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WWE SummerSlam 2019 match times stats breakdown

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WWE’s SummerSlam 2019 lasted for 3 hours 30 minutes and 5 seconds (3h 30m 05s). 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 SummerSlam 2019

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 22s Then, Now, Forever 0m 22s
0m 22s 2m 55s Video hyping SummerSlam 2019 2m 33s
2m 55s 4m 19s Opening pyro, welcome to SummerSlam 1m 24s
4m 19s 10m 45s Pre-match: Lynch vs. Natalya 6m 26s
10m 45s 23m 08s Lynch vs. Natalya 12m 23s
23m 08s 24m 46s Post-match: Lynch vs. Natalya 1m 38s
24m 46s 26m 36s Backstage Stratus interview 1m 50s
26m 36s 26m 59s Filler commentary 0m 23s
26m 59s 34m 52s Pre-match: Goldberg vs. Ziggler 7m 53s
34m 52s 36m 39s Goldberg vs. Ziggler 1m 47s
36m 39s 42m 16s Post-match: Goldberg vs. Ziggler 5m 37s
42m 16s 42m 47s Ad for Clash of Champions 2019 0m 31s
42m 47s 45m 00s Backstage w/New Day & Maverick 2m 13s
45m 00s 45m 25s Filler commentary; Plug for theme song 0m 25s
45m 25s 53m 46s Pre-match: Styles vs. Ricochet 8m 21s
53m 46s 1h 06m 41s Styles vs. Ricochet 12m 55s
1h 06m 41s 1h 09m 00s Post-match: Styles vs. Ricochet 2m 19s
1h 09m 00s 1h 10m 54s Backstage w/Street Profits & Flair 1m 54s
1h 10m 54s 1h 11m 25s Ad for Mayans 0m 31s
1h 11m 25s 1h 11m 57s Ad for Cricket Wireless 0m 32s
1h 11m 57s 1h 15m 20s Pre-match: Bayley vs. Moon 3m 23s
1h 15m 20s 1h 25m 22s Bayley vs. Moon 10m 02s
1h 25m 22s 1h 26m 32s Post-match: Bayley vs. Moon 1m 10s
1h 26m 32s 1h 27m 10s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 38s
1h 27m 10s 1h 27m 26s Filler commentary 0m 16s
1h 27m 26s 1h 35m 42s Pre-match: Owens vs. McMahon 8m 16s
1h 35m 42s 1h 45m 03s Owens vs. McMahon 9m 21s
1h 45m 03s 1h 47m 15s Post-match: Owens vs. McMahon 2m 12s
1h 47m 15s 1h 48m 52s Ad for WWE Network 1m 37s
1h 48m 52s 1h 49m 35s Filler commentary 0m 43s
1h 49m 35s 1h 53m 22s Recap of Reigns' mystery angle 3m 47s
1h 53m 22s 1h 56m 07s Pre-match: Stratus vs. Flair 2m 45s
1h 56m 07s 2h 12m 44s Stratus vs. Flair 16m 37s
2h 12m 44s 2h 16m 27s Post-match: Stratus vs. Flair 3m 43s
2h 16m 27s 2h 16m 50s Backstage w/Hart & Rollins 0m 23s
2h 16m 50s 2h 17m 41s Ad for WWE 2K20 0m 51s
2h 17m 41s 2h 18m 04s Filler commentary 0m 23s
2h 18m 04s 2h 27m 25s Pre-match: Kingston vs. Orton 9m 21s
2h 27m 25s 2h 43m 48s Kingston vs. Orton 16m 23s
2h 43m 48s 2h 47m 09s Post-match: Kingston vs. Orton 3m 21s
2h 47m 09s 2h 47m 40s Ad for Mayans 0m 31s
2h 47m 40s 2h 48m 11s Ad for Good Boys 0m 31s
2h 48m 11s 2h 48m 32s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 21s
2h 48m 32s 2h 48m 54s Filler commentary 0m 22s
2h 48m 54s 2h 57m 20s Pre-match: Balor vs. Wyatt 8m 26s
2h 57m 20s 3h 00m 49s Balor vs. Wyatt 3m 29s
3h 00m 49s 3h 02m 42s Post-match: Balor vs. Wyatt 1m 53s
3h 02m 42s 3h 03m 43s Ad for WWE 24: Kofi Kingston 1m 01s
3h 03m 43s 3h 04m 34s Hype for Clash of Champions 2019 0m 51s
3h 04m 34s 3h 13m 06s Pre-match: Lesnar vs. Rollins 8m 32s
3h 13m 06s 3h 26m 25s Lesnar vs. Rollins 13m 19s
3h 26m 25s 3h 30m 05s Post-match: Lesnar vs. Rollins 3m 40s

Match Times

The nine matches combined for a total time of 1h 36m 16s. This means that 45.8% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 88th highest percentage in this category out of the 92 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.

Here is the sorted list of match times for SummerSlam 2019. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 696 matches in my data set.

  • 16m 37s: Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair (203rd longest out of 696 matches)
  • 16m 23s: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton (210th)
  • 13m 19s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (302nd)
  • 12m 55s: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet (320th)
  • 12m 23s: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya (338th)
  • 10m 02s: Bayley vs. Ember Moon (450th)
  • 9m 21s: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (487th)
  • 3m 29s: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor (658th)
  • 1m 47s: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler (674th)

The fact that Charlotte’s match was the longest of the night yet only ranks 203rd longest in my data set seemed like something worth digging into deeper. It turns out that out of all 92 PPV events in my data set, only three events have a shorter “longest match of the night.”

With that in mind, here is the sorted list of every longest match of the night that failed to reach 18 minutes (pre-show matches are excluded):

To give you an idea of what the typical time range is for the longest match of the night, here is a quick breakdown for all 92 events going back to the start of 2013:

  • 16 to 17 minutes: 5 events
  • 17 to 18 minutes: 3 events
  • 18 to 19 minutes: 4 events
  • 19 to 20 minutes: 4 events
  • 20 to 21 minutes: 3 events
  • 21 to 22 minutes: 7 events
  • 22 to 23 minutes: 6 events
  • 23 to 24 minutes: 6 events
  • 24 to 25 minutes: 9 events
  • 25 to 26 minutes: 6 events
  • 26 to 27 minutes: 5 events
  • 27 to 28 minutes: 4 events
  • 28 minutes or greater: 30 events

The median longest match of the night is 24m 54s.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 03m 23s, which is 30.2% of the show. This is the 8th highest percentage in this category out of the 92 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all nine matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 6m 07s and the average time is 6m 28s.

  • 9m 21s: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
  • 8m 32s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
  • 8m 26s: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
  • 8m 21s: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
  • 8m 16s: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
  • 7m 53s: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 6m 26s: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
  • 3m 23s: Bayley vs. Ember Moon
  • 2m 45s: Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair

Seven matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. These seven video packages combined to take up 20m 18s of the pre-match segment time. Here is the sorted list of the times for those video packages.

  • 3m 51s: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
  • 3m 28s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
  • 3m 04s: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
  • 2m 52s: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
  • 2m 43s: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 2m 24s: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
  • 1m 56s: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya

I haven’t looked into how many of these video packages appear on the typical PPV, but I think it’s safe to assume that seven such packages (totaling 20+ minutes) ranks among the most ever. The only two matches that did not receive one of these video packages was Bayley vs. Moon and Stratus vs. Flair.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 25m 33s, which is 12.2% of the show. This is the 12th highest percentage in this category out of the 92 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all nine matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 00s and the average time is 2m 28s.

  • 5m 37s: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 3m 43s: Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 3m 40s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
  • 3m 21s: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
  • 2m 19s: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
  • 2m 12s: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
  • 1m 53s: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
  • 1m 38s: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
  • 1m 10s: Bayley vs. Ember Moon

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 11.8% (24m 53s) of the show for everything else. This is the 42nd highest percentage in this category out of the 92 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. SummerSlam 2019 included nine different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 4m 19s (Then Now Forever; Opening video & pyro)
  • Block 2: 2m 13s (Stratus interview)
  • Block 3: 3m 09s (Ad for Clash of Champions; New Day with Maverick)
  • Block 4: 2m 57s (Street Profits & Flair; Ads for Mayans & Cricket Wireless)
  • Block 5: 0m 54s (Ad for WWE Shop; filler commentary)
  • Block 6: 6m 07s (Ad for WWE Network; Recap of Reigns’ story)
  • Block 7: 1m 37s (Bret Hart with Rollins; Ad for WWE 2K20)
  • Block 8: 1m 45s (Ads for Mayans, Good Boys, WWE Shop)
  • Block 9: 1m 52s (Ad for WWE 24; Hype for Clash of Champions)

Summary

The overall run time for SummerSlam 2019 was 3h 30m 05s, and this ranks 29th longest out of all 92 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 696 entries in my data set.

  • 29m 05s: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton (173rd longest out of 696 entries)
  • 25m 31s: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins (228th)
  • 23m 35s: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet (270th)
  • 23m 05s: Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair (284th)
  • 20m 27s: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya (349th)
  • 19m 49s: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (369th)
  • 15m 17s: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler (513th)
  • 14m 35s: Bayley vs. Ember Moon (538th)
  • 13m 48s: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor (557th)

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 61.6%.

(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.)

  • 72.0%: Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 68.8%: Bayley vs. Ember Moon
  • 60.6%: Becky Lynch vs. Natalya
  • 56.3%: Kofi Kingston vs. Randy Orton
  • 54.8%: AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
  • 52.2%: Brock Lesnar vs. Seth Rollins
  • 47.2%: Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
  • 25.2%: Bray Wyatt vs. Finn Balor
  • 11.7%: Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler

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Final Results for SummerSlam 2019

Match - 45.8% - 1h 36m 16s

Pre-match - 30.2% - 1h 03m 23s

Post-match - 12.2% - 25m 33s

Miscellaneous - 11.8% - 24m 53s