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How much wrestling actually happened at Crown Jewel 2021?

WWE featured nine total matches on the main card of Crown Jewel 2021.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 58 minutes, and 42 seconds (3h 58m 42s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the nine matches that took place during this event:

  • 27m 39s: Edge vs. Seth Rollins
  • 19m 23s: Lynch vs. Belair vs. Banks
  • 13m 23s: Big E vs. Drew McIntyre
  • 12m 20s: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
  • 11m 25s: Goldberg vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 10m 03s: Mansoor vs. Mustafa Ali
  • 9m 37s: Xavier Woods vs. Finn Bálor
  • 8m 42s: RK-Bro vs. Omos & AJ Styles
  • 5m 50s: Doudrop vs. Zelina Vega

These times add up to 1h 58m 22s, which is roughly 49.6% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.9%.

Edge is still a true marathon man, once again wrestling for damn near 30 minutes and outpacing everyone else on the card.

On the other side of the spectrum, Doudrop vs. Zelina Vega was a fitting end to the Queen’s Crown Tournament, which is one of the worst wrestling tournaments that I can recall. The Crown Jewel match was actually the longest of the entire tournament by a good amount, despite being the shortest match on this PPV. Overall, the seven matches in the tournament had a cumulative match time of under 20 minutes. WWE should probably never book two tournaments to run concurrently if this is how the time will be allocated. It would also help if the field wasn’t filled with so many low card wrestlers, because those are the very wrestlers who WWE likely won’t give much time in the ring.

Finally, Crown Jewel featured a Goldberg match that went longer than 11 minutes and was actually good! Perhaps the legend has more left in the tank than I’ve previously assumed. I think this version of Goldberg who isn’t competing for titles and is instead motivated by personal strife (and excessive murder) fits better into WWE storylines at this stage of his career. WWE’s next Saudi Arabia show will be here before you know it, and that’s probably when we’ll see Goldberg wrestle again.

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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