At the end of each fatal match, stretcher bearers hustled out on the floor of the arena to collect the fallen gladiator and carry his body to a nearby morgue, or spoliarium. There officials slit the man's throat to ensure that he was truly dead: Roman bettors despised fixed matches..........
As studies of epitaphs show, skilled gladiators rarely survived more than 10 matches, dying on average at the age of 27.
Again, that would be the "playoffs". However, there were a LOT of venues in the Roman Empire, so I imagine that fatalities out in the "'nabes" would either be local boys who wanted to fight each other; or who wanted a crack at "the big time", against a professional gladiator; or condemned prisoners.
But once you hit the major cities, or Rome itself, things got a lot more complicated. You had animal fights, and human-animal fights, battle re-enactments (including the possibility of naval battles with the coliseum flooded!), fighting executions, races, etc.
I also suspect that though most gladiators didn't last long, the majority were put out with injuries. The fighters themselves wouldn't be too keen about most matches ending in a kill.
I thought they got the old hammer on the noggin treatment. That would have been quicker -- WHACK!