Minutes of Wrestling on RAW - by Chris Harrington



I looked at a sample of RAWs from 1999 that I could get match-times for everything (32 shows).

Average show in 1999 had 28 minutes 54 seconds of wrestling over 7.5 matches. (Three shows had less than 20 minutes and four shows had more than 35 minutes. Shows sampled had between 6 and 10 matches).
For a two-hour RAW (I'll ignore the overrun), that's 24% of the time that was wrestling content. (Granted, with commercials I think a one-hour show is something like 39-42 minutes of content.)

To compare, I took a sample of 10-20 RAWs from 2000 to 2011 (210 RAWs total covering 1,504 matches) where I had match times for all the matches I'd listed for that RAW show.

Annual Averages
1999: 32 shows (28:54 minutes of wrestling average)
2000: 21 shows (30:58 minutes of wrestling average)
2001: 11 shows (34:36 minutes of wrestling average)
2002: 13 shows (29:23 minutes of wrestling average)
2003: 12 shows (32:15 minutes of wrestling average)
2004: 17 shows (33:13 minutes of wrestling average)
2005: 27 shows (32:46 minutes of wrestling average)
2006: 18 shows (28:33 minutes of wrestling average)
2007: 14 shows (32:22 minutes of wrestling average)
2008: 23 shows (32:21 minutes of wrestling average)
2009: 19 shows (34:18 minutes of wrestling average)
2010: 18 shows (31:38 minutes of wrestling average)
2011: 17 shows (33:22 minutes of wrestling average)

So, 1999 was nominally lower in terms of wrestling content than following years, but this could be due to some sample bias. 
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