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How much wrestling actually happened at Hell in a Cell 2021?

WWE featured six total matches on the main card of Hell in a Cell 2021.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 2 hours, 49 minutes, and 25 seconds (2h 49m 25s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the six matches that took place during this event:

  • 25m 44s: Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre
  • 19m 43s: Bianca Belair vs. Bayley
  • 16m 14s: Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
  • 14m 09s: Rhea Ripley vs. Charlotte Flair
  • 12m 40s: Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
  • 6m 55s: Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler

These times add up to 1h 35m 25s, which is roughly 56.3% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.0%.

The above times are right in the ballpark of what I expected coming into the show. The Alexa Bliss match is really the only one that didn’t get much time to work with, but then again, one could easily argue that seven minutes is more than enough for her voodoo hypnosis shtick. And of course, the Hell in a Cell matches were the two longest bouts of the night, as they should be.

Hell in a Cell 2021 is the final WWE PPV inside the ThunderDome. By my count there were 11 PPVs held inside the ThunderDome, and none of these events included more than seven matches on the main card. We’ll see how this changes, if at all, once WWE heads back on the road and live fans return. Overall, I’d say WWE should embrace the more compact nature of these PPV cards going forward, as it generally makes for a better viewing experience.

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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