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How much wrestling actually happened at Survivor Series 2020?

WWE featured six total matches on the main card of Survivor Series 2020 (Sun., Nov. 22).

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 27 minutes, and 10 seconds (3h 27m 10s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the six matches that took place during this event:

  • 24m 52s: Drew McIntyre vs. Roman Reigns
  • 23m 21s: Women’s elimination match
  • 18m 59s: Men’s elimination match
  • 14m 03s: Street Profits vs. New Day
  • 13m 08s: Asuka vs. Sasha Banks
  • 7m 46s: Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn

These times add up to 1h 42m 09s, which is roughly 49.3% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.1%.

The Undertaker’s final farewell played a significant role in the match time percentage falling under 50% for this event. The post-match segment for McIntyre vs. Reigns ended at around the 2h 51m 37s mark, and the match time percentage for the show up to that point was 59.5%. The Undertaker’s non-wrestling segment took up the rest of the night and brought that number down to 49.3%.

The only match on this card that didn’t get much time was Bobby Lashley vs. Sami Zayn, as expected.

That being said, the men’s elimination match time of 18m 59s stands out as a relatively short time for a men’s elimination match. Going back to 2013, here are the match times for all elimination matches on the main card of every Survivor Series event:

Survivor Series elimination match times (2013 - 2020)

Year Match Time
Year Match Time
2013 Rey, Usos, Cody, Goldust vs. Shield, Cesaro, Swagger 23m 25s
2013 Total Divas vs. True Divas 11m 30s
2014 Divas Elimination Match 14m 23s
2014 Team Cena vs. Team Authority 43m 07s
2015 Usos, Ryback, Lucha Dragons vs. New Day, Barrett, Sheamus 17m 34s
2016 Women's Elimination Match 17m 52s
2016 Raw tag teams vs. SmackDown tag teams 18m 54s
2016 Men's Elimination Match 52m 51s
2017 Women’s Elimination Match 18m 25s
2017 Men’s Elimination Match 33m 20s
2018 Women’s Elimination Match 20m 14s
2018 Men’s Elimination Match 24m 00s
2019 Women's Elimination Match 27m 53s
2019 Men's Elimination Match 29m 17s
2020 Women's Elimination Match 23m 21s
2020 Men's Elimination Match 18m 59s

If you the sort the above table by Time, you’ll notice that most of the men’s matches go beyond 20 minutes. Prior to this year, 2015 was the only year without a men’s elimination match that lasted longer than 20 minutes. The 2020 men’s match was a clean sweep with only five total eliminations, and so it resulted in a shorter match time than is typically expected.

Prior to 2020, the men’s elimination matches always received more time than the corresponding women’s elimination matches from the same year. Last year I wrote that the time gap was narrowing in recent years, and this year the women finally supplanted the men.

Are you surprised by any of these results, Cagesiders? Which of these matches received less (or more) time than you hoped for?

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