WrestleMania 35 lasted for 5 hours 24 minutes and 16 seconds (5h 24m 16s). 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 WrestleMania 35
|0m 00s||0m 20s||Then, Now, Forever||0m 20s|
|0m 20s||3m 55s||America the Beautiful||3m 35s|
|3m 55s||7m 48s||Video hyping WrestleMania 35||3m 53s|
|7m 48s||8m 48s||Welcome to WrestleMania 35||1m 00s|
|8m 48s||12m 48s||Bliss introduces Hogan||4m 00s|
|12m 48s||22m 28s||Pre-match: Lesnar vs. Rollins||9m 40s|
|22m 28s||24m 59s||Lesnar vs. Rollins||2m 31s|
|24m 59s||28m 28s||Post-match: Lesnar vs. Rollins||3m 29s|
|28m 28s||29m 07s||Ad for WWE Shop||0m 39s|
|29m 07s||33m 35s||Pre-match: Styles vs. Orton||4m 28s|
|33m 35s||49m 47s||Styles vs. Orton||16m 12s|
|49m 47s||51m 12s||Post-match: Styles vs. Orton||1m 25s|
|51m 12s||51m 44s||Ad for Cricket Wireless||0m 32s|
|51m 44s||52m 16s||Ad for WWE 2K19||0m 32s|
|52m 16s||53m 12s||Lacey Evans walks out||0m 56s|
|53m 12s||1h 1m 00s||Pre-match: SmackDown tag championship 4-way||7m 48s|
|1h 1m 00s||1h 11m 04s||SmackDown tag championship 4-way||10m 04s|
|1h 11m 04s||1h 12m 17s||Post-match: SmackDown tag championship 4-way||1m 13s|
|1h 12m 17s||1h 20m 40s||HOF ceremony recap & on-stage segment||8m 23s|
|1h 20m 40s||1h 29m 10s||Pre-match: Miz vs. Shane||8m 30s|
|1h 29m 10s||1h 44m 38s||Miz vs. Shane||15m 28s|
|1h 44m 38s||1h 46m 54s||Post-match: Miz vs. Shane||2m 16s|
|1h 46m 54s||1h 47m 28s||Ad for Money in the Bank 2019||0m 34s|
|1h 47m 28s||1h 48m 02s||Ad for DAZN||0m 34s|
|1h 48m 02s||1h 48m 20s||Plug for PPV theme song||0m 18s|
|1h 48m 20s||1h 55m 26s||Pre-match: Women's tag championship 4-way||7m 06s|
|1h 55m 26s||2h 06m 13s||Women's tag championship 4-way||10m 47s|
|2h 06m 13s||2h 08m 04s||Post-match: Women's tag championship 4-way||1m 51s|
|2h 08m 04s||2h 09m 03s||HMLA-773 in audience||0m 59s|
|2h 09m 03s||2h 19m 12s||Pre-match: Bryan vs. Kingston||10m 09s|
|2h 19m 12s||2h 42m 57s||Bryan vs. Kingston||23m 45s|
|2h 42m 57s||2h 47m 43s||Post-match: Bryan vs. Kingston||4m 46s|
|2h 47m 43s||2h 48m 22s||Ad for Superstars For Hope||0m 39s|
|2h 48m 22s||2h 50m 00s||Recap of Andre Battle Royal||1m 38s|
|2h 50m 00s||2h 51m 05s||Backstage w/Bliss, Hall, Nash, SNL guys||1m 05s|
|2h 51m 05s||2h 55m 19s||Pre-match: Joe vs. Mysterio||4m 14s|
|2h 55m 19s||2h 56m 19s||Joe vs. Mysterio||1m 00s|
|2h 56m 19s||2h 57m 45s||Post-match: Joe vs. Mysterio||1m 26s|
|2h 57m 45s||2h 58m 46s||Ad for Stuber||1m 01s|
|2h 58m 46s||2h 59m 12s||Filler commentary||0m 26s|
|2h 59m 12s||3h 07m 19s||Pre-match: Reigns vs. McIntyre||8m 07s|
|3h 07m 19s||3h 17m 29s||Reigns vs. McIntyre||10m 10s|
|3h 17m 29s||3h 19m 21s||Post-match: Reigns vs. McIntyre||1m 52s|
|3h 19m 21s||3h 19m 55s||Ad for Money in the Bank 2019||0m 34s|
|3h 19m 55s||3h 20m 36s||Ad for Snickers||0m 41s|
|3h 20m 36s||3h 33m 17s||Elias segment with Cena||12m 41s|
|3h 33m 17s||3h 47m 37s||Pre-match: Triple H vs. Batista||14m 20s|
|3h 47m 37s||4h 12m 23s||Triple H vs. Batista||24m 46s|
|4h 12m 23s||4h 13m 58s||Post-match: Triple H vs. Batista||1m 35s|
|4h 13m 58s||4h 14m 43s||Backstage w/Bliss, B-Team, Simmons||0m 45s|
|4h 14m 43s||4h 18m 56s||Pre-match: Angle vs. Corbin||4m 13s|
|4h 18m 56s||4h 24m 55s||Angle vs. Corbin||5m 59s|
|4h 24m 55s||4h 29m 00s||Post-match: Angle vs. Corbin||4m 05s|
|4h 29m 00s||4h 29m 39s||Ad for WWE Shop||0m 39s|
|4h 29m 39s||4h 35m 40s||Pre-match: Balor vs. Lashley||6m 01s|
|4h 35m 40s||4h 39m 42s||Balor vs. Lashley||4m 02s|
|4h 39m 42s||4h 41m 03s||Post-match: Balor vs. Lashley||1m 21s|
|4h 41m 03s||4h 41m 21s||Filler commentary||0m 18s|
|4h 41m 21s||4h 44m 27s||Attendance announcement; Dance break||3m 06s|
|4h 44m 27s||4h 45m 29s||Ad for Miz and Mrs||1m 02s|
|4h 45m 29s||4h 46m 09s||Ad for WrestleMania 36||0m 40s|
|4h 46m 09s||5h 00m 17s||Pre-match: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch||14m 08s|
|5h 00m 17s||5h 21m 44s||Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch||21m 27s|
|5h 21m 44s||5h 24m 16s||Post-match: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch||2m 32s|
The 12 matches combined for a total time of 2h 26m 11s. This means that 45.1% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 84th highest percentage in this category out of the 87 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013. The only events with a smaller percentage are WrestleMania 33, WrestleMania 34, and WrestleMania 31.
Here is the sorted list of match times for WrestleMania 35. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 648 matches in my data set.
- 24m 46s: Triple H vs. Batista (56th longest out of 648 matches)
- 23m 45s: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (70th)
- 21m 27s: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch (112th)
- 16m 12s: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton (200th)
- 15m 28s: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (219th)
- 10m 47s: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way (389th)
- 10m 10s: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre (414th)
- 10m 04s: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way (416th)
- 5m 59s: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin (577th)
- 4m 02s: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley (610th)
- 2m 31s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (624th)
- 1m 00s: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio (635th)
Heading into WrestleMania 35, I wondered how WWE was going to cram 13 matches onto a 5 hour card. The answer was to move one of those matches to the pre-show (sorry, Revival), book four of the remaining 12 matches to run less than six minutes, and to extend the main card to almost 5.5 hours in length.
Six years ago I wrote about all the matches in WrestleMania history that surpassed 20 minutes in length. That was right before WrestleMania 29, and there were no women’s matches on that list.
Over the next six WrestleMania events, 14 more matches joined the 20-minute club. There was one mixed tag match in that group (Rousey’s match at WrestleMania 34), but the rest were all men’s matches.
Things finally started to change at WrestleMania 32, with a 16 minute triple threat match between Charlotte Flair, Sasha Banks, and Becky Lynch. WrestleMania 33 included two women’s matches on the main card that combined for a total length of roughly 18 minutes. The big championship match last year at WrestleMania 34 between Asuka and Charlotte Flair barely broke 13 minutes in length. Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss also had a 9 minute match on the main card last year.
Here were are six years later, and we finally have one. The first ever women’s main event in WrestleMania history also became the first ever women’s match in the history of the event to reach the 20 minute mark.
The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 38m 44s, which is 30.4% of the show. This is the 6th highest percentage in this category out of the 87 events in my data set.
Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 12 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 6m 05s and the average time is 6m 29s.
- 14m 20s: Triple H vs. Batista
- 14m 08s: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch
- 10m 09s: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
- 9m 40s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
- 8m 30s: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
- 8m 07s: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
- 7m 48s: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way
- 7m 06s: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way
- 6m 01s: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
- 4m 28s: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
- 4m 14s: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
- 4m 13s: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
All the timing details on the pre-match superstar entrances as well as the pre-match hype video packages can be found here.
I started the clock for Lesnar’s pre-match segment as soon as Paul Heyman appeared on screen, even though Hulk Hogan’s theme music was still playing. Heyman’s appearance overlapped with the ending of the segment with Bliss and Hogan, and I decided to put all that Heyman screen time into the pre-match category.
Approximately 4m 29s lapsed between the time when Brock Lesnar initially struck Seth Rollins and when the bell actually rang to start the match, and this time all fell into the pre-show category. This pre-match assault was longer than their actual match time of 2m 31s.
The brief introductions for all of the special commentators (Lawler, Paige, Booker T, JBL, HBK) all counted as part of the pre-match segment time for those respective matches.
The post-match segments combined for a total time of 27m 51s, which is 8.6% of the show. This is the 49th highest percentage in this category out of the 87 events in my data set.
Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 12 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 28s.
- 4m 46s: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
- 4m 05s: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
- 3m 29s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
- 2m 32s: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch
- 2m 16s: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
- 1m 52s: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
- 1m 51s: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way
- 1m 35s: Triple H vs. Batista
- 1m 26s: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
- 1m 25s: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
- 1m 21s: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
- 1m 13s: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way
That leaves about 15.9% (51m 30s) of the show for everything else. This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 87 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. WrestleMania 35 included 12 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:
- Block 1: 12m 48s (America the Beautiful; Opening video; Bliss/Hogan)
- Block 2: 0m 39s (Ad for WWE Shop)
- Block 3: 2m 00s (Ads for Cricket Wireless & WWE 2K19; Lacey cameo)
- Block 4: 8m 23s (HOF ceremony video recap & on-stage intros)
- Block 5: 1m 26s (Ad for Money in the Bank; Ad for DAZN)
- Block 6: 0m 59s (HMLA-773 in audience)
- Block 7: 3m 22s (Superstars For Hope; Pre-show recap, SNL guys w/ Hall & Nash)
- Block 8: 1m 27s (Ad for Stuber; filler commentary)
- Block 9: 13m 56s (Ads for Money in the Bank & Snickers; Elias segment w/Cena)
- Block 10: 0m 45s (Backstage with Bliss, B-Team, Simmons)
- Block 11: 0m 39s (Ad for WWE Shop)
- Block 12: 5m 06s (Attendance; Dance break; Ads for Miz and Mrs & WrestleMania 36)
The overall run time for WrestleMania 35 was 5h 24m 16s, and this is by far the longest out of all 87 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 648 entries in my data set.
- 40m 41s: Triple H vs. Batista (41st longest out of 648 entries)
- 38m 40s: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston (52nd)
- 38m 07s: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch (57th)
- 26m 14s: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon (204th)
- 22m 05s: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton (286th)
- 20m 09s: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre (336th)
- 19m 44s: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way (349th)
- 19m 05s: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way (366th)
- 15m 40s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (466th)
- 14m 17s: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin (503rd)
- 11m 24s: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley (581st)
- 6m 40s: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio (636th)
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 61.8%.
(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.)
- 73.4%: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
- 61.4%: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
- 60.9%: Triple H vs. Batista
- 59.0%: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
- 56.3%: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch
- 54.6%: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way
- 52.8%: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way
- 50.5%: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
- 41.9%: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
- 35.4%: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
- 16.1%: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
- 15.0%: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio
Final Results for WrestleMania 35
Match - 45.1% - 2h 26m 11s
Pre-match - 30.4% - 1h 38m 44s
Post-match - 8.6% - 27m 51s
Miscellaneous - 15.9% - 51m 30s