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5 Longest Pay Per View (PPV) events in the History of WWE

WWE had to go off the air at a specific time when operating within the constraints of TV and pay-per-view time, or it would end up like Halloween Havoc 1998. WWE has never made the error because doing so isn’t the best business practice when the main event is ready to begin. Events typically lasted less than three hours before The Network, and WWE hardly ever went over that time limit. 

When the Network debuted in 2014, WWE no longer had that problem. They can now hold events for whenever long they wish. Fortunately, they are aware that not every event needs to go 4 hours or longer because it becomes tedious. However, the subsequent pay-per-view events did go beyond the 4-hour threshold, making them the most extended in WWE history.

WrestleMania 32

WrestleMania 32’s nearly five hour run time did not win over fans at all, especially with a main event that numerous viewers had little to no interest in. It was fairly amazing to witness Triple H make his entry as a corporate god among the lemmings. Zack Ryder’s victory in the IC championship provided a happy beginning to the event. In a triple threat match for the Divas championship, which was being retired and given the new name of the Women’s Championship, Charlotte, Sasha, and Becky each made their WrestleMania debuts. 

Greatest Royal Rumble

Just two minutes separated the first premium live event in Saudi Arabia from five hours. Depending on where you reside, that takes up an entire afternoon or morning due to the time difference. Even though Daniel Bryan lost the contest, The Greatest Royal Rumble served as an hour-long reminder of why he is one of the best wrestlers in the world. The undercard included WrestleMania-caliber contests, including John Cena’s victory over Triple H, Seth Rollins’ defense of the IC championship against Roman Reigns in a four-way ladder battle, and Brock Lesnar’s narrow escape from the cage versus Reigns.

WrestleMania 34

They brought almost all of their weapons when WrestleMania came back to New Orleans. A major event featuring Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns featured Asuka’s streak-ending match with Charlotte Flair. Seth Rollins won the IC championship after defeating The Miz and Finn Balor, who were both at the top of their games, to kick off the night. The card also included the long-awaited Ronda Rousey debut, the return of Daniel Bryan, and the then-second match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.

WrestleMania 33

The entire WrestleMania 33 event was designed to resemble an amusement park and was billed as “The Ultimate Thrill Ride.” This event’s lengthy duration was partially caused by the enormous entrance ramp that jets could take off from! The Undertaker’s final match, which at the time was believed to be his last, was the biggest match of the show, and he left all of his equipment in the ring after succumbing to Roman Reigns.

WrestleMania 35

Due to the lengthy nature of WrestleMania 35—nearly five and a half hours—the first-ever all-women’s main event did not begin until early Monday morning. The Man might have returned on Monday morning, but earlier in the evening, Seth Rollins, The Man’s man, defeated Brock Lesnar, and the world celebrated KofiMania as the Dreadlocked Dynamo defeated Daniel Bryan to win the WWE championship.

WWE EventDuration
WrestleMania 355 Hrs 20 mins
WrestleMania 335 Hrs 5 mins
WrestleMania 345 Hrs 3 mins
Greatest Royal Rumble4 Hrs 58 mins
WrestleMania 324 Hrs 49 mins

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