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

By Richard Trionfo on 2014-02-16 08:53:56
The penultimate week of the fourth year of this column ends with a rather momentous event. For the first time since the week of April 22, 2013, Superstars moved out of the cellar and had more wrestling than a show. This week, it was NXT that moved into last place.

Before we talk about the bottom of the totals, Raw won again, extending its streak to 25 weeks. Raw could not sustain its streak of record setting totals and fell by 17 minutes from last week’s high. Smackdown finished in second place and increased its total from last week by 4 minutes and has had four straight weeks with increasing totals. Main Event finished in third place. Impact increased its total for the second straight week after falling below 20 minutes but finished in fourth place. Superstars did not finish in last place and beat NXT by 1 minute.

Superstars’ victory over NXT puts Superstars back into fourth place overall by 1 minute. Superstars is now only 1,994 out of third place and 3,403 minutes behind Raw.

Superstars getting out of last place is not the only infrequent event to take place. The Jinder Mahal versus Big E Langston match on Main Event was only the second time that there was a one minute match on Main Event. That took place on April 10, 2013 and the match also involved Big E Langston. Langston’s opponent that day was Zack Ryder.

Raw was able to pass the 7,000 minute and 1,400 match barriers this week, but it was not able to break through the 5 minute average match mark. If there were five more minutes (sounds like it could be a good chant some day) or one fewer match (why couldn’t they have been the one to pull a match instead of Smackdown), the totals would have given us exactly 5 minutes per match. In the last eight weeks, the match length has increased by almost a tenth of a minute.

NXT and Superstars both passed 3,600 minutes this week. Next week, Impact should pass a new barrier while Smackdown will need to keep up its recent totals to go over 6,000 minutes next week. We also passed the 5,500 match barrier this week for total matches. In a bit of a quirky situation akin to the tie between NXT and Superstars last week, the numbers for Impact and Smackdown are the same (5,596 versus 5,965).

For the first time since the week of September 16, 2013, we had five one minute matches. This was also the first time since the week of June 24, 2013 when the amount of one minute matches equaled or exceeded the number of ten minute matches (four of each).

For the second time in three weeks, NXT has averaged less than three minutes per match.

While the matches on this week’s Ring of Honor television do not qualify for this column, here are the match lengths from the program that aired featuring matches from the Pittsburgh show: Michael Bennett versus Romantic Touch was 7 Minutes; Michael Elgin and Chris Hero versus The Briscoes versus Matt Hardy and Adam Cole was 24 Minutes. The Briscoes were in the match for 18 minutes while the other two teams were in for the full 24 minutes.

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
Rey Mysterio, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust versus Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, and Erick Rowan: 7 Minutes
Fandango versus Santino Marella: 2 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger versus Christian and Sheamus: 11 Minutes
Alberto Del Rio versus Dolph Ziggler: 2 Minutes
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Curtis Axel and Ryback: 4 Minutes
Dean Ambrose versus Mark Henry: 5 Minutes
AJ Lee, Alicia Fox, and Aksana versus Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, and Cameron: 5 Minutes
Randy Orton versus John Cena: 18 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper versus Sin Cara, Fernando, and Diego: 11 Minutes
Natalya versus Aksana: 7 Minutes
Big E Langston versus Drew McIntyre: 9 Minutes
Jinder Mahal versus Big E Langston: 1 Minute

WWE NXT
Emma, Bayley, and Natalya versus Alicia Fox, Summer Rae, and Sasha Banks: 7 Minutes
Aiden English versus Colin Cassady: 2 Minutes
CJ Parker versus Tye Dillinger: 1 Minute
Marcus Louis and Jason Jordan versus Erick Rowan and Luke Harper: 1 Minute

TNA Impact
Gunner versus Ethan Carter III: 4 Minutes
Gunner and James Storm versus Magnus and Ethan Carter III: 5 Minutes
Zema Ion, Robbie E, and Jessie Godderz versus Davey Richards, Eddie Edwards, and Samoa Joe: 6 Minutes
MVP versus Rockstar Spud: 1 Minute
Ken Anderson versus Bully Ray: 9 Minutes

WWE Superstars
Natalya versus Tamina Snuka: 5 Minutes
Big E Langston versus Drew McIntyre: 7 Minutes

WWE Smackdown
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns versus Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and Christian: 10 Minutes
Fandango versus Miz: 4 Minutes
Rey Mysterio versus Kofi Kingston versus Jack Swagger versus Mark Henry: 9 Minutes
Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust versus BG James, Billy Gunn, Ryback, and Curtis Axel: 8 Minutes
Damien Sandow versus Darren Young: 1 Minute
Randy Orton versus Antonio Cesaro: 10 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No Qualifying Matches

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Raw: 54 Minutes in 8 Matches (last week: 71 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 42 Minutes in 6 Matches (last week: 38 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 28 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 26 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 25 Minutes in 5 Matches (last week: 22 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 12 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 11 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 11 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 23 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No Qualifying Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 172 Minutes in 29 Matches (Last Week: 191 Minutes in 28 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE Main Event: 28 Minutes (up from 26 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 21 Minutes (up from 19 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 18 Minutes (down from 23.67 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 12.5 Minutes (up from 11 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 12 Minutes (up from 11 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 11 Minutes (down from 23 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Smackdown: 7 Minutes (up from 6.33 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 7 Minutes (down from 8.67 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 6.75 Minutes (down from 8.88 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 6 Minutes (up from 5.5 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5 Minutes (down from 5.5 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 2.75 Minutes (down from 4.6 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Longest Matches
Randy Orton versus John Cena: 18 Minutes (WWE Raw February 10)
Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger versus Christian and Sheamus: 11 Minutes (WWE Raw February 10)
Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper versus Sin Cara, Fernando, and Diego: 11 Minutes (WWE NXT February 12)

Shortest Matches
Damien Sandow versus Darren Young: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown February 14)
MVP versus Rockstar Spud: 1 Minute (TNA Impact February 13)
Jinder Mahal versus Big E Langston: 1 Minute (WWE Main Event February 12)
CJ Parker versus Tye Dillinger: 1 Minute (WWE NXT February 12)
Marcus Louis and Jason Jordan versus Erick Rowan and Luke Harper: 1 Minute (WWE NXT February 12)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 7,005 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 5,965 Minutes
TNA Impact: 5,596 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 3,602 Minutes
[On WWE.com: 2,449 Minutes]
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 3,601 Minutes
[Season 6: 1,857 Minutes]
[Season 5: 1,164 Minutes]
[Season 4: 161 Minutes]
[Season 3: 90 Minutes]
[Season 2: 158 Minutes]
[Season 1: 171 Minutes]
Ring of Honor: 3,260 Minutes
[On Sinclair: 1,910 Minutes]
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
WWE Main Event: 1,575 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 30,604 Minutes

Total Time by Company
WWE: 21,748 Minutes
TNA: 5,596 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 3,260 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 1,402 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 1,186 Matches
TNA Impact: 1,031 Matches
WWE NXT: 679 Matches
[Season 6: 358 Matches]
[Season 5: 197 Matches]
[Season 4: 29 Matches]
[Season 3: 24 Matches]
[Season 2: 31 Matches]
[Season 1: 40 Matches]
WWE Superstars: 597 Matches
[On WWE.com: 403 Matches]
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
Ring of Honor: 421 Matches
[On Sinclair: 247 Matches]
[On HDNet: 174 Matches]
WWE Main Event: 193 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 5,509

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 4,057 Matches
TNA: 1,031 Matches
Ring of Honor: 421 Matches

Hourly Averages
Ring of Honor: 23.62 Minutes (No Change)
[On HDNet: 25.96 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 22.21 Minutes (No Change)]
WWE Main Event: 21.88 Minutes (up from 21.79 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 17.57 Minutes (down from 17.60 Minutes)
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
[On WWE.com: 16.77 Minutes (down from 16.81 Minutes)]
WWE NXT: 17.48 Minutes (down from 17.51 Minutes)
[Season 6: 21.59 Minutes (down from 21.72 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: 15.61 Minutes (up from 15.606 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 14.34 Minutes (up from 14.31 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 13.76 Minutes (up from 13.74 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.517 Minutes (down from 13.52 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.62 Minutes
WWE: 15.45 Minutes (up from 15.43 Minutes)
TNA: 13.517 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 8.16 Minutes (down from 8.19 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 7.74 Minutes (No Change)
[On Sinclair: 7.73 Minutes (No Change)]
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 6.0335 Minutes (down from 6.0336 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 6.0769 Minutes (down from 6.077 Minutes)]
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
Overall Average: 5.56 Minutes (up from 5.55 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.427 Minutes (down from 5.429 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 5.30 Minutes (down from 5.318 Minutes)
[Season 6: 5.19 Minutes (down from 5.21 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]
WWE Smackdown: 5.03 Minutes (up from 5.02 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.996 Minutes (up from 4.986 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.74 Minutes
TNA: 5.427 Minutes
WWE: 5.36 Minutes (up from 5.356 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)
Steel Cage Warfare: 24 Minutes (Ring of Honor July 27, 2013)
Randy Orton versus Daniel Bryan: 24 Minutes (WWE Raw February 3, 2014)

Total Number of Ten Minute Matches: 809 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 563 Matches
Ring of Honor: 129 Matches
TNA: 117 Matches

Shortest Matches
423 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 349 Matches
TNA: 57 Matches
Ring of Honor: 17 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Damien Sandow versus Darren Young: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown February 14)
MVP versus Rockstar Spud: 1 Minute (TNA Impact February 13)
Jinder Mahal versus Big E Langston: 1 Minute (WWE Main Event February 12)
CJ Parker versus Tye Dillinger: 1 Minute (WWE NXT February 12)
Marcus Louis and Jason Jordan versus Erick Rowan and Luke Harper: 1 Minute (WWE NXT February 12)
Sylvester Lefort versus Mason Ryan: 1 Minute (WWE NXT February 5)
Corey Graves versus Camacho: 1 Minute (WWE NXT January 29)
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Erick Rowan and Luke Harper: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown January 24)
Miz versus Brodus Clay: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown January 24)
Fandango versus Xavier Woods: 1 Minute (WWE Raw January 20)