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BY THE NUMBERS PAY PER VIEW EDITION: LOOKING BACK AT GENESIS AND THE ROYAL RUMBLE

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-01-29 06:38:31
A new year begins with a new landscape for pay per views from one of the two major companies. Instead of having twelve live pay per views each year, Impact Wrestling is cutting back to four live shows and eight pre-recorded shows. That will not change things with this column. When one of the pre-recorded PPVs air, it will be listed in the month’s totals.

Both companies started off 2013 strong with both shows having more than 100 minutes of wrestling. With only five matches on Royal Rumble, it would seem difficult to achieve, but the Royal Rumble ties for the second longest match since I started this column almost three years ago.

Here are a few interesting facts for the Royal Rumble match. Unlike previous years, I will not be doing a full column analyzing the Rumble Match, including some offbeat features of the match that interested me. (My times are from the buzzer to announce their entry until their elimination)

Dolph Ziggler lasted the longest at just under fifty minutes. Chris Jericho was the second longest in the match at just over forty-eight minutes. Sheamus was third at thirty-seven and a half minutes.

The shortest times in the Rumble this year were The Godfather at one minute and Santino Marella at one minute and one second.

John Cena won the match, lasting just under twenty-seven minutes.

Seven wrestlers lasted more than twenty minutes (Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho, Cody Rhodes, Kofi Kingston, Sheamus, Bo Dallas, and John Cena)

Eleven wrestlers lasted less than five minutes (Santino Marella, Drew McIntyre, David Otunga, Brodus Clay, Darren Young, Godfather, Great Khali, Kane, Zack Ryder, Jinder Mahal, and Sin Cara)

The first man eliminated was Santino Marella. The final man eliminated was Ryback. The time between eliminations was forty-nine minutes and thirteen seconds.

The first two men to enter were Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho. The final man to enter was Ryback. The time between the start of the match and the final entrant was forty-six minutes and two seconds. If the intervals were exactly 90 seconds, it should have taken forty-two minutes for all thirty men to get into the match.

Kane was eliminated by his tag team partner while Goldust was eliminated by his brother.

No two members of the 3MB were in the match at the same time.

Brodus Clay was eliminated by the most people.

The times for the Knockouts Gauntlet on Genesis were:
Gail Kim versus Brooke Tessmacher: 3 Minutes
Gail Kim versus ODB: 3 Minutes
Gail Kim versus Mickie James: 3 Minutes
Gail Kim versus Velvet Sky: 3 Minutes

The times for the participants in the World Title Match on Genesis were:
Bobby Roode: 19 Minutes
Austin Aries: 20 Minutes
Bobby Roode: 20 Minutes

The totals below do not include the Pre-Show Match between Antonio Cesaro and The Miz. That match went 8 Minutes.

Total Wrestling Time: Total this Month: 206 Minutes [last month 193 Minutes]
WWE Royal Rumble: 106 Minutes [last month 89 Minutes]
TNA Genesis: 100 Minutes [last month 103 Minutes]

Individual Match Times

TNA Genesis

Hernandez and Chavo Guerrero versus Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan: 12 Minutes
Ken Anderson versus Samoa Joe: 11 Minutes
Christian York versus Kenny King: 10 Minutes
Christian York versus Rob Van Dam: 5 Minutes
Joseph Park versus Devon: 11 Minutes
Knockouts Gauntlet: 12 Minutes
Christopher Daniels versus James Storm: 13 Minutes
Sting versus D.O.C.: 6 Minutes
Jeff Hardy versus Austin Aries versus Bobby Roode: 20 Minutes

WWE Royal Rumble

Big Show versus Alberto Del Rio: 17 Minutes
Daniel Bryan and Kane versus Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow: 9 Minutes
Royal Rumble: 55 Minutes
CM Punk versus Rock: 23 Minutes
Rock versus CM Punk (Match Restarted): 2 Minutes

Wrestling Per Hour
WWE Royal Rumble: 35.33 Minutes [last month 30 Minutes]
Total for Month: 34.33 Minutes (Last Month 32.17 Minutes)
TNA Genesis: 33.33 Minutes (Last Month 34.33 Minutes)

Average Length of Matches:
WWE Royal Rumble: 21.2 Minutes [last month 11.25 Minutes]
Total for Month: 14.71 Minutes (Last Month 12.06 Minutes)
TNA Genesis: 11.11 Minutes (Last Month 12.88 Minutes)

Longest Matches:

Royal Rumble: 55 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
CM Punk versus Rock (Part 1): 23 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
Jeff Hardy versus Austin Aries versus Bobby Roode: 20 Minutes (TNA Genesis)

Shortest Matches:

Rock versus CM Punk (Match Restarted): 2 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
Christian York versus Rob Van Dam: 5 Minutes (TNA Genesis)
Sting versus D.O.C.: 6 Minutes (TNA Genesis)

Totals for 2013

Total Wrestling Time

Overall Wrestling: 206 Minutes
WWE: 106 Minutes
TNA: 100 Minutes

Total Number of Matches

Total: 14 Matches
TNA: 9 Matches
WWE: 5 Matches

Wrestling Per Hour
TNA: 33.33 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
WWE: 35.33 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)

Average Length of Matches:
WWE: 21.2 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)
TNA: 11.11 Minutes (up from 0 Minutes)

Longest Matches:

Royal Rumble: 55 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
CM Punk versus Rock (Part 1): 23 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
Jeff Hardy versus Austin Aries versus Bobby Roode: 20 Minutes (TNA Genesis)

Shortest Matches:

Rock versus CM Punk (Match Restarted): 2 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble)
Christian York versus Rob Van Dam: 5 Minutes (TNA Genesis)
Sting versus D.O.C.: 6 Minutes (TNA Genesis)

Total Wrestling Time

WWE: 3,489 Minutes
TNA: 3,369 Minutes
Overall Wrestling: 6,858 Minutes

Total Number of Matches

TNA: 294 Matches
WWE: 268 Matches
Total: 562 Matches

Wrestling Per Hour
TNA: 32.09 Minutes (up from 32.05 Minutes)
WWE: 30.61 Minutes (up from 30.48 Minutes)

Average Length of Matches:
WWE: 13.01 Minutes (up from 12.86 Minutes)
TNA: 11.46 Minutes (down from 11.47 Minutes)

Longest Matches:
Royal Rumble: 70 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble 2011)
Royal Rumble Match: 55 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble 2012)
Royal Rumble: 55 Minutes (WWE Royal Rumble 2013)

Shortest Matches:
Magnus versus Rob Terry: 1 Minute (TNA Destination X 2010)
Sting versus Jeff Jarrett: 1 Minute (TNA Sacrifice 2010)
Kane versus Rey Mysterio: 1 Minute (WWE Money in the Bank 2010)
Robbie E versus Max Buck versus Jeremy Buck: 1 Minutes (TNA Against All Odds 2011)
Jeff Hardy versus Sting: 1 Minute (TNA Victory Road 2011) Madison Rayne versus Mickie James: 1 Minute (TNA Lockdown 2011)
Alberto Del Rio versus CM Punk: 1 Minute (WWE SummerSlam 2011)
Jeff Hardy versus Jeff Jarrett (part 1): 1 Minute (TNA Turning Point 2011)
Jeff Hardy versus Jeff Jarrett (part 3): 1 Minute (TNA Turning Point 2011)
Daniel Bryan versus Big Show: 1 Minute (WWE TLC 2011)
Drew McIntyre versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute (WWE Royal Rumble 2012)
Bully Ray versus James Storm: 1 Minute (TNA Victory Road 2012)
Daniel Bryan versus Sheamus: 1 Minute (WWE Wrestlemania 28)