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How much wrestling actually happened at Extreme Rules 2019?

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WWE featured 11 total matches on the main card of Extreme Rules 2019 (Sun., July 14) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 53 minutes, and 43 seconds (3h 53m 43s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 11 matches that took place during this event:

  • 19m 56s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin
  • 17m 29s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 16m 55s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre
  • 16m 31s: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
  • 14m 00s: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
  • 12m 34s: The Revival vs. The Usos
  • 10m 22s: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
  • 9m 47s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
  • 9m 45s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
  • 0m 17s: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 0m 16s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar

These times add up to 2h 07m 52s, which is roughly 54.7% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.9%.

In that time, there have been 74 PPV matches where the WWE Championship has been on the line. Only 6 of those matches fell short of 10 minutes in length, and that includes Kingston’s match with Joe from this card.

Only 12 of those 74 matches failed to reach 14 minutes in length, and here is the full list of those 12 WWE Championship bouts:

  • 0m 08s: Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose (Money in the Bank 2016)
  • 0m 08s: Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton (SummerSlam 2013)
  • 0m 38s: Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus (Survivor Series 2015)
  • 8m 16s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (Battleground 2015)
  • 9m 03s: Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns (Survivor Series 2015)
  • 9m 47s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe (Extreme Rules 2019)
  • 10m 12s: Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler (Super ShowDown)
  • 10m 27s: Bray Wyatt vs. Randy Orton (WrestleMania 33)
  • 11m 10s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe (Crown Jewel)
  • 11m 10s: Randy Orton vs. Big Show (Survivor Series 2013)
  • 11m 24s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (SummerSlam 2017)
  • 12m 03s: Jinder Mahal vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (Hell in a Cell 2017)

The above list shows that this is not the first match of Kingston’s current championship reign to land towards the bottom of the list of WWE championship match times. Kingston’s match with Joe is the third shortest out of all the matches that did not include a Money in the Bank cash-in attempt.

This list is also filled with several underwhelming matches, and demonstrates that it’s much more difficult to have a top notch match when the time isn’t there for it.

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 Extreme Rules 2019 PPV later this week!