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How much wrestling actually happened at WrestleMania 35?

WWE featured 12 total matches on the main card of WrestleMania 35 (Sun., Apr. 7) from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 5 hours, 24 minutes, and 16 seconds (5h 24m 16s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 12 matches that took place during this event:

  • 24m 46s: Triple H vs. Batista
  • 23m 45s: Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston
  • 21m 27s: Rousey vs. Flair vs. Lynch
  • 16m 12s: AJ Styles vs. Randy Orton
  • 15m 28s: The Miz vs. Shane McMahon
  • 10m 47s: Women’s tag championship Fatal 4-way
  • 10m 10s: Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
  • 10m 04s: SmackDown tag championship Fatal 4-way
  • 5m 59s: Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin
  • 4m 02s: Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 2m 31s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
  • 1m 00s: Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio

These times add up to 2h 26m 11s, which is roughly 45.1% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

This percentage right in line with the average WrestleMania event since 2013.

Despite the fact that Triple H and Batista are both in the neighborhood of 50 years old, they still had the longest match of the night. This isn’t remotely surprising because Triple H is always in the running for that distinction.

I started timing these annual events in 2013 with WrestleMania 29, and the only year where Triple H doesn’t have a claim to the longest match of the night was in 2016 at WrestleMania 32. His 27 minute match with Roman Reigns fell a bit short of the 30 minute match between Undertaker and Shane McMahon.

Outside of that year, Triple H always has at least a tie for the longest match of the night. Triple H also had the longest match at WrestleMania in 2011 and 2012, so this makes it eight out of the last nine years.

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 WrestleMania 35 PPV later this week!

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