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

By Richard Trionfo on 2013-12-29 11:24:27
The final full week of 2013 is done and we move on from the monumental 200th edition of this column to a rather ho hum 201st. Since we have one more episode of Raw before the end of 2013, the year end and December break downs will be in next week’s column.

Raw won the week again with its second consecutive (and third in four weeks) effort with an hour or more of wrestling. Raw was supported by two matches that covered almost half of the wrestling on the show. Smackdown finished second in its final show of the year with its best total of the year (and fourth week over 40 minutes in 2013) with 46 minutes of wrestling. Main Event had its best week ever with 34 minutes (beating its prior high of 30 minutes on November 6th).

Impact finished in fourth with 28 minutes of wrestling to end its year. With only one match on the show, NXT fell to fifth but still had more wrestling than Superstars.

If the wrestling on the WWE App was included, we probably would have broken the 200 minute barrier for the week, but we ended up with 198 minutes of wrestling from the ten hours of wrestling programming.

With the high amount of wrestling on this week’s television plate, it is not surprising that we would have eight matches longer than ten minutes. Main Event had two 14 minute matches, but neither of them were able to crack the top three matches for the week because of the Antonio Cesaro versus William Regal match from NXT, the Wyatt Family versus Goldust, Daniel Bryan, and Cody Rhodes match on Raw, and the John Cena versus Seth Rollins match from Smackdown.

We did have one one minute match this week on Smackdown.

While I don’t normally talk about the monthly or annual totals in the weekly columns, I did want to point out that the final match on Smackdown was the 1,500th match of the year in my column from Raw, Smackdown, Impact, Ring of Honor, Superstars, Main Event, and NXT.

Thanks to another strong hourly average for Raw, they have finally passed Impact to get out of last place in the amount of wrestling per hour. The next challenge for Raw is to pass Smackdown to get out of last place in the average match length. Raw has had longer average matches than Smackdown for the last seven weeks.

Raw passed 6,600 minutes while Smackdown passed 5,700 minutes and Impact passed 5,400 minutes. Next week, Main Event will break 1,400 minutes if there is any wrestling on the show. The next match from Impact will be the 1,000th.

As a note for the Ring of Honor totals, the matches that are going to be taped in Nashville will be the next time that a match will be considered for this column since it was specified as a television taping.

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
Summer Rae, Vickie Guerrero, Aksana, Kaitlyn, Tamina Snuka, and Alicia Fox versus Natalya, Eva Marie, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, Naomi, and Cameron: 4 Minutes
Curtis Axel versus Sin Cara: 5 Minutes
Goldust, Cody Rhodes, and Daniel Bryan versus Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper: 16 Minutes
Dolph Ziggler versus Fandango: 5 Minutes
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso: 5 Minutes
Mark Henry versus Damien Sandow: 3 Minutes
Fernando and Diego versus Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger: 3 Minutes
Kofi Kingston versus Ryback: 6 Minutes
Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins, and Roman Reigns versus Big E Langston, CM Punk, and John Cena: 13 Minutes

WWE Main Event
Goldust versus Jack Swagger: 14 Minutes
AJ Lee, Aksana, and Tamina Snuka versus Natalya, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella: 6 Minutes
Fandango versus Kofi Kingston: 14 Minutes

WWE NXT
William Regal versus Antonio Cesaro: 16 Minutes

TNA Impact
Gunner versus James Storm: 5 Minutes
Frankie Kazarian and Christopher Daniels versus Joseph Park: 10 Minutes
Lei’d Tapa versus ODB: 4 Minutes
Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud, Robbie E, and Jessie Godderz versus Sting and Jeff Hardy: 9 Minutes

WWE Superstars
Aksana versus Natalya: 5 Minutes
Dolph Ziggler versus Antonio Cesaro: 9 Minutes

WWE Smackdown
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: 1 Minute
Cody Rhodes versus Antonio Cesaro: 4 Minutes
Darren Young and Titus O’Neil versus Ryback and Curtis Axel: 5 Minutes
Randy Orton versus Dolph Ziggler: 10 Minutes
Damien Sandow versus Daniel Bryan: 4 Minutes
Big E Langston versus Dean Ambrose: 3 Minutes
Mark Henry versus Roman Reigns: 4 Minutes
Seth Rollins versus John Cena: 15 Minutes

Ring of Honor
No Qualifying Matches this week

This Week’s Totals

Total Amount of Wrestling on Shows:

WWE Raw: 60 Minutes in 9 Matches (last week: 66 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 46 Minutes in 8 Matches (last week: 36 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 34 Minutes in 3 Matches (last week: 23 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 28 Minutes in 4 Matches (last week: 31 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 16 Minutes in 1 Match (last week: 26 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 14 Minutes in 2 Matches (last week: 12 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: No Qualifying Matches (last week: 0 Minutes)

Total Wrestling for the Week: 198 Minutes in 27 Matches (Last Week: 194 Minutes in 27 Matches)

Hourly Averages
WWE Main Event: 34 Minutes (up from 26 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 23 Minutes (up from 18 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 20 Minutes (down from 22 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 16 Minutes (down from 23 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 14 Minutes (up from 12 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 14 Minutes (down from 15.5 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Per Match Averages (this week):
WWE NXT: 16 Minutes (up from 6.5 Minutes)
WWE Main Event: 11.33 Minutes (up from 7.67 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 7 Minutes (up from 6 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 7 Minutes (down from 10.33 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 6.67 Minutes (down from 9.43 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 5.75 Minutes (up from 4.5 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 0 Minutes (No Change)

Longest Matches
Goldust, Cody Rhodes, and Daniel Bryan versus Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan, and Luke Harper: 16 Minutes (WWE Raw December 23)
William Regal versus Antonio Cesaro: 16 Minutes (WWE NXT December 25)
Seth Rollins versus John Cena: 15 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 27)

Shortest Matches
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 27)
Big E Langston versus Dean Ambrose: 3 Minutes (WWE Smackdown December 27)
Mark Henry versus Damien Sandow: 3 Minutes (WWE Raw December 23)
Fernando and Diego versus Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger: 3 Minutes (WWE Raw December 23)

Overall Totals

Total Wrestling Time by Show
WWE Raw: 6,612 Minutes
WWE Smackdown: 5,727 Minutes
TNA Impact: 5,415 Minutes
WWE Superstars: 3,519 Minutes
[On WWE.com: 2,366 Minutes]
[On WGN: 1,153 Minutes]
WWE NXT: 3,466 Minutes
[Season 6: 1,722 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: 3,151 Minutes
[On Sinclair: 1,801 Minutes]
[On HDNet: 1,350 Minutes]
WWE Main Event: 1,399 Minutes

Overall Wrestling Time: 29,289 Minutes

Total Time by Company
WWE: 20,723 Minutes
TNA: 5,415 Minutes
Ring of Honor: 3,151 Minutes

Total Number of Matches by Show
WWE Raw: 1,345 Matches
WWE Smackdown: 1,144 Matches
TNA Impact: 999 Matches
WWE NXT: 646 Matches
[Season 6: 325 Matches]
[Season 5: 197 Matches]
[Season 4: 29 Matches]
[Season 3: 24 Matches]
[Season 2: 31 Matches]
[Season 1: 40 Matches]
WWE Superstars: 583 Matches
[On WWE.com: 389 Matches]
[On WGN: 194 Matches]
Ring of Honor: 405 Matches
[On Sinclair: 231 Matches]
[On HDNet: 174 Matches]
WWE Main Event: 170 Matches

Total Number of Matches: 5,292

Total Number of Matches by Company
WWE: 3,888 Matches
TNA: 999 Matches
Ring of Honor: 405 Matches

Hourly Averages
Ring of Honor: 23.51 Minutes (No Change)
[On HDNet: 25.96 Minutes]
[On Sinclair: 21.96 Minutes (No Change)]
WWE Main Event: 21.52 Minutes (up from 21.33 Minutes)
WWE Superstars: 17.77 Minutes (down from 17.79 Minutes)
[On WGN: 19.54 Minutes]
[On WWE.com: 17.02 Minutes (down from 17.04 Minutes)]
WWE NXT: 17.417 Minutes (down from 17.42 Minutes)
[Season 6: 21.80 Minutes (down from 21.87 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: 15.53 Minutes (up from 15.51 Minutes)
WWE Smackdown: 14.25 Minutes (up from 14.20 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 13.55 Minutes (up from 13.51 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 13.54 Minutes (up from 13.53 Minutes)

Hourly Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 23.51 Minutes
WWE: 15.33 Minutes (up from 15.29 Minutes)
TNA: 13.54 Minutes

Per Match Averages
WWE Main Event: 8.23 Minutes (up from 8.17 Minutes)
Ring of Honor: 7.78 Minutes (No Change)
[On Sinclair: 7.796 Minutes (No Change)]
[On HDNet: 7.76 Minutes]
WWE Superstars: 6.036 Minutes (up from 6.033 Minutes)
[On WWE.com: 6.08 Minutes (up from 6.0775 Minutes)]
[On WGN: 5.94 Minutes]
Overall Average: 5.53 Minutes (up from 5.52 Minutes)
TNA Impact: 5.42 Minutes (up from 5.41 Minutes)
WWE NXT: 5.37 Minutes (up from 5.35 Minutes)
[Season 6: 5.30 Minutes (up from 5.27 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: 5.006 Minutes (up from 5.00 Minutes)
WWE Raw: 4.92 Minutes (up from 4.90 Minutes)

Per Match Averages by Company
Ring of Honor: 7.78 Minutes
TNA: 5.42 Minutes
WWE: 5.33 Minutes (up from 5.308 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)

Total Number of Ten Minute Matches: 771 Matches

Ten Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 532 Matches
Ring of Honor: 127 Matches
TNA: 112 Matches

Shortest Matches
407 Total Matches at 1 Minute

One Minute Matches by Company
WWE: 335 Matches
TNA: 55 Matches
Ring of Honor: 17 Matches

The Last Ten Matches that Qualified:
Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso versus Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 27)
Damien Sandow versus Miz: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 20)
Damien Sandow versus Mark Henry: 1 Minute (WWE Smackdown December 13)
Brodus Clay versus Xavier Woods: 1 Minute (WWE Raw December 9)
Ethan Carter III versus Earl Hebner: 1 Minute (TNA Impact December 5)
Aiden English versus Someone Never Named: 1 Minute (WWE NXT December 4)
Jessie Godderz and Robbie E versus Norv Fernum and Dewey Barnes: 1 Minute (TNA Impact November 28)
Kassius Ohno versus Tyler Breeze: 1 Minute (WWE NXT November 27)
Hunico and Camacho versus Jonathan Ortagun and Chris Rockwell: 1 Minute (WWE NXT November 20)
AJ Lee versus Vickie Guerrero: 1 Minute (WWE Raw November 18)