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WWE’s Crown Jewel 2019 lasted for 3 hours 35 minutes and 53 seconds (3h 35m 53s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of the show, in chronological order.

The matches are in bold. The “pre-match” segments include video packages, entrances, ring introductions, and any verbal promos that occur right before a match officially begins. The “post-match” segments include any celebrations, replays, angles, attacks, or promos that occur right after a match is finished.


Match Times

The eight matches combined for a total time of 1h 50m 54s. This means that 51.4% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 65th highest percentage in this category out of the 95 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Crown Jewel 2019. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 721 matches in my data set.

  • 26m 56s: Tag Team Turmoil (40th longest out of 721 matches)
  • 21m 25s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend (115th)
  • 19m 51s: Team Hogan vs. Team Flair (147th)
  • 12m 40s: Mansoor vs. Cesaro (338th)
  • 12m 35s: AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo (341st)
  • 8m 01s: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury (567th)
  • 7m 21s: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans (595th)
  • 2m 05s: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez (695th)

The tag team turmoil match was a pain in the ass to deal with for the purposes of this exercise. I ended up breaking it down into eight separate match times, with several pre-match segments included between falls (when the next team made their entrance), and an additional post-match segment for The Revival’s beatdown of the New Day, before The O.C. made their entrance. This is how I handled a smaller turmoil match at Elimination Chamber 2017, so I applied the same method here. The big table at the top of this post contains all of those timing details for that match.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 54m 52s, which is 25.4% of the show. This is the 38th highest percentage in this category out of the 95 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all eight matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 6m 08s and the average time is 6m 28s.

  • 12m 39s: Team Hogan vs. Team Flair
  • 9m 15s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend
  • 7m 53s: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
  • 7m 02s: Tag Team Turmoil
  • 6m 26s: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
  • 4m 08s: AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo
  • 4m 07s: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
  • 3m 22s: Mansoor vs. Cesaro

Two matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. These two video packages combined to take up 4m 55s of the pre-match segment time. Here is the sorted list of the times for those video packages.

  • 2m 50s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend
  • 2m 05s: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 23m 14s, which is 10.8% of the show. This is the 31st highest percentage in this category out of the 95 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all eight matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 01s and the average time is 2m 29s.

  • 5m 11s: Mansoor vs. Cesaro
  • 4m 22s: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez
  • 2m 57s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend
  • 2m 47s: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
  • 2m 13s: Team Hogan vs. Team Flair
  • 2m 01s: Tag Team Turmoil
  • 1m 54s: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
  • 1m 49s: AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 12.5% (26m 53s) of the show for everything else. This is the 37th highest percentage in this category out of the 95 events in my data set.

Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. Crown Jewel 2019 included nine different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 4m 55s (Then Now Forever; Opening video & pyro)
  • Block 2: 3m 06s (Tag turmoil promos; Ad for WWE Network; Cole hypes Riyadh)
  • Block 3: 3m 26s (Ad for WWE Shop; Hype for SmackDown; Mysterio interview)
  • Block 4: 3m 03s (Rollins promo; Ad for Survivor Series; Cole hypes Riyadh)
  • Block 5: 4m 06s (Ads for WWE 2K20 & SmackDown; 24/7 title ongoings)
  • Block 6: 1m 53s (Ad for WWE Shop; Hogan promo)
  • Block 7: 1m 30s (Ad for SmackDown; Cole hypes Riyadh)
  • Block 8: 1m 48s (Ad for WrestleMania 36; Hype for Survivor Series)
  • Block 9: 3m 06s (Crown Jewel highlights)

Summary

The overall run time for Crown Jewel 2019 was 3h 35m 53s, and this ranks 27th longest out of all 95 events in my data set. This is the shortest run time out of all four Saudi Arabia shows thus far.

Here is a listing of how much total show time was allocated for each match when you add up all 3 components: pre-match time, match time, and post-match time. This list also includes where each total time ranks among the 721 entries in my data set.

  • 35m 59s: Tag Team Turmoil (81st longest out of 721 entries)
  • 34m 43s: Team Hogan vs. Team Flair (101st)
  • 33m 37s: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend (114th)
  • 21m 13s: Mansoor vs. Cesaro (331st)
  • 18m 32s: AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo (420th)
  • 17m 48s: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury (447th)
  • 14m 15s: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans (564th)
  • 12m 53s: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez (604th)

Now here is a look at the “Match Time Percentage” for each match. For any given match, this percentage shows how the match time compares to the combined pre-match and post-match segment time. For some context, it’s good to know that the median result here since 2013 is 61.4%.

(Here’s an example calculation: an entry with a match time of 6m 00s, pre-match time of 3m 00s, and a post-match time of 1m 00s has a score of 60.0%, because the match time of 6m 00s is 60% of the total sum of 10m 00s for all three components.)

  • 74.8%: Tag Team Turmoil
  • 67.9%: AJ Styles vs. Humberto Carrillo
  • 63.7%: Seth Rollins vs. The Fiend
  • 59.7%: Mansoor vs. Cesaro
  • 57.2%: Team Hogan vs. Team Flair
  • 51.6%: Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
  • 45.0%: Braun Strowman vs. Tyson Fury
  • 16.2%: Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez

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Final Results for Crown Jewel 2019

Match - 51.4% - 1h 50m 54s

Pre-match - 25.4% - 54m 52s

Post-match - 10.8% - 23m 14s

Miscellaneous - 12.5% - 26m 53s

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