WWE booked an incomplete PPV card, resulting in three extra long cell matches


WWE featured six total matches on the main card of Hell in a Cell 2020 (Sun., Oct. 25).

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 2 hours, 57 minutes, and 24 seconds (2h 57m 24s). Here is a sorted list of the bell-to-bell times for the six matches that took place during this event:

  • 30m 33s: Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
  • 29m 07s: Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso
  • 26m 29s: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks
  • 7m 48s: Jeff Hardy vs. Elias
  • 7m 27s: Otis vs. The Miz
  • 3m 51s: Bobby Lashley vs. SLAPJACK

These times add up to 1h 45m 15s, which is roughly 59.3% of the show. For comparison’s sake, the overall match time percentage for all WWE PPVs since the start of 2013 is 54.1%.

The match time for McIntyre vs. Orton does not include the 2+ minute brawl that occurred outside the cell before the bell rang to officially begin the match.

The disparity in match times make it very clear that this was a three match card. On the one hand, having three HIAC matches on one card with an average time of 28m 43s doesn’t seem ideal. But when the best idea that WWE can come up with for an additional match is Lashley vs. SLAPJACK, that pretty much rules out swapping the excess cell time for more inconsequential filler matches. The alternative, of course, would be to plan ahead better so that there isn’t an incomplete card on the morning of the show that will require three of the matches to run extra long.

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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