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How much wrestling actually happened at Hell in a Cell 2019?

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WWE featured eight total matches on the main card of Hell in a Cell 2019 (Sun., Oct. 6) from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 17 minutes, and 18 seconds (3h 17m 18s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the eight matches that took place during this event:

  • 21m 23s: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
  • 17m 02s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend
  • 16m 45s: Reigns & Bryan vs. Rowan & Harper
  • 12m 40s: Chad Gable vs. Baron Corbin
  • 12m 12s: Ali vs. Randy Orton
  • 10m 25s: Bliss & Cross vs. Kabuki Warriors
  • 10m 13s: Bayley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 8m 13s: Strowman & Viking Raiders vs. The O.C.

These times add up to 1h 48m 53s, which is roughly 55.2% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.8%.

Bayley and Charlotte Flair had the shortest match of the night last month at Clash of Champions. Considering that their rematch was one of only four advertised matches for Hell in a Cell, theoretically they should have had plenty of time to work with here.

They did get 10 minutes this time, but they still ended up with the second shortest match of the main card. They fell short of the match time for three of the four matches that were not advertised prior to Sunday.

I did not count any of the 24/7 title shenanigans as matches for this event. Those backstage title changes just don’t really lend themselves well to any of the timing related data that I prefer to track, so they will be ignored.

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 2019 PPV later this week!