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WWE’s Extreme Rules 2019 lasted for 3 hours 53 minutes and 43 seconds (3h 53m 43s). 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 11 matches combined for a total time of 2h 07m 52s. This means that 54.7% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the 44th highest percentage in this category out of the 91 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 Extreme Rules 2019. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 687 matches in my data set.

  • 19m 56s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin (138th longest out of 687 matches)
  • 17m 29s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley (181st)
  • 16m 55s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre (195th)
  • 16m 31s: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles (205th)
  • 14m 00s: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery (277th)
  • 12m 34s: The Revival vs. The Usos (326th)
  • 10m 22s: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (429th)
  • 9m 47s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe (459th)
  • 9m 45s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black (462nd)
  • 0m 17s: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler (679th)
  • 0m 16s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (680th)

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 1h 03m 15s, which is 27.1% of the show. This is the 22nd highest percentage in this category out of the 91 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 11 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 6m 04s and the average time is 6m 28s.

  • 13m 38s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre
  • 9m 58s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin
  • 6m 54s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
  • 6m 06s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
  • 5m 50s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 4m 45s: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
  • 4m 26s: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
  • 4m 07s: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
  • 3m 35s: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 2m 51s: The Revival vs. The Usos
  • 1m 05s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar

Five matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. These five video packages combined to take up 11m 46s of the pre-match segment time. Here is the sorted list of the times for those video packages.

  • 3m 14s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin
  • 2m 58s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre
  • 2m 19s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
  • 1m 44s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 1m 31s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 20m 52s, which is 8.9% of the show. This is the 48th highest percentage in this category out of the 91 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 11 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 2m 00s and the average time is 2m 28s.

  • 4m 42s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre
  • 2m 52s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 2m 34s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar
  • 2m 14s: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler
  • 2m 05s: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
  • 1m 33s: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
  • 1m 29s: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
  • 1m 14s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
  • 1m 14s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
  • 0m 46s: The Revival vs. The Usos
  • 0m 09s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin

Money in the Bank cash-in angles usually force me to make an awkward decision on the boundary point between the post-match segment of the preceding match, and the pre-match segment for the cash-in match. In this case, I chose the point when Lesnar’s music began to play as that boundary point. That’s why the post-match segment for Becky’s match is less than ten seconds long.

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 9.3% (21m 44s) of the show for everything else. This is the 70th highest percentage in this category out of the 91 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. Extreme Rules 2019 included 10 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 33s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video)
  • Block 2: 2m 50s (Backstage w/ Becky & Seth; Ad for Raw Reunion)
  • Block 3: 1m 02s (Hype for SummerSlam 2019)
  • Block 4: 3m 35s (Backstage w/ Truth, Carmella, Bliss, Cross, Profits)
  • Block 5: 0m 55s (Ads for WWE Universe & WWE Shop)
  • Block 6: 2m 11s (Backstage w/ The Club; Ad for Raw Reunion)
  • Block 7: 3m 29s (Ad for NXT; On-stage Heyman promo)
  • Block 8: 1m 21s (Hype for WWE 24)
  • Block 9: 1m 15s (Ad for WWE Shop; Plug for PPV theme song)
  • Block 10: 1m 33s (Ad for Rocket League; Hype for SummerSlam 2019)

Summary

The overall run time for Extreme Rules 2019 was 3h 53m 43s, and this ranks 16th longest out of all 91 events in my data set.

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 687 entries in my data set.

  • 35m 15s: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre (92nd longest out of 687 entries)
  • 30m 03s: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin (160th)
  • 26m 11s: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley (216th)
  • 22m 07s: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles (300th)
  • 20m 31s: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery (342nd)
  • 17m 55s: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe (420th)
  • 17m 05s: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black (454th)
  • 16m 40s: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross (469th)
  • 16m 11s: The Revival vs. The Usos (482nd)
  • 6m 06s: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler (675th)
  • 3m 55s: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar (683rd)

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 61.8%.

(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.)

  • 77.7%: The Revival vs. The Usos
  • 74.7%: Ricochet vs. AJ Styles
  • 68.2%: Bryan & Rowan vs. New Day vs. Heavy Machinery
  • 66.8%: Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
  • 66.3%: Lynch & Rollins vs. Evans & Corbin
  • 62.2%: Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
  • 57.1%: Cesaro vs. Aleister Black
  • 54.6%: Kofi Kingston vs. Samoa Joe
  • 48.0%: Graveyard Dogs vs. McMahon & McIntyre
  • 6.8%: Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar
  • 4.6%: Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler

Even though the Graveyard Dogs’ match fell just short of 17 minutes in length, they were given more than 35 minutes on this show when the pre-match and post-match segments are counted. Their pre-match and post-match segments add up to more than 17 minutes, which is why their Match Time Percentage is under 50%.

Their pre-match segment lasted so long that the opening bell for the match didn’t ring until 17m 11s after the PPV began. So any fans who don’t care much about entrances and summary video packages could have tuned in starting at 7:17 EDT rather than 7:00 EDT and probably wouldn’t have regretted it.

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Final Results for Extreme Rules 2019

Match - 54.7% - 2h 07m 52s

Pre-match - 27.1% - 1h 03m 15s

Post-match - 8.9% - 20m 52s

Miscellaneous - 9.3% - 21m 44s

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