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Great things happen when women get time on pay-per-view

AEW All Out 2020

My favorite match at AEW’s All Out 2020 was the women’s championship match featuring Hikaru Shida defending the gold against Thunder Rosa. One thing I noticed about this bout is that it received plenty of time to tell a great story. In fact, it turns out that their match is the longest women’s match thus far on any AEW pay-per-view main card.

Here is the sorted list of match times for every women’s match in AEW PPV history:

  • 16m 57s: Hikaru Shida vs. Thunder Rosa (All Out 2020)
  • 16m 34s: Nyla Rose vs. Hikaru Shida (Double or Nothing 2020)
  • 13m 23s: Hikaru Shida vs. Riho (All Out 2019)
  • 13m 18s: Riho vs. Emi Sakura (Full Gear)
  • 13m 02s: Riho vs. Rose vs. Sakazaki (Fyter Fest 2019)
  • 13m 00s: Shida, Riho, Mizunami vs. Kong, Sakazaki, Sakura (Double or Nothing 2019)
  • 12m 46s: Nyla Rose vs. Kris Statlander (Revolution)
  • 11m 07s: Rae vs. Baker vs. Rose vs. Kong (Double or Nothing 2019)
  • 10m 17s: Allie vs. Brandi Rhodes (Fight for the Fallen 2019)
  • 8m 10s: Kris Statlander vs. Penelope Ford (Double or Nothing 2020)
  • 6m 18s: Britt Baker vs. Big Swole (All Out 2020)

A 1-on-1 women’s match that gets nearly 17 minutes stands out to me, so I was curious to see which WWE women’s 1-on-1 PPV matches have received even more time than Shida vs. Rosa. Here’s the list that I’ve come up with:

  • 32m 57s: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte Flair (Roadblock: End of the Line)
  • 28m 39s: Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair (Evolution)
  • 22m 12s: Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair (Hell in Cell 2016)
  • 21m 23s: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (Hell in a Cell 2019)
  • 20m 27s: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair (WrestleMania 36)
  • 20m 12s: Asuka vs. Sasha Banks (Extreme Rules 2020)
  • 17m 08s: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (Royal Rumble 2019)

There are a lot of damn good matches on this list.

One of the reasons why I remain optimistic about AEW’s women’s division, despite some glaring issues, is because I believe that their championship matches will get time to shine on PPV. And it’s pretty clear that when women’s wrestling gets enough time, great things happen.