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BY THE NUMBERS: LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK IN WRESTLING ON TELEVISION FROM WWE, TNA, AND ROH

By Richard Trionfo on 2012-05-02 09:31:00
Raw had its tenth three hour show since I started this column and it was enough to give Raw its second straight victory. Other than Raw, it was a strong week of wrestling for the internet shows because Superstars finished in second and NXT finished third. In a slightly disappointing result, the other two shows that air for two hours could not break the twenty minute wrestling barrier.

Smackdown had a very uncharacteristic total of seventeen minutes which featured four two minute matches and two one minute matches. The only saving grace for the week was a seven minute match. Seven minutes was also the length of the longest match for Impact.

While Smackdown reached the Ray Bourque or Pierre Turgeon level of seventy-seven one minute matches, Raw remains equal with the Great One at ninety-nine one minute matches. With an average of just under two one minute matches per week over the first one hundred weeks of this column, We have seen a proliferation of one minute matches with an average of almost three and a quarter one minute matches per week in the last fourteen weeks (45 in 14 weeks versus 198 in 100 weeks)

On the other hand, we have seen a slight drop in ten minute matches over the last fourteen weeks. With an average of two and three quarter ten minute matches over the last three and a half months, it is down from an average of just over three per week (38 in 14 weeks versus 304 in 100 weeks).

Ring of Honor passed nineteen hundred hours as they try to become the fifth show to hit that level, leaving NXT as the only one below that total. Raw moves closer to three thousand minutes as they expand their lead over third place Impact, which is close to twenty-nine hundred minutes and should break it next week.

Next week, NXT should break an important barrier when they have their three hundredth match. Season Five, assuming it is still considering it a season show, will pass one thousand minutes next week unless they ignore wrestling.

With the recent weeks of short match lengths, Smackdown is in danger of falling below five minutes. In the last fourteen weeks, the average match length has dropped by .15 minutes. Superstars is trying to buck the trend and reach the six minute per match average.

Since there was no bell to start the Eric Bischoff/Jeremy Borash ‘match’, it will not be included in the totals.

The wrestling times below cover the wrestling that takes place during the show so commercials are not included. All times are rounded to the closest minute (examples: a 4:23 match will be listed as 4 minutes while a 4:32 match will be listed as 5 minutes and anything under a minute is rounded up to a minute).

Breakdown of the matches on each show:

WWE Raw
Chris Jericho versus Kofi Kingston: 8 Minutes
Lord Tensai versus R Truth: 2 Minutes
Big Show and Great Khali versus Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes: 7 Minutes
Beth Phoenix versus Nikki Bella: 4 Minutes
Sheamus versus Mark Henry: 2 Minutes
Zack Ryder and Santino Marella versus Epico and Primo: 3 Minutes
Hornswoggle and Brodus Clay versus Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger: 2 Minutes

WWE NXT
Derrick Bateman versus JTG: 5 Minutes
Tamina and Kaitlyn versus Natalya and Maxine: 5 Minutes
Tyson Kidd versus Johnny Curtis: 10 Minutes

WWE Superstars
Hunico and Camacho versus The Usos: 7 Minutes
Kelly Kelly versus Maxine: 4 Minutes
Miz versus Alex Riley: 12 Minutes

TNA Impact
Devon versus Bully Ray: 5 Minutes
Anarquia versus Kurt Angle: 1 Minute
Alex Silva versus Robbie E: 2 Minutes
Brooke Tessmacher versus Gail Kim: 4 Minutes
Samoa Joe and Magnus versus Jeff Hardy and Ken Anderson: 7 Minutes

WWE Smackdown
Alberto Del Rio versus Big Show: 2 Minutes
Alicia Fox versus Nikki Bella: 2 Minutes
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Yoshi Tatsu and Ezekiel Jackson: 2 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro versus Tyson Kidd: 1 Minute
Great Khali versus Cody Rhodes: 2 Minutes
Ryback versus Jacob Kaye: 1 Minute
Sheamus versus Mark Henry: 7 Minutes

Ring of Honor
Cedric Alexander and Caprice Coleman versus The Briscoes: 6 Minutes
Rhino versus Vinny Marseglia: 1 Minute
Roderick Strong versus Adam Cole: 9 Minutes

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Raw: 28 Minutes in 7 Matches (last week: 29 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 23 Minutes in 3 Matches (last week 21 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 20 Minutes in 3 Matches (last week: 18 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 19 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 24 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 17 Minutes in 7 Matches (last week 25 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 16 Minutes in 3 Matches (last week no wrestling)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 123 Minutes in 28 Matches (Last Week: 117 Minutes in 23 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE Superstars: 23 Minutes (up from 21 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 20 Minutes (up from 18 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 16 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 9.5 Minutes (down from 12 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 9.33 Minutes (down from 14.5 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 8.5 Minutes (down from 12.5 Minutes)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Superstars: 7.67 Minutes (up from 7 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 6.67 Minutes (up from 6 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 5.33 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4 Minutes (up from 4.83 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 3.8 Minutes (down from 4.8 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 2.43 Minutes (down from 4.17 Minutes)

Longest Matches
Miz versus Alex Riley: 12 Minutes (WWE Superstars April 26)
Tyson Kidd versus Johnny Curtis: 10 Minutes (WWE NXT April 25)
Roderick Strong versus Adam Cole: 9 Minutes (Ring of Honor April 28)

Shortest Matches
Rhino versus Vinny Marseglia: 1 Minute (Ring of Honor April 28)
Antonio Cesaro versus Tyson Kidd: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 27)
Ryback versus Jacob Kaye: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 27)
Anarquia versus Kurt Angle: 1 Minute (TNA Impact April 26)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Smackdown: 3,147 Minutes
WWE Raw: 2,945 Minutes
TNA Impact: 2,896 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 2,263 Minutes
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
[On WWE.com: 1,110 Minutes]
Ring of Honor: 1,909 Minutes
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 559 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 1,573 Minutes
[Season 5: 993 Minutes]
[Season 4: 161 Minutes]
[Season 3: 90 Minutes]
[Season 2: 158 Minutes]
[Season 1: 171 Minutes]

Overall Wrestling Time: 14,733 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 656 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 629 Matches
TNA Impact: 592 Matches
WWE Superstars: 379 Matches
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
[On WWE.com: 185 Matches]
WWE NXT: 298 Matches
[Season 5: 174 Matches]
[Season 4: 29 Matches]
[Season 3: 24 Matches]
[Season 2: 31 Matches]
[Season 1: 40 Matches]
Ring of Honor: 241 Matches
[On HDNet: 174 Matches]
[On Sinclair: 67 Matches]

Total Number of Matches: 2,795

Hourly Averages
Ring of Honor: 24.17 Minutes (down from 24.27 Minutes)
[On HDNet: 25.96 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 20.70 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 20.03 Minutes (up from 20 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 20.56 Minutes]
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
Overall Average: 14.777 Minutes (down from 14.802 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13.80 Minutes (down from 13.85 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 13.92 Minutes (up from 13.87 Minutes)
[Season 5: 16.83 Minutes (up from 16.78 Minutes)]
[Season 4: 12.38 Minutes]
[Season 3: 6.92 Minutes]
[Season 2: 12.15 Minutes]
[Season 1: 11.4 Minutes]
TNA Impact: 12.81 Minutes (down from 12.84 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12.37 Minutes (down from 12.41 Minutes)

Per Match Averages
Ring of Honor: 7.92 Minutes (down from 7.954 Minutes)
[On Sinclair: 8.34 Minutes]
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 5.97 Minutes (up from 5.957 Minutes)
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
[On WWE.com: 6 Minutes]
Overall Average: 5.27 Minutes (down from 5.28 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 5.28 Minutes (up from 5.26 Minutes)
[Season 5: 5.71 Minutes (up from 5.69 Minutes)]
[Season 4: 5.55 Minutes]
[Season 3: 3.75 Minutes]
[Season 2: 5.1 Minutes]
[Season 1: 4.28 Minutes]
WWE Smackdown: 5.00 Minutes (down from 5.03 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 4.89 Minutes (down from 4.901 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.489 Minutes (down from 4.494 Minutes)

Longest Matches
Tyler Black versus Davey Richards: 27 Minutes (Ring of Honor October 18, 2010)
Davey Richards and The Briscoes versus Roderick Strong and the Kings of Wrestling: 26 Minutes (Ring of Honor April 4, 2011)
John Cena, CM Punk, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, and Mason Ryan versus Alberto Del Rio, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and David Otunga: 21 Minutes (WWE Raw October 3, 2011)

Shortest Matches
243 Total Matches at 1 Minute
The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Rhino versus Vinny Marseglia: 1 Minute (Ring of Honor April 28)
Antonio Cesaro versus Tyson Kidd: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 27)
Ryback versus Jacob Kaye: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 27)
Anarquia versus Kurt Angle: 1 Minute (TNA Impact April 26)
AJ Lee versus Natalya: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 20)
Brodus Clay versus Hunico: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 20)
Ryback versus Danny Lerman: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 20)
Brodus Clay versus Dolph Ziggler: 1 Minute (WWE Raw April 16)
Benny Camer versus Ryback: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 10)
The Bellas and Drew McIntyre versus Great Khali, Alicia Fox, and Natalya: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown April 10)