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How much wrestling actually happened at SummerSlam 2018?

WWE featured 10 total matches on the main card of SummerSlam 2018 last night (Sun., Aug. 19, 2018) from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 4 hours, 1 minute, and 33 seconds (4h 01m 33s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 10 matches that took place during this event:

  • 23m 26s: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
  • 22m 44s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 22m 01s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 14m 41s: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte
  • 10m 58s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy
  • 9m 27s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day
  • 6m 09s: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • 4m 39s: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey
  • 1m 55s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
  • 1m 31s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

These times add up to 1h 57m 31s, which is roughly 48.7% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.9%.

This card featured three long matches that lasted north of 22 minutes, as well as three squash matches that lasted under 5 minutes.

The video package that aired prior to the entrances for Strowman’s match lasted 3m 48s, which was much longer than his actual match time of 1m 55s.

Similarly, Finn Balor’s entrance time of 3m 30s was more than twice as long as his actual match time of 1m31s.

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 SummerSlam 2018 PPV later this week!

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