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How much wrestling actually happened at SummerSlam 2022?

WWE featured eight total matches on the main card of SummerSlam 2022which took place on July 30 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The main card of this pay-per-view (PPV) lasted 3 hours, 39 minutes and 37 seconds (3h 39m 37s). Here is a sorted list of bell-to-bell times for the eight games that took place at this event:

  • 22m 55s: Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar
  • 15m 10s: Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch
  • 14m 15s: Logan Paul vs The Miz
  • 13m 23s: The Usos vs Street Profits
  • 11m 09s: The Mysterios against the Last Judgment
  • 10m 39s: Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin
  • 4m 43s: Bobby Lashley vs Theory
  • 4m 34s: Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey

These times total 1h 36m 48s, or about 44.1% of the show. For comparison, the overall match time percentage for WWE’s 132 PPVs since the start of 2013 is 53.6%.

The main thing that stands out is that Brock Lesnar actually had the longest match of the night. Last Man Standing matches are expected to be long due to the many ten counts built into the fight, but wrestling fans expect Lesnar’s matches to sometimes not even reach 10 minutes, let alone 20.

from WWE strange decision shoot Rollins vs. Mast Perhaps the map riddle was tied to time constraints after all. Rumor has it Ronda Rousey’s match was shorter than expected due to the Logan Paul game which took place much earlier in the night. If WWE was trying to keep this card under four hours, maybe cutting Rollins vs. Riddle from the show was the best way to do it. However, the rumored Rollins decision was made before his angle on Raw earlier this week, and I don’t know if WWE would have given the time for Slam summer almost a week in advance.

WWE stadium events typically have less match time than a standard WWE PPV, and that was the case again here. There was a very long entry path which contributed to this result. Roman Reigns was approaching Levels of undertakers of entry time, with its entrance theme playing for approximately 5 min 35 sec before the match. Lesnar’s entrance music played for 3:36 before the match, including his tractor ride to the ring. These combined entrance music times (9m 11s) are in the same ballpark as the combined match times for Lashley and Morgan (9m 17s).

Even though top stars AJ Styles, Drew McIntyre and Rollins didn’t wrestle on this show, WWE found ways to incorporate them into the event. In the case of McIntyre and Rollins, this included separate segments in the venue between games.

WWE events airing on Peacock also include additional video packages for specific wrestlers, I guess to account for Peacock subscribers who don’t pay the extra cost to have the ads completely removed.

These are some of the reasons why the overall match time for Slam summer dropped below 50%. The end result was damn close to last year Slam summer map.

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

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