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How much wrestling actually happened at Elimination Chamber 2020?

WWE featured seven total matches on the main card of Elimination Chamber 2020 (Sun., Mar. 8) from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes, and 57 seconds (3h 39m 57s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the seven matches that took place during this event:

  • 32m 53s: Tag Team Elimination Chamber
  • 23m 12s: Aleister Black vs. AJ Styles
  • 20m 59s: Women’s Elimination Chamber
  • 18m 21s: Street Profits vs. Seth Rollins & Murphy
  • 14m 20: Daniel Bryan vs. Drew Gulak
  • 12m 32s: Andrade vs. Humberto Carrillo
  • 8m 24s: Strowman vs. Cesaro, Zayn, Nakamura

These times add up to 2h 10m 41s, which is roughly 59.4% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

There have now been 26 Elimination Chamber matches in WWE history. Here are the six shortest such matches (I used timing data from ProFightDB for matches prior to 2013, and used my own timing data for all other matches):

  • 19m 12s: Triple H wins at SummerSlam 2003
  • 20m 59s: Shayna Baszler wins at Elimination Chamber 2020
  • 23m 38s: New Day wins at Elimination Chamber 2015
  • 23m 54s: Triple H wins at No Way Out 2008
  • 24m 42s: Bobby Lashley wins at December to Dismember 2006
  • 25m 12s: Ryback wins at Elimination Chamber 2015

These are the only chamber matches in history to fall short of 28 minutes in length. The median time for all 26 chamber matches is 32m 04s. Triple H’s chamber match in 2003 also included Goldberg and Kevin Nash as participants, so that helps explain why the match was so short. That is the only chamber match that has ever been shorter than the women’s chamber match from this year.

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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