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How much wrestling actually happened at Hell in a Cell 2018?

WWE featured 7 total matches on the main card of Hell in a Cell 2018 last night (Sun., Sept. 16, 2018) from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 40 minutes, and 46 seconds (3h 40m 46s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 7 matches that took place during this event:

  • 24m 52s: Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton
  • 23m 50s: Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman
  • 22m 57s: Ziggler & McIntyre vs. Ambrose & Rollins
  • 19m 01s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 13m 50s: Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch
  • 13m 01s: Brie & Bryan vs. Miz & Maryse
  • 12m 00s: Ronda Rousey vs. Alexa Bliss

These times add up to 2h 09m 31s, which is roughly 58.7% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

Roman and Strowman wrestled for roughly 13m 53s until the point when Braun kicked out of the pin fall attempt following a spear through a table. Brock Lesnar entered the ring approximately 7m 30s after that point. As far as I can tell, Reigns and Strowman just laid on the ring mat that entire time while their respective allies were brawling around and on top of the cage. Who knew that it was so easy to find some nap time in the middle of hell?

There was no bell to end the match, so I stopped the clock for their match time when the new referee used hand gestures to call the match off.

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 Hell in a Cell 2018 PPV later this week!

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