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BY THE NUMBERS: LOOKING BACK AT THE WEEK IN WRESTLING FROM WWE AND TNA; 20,000 MINUTES OF WRESTLING

By Richard Trionfo on 2012-12-24 19:31:27
The holiday season is upon us and that means that we lose a few shows for best of editions and recaps of the year. Two of the seven shows gave us highlights while a third one joins the group next week.

Even though Raw has three hours of television, they did not win the week. With the amount of wrestling on Raw, if Smackdown was not commercial free, they probably would have beaten Raw this week. Raw could not even hold on to second place and fell to third for the first time since Raw 1000. Smackdown won for the third time since Raw went to three hours, and for the first time by itself since Raw 1000. That week also saw Impact beat Raw.

Main Event had their best totals in their twelve week existence and they broke the two hundred minute barrier. They had their longest match at eighteen minutes. Smackdown passed forty-one hundred minutes while Raw should pass forty-two hundred minutes next week. NXT passed twenty-three hundred minutes.

The next ten minute match that we see on Raw will be the one hundredth since I started this column and they will join Smackdown in that exclusive club. Ring of Honor is at ninety-seven matches, but they will not have a new show for a few weeks so it would seem logical that Raw would get that honor.

I have been talking about this milestone for weeks, but we finally passed twenty thousand minutes of wrestling. With an average of one hundred thirty-five and one-quarter minutes of wrestling per week in the one hundred forty-eight weeks of this column we got passed twenty-thousand minutes. Minute twenty thousand occurred during the Tara versus Mickie James match on Impact.

It took 78 weeks to get to ten thousand minutes with only six shows and a nine hours of wrestling. It took another 70 weeks to get through the next ten thousand minutes, but some of those weeks had nine hours of wrestling, some had ten hours of wrestling, and we currently have eleven hours per week of wrestling.

In the twelve weeks since Main Event debuted, we have averaged slightly more than 174 minutes of wrestling per week. If that average is maintained, we will hit thirty thousand minutes by week 206, right before the end of year number four in February 2014.

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
Rey Mysterio versus Damien Sandow: 3 Minutes
Eve Torres versus Kaitlyn: 2 Minutes
Kofi Kingston versus Tensai: 1 Minute
Great Khali versus David Otunga: 2 Minutes
Brodus Clay versus JTG: 2 Minutes
Cody Rhodes versus Sin Cara: 4 Minutes
Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre versus Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and Tommy Dreamer: 11 Minutes
Ryback versus Antonio Cesaro: 3 Minutes
AJ Lee and Dolph Ziggler versus John Cena and Vickie Guerrero: 4 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Kane and Daniel Bryan versus Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes: 18 Minutes
Titus O’Neil and Darren Young versus Santino Marella and Zack Ryder: 7 Minutes

WWE NXT
Epico and Primo versus The Usos: 8 Minutes
Big E Langston versus Camacho and Aiden English: 1 Minute
Kassius Ohno versus Percy Watson: 5 Minutes
Bo Dallas versus Big Show: 5 Minutes

TNA Impact
Kurt Angle versus Devon: 6 Minutes
Joey Ryan and Matt Morgan versus Kenny King and Rob Van Dam: 5 Minutes
Tara versus Mickie James: 7 Minutes
Austin Aries versus Jeff Hardy: 15 Minutes

WWE Superstars
No New Matches

WWE Smackdown
Sin Cara versus Damien Sandow: 6 Minutes
Santino Marella versus Tensai: 4 Minutes
Daniel Bryan, Kane, Kofi Kingston versus Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Wade Barrett: 11 Minutes
Antonio Cesaro versus Ryback: 5 Minutes
Eve Torres versus Kaitlyn: 6 Minutes
Brodus Clay versus Brad Maddox: 2 Minutes
Dolph Ziggler and Big Show versus John Cena and Sheamus: 11 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No New Matches

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Smackdown: 45 Minutes in 7 Matches (last week: 32 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 33 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 29 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 32 Minutes in 9 Matches (last week: 53 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 25 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 18 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 19 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 22 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No New Matches (last week: 18 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: No New Matches (last week: 11 Minutes)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 154 Minutes in 26 Matches (Last Week: 183 Minutes in 28 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE Main Event: 25 Minutes (up from 18 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 22.5 Minutes (up from 16 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 19 Minutes (down from 22 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 16.5 Minutes (up from 14.5 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 10.67 Minutes (down from 17.67 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (down from 18 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 0 Minutes (up from 9 Minutes)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE Main Event: 12.5 Minutes (up from 9 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 8.25 Minutes (up from 5.8 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 6.43 Minutes (up from 5.33 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 4.75 Minutes (down from 7.33 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 3.56 Minutes (down from 6.63 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (down from 9 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 0 Minutes (down from 5.5 Minutes)

Longest Matches
Kane and Daniel Bryan versus Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes: 18 Minutes (WWE Main Event December 19)
Austin Aries versus Jeff Hardy: 15 Minutes (TNA Impact December 20)
Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, and Drew McIntyre versus Miz, Alberto Del Rio, and Tommy Dreamer: 11 Minutes (WWE Raw December 17)
Dolph Ziggler and Big Show versus John Cena and Sheamus: 11 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 18)
Daniel Bryan, Kane, Kofi Kingston versus Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Wade Barrett: 11 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 18)br>

Shortest Matches
Big E Langston versus Camacho and Aiden English: 1 Minute (WWE NXT December 20)
Kofi Kingston versus Tensai: 1 Minute (WWE Raw December 17)
Eve Torres versus Kaitlyn: 2 Minutes (WWE Raw December 17)
Great Khali versus David Otunga: 2 Minutes (WWE Raw December 17)
Brodus Clay versus JTG: 2 Minutes (WWE Raw December 17)
Brodus Clay versus Brad Maddox: 2 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 18)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 4,188 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 4,123 Minutes
TNA Impact: 3,835 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: 220 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 20,019 Minutes

Total Wrestling Time by Company
WWE: 13,754 Minutes
TNA: 3,835 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 2,430 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 916 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 840 Matches
TNA Impact: 756 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: 24 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 3,763

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 2,696 Matches
TNA: 756 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: 18.33 Minutes (up from 17.73 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 15.76 Minutes (up from 15.74 Minutes)
[Season 6: 21.22 Minutes (down from 21.31 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: 15.086 Minutes (up from 15.072 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 13.93 Minutes (up from 13.87 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.04 Minutes (up from 13.02 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 12.73 Minutes (down from 12.75 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.59 Minutes
WWE: 14.79 Minutes (up from 14.77 Minutes)
TNA: 13.04 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 9.17 Minutes (up from 8.86 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 (down from 5.294 Minutes)
[Season 6: 4.897 Minutes (down from 4.90 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: 5.319 Minutes (up from 5.316 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.07 Minutes (up from 5.056 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 4.91 Minutes (up from 4.896 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.57 Minutes (down from 4.58 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.814 Minutes
WWE: 5.10 Minutes (up from 5.098 Minutes)
TNA: 5.07 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: 478 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 317 Matches
Ring of Honor: 97 Matches
TNA: 64 Matches

Shortest Matches
313 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 253 Matches
TNA: 48 Matches
Ring of Honor: 12 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
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)
Beth Phoenix versus AJ Lee: 1 Minute (WWE Raw October 29)