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BY THE NUMBERS: LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK IN WRESTLING ON TELEVISION, PLUS A LOOK BACK AT JUNE AND THE FIRST HALF OF 2012

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-07-02 20:14:31
Another week without Ring of Honor to add to the totals and another drop from the previous week. Even though Raw won the week with more than forty minutes of wrestling, the other shows all dropped from the previous week and that led to an 11 minute drop from last week.

In a bit of an upset, for the second week in a row, Superstars had the highest per match average for the second consecutive week. This is aided by a week with three matches on Main Event and no Ring of Honor.

With three straight weeks without Ring of Honor, the gap between the show and NXT has been cut to 11 minutes. I would expect that gap to increase but with regular special episodes of Ring of Honor that do not qualify for the column, we might see NXT pass Ring of Honor at some point. It has to be taken with a grain of salt because there are fifty fewer episodes of Ring of Honor than NXT, which explains why the shows are so close despite Ring of Honor’s average amount of wrestling per show is almost seven minutes.

Smackdown fell below 14 minutes per hour again after a twenty-six minute week.

Since this is Week 175 of this column, I wanted to take a look at some trends over the last 25 weeks. Raw averaged 8 matches per show for a total of 200 in the last 25 weeks. Superstars had 50 matches in the last 25 weeks for an average of 2 per show. While Raw had the most wrestling over the last 25 weeks with 1,033 minutes, Superstars only had 287 minutes of wrestling.

There have been 120 matches that were longer than ten minutes while 54 matches qualified as a one minute match.

On the next page, I will have the summary for June and the totals will be on the following pages.

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
Randy Orton versus Daniel Bryan: 1 Minute
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow versus Sheamus and Christian: 5 Minutes
Aksana versus Kaitlyn: 1 Minute
Alberto Del Rio versus Chris Jericho: 11 Minutes
Ryback versus Great Khali: 2 Minutes
The Usos versus Tensai and Brodus Clay versus Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal: 2 Minutes
CM Punk versus Darren Young: 6 Minutes
Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton: 13 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Chris Jericho versus Cody Rhodes: 10 Minutes
Dean Ambrose versus Christian: 3 Minutes
Tensai and Brodus Clay versus Darren Young and Titus O’Neil: 4 Minutes

WWE NXT
Big E Langston versus Aiden English: 1 Minute
Emma versus Aksana: 4 Minutes
Leo Kruger versus Dante Dash: 3 Minutes
Bo Dallas versus Mickie Keegan: 2 Minutes
Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves versus Scott Dawson and Garrett Dylan: 10 Minutes

TNA Impact
Chris Sabin versus Suicide versus Kenny King: 6 Minutes
Adam Ohriner versus Ryan Howe: 3 Minutes
Velvet Sky versus Mickie James: 7 Minutes
Bobby Roode versus Magnus: 7 Minutes
Samoa Joe versus Ken Anderson: 5 Minutes

WWE Superstars
Miz versus Wade Barrett: 8 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro versus Zack Ryder: 4 Minutes

WWE Smackdown
Sheamus versus Damien Sandow: 9 Minutes
Natalya versus AJ Lee: 1 Minute
Kane versus Randy Orton: 9 Minutes
Justin Gabriel versus Ryback: 2 Minutes
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns versus Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, and Christian: 5 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No New Wrestling: Best in the World Special

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Raw: 41 Minutes in 8 Matches (last week: 36 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 26 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 34 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 28 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 30 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 20 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 23 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 17 Minutes in 3 Matches (last week: 19 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 12 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 13 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No New Matches (last week: No Wrestling)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 144 Minutes in 28 Matches (Last Week: 155 Minutes in 30 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE NXT: 20 Minutes (down from 23 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 17 Minutes (down from 19 Minutes)
TNA Impact 14 Minutes (down from 15 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 13.67 Minutes (up from 12 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13 Minutes (down from 17 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 12 Minutes (down from 13 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Superstars: 6 Minutes (down from 6.5 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 5.67 Minutes (down from 6.33 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.6 Minutes (up from 5 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 5.2 Minutes (down from 5.67 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 5.13 Minutes (down from 4.5 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 4 Minutes (down from 4.6 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No Wrestling (No Change)

Longest Matches
Daniel Bryan versus Randy Orton: 13 Minutes (WWE Raw June 24)
Alberto Del Rio versus Chris Jericho: 11 Minutes (WWE Raw June 24)
Chris Jericho versus Cody Rhodes: 10 Minutes (WWE Main Event June 26)
Kassius Ohno and Corey Graves versus Scott Dawson and Garrett Dylan: 10 Minutes (WWE NXT June 26)

Shortest Matches
Natalya versus AJ Lee: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown June 28)
Big E Langston versus Aiden English: 1 Minute (WWE NXT June 26)
Randy Orton versus Daniel Bryan: 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 24)
Aksana versus Kaitlyn: 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 24)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 5,319 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 4,898 Minutes
TNA Impact: 4,603 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 3,204 Minutes
[On WWE.com: 2,051 Minutes]
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
Ring of Honor: 2,886 Minutes
[On Sinclair: 1,536 Minutes]
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 2,875 Minutes
[Season 6: 1,131 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: 749 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 24,534 Minutes

Total Time by Company
WWE: 17,045 Minutes
TNA: 4,603 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 2,886 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 1,131 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 987 Matches
TNA Impact: 883 Matches
WWE Superstars: 530 Matches
[On WWE.com: 336 Matches]
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
WWE NXT: 540 Matches
[Season 6: 219 Matches]
[Season 5: 197 Matches]
[Season 4: 29 Matches]
[Season 3: 24 Matches]
[Season 2: 31 Matches]
[Season 1: 40 Matches]
Ring of Honor: 372 Matches
[On Sinclair: 198 Matches]
[On HDNet: 174 Matches]
WWE Main Event: 88 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 4,531

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 3,276 Matches
TNA: 883 Matches
Ring of Honor: 372 Matches

Hourly Averages
Ring of Honor: 23.46 Minutes (No Change)
[On HDNet: 25.96 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 21.63 Minutes (No Change)]
WWE Main Event: 19.21 Minutes (down from 19.26 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 18.63 Minutes (down from 18.67 Minutes)
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
[On WWE.com: 18.15 Minutes (down from 18.21 Minutes)]
WWE NXT: 16.62 Minutes (up from 16.60 Minutes)
[Season 6: 21.33 Minutes (down from 21.36 Minutes)]
[Season 5: 17.64 Minutes]
[Season 4: 12.38 Minutes]
[Season 2: 12.15 Minutes]
[Season 1: 11.4 Minutes]
[Season 3: 6.92 Minutes]
Overall Average: 15.191 Minutes (down from 15.196 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13.99 Minutes (down from 14 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.227 Minutes (up from 13.222 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12.973 Minutes (up from 12.968 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.46 Minutes
WWE: 14.899 Minutes (down from 14.90 Minutes)
TNA: 13.227 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 8.51 Minutes (down from 8.61 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 7.76 Minutes (No Change)
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 7.76 Minutes (No Change)]
WWE Superstars: 6.0453 Minutes (down from 6.0454 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 6.104 Minutes (down from 6.105 Minutes)]
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
Overall Average: 5.415 Minutes (down from 5.416 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 5.32 Minutes (down from 5.33 Minutes)
[Season 5: 5.91 Minutes]
[Season 4: 5.55 Minutes]
[Season 6: 5.16 Minutes (down from 5.191 Minutes)]
[Season 2: 5.1 Minutes]
[Season 1: 4.28 Minutes]
[Season 3: 3.75 Minutes]
TNA Impact: 5.213 Minutes (up from 5.21 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 4.963 Minutes (up from 4.961 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.703 Minutes (up from 4.699 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.76 Minutes
TNA: 5.213 Minutes
WWE: 5.203 Minutes (up from 5.204 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: 607 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 413 Matches
Ring of Honor: 112 Matches
TNA: 82 Matches

Shortest Matches
369 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 304 Matches
TNA: 51 Matches
Ring of Honor: 14 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Natalya versus AJ Lee: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown June 28)
Big E Langston versus Aiden English: 1 Minute (WWE NXT June 26)
Randy Orton versus Daniel Bryan: 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 24)
Aksana versus Kaitlyn: 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 24)
Triple H versus Curtis Axel (Match 2): 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 10)
Triple H versus Curtis Axel (Match 1): 1 Minute (WWE Raw June 10)
Samoa Joe versus Garett Bischoff: 1 Minute (Impact Wrestling May 30)
Derrick Bateman versus Big E Langston: 1 Minute (WWE NXT May 29)
Mason Ryan versus Enzo Amore: 1 Minute (WWE NXT May 22)
Antonio Cesaro versus Yoshi Tatsu: 1 Minute (WWE NXT May 22)


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