Visualizing the Elite

A Data Analytics Approach to All Elite Wrestling





Motivation



Visualizing the Elite combines two things I really enjoy: professional wrestling and data analytics. The motivation behind this project is to utilize match data to provide an overview of things like how your favorite wrestlers are performing in terms of wins and losses, how often wrestlers are used on specific programs, and how wrestlers are being featured in in-ring competitions. The interactive dashboards can be used to enable users to explore the rankings and statistics among wrestlers. The analytical platform can be used to assist in developing storylines among wrestlers.

Version 1.0 was released on Friday, Feb 28th, in preparation for the AEW Revolution Pay Per View event, which was held on Saturday, Feb 29th in Chicago, Illinois. It provided a data-centric analysis of AEW matches leading up to the event along with some interesting statistics and findings from AEW history. The archived page can be found here.

This is an on-going effort and the page will be updated weekly as more AEW events occur and data becomes available.
The current database includes matches from May 25th, 2019 to present.






Live Events Map

(to date)



This map displays all the cities that have hosted AEW events since its official inception in May of 2019.

The majority of AEW’s live event market has primarily been in the Eastern half of the U.S.

How to use the map:
Hover over the map to see list of events in each state.






Wrestling Rankings for 2020

Do Wins and Losses Matter?

The following interactive chart shows the win/loss records for all the wrestlers from all AEW events within the selected timeframe. Note that all matches aired on Pay Per View events, Dynamite, and Dark are counted in the data. This includes unsanctioned matches, battles royal, and unofficial matches. Singles matches are classified as one-on-one matches involving at most two wrestlers. Tag Team matches are classified as two-on-two matches involving at most four wrestlers. Others include all other matches that are not Singles or Tag Team matches.


How to use the chart:

  • By default, the chart shows the records since January, 2020. Use the slider to choose a different timeframe and look at previous records.
  • Filter results by event show (PPV, Dynamite, Dark).
  • Filter results by singles, tag team, others, or all matches.
  • Sort results by total wins, total losses, or total number of matches.






Most Utilized Wrestlers in 2020

(Jan. 1st to present)

This chart identifies key players in AEW, along with up-and-coming wrestlers, enhancement talents, and occasional featured wrestlers. It can be used to answer questions like: Who has never been in a singles match in 2020/all-time? Which wrestlers with similar win/loss stats would be interesting to go head to head with?


How to use the chart:

  • By default, the chart shows the records since January, 2020. Use the slider to choose a different timeframe.
  • Filter results by event show (PPV, Dynamite, Dark).
  • Sort results by total matches, total singles matches, total tag team matches, or total other matches.






Matches Times in AEW History

This chart displays all AEW matches sorted by the length of the match. Matches with missing match times were excluded from the analysis. The longest matches tend to be pay-per-view headlining matches. Two exceptions were special attraction matches: Kenny Omega vs PAC Iron Man match on Dynamite on Feb. 26, 2020 and the Kenny Omega vs Joey Janela match on Dark on Oct 9, 2020. The average match lasts about 11 minutes and 36 seconds. The average singles match lasts about 10 minutes and 50 seconds. The average tag team match lasts about 12 minutes and 28 seconds.

Interesting Statistics: (as of September 10, 2020)

  • 38 minutes and 46 seconds: The length of the longest singles match in AEW history -- between Jon Moxley and Kenny Omega at Full Gear. Also the longest match in AEW history.

  • 33 minutes and 59 seconds: The length of the longest non-singles or tag team match -- Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing 2020 between The Elite with Matt Hardy and The Inner Circle. Also the second longest match in AEW history.

  • 31 minutes and 26 seconds: The length of the longest tag team match -- between The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson & Nick Jackson) and the Brotherhood (Cody & Dustin Rhodes) at Fight for the Fallen.

  • 7 seconds: The length of the shortest match in AEW history -- between MJF and Shawn Dean on September 16th episode of Dynamite (Episode 50 taped on September 10th).

  • 30 minutes 58 seconds: The length of the longest singles match on AEW Dynamite -- between Kenny Omega and PAC on Feb. 26, 2020. It was an Iron Man match with a 30 minute time limit that went to sudden death over time.

  • 30 minutes and 46 seconds: The length of the second longest singles match on AEW Dynamite -- between Jon Moxley and Jake Hager on April 15th, 2020. Jon Moxley successfully defended his championship title on Dynamite #28



How to use the chart:

  • Use the slider to choose a different timeframe.
  • Filter results by event show (PPV, Dynamite, Dark).
  • Filter results by singles, tag team, others, or all matches.
  • Filter results by event title.
  • Hover over the bar to see the date and event where the match occured along with the match duration.


Total Ring Action Times in AEW History

This chart shows which wrestlers are given the most time for matches.



How to use the chart:

  • Use the slider to choose a different timeframe.
  • Filter results by event show (PPV, Dynamite, Dark).
  • Filter results by singles, tag team, others, or all matches.
  • Hover over the bar to see the wrestler's average match duration (in seconds), total number of matches, and total match time.






Wednesday Night Wars



AEW's Dynamite debuted on the TNT network on October 2, 2019. Since then, AEW and WWE's NXT have been battling for viewership Wednesday nights with Dynamite airing on TNT and NXT airing on USA Network. While it is debatable how relevant the Nielson ratings are as a performance indicator, there is still interest in comparing the viewership and Nielson ratings between WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite.

WarnerMedia announced on January 15th, 2020 that TNT's AEW Dynamite has been renewed through 2023. In addition, they will also be launching a second series on a second night.

Ratings data obtained from ShowBuzzDaily
Note that AEW Dynamite did not air on December 25, 2019.






Interactive Wrestler Activity Chart



This interactive timeline allows you to compare the in-ring activities of selected wrestlers. Each match is color coded by whether it appeared on Dynamite, Dark, Pay Per View, or a Pay per View Pre-Show, along with whether the wrestler won, loss, or had a draw.

How to use chart:
Select one or more wrestlers from the dropdown list for comparison.
Use the slider to choose a timeframe.
Hover over each W/L/D marker to see the match card details.






Data



Data was retrieved from Cagematch The Internet Wrestling Database. The scraping was performed using Python and Beautiful Soup. The data was then written to JSON files and imported into Tableau for analysis.

All matches aired on Pay Per View events, Dynamite, and Dark are counted in the data. This includes unsanctioned matches, battles royal, and unofficial matches. Singles matches are classified as one-on-one matches involving at most two wrestlers. Tag Team matches are classified as two-on-two matches involving at most four wrestlers. Others include all other matches that are not Singles or Tag Team matches, such as three-way or four-way matches, battles royal, handicap matches, etc. The wrestlers are ranked by total number of wins. Note that this differs from how AEW officially computes their rankings.



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