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BY THE NUMBERS: LOOKING BACK AT THE (ABRIDGED) WEEK IN WRESTLING (WITH A NEW RECORD FOR WRESTLING ON A SINGLE SHOW)

By Richard Trionfo on 2012-12-29 16:55:02
The final full week of 2012 features only four of the seven shows because NXT, Superstars, and Ring of Honor had ‘Best of’ episodes. The only show that will air another program in 2012 showed that the holiday season was not going to keep us from seeing a lot of wrestling. Raw won the week after giving Smackdown the chance last week. Raw also set a single show record with sixty-two minutes of wrestling, breaking its record set on November 5th.

Without NXT, the drop off from last week was only four minutes because the nineteen minutes lost from NXT and the fourteen minute drop by Smackdown was offset by a thirty minute increase by Raw.

Main Event broke its one week old record with twenty-six minutes of wrestling and for the first time, both matches were more than ten minutes. Of the four shows this week, the only one that did not have a ten minute match was Smackdown.

Five of the twenty-three matches this week were more than ten minutes long. The average match length was more than six and a half minutes.

The Big Show versus Sheamus match on Raw was the one hundredth match on Raw to go more than ten minutes. Just under one quarter of the matches on Raw were either a one minute match or a ten minute match.

Next week, I will have the December totals as well as the totals for 2012

While there was a ‘new match’ on NXT between Kane and Cody Rhodes, since it was a ‘dark match’ from the tapings, it will not be included in the totals.

This column does not include the matches from WWE's Saturday Morning Slam show.

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
Kane versus Cody Rhodes: 6 Minutes
Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Natalya, and Layla versus Eve Torres, Aksana, Tamina Snuka, and Rosa Mendes: 5 Minutes
Big Show versus Sheamus: 13 Minutes
Zack Ryder versus David Otunga: 5 Minutes
Kofi Kingston and Miz versus Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett: 7 Minutes
Great Khali versus Brad Maddox: 3 Minutes
Daniel Bryan versus Damien Sandow: 6 Minutes
Usos, Tyson Kidd, Justin Gabriel, Brodus Clay, and Santino Marella versus Tensai, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Darren Young, and Titus O’Neil: 6 Minutes
John Cena versus Alberto Del Rio: 11 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Battle Royal: 14 Minutes
Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd versus Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre: 12 Minutes

WWE NXT
No New Matches

TNA Impact
Samoa Joe versus Aces and Eights member: 3 Minutes
Rob Van Dam versus Christian York: 4 Minutes
Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels versus Chavo Guerrero and Hernandez: 10 Minutes
Gail Kim versus Brooke Tessmacher: 5 Minutes
Bobby Roode versus Austin Aries: 9 Minutes

WWE Superstars
No New Matches

WWE Smackdown
Primo versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute
Damien Sandow, Cody Rhodes, Wade Barrett versus Kane, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston: 7 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro versus Zack Ryder: 3 Minutes
Miz versus Dolph Ziggler: 8 Minutes
Brad Maddox versus Sheamus: 4 Minutes
Usos versus Darren Young and Titus O’Neil: 2 Minutes
Big Show versus Alberto Del Rio: 6 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No New Matches

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Raw: 62 Minutes in 9 Matches (last week: 32 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 31 Minutes in 7 Matches (last week: 45 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 31 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 33 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 26 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 25 Minutes)
WWE NXT: No New Matches (last week: 19 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No New Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: No New Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 150 Minutes in 23 Matches (Last Week: 154 Minutes in 26 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE Main Event: 26 Minutes (up from 25 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 20.67 Minutes (up from 10.67 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 15.5 Minutes (down from 22.5 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 15.5 Minutes (down from 16.5 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)
WWE Superstars: 0 Minutes (No Change)
WWE NXT: 0 Minutes (down from 19 Minutes)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Main Event: 13 Minutes (up from 12.5 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 6.2 Minutes (down from 8.25 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 4.43 Minutes (down from 6.43 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 6.89 Minutes (up from 3.56 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)
WWE Superstars: 0 Minutes (No Change)
WWE NXT: 0 Minutes (down from 4.75 Minutes)

Longest Matches
Battle Royal: 14 Minutes (WWE NXT December 26)
Big Show versus Sheamus: 13 Minutes (WWE Raw December 24)
Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd versus Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre: 12 Minutes (WWE NXT December 26)

Shortest Matches
Primo versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 28)
Usos versus Darren Young and Titus O’Neil: 2 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 28)
Great Khali versus Brad Maddox: 3 Minutes (WWE Raw December 24)
Samoa Joe versus Aces and Eights member: 3 Minutes (TNA Impact December 27)
Antonio Cesaro versus Zack Ryder: 3 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 28)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 4,250 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 4,154 Minutes
TNA Impact: 3,866 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 2,906 Minutes
[On WWE.com: 1,753 Minutes]
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
Ring of Honor: 2,430 Minutes
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 1,080 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 2,317 Minutes
[Season 6: 573 Minutes]
[Season 5: 1,164 Minutes]
[Season 4: 161 Minutes]
[Season 3: 90 Minutes]
[Season 2: 158 Minutes]
[Season 1: 171 Minutes]
WWE Main Event: 246 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 20,169 Minutes

Total Wrestling Time by Company
WWE: 13,873 Minutes
TNA: 3,866 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 2,430 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 925 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 847 Matches
TNA Impact: 761 Matches
WWE Superstars: 478 Matches
[On WWE.com: 284 Matches]
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
WWE NXT: 438 Matches
[Season 6: 117 Matches]
[Season 5: 197 Matches]
[Season 4: 29 Matches]
[Season 3: 24 Matches]
[Season 2: 31 Matches]
[Season 1: 40 Matches]
Ring of Honor: 311 Matches
[On HDNet: 174 Matches]
[On Sinclair: 137 Matches]
WWE Main Event: 26 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 3,786

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 2,714 Matches
TNA: 761 Matches
Ring of Honor: 311 Matches

Hourly Averages
Ring of Honor: 23.59 Minutes (No Change)
[On HDNet: 25.96 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 21.17 Minutes (No Change)]
WWE Superstars: 19.90 Minutes (No Change)
[On WWE.com: 20.15 Minutes (No Change)]
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
WWE Main Event: 18.92 Minutes (up from 18.33 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 15.76 Minutes (No Change)
[Season 6: 21.22 Minutes (No Change)]
[Season 5: 17.64 Minutes]
[Season 4: 12.38 Minutes]
[Season 3: 6.92 Minutes]
[Season 2: 12.15 Minutes]
[Season 1: 11.4 Minutes]
Overall Average: 15.108 Minutes (up from 15.086 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13.94 Minutes (up from 13.929 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.06 Minutes (up from 13.04 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12.80 Minutes (up from 12.73 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.59 Minutes
WWE: 14.82 Minutes (up from 14.79 Minutes)
TNA: 13.06 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 9.46 Minutes (up from 9.17 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 7.814 Minutes (No Change)
[On Sinclair: 7.88 Minutes (No Change)]
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 6.079 Minutes (No Change)
[On WWE.com: 6.17 Minutes (No Change)]
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 5.289 Minutes (No Change)
[Season 6: 4.897 Minutes (No Change)]
[Season 5: 5.91 Minutes]
[Season 4: 5.55 Minutes]
[Season 3: 3.75 Minutes]
[Season 2: 5.1 Minutes]
[Season 1: 4.28 Minutes]
Overall Average: 5.327 Minutes (up from 5.319 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.08 Minutes (up from 5.07 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 4.90 Minutes (down from 4.91 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.59 Minutes (up from 4.57 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.814 Minutes
WWE: 5.11 Minutes (up from 5.10 Minutes)
TNA: 5.08 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)
Survival of the Fittest Elimination Match [Roderick Strong versus Davey Richards versus Michael Elgin versus Jay Lethal versus Adam Cole versus Mike Mondo]: 21 Minutes (Ring of Honor October 27, 2012)
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)

Total Number of Ten Minute Matches: 483 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 321 Matches
Ring of Honor: 97 Matches
TNA: 65 Matches

Shortest Matches
314 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 254 Matches
TNA: 48 Matches
Ring of Honor: 12 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Primo versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 28)
Big E Langston versus Camacho and Aiden English: 1 Minute (WWE NXT December 20)
Kofi Kingston versus Tensai: 1 Minute (WWE Raw December 17)
Brad Maddox versus Randy Orton: 1 Minute (WWE Raw December 3)
JTG versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute (WWE Superstars December 1)
Great Khali versus David Otunga: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown November 30)
Great Khali versus Epico and Primo: 1 Minute (WWE Raw November 19)
Wade Barrett versus Kane: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown November 16)
Kaitlyn versus Layla El: 1 Minute (WWE Raw November 12)
Big E Langston versus Memo Montenegro: 1 Minute (WWE NXT November 8)