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How much wrestling actually happened at Clash of Champions 2020?

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WWE featured seven total matches on the main card of Clash of Champions 2020 (Sun., Sept. 27).

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 2 hours, 58 minutes, and 9 seconds (2h 58m 09s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the seven matches that took place during this event:

  • 26m 42s: Jeff Hardy vs. AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn
  • 22m 56s: Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
  • 21m 35s: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
  • 8m 14s: Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews
  • 8m 13s: Street Profits vs. Angel Garza & Andrade
  • 7m 06s: Asuka vs. Zelina Vega
  • 3m 39s: Bayley vs. Asuka

These times add up to 1h 38m 25s, which is roughly 55.2% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.1%.

Two matches were canceled on the day of the show; Bayley’s advertised match with Nikki Cross was canceled, as was Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. the Riott Squad. As a result, Asuka’s match with Zelina Vega was moved from the pre-show onto the main card. During the show, Bayley then issued an open challenge, which was answered by Asuka.

Bayley’s match with Asuka ended in disqualification in less than four minutes. I guess WWE had the Sasha Banks post-match attack planned regardless of Bayley’s opponent, and the match itself didn’t matter to them.

On the other end of the spectrum, three of the matches on this show ran over 20 minutes. The general consensus among fans seems very positive for the stories that played out in the triple threat ladder match, Ambulance match, and Reigns versus Uso. Perhaps WWE gave some of these matches extra time to make up for the canceled matches (or in the case of the Street Profits, a match that ended early due to injury). Overall, WWE’s decisions on time allocation worked out well because these top three matches delivered.

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