The 2018 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 59 minutes and 00 seconds (59m 00s). This match included many surprise stars from the past, yet none of them were ready for Asuka.
This text graphic provides time stamps for each superstar's arrival and exit from the match, as well as showing who the longest lasting superstars were as the match progressed.
My definition of the Survival Time for a superstar is the time that lapses between the point when a superstar steps foot into the ring and the time that the superstar's feet hit the floor to signal elimination. This does not include the time it takes for a superstar to make her way from the entrance ramp down to the actual ring.
The average superstar survival time for the 2018 Women’s Royal Rumble match was 10m 08s and the median survival time was 5m 41s.
Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 superstars:
- 54m 46s: Sasha Banks
- 30m 55s: Becky Lynch
- 23m 12s: Natalya
- 19m 24s: Asuka
- 17m 42s: Nia Jax
- 16m 57s: Carmella
- 16m 14s: Nikki Bella
- 16m 12s: Sarah Logan
- 11m 49s: Brie Bella
- 11m 16s: Ruby Riott
- 8m 24s: Michelle McCool
- 8m 02s: Mickie James
- 6m 33s: Naomi
- 6m 19s: Sonya Deville
- 5m 54s: Ember Moon
- 5m 28s: Lita
- 5m 20s: Trish Stratus
- 4m 53s: Liv Morgan
- 4m 44s: Kelly Kelly
- 4m 40s: Bayley
- 4m 29s: Kairi Sane
- 3m 48s: Molly Holly
- 3m 28s: Mandy Rose
- 2m 44s: Dana Brooke
- 2m 41s: Torrie Wilson
- 2m 33s: Lana
- 1m 59s: Beth Phoenix
- 1m 27s: Jacqueline
- 1m 19s: Tamina
- 0m 58s: Vickie Guerrero
Many of these times differ greatly from their counterparts on WWE.com’s official list of survival times. It seems like WWE’s web site must also include a superstar’s entire entrance time as part of the survival time because most of their times are north of mine by 20 seconds or so.
Then there is a case like Carmella or Natalya, where their listed time is about two minutes apart from mine. In these cases, WWE must be counting the time they were lying on the ground prior to ever entering the ring.
That’s not to say my times are perfect. Every listed time should be viewed with a margin of error of about 3 seconds or so.
The bell to end the match did not ring until about 1 second after Nikki was eliminated. I counted this extra second as part of Asuka’s survival time.
Here are the entrance times for each superstar involved. This is the amount of time that passed between an entrance buzzer going off and when the superstar finally stepped foot into the actual ring. The first two entrants (Sasha, Becky) are excluded because their entrances took place prior to the start of the match.
- 1m 51s: Carmella
- 1m 43s: Natalya
- 0m 29s: Vickie Guerrero
- 0m 27s: Jacqueline, Bayley
- 0m 26s: Mandy, Lita
- 0m 25s: Torrie, Beth
- 0m 24s: Sonya, Mickie
- 0m 23s: Lana, Ember
- 0m 22s: Asuka
- 0m 21s: Sane, Morgan
- 0m 20s: Logan, Kelly
- 0m 19s: Ruby Riott
- 0m 18s: Dana, Molly, Naomi, Trish, Nikki
- 0m 17s: Tamina, McCool, Jax
- 0m 11s: Brie Bella
Carmella’s entrance time includes the time she spent on the ground after Vickie Guerrero attacked her with the Money in the Bank briefcase.
Natalya’s entrance time includes the time she spent on the ground after Carmella attacked her.
Follow the Buzzers
WWE stated that there would be 90-second waiting intervals between each entrant in the 2018 women’s Royal Rumble match. How well did WWE stick to that claim? Here are the waiting times between all 28 buzzers, in chronological order:
- 1m 30s: Buzzer 1 - Sarah Logan
- 1m 49s: Buzzer 2 - Mandy Rose
- 1m 42s: Buzzer 3 - Lita
- 2m 29s: Buzzer 4 - Kairi Sane
- 1m 44s: Buzzer 5 - Tamina
- 1m 58s: Buzzer 6 - Dana Brooke
- 1m 28s: Buzzer 7 - Torrie Wilson
- 1m 50s: Buzzer 8 - Sonya Deville
- 1m 35s: Buzzer 9 - Liv Morgan
- 1m 23s: Buzzer 10 - Molly Holly
- 1m 30s: Buzzer 11 - Lana
- 1m 21s: Buzzer 12 - Michelle McCool
- 1m 49s: Buzzer 13 - Ruby Riott
- 1m 30s: Buzzer 14 - Vickie Guerrero
- 1m 44s: Buzzer 15 - Carmella
- 1m 22s: Buzzer 16 - Natalya
- 1m 21s: Buzzer 17 - Kelly Kelly
- 1m 25s: Buzzer 18 - Naomi
- 1m 40s: Buzzer 19 - Jacqueline
- 1m 26s: Buzzer 20 - Nia Jax
- 1m 56s: Buzzer 21 - Ember Moon
- 2m 03s: Buzzer 22 - Beth Phoenix
- 2m 39s: Buzzer 23 - Asuka
- 1m 51s: Buzzer 24 - Mickie James
- 1m 22s: Buzzer 25 - Nikki Bella
- 2m 00s: Buzzer 26 - Brie Bella
- 1m 20s: Buzzer 27 - Bayley
- 1m 26s: Buzzer 28 - Trish Stratus
8 of the 28 waiting periods fell within 5 seconds of the 90-second goal.
The average waiting period was 1m 41s and the median time was between 1m 37s and 1m 38s.
6 different waiting periods lasted under 1m 25s.
4 different waiting periods lasted 2m 00s or longer.
The longest waiting period was 2m 39s, and this featured Beth’s entry into the match and her entire situation with Natalya’s betrayal.
The 2m 29s waiting period is where Lita entered the match and eventually eliminated Mandy Rose.
The 2m 03s waiting period included Naomi using Maria Menounos’ chair to save herself from elimination.
The 2m 00s waiting period is where Nikki Bella entered the match and she eliminated Carmella.
The interval that lasted 1m 58s is where Lita performed many of her trademark moves, including a moonsault onto Sasha and Becky. Becky eliminated Lita, and then the 10-second countdown clock appeared.
Nia Jax entered the match in the 1m 56s waiting period and she eliminated 3 superstars. She then tossed Naomi outside the ring and this led to Naomi being stranded on the barricade.
In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Trish’s entrance) would have gone off 42m 00s after the start of the match. In reality, this buzzer went off at 47m 13s.
I also wanted to take a look at how the ring filled up with superstars as the match progressed. If you add up each wrestler's survival time, it results in a total survival time of 5h 04m 10s. Given that the match lasted a total of 59m 00s, that comes out to an average of 5.2 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 21st most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 32 matches.
These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of active superstars like Sasha Banks or Nia Jax. There seemed to be a ton of that going on in this match and it will be quite an ordeal to track it all, so it’s on my list of things to investigate at a later date. Therefore when I talk about how many superstars were “in the ring” I’m counting all active superstars, whether they are literally inside the ring or not.
Here is a more accurate way to understand how many women were active at any given time. This chart shows the total time that the ring was filled with an exact number of discrete superstars at once.
2018 Women’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness
|Active Wrestlers||Total Time||% of Match Time||Cumulative %|
|Active Wrestlers||Total Time||% of Match Time||Cumulative %|
This chart shows that the were 4 or fewer active women for 33.2% of the match, and 6 or fewer active women for 80.5% of the match.
The number of active superstars ranged between 4 and 6, inclusive, for 66.0% of the match.
The number of active superstars in the ring only surpassed 7 for a total time of 4m 32s (or 7.7%) in this match.
The ring reached its maximum depth of 9 superstars when the final entrant, Trish Stratus, entered the ring.
There was a 25m 38s stretch, between the time stamps of 27m 13s and 52m 51s, where the number of active superstars was at least equal to 5. This streak started when Carmella entered the ring and ended when Trish was eliminated, leaving the Rumble with its final four participants. During this time the average ring crowdedness was equal to 6.5 active superstars at any given second.
The longest time span without any eliminations was 5m 21s, between the time stamps of 44m 10s and 49m 31s, bound by the eliminations of Carmella and Mickie James. Three new competitors (Nikki, Brie, Trish) entered the match during this time.
End of the Match
Once Trish Stratus entered the ring, the match essentially turned into a 9-woman Battle Royal to the finish between Sasha, Natalya, Jax, Asuka, Mickie, Nikki, Brie, Bayley, and Trish.
This final segment of the 2018 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 11m 29s, and at that point Asuka emerged as the winner of the match.
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