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WWE SummerSlam 2018 match times stats breakdown

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WWE’s SummerSlam 2018 lasted for 4 hours 1 minute and 33 seconds (4h 01m 33s). 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 SummerSlam 2018

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 20s Then, Now, Forever 0m 20s
0m 20s 3m 09s Video hyping SummerSlam 2m 49s
3m 09s 3m 48s Welcome to SummerSlam 0m 39s
3m 48s 8m 16s Pre-match for Ziggler vs. Rollins 4m 28s
8m 16s 30m 17s Ziggler vs. Rollins 22m 01s
30m 17s 32m 13s Post-match for Ziggler vs. Rollins 1m 56s
32m 13s 32m 45s Ad for WWE 2K19 0m 32s
32m 45s 33m 16s Ad for MLB Tap Sports Baseball '18 0m 31s
33m 16s 35m 04s Backstage interview with Bella Twins 1m 48s
35m 04s 35m 23s Filler commentary 0m 19s
35m 23s 38m 55s Pre-match for Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day 3m 32s
38m 55s 48m 22s Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day 9m 27s
48m 22s 49m 59s Post-match for Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day 1m 37s
49m 59s 50m 54s Ad for Total Divas 0m 55s
50m 54s 51m 35s Jon Stewart in audience 0m 41s
51m 35s 59m 01s Pre-match for Strowman vs. Owens 7m 26s
59m 01s 1h 00m 56s Strowman vs. Owens 1m 55s
1h 00m 56s 1h 02m 14s Post-match for Strowman vs. Owens 1m 18s
1h 02m 14s 1h 03m 08s Ad for Cricket Wireless 0m 54s
1h 03m 08s 1h 03m 35s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 27s
1h 03m 35s 1h 11m 31s Pre-match for Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte 7m 56s
1h 11m 31s 1h 26m 12s Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte 14m 41s
1h 26m 12s 1h 31m 17s Post-match for Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte 5m 05s
1h 31m 17s 1h 39m 47s Pre-match for Styles vs. Joe 8m 30s
1h 39m 47s 2h 02m 31s Styles vs. Joe 22m 44s
2h 02m 31s 2h 05m 20s Post-match for Styles vs. Joe 2m 49s
2h 05m 20s 2h 07m 12s Ad for WWE Network 1m 52s
2h 07m 12s 2h 07m 29s Filler commentary 0m 17s
2h 07m 29s 2h 11m 46s Elias Concert 4m 17s
2h 11m 46s 2h 13m 47s Backstage with Miz & B-Team 2m 01s
2h 13m 47s 2h 14m 08s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 21s
2h 14m 08s 2h 21m 46s Pre-match for Bryan vs. Miz 7m 38s
2h 21m 46s 2h 45m 12s Bryan vs. Miz 23m 26s
2h 45m 12s 2h 47m 09s Post-match for Bryan vs. Miz 1m 57s
2h 47m 09s 2h 48m 11s Ad for Mayans 1m 02s
2h 48m 11s 2h 49m 02s Hype for Mae Young Classic 0m 51s
2h 49m 02s 2h 51m 43s Hype for Undertaker vs. Triple H 2m 41s
2h 51m 43s 2h 58m 09s Pre-match for Balor vs. Corbin 6m 26s
2h 58m 09s 2h 59m 40s Balor vs. Corbin 1m 31s
2h 59m 40s 3h 01m 20s Post-match for Balor vs. Corbin 1m 40s
3h 01m 20s 3h 02m 09s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 49s
3h 02m 09s 3h 03m 37s Backstage with Bryan & Brie 1m 28s
3h 03m 37s 3h 07m 57s Pre-match for Nakamura vs. Hardy 4m 20s
3h 07m 57s 3h 18m 55s Nakamura vs. Hardy 10m 58s
3h 18m 55s 3h 21m 27s Post-match for Nakamura vs. Hardy 2m 32s
3h 21m 27s 3h 22m 23s Hype for WWE Story Time 0m 56s
3h 22m 23s 3h 30m 35s Pre-match for Bliss vs. Rousey 8m 12s
3h 30m 35s 3h 35m 14s Bliss vs. Rousey 4m 39s
3h 35m 14s 3h 38m 57s Post-match for Bliss vs. Rousey 3m 43s
3h 38m 57s 3h 40m 08s Hype for Hell in a Cell 2018 1m 11s
3h 40m 08s 3h 53m 19s Pre-match for Lesnar vs. Reigns 13m 11s
3h 53m 19s 3h 59m 28s Lesnar vs. Reigns 6m 09s
3h 59m 28s 4h 01m 33s Post-match for Lesnar vs. Reigns 2m 05s

Match Times

The 10 matches combined for a total time of 1h 57m 31s. This means that 48.7% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 67th highest percentage in this category out of the 77 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 SummerSlam 2018. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 562 matches in my data set.

  • 23m 26s: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (58th longest out of 562 matches)
  • 22m 44s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (69th)
  • 22m 01s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (82nd)
  • 14m 41s: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte (210th)
  • 10m 58s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy (326th)
  • 9m 27s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day (383rd)
  • 6m 09s: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (500th)
  • 4m 39s: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey (529th)
  • 1m 55s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (547th)
  • 1m 31s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (548th)

The main card of SummerSlam included 5 matches from Raw and 5 matches from SmackDown. 5 of the 6 longest matches of the night came from the blue brand, whereas the 4 shortest matches of the night came from the red brand.

The total match time for SmackDown’s 5 matches was 1h 21m 16s, and for Raw’s 5 matches the total match time was 36m 15s. This means that roughly 69.2% of the total match time at SummerSlam came from SmackDown. SmackDown more than doubled Raw’s total match time.

Sticking to just the Raw side of the equation, the match time for Rollins vs. Ziggler (22m 01s) was longer than all the other 4 Raw matches combined (14m 14s)!

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 11m 39s, which is 29.7% of the show. This is the 6th highest percentage in this category out of the 77 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 10 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 50s and the average time is 6m 24s.

  • 13m 11s: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • 8m 30s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 8m 12s: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey
  • 7m 56s: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte
  • 7m 38s: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
  • 7m 26s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
  • 6m 26s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
  • 4m 28s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 4m 20s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy
  • 3m 32s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day

Six matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping Strowman’s match (3m 48s), Carmella’s match (3m 11s), Joe’s match (3m 43s), Bryan’s match (4m 12s), Rousey’s match (3m 39s), and Lesnar’s match (4m 50s) combined to take up 23m 23s of the pre-match segment time.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 24m 42s, which is 10.2% of the show. This is the 29th highest percentage in this category out of the 77 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 10 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 1m 59s and the average time is 2m 27s.

  • 5m 05s: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte
  • 3m 43s: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey
  • 2m 49s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 2m 32s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy
  • 2m 05s: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • 1m 57s: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
  • 1m 56s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 1m 40s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin
  • 1m 37s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day
  • 1m 18s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 11.5% (27m 41s) of the show for everything else. This is the 42nd highest percentage in this category out of the 77 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. SummerSlam 2018 included 9 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 48s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video)
  • Block 2: 3m 10s (Ads for WWE 2K19 & MLB Tap Sports; Backstage w/Bella Twins)
  • Block 3: 1m 36s (Ad for Total Divas; Jon Stewart in audience)
  • Block 4: 1m 21s (Ad for Cricket Wireless; Plug for PPV theme song)
  • Block 5: 8m 48s (Ad for WWE Network; Elias; Backstage w/Miz & B-Team)
  • Block 6: 4m 34s (Ad for Mayans; Hype for MYC; Hype for HHH vs. Taker)
  • Block 7: 2m 17s (Ad for WWE Shop; Backstage w/Bryan & Brie)
  • Block 8: 0m 56s (Hype for WWE Story Time)
  • Block 9: 1m 11s (Hype for Hell in a Cell 2018)

Summary

The overall run time for SummerSlam 2018 was 4h 01m 33s, and this ranks 8th highest out of all 77 events in my data set.

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 562 entries in my data set.

  • 34m 03s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (90th longest out of 562 entries)
  • 33m 01s: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz (102nd)
  • 28m 25s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (145th)
  • 27m 42s: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte (153rd)
  • 21m 25s: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns (260th)
  • 17m 50s: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy (341st)
  • 16m 34s: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey (379th)
  • 14m 36s: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day (426th)
  • 10m 39s: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens (507th)
  • 9m 37s: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin (529th)

The 5 SmackDown matches account for 59.5% of time included in the above table.

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 62.1%.

(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.)

  • 77.5%: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 71.0%: Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz
  • 66.8%: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 64.7%: Bludgeon Brothers vs. New Day
  • 61.5%: Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Jeff Hardy
  • 53.0%: Carmella vs. Becky vs. Charlotte
  • 28.7%: Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns
  • 28.1%: Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey
  • 18.0%: Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens
  • 15.8%: Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin

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Final Results for SummerSlam 2018

Match - 48.7% - 1h 57m 31s

Pre-match - 29.7% - 1h 11m 39s

Post-match - 10.2% - 24m 42s

Miscellaneous - 11.5% - 27m 41s