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WWE Royal Rumble 2018 match times stats breakdown

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WWE’s Royal Rumble 2018 lasted for 4 hours 13 minutes and 6 seconds (4h 13m 06s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of the show, in chronological order.

The matches are in bold. The “pre-match” segments include video packages, entrances, ring introductions, and any verbal promos that occur right before a match officially begins. The “post-match” segments include any celebrations, replays, angles, attacks, or promos that occur right after a match is finished.

PPV Timing for Royal Rumble 2018

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 22s Then Now Forever 0m 22s
0m 22s 3m 37s Opening hype video 3m 15s
3m 37s 4m 17s Welcome to Royal Rumble 2018 0m 40s
4m 17s 9m 35s Pre-match: Styles vs. Owens & Zayn 5m 18s
9m 35s 25m 26s Styles vs. Owens & Zayn 15m 51s
25m 26s 27m 13s Post-match: Styles vs. Owens & Zayn 1m 47s
27m 13s 27m 44s Ad for Rocket League 0m 31s
27m 44s 28m 33s WrestleMania 34 is 70 days away 0m 49s
28m 33s 29m 23s Backstage with Shane/Owens/Zayn 0m 50s
29m 23s 32m 29s Pre-match: The Usos vs. Gable & Benjamin 3m 06s
32m 29s 46m 19s The Usos vs. Gable & Benjamin 13m 50s
46m 19s 47m 53s Post-match: The Usos vs. Gable & Benjamin 1m 34s
47m 53s 49m 11s Hype for WWE 24: WrestleMania Orlando 1m 18s
49m 11s 49m 35s Plug for theme song 0m 24s
49m 35s 1h 00m 25s Pre-match: Men's Royal Rumble 10m 50s
1h 00m 25s 2h 05m 54s Men's Royal Rumble 65m 29s
2h 05m 54s 2h 09m 25s Post-match: Men's Royal Rumble 3m 31s
2h 09m 25s 2h 10m 05s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 40s
2h 10m 05s 2h 10m 21s Ad for Cricket Wireless 0m 16s
2h 10m 21s 2h 10m 43s Chase Field will host Royal Rumble 2019 0m 22s
2h 10m 43s 2h 12m 02s Backstage with authority figures 1m 19s
2h 12m 02s 2h 14m 38s Ric Flair wins KFC Colonel Rumble 2m 36s
2h 14m 38s 2h 15m 14s Various superstars on social media 0m 36s
2h 15m 14s 2h 19m 48s Pre-match: Rollins & Jordan vs. The Bar 4m 34s
2h 19m 48s 2h 32m 35s Rollins & Jordan vs. The Bar 12m 47s
2h 32m 35s 2h 33m 21s Post-match: Rollins & Jordan vs. The Bar 0m 46s
2h 33m 21s 2h 34m 10s Ad for upcoming WWE pay-per-views 0m 49s
2h 34m 10s 2h 42m 33s Pre-match: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane 8m 23s
2h 42m 33s 2h 53m 32s Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane 10m 59s
2h 53m 32s 2h 55m 02s Post-match: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane 1m 30s
2h 55m 02s 2h 56m 13s Ad for WWE 24: WrestleMania Orlando 1m 11s
2h 56m 13s 2h 58m 25s Hype for Andre the Giant documentary 2m 12s
2h 58m 25s 2h 59m 02s Hype for Elimination Chamber 2018 0m 37s
2h 59m 02s 2h 59m 15s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 13s
2h 59m 15s 3h 08m 25s Pre-match: Women's Royal Rumble 9m 10s
3h 08m 25s 4h 07m 25s Women's Royal Rumble 59m 00s
4h 07m 25s 4h 13m 06s Post-match: Women's Royal Rumble 5m 41s

Match Times

The 6 matches combined for a total time of 2h 57m 56s. This means that 70.3% of the show was devoted to bell-to-bell action. This is the highest percentage in this category out of the 69 WWE pay-per-view (PPV) events in my data set, which begins with Royal Rumble 2013.

Here is the sorted list of match times for Royal Rumble 2018. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 492 matches in my data set.

  • 65m 29s: Men’s Royal Rumble match (1st out of 492 matches)
  • 59m 00s: Women’s Royal Rumble match (5th)
  • 15m 51s: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (161st)
  • 13m 50s: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable (207th)
  • 12m 47s: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (233rd)
  • 10m 59s: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane (291st)

I did not stop the clock at all after the first fall of the Usos’ match was finished. Sometimes there is a clear waiting period between the two falls but it wasn’t clear to me if that was the case in their match.

After the first fall ended, Gable and Benjamin aggressively beat up the Usos, culminating with a powerful attack outside the ring. When they returned inside the ring, the referee backed Gable off and did use a hand gesture that seemed to me like a signal to start the second fall, even though no bell rang. It wasn’t clear to me what was going on so I just kept the clock going rather than separating those attacks as part of a waiting period.

The first fall lasted 12m 10s. The referee made his hand gesture towards the timekeeper about 1m 26s later, and then roughly 0m 14s after that the match was over.

As far as the battle royals go, you can find a full breakdown of the timing for the women’s Royal Rumble match here, and the men’s Royal Rumble match here.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 41m 21s, which is 16.3% of the show. This is the 68th highest percentage in this category out of the 69 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all 6 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 35s and the average time is 6m 14s.

  • 10m 50s: Men’s Royal Rumble match
  • 9m 10s: Women’s Royal Rumble match
  • 8m 23s: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane
  • 5m 18s: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
  • 4m 34s: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 3m 06s: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable

Three matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The videos hyping the men’s Rumble (4m 43s), the women’s Rumble (2m 48s), and Lesnar’s match (3m 25s) combined to take up 10m 56s of the pre-match segment time.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 14m 49s, which is 5.9% of the show. This is the 68th highest percentage in this category out of the 69 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all 6 matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 1m 57s and the average time is 2m 26s.

  • 5m 41s: Women’s Royal Rumble match
  • 3m 31s: Men’s Royal Rumble match
  • 1m 47s: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
  • 1m 34s: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable
  • 1m 30s: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane
  • 0m 46s: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 7.5% (19m 00s) of the show for everything else. This is the 68th highest percentage in this category out of the 69 events in my data set.

Most of these miscellaneous segments are crammed into the time after one post-match segment ends and before the next pre-match segment begins. Royal Rumble 2018 included 6 different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 4m 17s (Then Now Forever; Opening video)
  • Block 2: 2m 10s (Ads for Rocket League & WWE 24; Backstage with Shane/KO/Zayn)
  • Block 3: 1m 42s (Hype for WWE 24; Plug for theme song)
  • Block 4: 5m 49s (Ads for WWE Shop & Cricket Wireless; Backstage w/ authority; KFC Rumble)
  • Block 5: 0m 49s (Ad for upcoming pay-per-views)
  • Block 6: 4m 13s (Ad for WWE 24; Hype for Andre the Giant documentary & Elimination Chamber)

Summary

The overall run time for Royal Rumble 2018 was 4h 13m 06s, and this ranks 3rd highest out of all 69 events in my data set.

Here is a listing of how much total show time was allocated for each match when you add up all 3 components: pre-match time, match time, and post-match time. This list also includes where each total time ranks among the 492 entries in my data set.

  • 79m 50s: Men’s Royal Rumble match (longest out of 492 entries)
  • 73m 51s: Women’s Royal Rumble match (3rd)
  • 22m 56s: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn (200th)
  • 20m 52s: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane (238th)
  • 18m 30s: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable (281st)
  • 18m 07s: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus (291st)

Now here is a look at the “Match Time Percentage” for each match. For any given match, this percentage shows how the match time compares to the combined pre-match and post-match segment time. For some context, it’s good to know that the median result here since 2013 is 62.9%.

(Here’s an example calculation: an entry with a match time of 6m 00s, pre-match time of 3m 00s, and a post-match time of 1m 00s has a score of 60.0%, because the match time of 6m 00s is 60% of the total sum of 10m 00s for all three components.)

  • 82.0%: Men’s Royal Rumble match
  • 79.9%: Women’s Royal Rumble match
  • 74.8%: The Usos vs. Benjamin & Gable
  • 70.6%: Rollins & Jordan vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
  • 69.1%: AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn
  • 52.6%: Lesnar vs. Strowman vs. Kane

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Final Results for Royal Rumble 2018

Match - 70.3% - 2h 57m 56s

Pre-match - 16.3% - 41m 21s

Post-match - 5.9% - 14m 49s

Miscellaneous - 7.5% - 19m 00s