How much wrestling actually happened at Crown Jewel?

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WWE featured 11 total matches on the main card of Crown Jewel (Fri., Nov. 2, 2018) from the King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 42 minutes, and 54 seconds (3h 42m 54s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the 11 matches that took place during this event:

  • 27m 49s: D-Generation X vs. Brothers of Destruction
  • 13m 05s: Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 11m 10s: Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz
  • 11m 10s: AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
  • 10m 32s: The Bar vs. New Day
  • 8m 15s: Kurt Angle vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 6m 58s: Jeff Hardy vs. The Miz
  • 5m 25s: Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 5m 25s: Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
  • 3m 16s: Brock Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman
  • 2m 29s: Shane McMahon vs. Dolph Ziggler

These times add up to 1h 45m 34s, which is roughly 47.4% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.8%.

Out of the 81 total WWE PPVs that I have timed since the start of 2013, this match time percentage of 47.4% ranks as the 6th lowest.

The seven World Cup tournament matches combined for a total match time of 52m 47s, which is an average time of roughly 7m 32s per match. It’s not surprising to see so many short matches considering WWE’s past history of cutting match time with similar tournaments.

Last week’s Evolution PPV actually included more total match time than Crown Jewel despite the fact that the overall show time for Crown Jewel was at least 19 minutes longer.

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

Don’t forget to keep it here at Cageside Seats for a full breakdown of the timing for the entire Crown Jewel PPV later this week!




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