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BY THE NUMBERS: LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK IN WRESTLING FROM WWE AND TNA

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-01-06 21:25:18
Halfway through the second hundred weeks of this column and we turn the calendar to 2013 after Raw closes out 2012 by staying in the thirty minute range for the second time in three weeks. It is also the second time in three weeks that Smackdown won the week with another forty plus minute week of wrestling. Smackdown was helped by three matches of more than ten minutes among the five matches on the show. Main Event had their second show in four weeks to not have a ten minute match, barely missing the threshold to get into that category.

After a week with only four of the seven shows having new matches, NXT and Superstars returned to the mix while Ring of Honor moves from a Best of show to a Road Rage episode featuring matches from Final Battle. The total only went up by three minutes even though the two returning shows featured more than a half hour of wrestling. Raw dropped by twenty-six minute, Main Event dropped by nine minutes, and Impact dropped by five minutes. Smackdown was able to offset those decreases with an eleven minute increase over last week.

A few milestones were achieved this week in some of the categories that I usually do not focus on. Once Superstars was finished, we were able to say that WWE programming has shown exactly fourteen thousand minutes of wrestling. Smackdown joined Raw in the three hundred hour club for wrestling aired on a single program. Because Impact had one week without a show, they will not join the three hundred hour club until next week.

Since the year ended during this week, I will have the totals for December as well as 2012 in a separate column.

The times for the participants in the Gauntlet on Main Event were (and the times are rounded so it may be greater than the time for the actual match):
Yoshi Tatsu: 1 Minute
JTG: 2 Minutes
Justin Gabriel: 6 Minutes
Kofi Kingston: 1 Minute

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
John Cena and Miz versus Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes: 9 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro versus Sergeant Slaughter: 2 Minutes
Kane and Daniel Bryan versus Drew McIntyre and Heath Slater: 6 Minutes
Dolph Ziggler versus Sheamus: 10 Minutes
Ricardo Rodriguez versus Big Show: 2 Minutes
Kofi Kingston versus Wade Barrett: 7 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Antonio Cesaro versus Great Khali: 8 Minutes
Wade Barrett Gauntlet: 9 Minutes

WWE NXT
Bo Dallas versus Epico: 5 Minutes
Tamina Snuka versus Sasha Banks: 3 Minutes
Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel versus Leo Kruger and Kassius Ohno: 8 Minutes
Seth Rollins versus Corey Graves: 5 Minutes

TNA Impact
James Storm versus Frankie Kazarian: 4 Minutes
Kid Kash versus Christian York: 4 Minutes
Hernandez versus Joey Ryan: 1 Minute
Tara and Gail Kim versus Mickie James and Brooke Tessmacher: 9 Minutes
Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe versus Devon and One of the Masked Guys: 8 Minutes

WWE Superstars
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus The Usos: 8 Minutes
Brodus Clay versus Primo: 3 Minutes

WWE Smackdown
Miz versus Heath Slater: 12 Minutes
Great Khali, Hornswoggle, and Natalya versus Epico, Primo, and Rosa Mendes: 4 Minutes
Kofi Kingston versus Wade Barrett: 13 Minutes
Tamina Snuka versus Layla El: 3 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro and Big Show versus Sheamus and Randy Orton: 10 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No New Matches

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Smackdown: 42 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 31 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 36 Minutes in 6 Matches (last week: 62 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 26 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 31 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 21 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 17 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 26 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 11 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No New Wrestling (last week: 0 Minutes)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 153 Minutes in 24 Matches (Last Week: 150 Minutes in 23 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE NXT: 21 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 21 Minutes (up from 15.5 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 17 Minutes (down from 26 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13 Minutes (down from 15.5 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12 Minutes (down from 20.67 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 11 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Main Event: 8.5 Minutes (down from 13 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 8.4 Minutes (up from 4.43 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 6 Minutes (up from 6.89 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 5.5 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 5.25 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.2 Minutes (down from 6.2 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Longest Matches
Kofi Kingston versus Wade Barrett: 13 Minutes (WWE Smackdown January 4)
Miz versus Heath Slater: 12 Minutes (WWE Smackdown January 4)
Dolph Ziggler versus Sheamus: 10 Minutes (WWE Raw December 31)
Antonio Cesaro and Big Show versus Sheamus and Randy Orton: 10 Minutes (WWE Smackdown January 4)

Shortest Matches
Hernandez versus Joey Ryan: 1 Minute (TNA Impact January 3)
Ricardo Rodriguez versus Big Show: 2 Minutes (WWE Raw December 31)
Antonio Cesaro versus Sergeant Slaughter: 2 Minutes (WWE Raw December 31)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 4,286 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 4,196 Minutes
TNA Impact: 3,892 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 2,917 Minutes
[On WWE.com: 1,764 Minutes]
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
Ring of Honor: 2,430 Minutes
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 1,080 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 2,338 Minutes
[Season 6: 594 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: 263 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 20,322 Minutes

Total Wrestling Time by Company
WWE: 14,000 Minutes
TNA: 3,892 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 2,430 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 931 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 852 Matches
TNA Impact: 766 Matches
WWE Superstars: 480 Matches
[On WWE.com: 286 Matches]
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
WWE NXT: 442 Matches
[Season 6: 121 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: 28 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 3,810

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 2,733 Matches
TNA: 766 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: 19.84 Minutes (down from 19.90 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 20.05 Minutes (down from 20.15 Minutes)]
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
WWE Main Event: 18.79 Minutes (down from 18.92 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 15.80 Minutes (up from 15.76 Minutes)
[Season 6: 21.21 Minutes (down from 21.22 Minutes)]
[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: 15.109 Minutes (up from 15.108 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13.94 Minutes (up from 13.929 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.0604 Minutes (down from 13.0608 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12.79 Minutes (down from 12.80 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.59 Minutes
WWE: 14.83 Minutes (up from 14.82 Minutes)
TNA: 13.0604 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 9.39 Minutes (down from 9.46 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 7.814 Minutes (No Change)
[On Sinclair: 7.88 Minutes (No Change)]
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 6.077 Minutes (from 6.079 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 6.168 Minutes (down from 6.17 Minutes)]
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 5.2896 Minutes (down from 5.2899 Minutes)
[Season 6: 4.90 Minutes (up from 4.897 Minutes)]
[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: 5.33 Minutes (up from 5.327 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.0809 Minutes (up from 5.0801 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 4.92 Minutes (up from 4.90 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.60 Minutes (up from 4.59 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.814 Minutes
WWE: 5.12 Minutes (up from 5.11 Minutes)
TNA: 5.0809 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: 487 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 325 Matches
Ring of Honor: 97 Matches
TNA: 65 Matches

Shortest Matches
315 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 254 Matches
TNA: 49 Matches
Ring of Honor: 12 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Hernandez versus Joey Ryan: 1 Minute (TNA Impact January 3)
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)