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Top 5 longest matches in the history of WWE  

For more than 50 years, WWE has given us a few of the finest matches in wrestling. Each generation has given us battles which are great but also lengthy matches that help the audience get invested in the action and root for their favorite. A lengthy match gives the wrestlers more time to demonstrate their abilities and athleticism while also telling a greater story. While most wrestling fights range between 10 and 20 minutes, occasionally matches drag on and some can stretch over an hour. The top 5 longest WWE matches ever are listed here.

Tag Team Turmoil Match

In a Tag Team Turmoil Match, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns competed against six teams consecutively up to their match at Fastlane 2015. The duo prevailed over The Miz & Damien Mizdow in the opening contest after 65 minutes, with Bryan pinning Miz with a flying knee. The Usos were their next opponent, and Bryan used the YES Lock to defeat them by submission. After that, they played Los Matadores and won the YES Lock once more. 

The team facing Slater Gator was the next match, and it was swiftly decided by a Spear from Roman Reigns.  The Ascension came next, and the group was victorious by way of disqualification. After Bryan forced Big Show to submit to the YES Lock, the match was won over Big Show and Kane. This match was held just a few days before their PPV confrontation, demonstrating the endurance that these two Superstars possess.

Bruno Sammartino vs Gorilla Monsoon  

The legendary 70-minute performance by Gorilla Monsoon and Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Championship, Curfew Draw from the 1960s at Madison Square Garden had to cease because of the Garden’s curfew. It was impressive to watch because both men were at the top of their game.

Pedro Morales vs Bruno Sammartino

A 75-minute curfew draw featuring Pedro Morales and Bruno Sammartino was held at Showdown at Shea ’72. The previous WWWF Champion attempted to reclaim the title, but Morales did manage to retain it for an additional year after the contest finished in a draw.

Bruno Sammartino vs Waldo Von Erich

In the days of the territories, time limit draws were commonplace, with Superstars like Ric Flair frequently participating in 60-minute duration restriction draws. But in 1964, Bruno Sammartino and Waldo Von Erich engaged in an 81-minute match in Madison Square Garden for the WWWF Championship, Curfew Draw. If not for the venue’s curfew, nobody knows how much longer the match may have lasted. It must be grueling to watch a single bout for that long, let alone participate in it, demonstrating the extraordinary conditioning that both athletes at the time possessed.

7-Man Gauntlet Match

Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, John Cena, Elias, Finn Balor, The Miz, and Braun Strowman competed in a 7-man Gauntlet Match on the February 19th, 2018 episode of Monday Night Raw, which accounted for nearly the whole show. Seth Rollins was the MVP even though he lost the event. He competed in the Gauntlet for 65 minutes, beating John Cena and Roman Reigns before falling to Elias. Braun Strowman, the final participant to enter the contest to confront The Miz, ultimately prevailed.

MatchTime (mins)DateCompetition
7-Man Gauntlet Match146:55February 19th 2018RAW
Bruno Sammartino vs Waldo Von Erich81:00August 22nd 1964WWWF Championship
Pedro Morales vs Bruno Sammartino75:051972Showdown At Shea ’72
Bruno Sammartino vs. Gorilla Monsoon70:00May 11th 1964WWWF Championship
Tag Team Turmoil Match65:15 February 12th 2015Smackdown

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