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How much wrestling actually happened at Royal Rumble 2018?

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WWE featured 6 total matches on the main card of Royal Rumble 2018 last night (Sun., Jan. 28, 2018) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 4 hours, 13 minutes, and 6 seconds (4h 13m 06s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 6 matches that took place during this event:

  • 65m 29s: Men’s Royal Rumble match
  • 59m 00s: Women’s Royal Rumble match
  • 15m 51s: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
  • 13m 50s: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable
  • 12m 47s: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 10m 59s: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane

These times add up to 2h 57m 56s, which is roughly 70.3% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.4%.

70.3% is now the record for the highest percentage of match time on a WWE pay-per-view over the last 5 years, and it’s not even close. The previous high mark was 64.6% for Royal Rumble 2016.

Similarly, 2h 57m 56s is now the highest total match time on a WWE pay-per-view over the last 5 years. The previous high mark was 2h 19m 15s at WrestleMania 33, and that card lasted nearly an hour longer than Royal Rumble 2018.

Are you surprised by any of these results, Cagesiders? Which of these matches received less (or more) time than you hoped for?

Don’t forget to keep it here at Cageside Seats for a full breakdown of the timing for the entire Royal Rumble 2018 PPV later this week!