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How much wrestling actually happened at Extreme Rules 2018?

WWE featured 10 total matches on the main card of Extreme Rules 2018 last night (Sun., July 15, 2018) from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 28 seconds (3h 40m 28s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 10 matches that took place during this event:

  • 30m 14s: Dolph Ziggler vs. Seth Rollins
  • 15m 34s: AJ Styles vs. Rusev
  • 14m 53s: Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 8m 18s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
  • 8m 17s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. Team Hell No
  • 8m 06s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
  • 7m 59s: Deleters of Worlds vs. The B-Team
  • 7m 22s: Alexa Bliss vs. Nia Jax
  • 5m 24s: Carmella vs. Asuka
  • 0m 06s: Jeff Hardy vs. Shinsuke Nakamura

These times add up to 1h 46m 13s, which is roughly 48.2% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

It’s pretty stunning to see so many matches fall under 10 minutes in length, but that’s one of the consequences of trying to fit 10 matches onto a card in under 4 hours, with one of those matches guaranteed to receive 30 minutes. Seeing the two women’s championship matches near the very bottom of the list certainly makes it seem like Extreme Rules was a step in the wrong direction for women’s wrestling in WWE.

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 Extreme Rules 2018 PPV later this week!

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