
That leaves about 9.8% (16m 39s) of the show for everything else. This is the 46th highest percentage in this category out of the 58 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. Backlash 2017 included 7 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 3m 28s (Then Now Forever; Opening video and pyro)
- Block 2: 1m 24s (Ads for Extreme Rules & Cricket Wireless; Backstage glance at AJ)
- Block 3: 1m 59s (Ad for WWE Network; Filler commentary)
- Block 4: 4m 40s (UpUpDownDown plays Rocket League; Backstage Mahal promo)
- Block 5: 2m 00s (Ads for WWE Shop & Rocket League; Plug for PPV theme song)
- Block 6: 1m 23s (Recap of Kickoff match; Hype for Talking Smack)
- Block 7: 1m 45s (#WWEHero video; Hype for Extreme Rules)
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 415 entries in my data set.
- 31m 19s: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles (83rd longest out of 415 entries)
- 30m 05s: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal (97th)
- 23m 06s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler (163rd)
- 20m 55s: Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin (192nd)
- 18m 52s: Naomi, Becky, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella (221st)
- 17m 17s: The Usos vs. Breezango (251st)
- 11m 48s: Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan (355th)
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.)
- 75.7%: Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan
- 69.9%: Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin
- 68.5%: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 67.3%: Kevin Owens vs. AJ Styles
- 53.8%: The Usos vs. Breezango
- 53.2%: Naomi, Becky, Charlotte vs. Natalya, Tamina, Carmella
- 52.6%: Randy Orton vs. Jinder Mahal
Final Results for Backlash 2017
Match - 56.2% - 1h 35m 38s
Pre-match - 25.1% - 42m 41s
Post-match - 8.9% - 15m 03s
Miscellaneous - 9.8% - 16m 39s