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The men’s Elimination Chamber match lasted 40 minutes but took up more than an hour of your time

The 2018 men’s Elimination Chamber match lasted roughly 40 minutes and 10 seconds (40m 10s), making it the longest chamber match in history out of 22 such matches.

But the men’s chamber actually took up significantly more time than that.

Since the start of 2013 I have timed all 70 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events. That involves detailing not just the match times, but also the pre-match segments, post-match segments, and everything else.

The pre-match segment for the 2018 men’s Elimination Chamber match lasted 22m 18s, making it the longest pre-match segment in my database out of all 497 entries. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 37s and the average time is 6m 17s. Only 8 out of 497 pre-match segments ever reached 15m 00s or longer, including this one. The men’s chamber pre-match is the only such segment to ever surpass the 20m 00s mark.

The final 6 entrances took up 11m 39s, which means those 6 guys slowly walking into and around the ring lasted longer than the bell-to-bell match time for every single non-chamber match on the card.

Here is an approximate chronological outline of the timing for the entire 22m 18s segment:

  • 0m 35s: Raw recap of Cena’s interview after the Gauntlet match
  • 0m 30s: Commentators talk while the chamber is lowered
  • 3m 21s: Video package hyping the men’s chamber match
  • 0m 53s: Ring announcer explains the rules
  • 5m 20s: Elias performs in the ring
  • 1m 23s: Braun Strowman entrance
  • 2m 09s: John Cena entrance
  • 2m 57s: Roman Reigns entrance
  • 2m 00s: The Miz entrance
  • 1m 20s: Seth Rollins entrance
  • 1m 50s: Finn Balor entrance

Adding up all those separate parts results in the overall pre-match segment time of 22m 18s for the men’s chamber match.

The post-match segment for the men’s chamber included an attack from Braun Strowman and it lasted 4m 10s.

When the match time (40m 10s), pre-match segment time (22m 18s), and post-match segment time (4m 10s) are added together, it shows that the men’s Elimination Chamber match actually took up a total time of 1h 06m 38s on the Elimination Chamber 2018 PPV.

That is the 7th highest total time out of all 497 entries in my database. Here are the top 10 entries when you combine the match time, pre-match time, and post-match time:

  • 1h 19m 50s: Men’s Royal Rumble match (2018)
  • 1h 16m 54s: Royal Rumble match (2017)
  • 1h 13m 51s: Women’s Royal Rumble match (2018)
  • 1h 11m 14s: Royal Rumble match (2016)
  • 1h 10m 58s: Royal Rumble match (2015)
  • 1h 09m 26s: Raw Men vs. SmackDown Men (Survivor Series 2016)
  • 1h 06m 38s: Men’s Elimination Chamber match (2018)
  • 1h 05m 11s: Royal Rumble match (2014)
  • 1h 03m 34s: Team Cena vs. Team Authority (Survivor Series 2014)
  • 1h 02m 44s: Royal Rumble match (2013)

This list shows that the 2018 men’s Elimination Chamber match actually soaked up more total show time than the Royal Rumble matches from 2013 and 2014 even though the chamber match time of 40m 10s pales in comparison to typical Royal Rumble match times.

The 2018 men’s Elimination Chamber match lasted 40 minutes but took up more than an hour of your time, if you count all the pre-match entrances and hype. Does that seem acceptable to you, Cagesiders, or does WWE need to find a way to speed this process up?

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