WWE presented Money in the Bank last night, and did a great job with the PPV, despite the current situation which has prevented fans from attending any of the WWE shows. One of the major reasons why fans were satisfied with the PPV was the short duration of the show, as it ended faster than a RAW episode, and went slightly longer than a SmackDown or NXT episode.
With just 7 matches on the official card, and two taking place at the same time, the show finished up in 2 hours, 24 minutes, which makes it the shortest PPV in 14 years. The last PPV to go shorter than this was the infamous ECW December to Dismember in 2006, which went on for 2 hours and 15 minutes.
If one were to exclude ECW and UK PPVs from the list, the last PPV which went shorter than MITB 2020 was Survivor Series 1990, which went on for 2 hours and 21 minutes.
According to Paul Davis of WrestlingNews.co, the decision to keep the PPV short was made by Vince McMahon. McMahon feels that the shows shouldn’t be going any longer in the absence of a live audience, and the PPV schedule will continue to be the same until the situation clears up.
There is still no clarity on when the seats will start filling up for WWE shows, which will lead to more such short PPVs in the coming months. The company announced the return of WWE Backlash, which will be airing on June 14. The location for the returning PPV is yet to be confirmed, but it will most likely end up being from the Performance Center.
Backlash will be returning after being kept away from the 2019 schedule. WWE hasn’t announced the details about the other PPVs, but with the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the USA, it is unlikely to see a return to normal at least till Summerslam.