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How much wrestling actually happened at SummerSlam 2020?

WWE featured seven total matches on the main card of SummerSlam 2020 (Sun., Aug. 23).

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 4 minutes, and 51 seconds (3h 04m 51s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the seven matches that took place during this event:

  • 22m 35s: Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins
  • 20m 35s: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
  • 11m 59s: Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt
  • 11m 35s: Bayley vs. Asuka
  • 11m 29s: Sasha Banks vs. Asuka
  • 10m 02s: Mandy Rose vs. Sonya Deville
  • 7m 49s: Street Profits vs. Andrade & Garza

These times add up to 1h 36m 04s, which is roughly 52.0% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.1%.

Dominik Mysterio’s first match in WWE took place at this event, and it was the longest match of the night. I never saw that coming.

It’s also worth noting that both of Asuka’s matches were roughly the same length, so WWE didn’t really de-emphasize one in favor of the other.

It was refreshing to not have to figure out how to time a cinematic match for once. That staple of WWE pay-per-view during the pandemic era was nowhere to be seen at SummerSlam.

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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