The 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 24 seconds (1h 11m 24s).
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.
The survival time for a superstar is the time that lapses between the point when she steps foot into the ring and the time that her 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 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match was 14m 45s and the median survival time was 10m 08s.
Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 superstars:
- 56m 01s: Natalya
- 52m 45s: Ember Moon
- 50m 03s: Charlotte Flair
- 29m 21s: Lacey Evans
- 25m 52s: Mandy Rose
- 16m 52s: Kairi Sane
- 14m 17s: Bayley
- 13m 22s: Becky Lynch
- 13m 21s: Io Shirai
- 13m 07s: Ruby Riott
- 12m 58s: Alexa Bliss
- 11m 59s: Nia Jax
- 11m 43s: Zelina Vega
- 11m 38s: Mickie James
- 10m 45s: Kacy Catanzaro
- 9m 30s: Candice LeRae
- 9m 16s: Billie Kay
- 8m 53s: Nikki Cross
- 8m 36s: Peyton Royce
- 8m 22s: Tamina
- 8m 11s: Maria Kanellis
- 7m 57s: Rhea Ripley
- 7m 18s: Dana Brooke
- 7m 13s: Carmella
- 6m 53s: Alicia Fox
- 5m 38s: Sarah Logan
- 4m 51s: Xia Li
- 4m 26s: Sonya Deville
- 1m 25s: Naomi
- 0m 10s: Liv Morgan
Every listed time should be viewed with a margin of error of about three seconds or so.
The bell to end the match did not ring until about one second after Charlotte was eliminated. I counted this extra second as part of Becky’s survival time.
Zelina Vega lasted 11m 43s, but more than nine minutes of that time was spent outside the ring.
There aren’t many significant differences between my listed times and those given on WWE’s web site. There are a few 10-second differences here and there. The biggest difference is with Ember Moon, where WWE lists her survival time as 22 seconds shorter than mine.
Last year, nine different women in the field failed to survive for at least four minutes. That was completely turned around this year, with only Naomi and Liv Morgan failing to reach that mark.
This is the only Royal Rumble match I can find where three different superstars survived for at least 50 minutes.
You can find information on the elimination order here.
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 (Evans, Natalya) are excluded because their entrances took place prior to the start of the match.
- 6m 05s: Becky Lynch / Lana
- 3m 34s: Billie Kay
- 0m 59s: Io Shirai
- 0m 49s: Nia Jax
- 0m 43s: Alicia Foxx, Ruby Riott
- 0m 42s: Charlotte Flair
- 0m 40s: Kairi Sane
- 0m 36s: Nikki Cross
- 0m 33s: Rhea Ripley
- 0m 32s: Maria Kanellis
- 0m 31s: Ember Moon
- 0m 30s: Liv Morgan
- 0m 29s: Tamina
- 0m 28s: Mandy Rose, Mickie James
- 0m 27s: Alexa Bliss
- 0m 26s: Candice LeRae, Zelina Vega
- 0m 25s: Xia Li
- 0m 24s: Sarah Logan, Carmella
- 0m 23s: Kacy Catanzaro
- 0m 22s: Naomi
- 0m 20s: Sonya Deville
- 0m 17s: Dana Brooke
- 0m 15s: Peyton Royce
- 0m 13s: Bayley
The entrance time for Becky Lynch / Lana is the amount of time that lapsed between Lana’s buzzer going off and when Becky Lynch actually entered the ring.
Similarly, I didn’t stop the clock on Billie Kay’s entrance until she finally entered the ring. All that time she spent outside the ring (waiting for Royce) counts for her time listed above.
Io Shirai’s entrance time includes her moonsault onto the Riott Squad outside the ring. The way I record this data is that the entrance time ends when the survival time begins. My logic is that if the clock for Shirai’s survival time had already started at the time of the moonsault, then she would have eliminated herself by doing that move. She did not eliminate herself with the moonsault however, so I didn’t start the clock on her survival time until she entered the ring after the moonsault.
Follow the Buzzers
WWE stated that there would be 90-second waiting intervals between each entrant in the 2019 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 32s: Buzzer 1 - Mandy Rose
- 1m 52s: Buzzer 2 - Liv Morgan
- 1m 46s: Buzzer 3 - Mickie James
- 1m 56s: Buzzer 4 - Ember Moon
- 1m 56s: Buzzer 5 - Billie Kay
- 1m 45s: Buzzer 6 - Nikki Cross
- 2m 14s: Buzzer 7 - Peyton Royce
- 1m 39s: Buzzer 8 - Tamina
- 2m 32s: Buzzer 9 - Xia Li
- 1m 45s: Buzzer 10 - Sarah Logan
- 1m 41s: Buzzer 11 - Charlotte Flair
- 2m 20s: Buzzer 12 - Kairi Sane
- 2m 15s: Buzzer 13 - Maria Kanellis
- 1m 50s: Buzzer 14 - Naomi
- 2m 25s: Buzzer 15 - Candice LeRae
- 1m 46s: Buzzer 16 - Alicia Fox
- 2m 38s: Buzzer 17 - Kacy Catanzaro
- 1m 43s: Buzzer 18 - Zelina Vega
- 1m 52s: Buzzer 19 - Ruby Riott
- 2m 02s: Buzzer 20 - Dana Brooke
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 21 - Io Shirai
- 1m 47s: Buzzer 22 - Rhea Ripley
- 2m 23s: Buzzer 23 - Sonya Deville
- 2m 54s: Buzzer 24 - Alexa Bliss
- 2m 08s: Buzzer 25 - Bayley
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 26 - Lana / Becky Lynch
- 2m 13s: Buzzer 27 - Nia Jax
- 2m 07s: Buzzer 28 - Carmella
Only one of the 28 waiting periods fell within five seconds of the 90-second goal, and that was the very first waiting period.
None of the waiting periods were less than 90 seconds.
12 of the 28 waiting periods clocked in at longer than two minutes.
The average waiting period was 2m 01s and the median time was 1m 54s.
I will now provide some details on the nine longest waiting periods of this match. The longest waiting period was 2m 54s, bounded by the buzzers for Sonya and Alexa. This included Hornswoggle’s appearance and Zelina Vega’s elimination.
The next longest waiting period lasted 2m 38s, between the buzzers for Alicia and Kacy. This is where Alicia threw a tantrum after Maria stomped on her hat.
There was a 2m 32s waiting period between the buzzers for Tamina and Xia Li. Nothing notable happened here to explain why it took so long. Tamia entered the ring and mixed it up with various superstars such as Billie Kay, Nikki Cross, and Mickie James.
The waiting period between the buzzers for Naomi and Candice lasted 2m 25s. This is where Naomi entered the match and executed her Kofi-save.
The next longest waiting period lasted 2m 23s, bounded by the buzzers for Rhea and Sonya. This is the time when Kacy pulled off her Kofi-save.
The waiting period between the buzzers for Charlotte and Kairi lasted 2m 20s. Charlotte entered a crowded ring and laid into everybody with chops and throws. This period included the eliminations of the IIconics and Xia Li. The very next waiting period then lasted 2m 15s, and this included Kairi Sane’s entry into the match. Sane’s entrance took up 40 seconds. She landed her top rope elbow drop on Sarah Logan and tossed her out with help from Natalya.
There was a 2m 14s waiting period between the buzzers for Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce. This is where Nikki entered the ring, attacked Billie Kay outside the ring, and then beat the hell out of everyone in the ring. Billie Kay eventually entered the ring and then the 10 second countdown clock appeared on the screen.
The last waiting period I’ll go into detail on is the one that lasted 2m 13s, between the buzzers for Lana and Nia Jax. This is where Lana tried and failed to walk to the ring.
One factor that likely affected every waiting period to some degree was the long entrance times. This was a stadium show with a longer distance between the entrance point and the ring than a typical arena. The median entrance time for a competitor was between 28 and 29 seconds. That’s about one third of the theoretical 90-second waiting period spent right there.
In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Carmella’s entrance) would have gone off 42m 00s after the start of the match. In reality, this buzzer went off at 56m 17s. That means the match was extended roughly 14 minutes due to inaccurately timed waiting periods.
If you add up each wrestler’s survival time, it results in a total survival time of 7h 22m 43s. Given that the match lasted a total of 1h 11m 24s, that comes out to an average of 6.2 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 13th most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 35 matches.
These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of active superstars like Zelina Vega. 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. It does not, however, count a superstar’s time outside the ring prior to initially stepping foot into the ring. So Billie Kay did not receive any credit for her strategy of standing outside the ring until her partner showed up.
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.
2019 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 there were 6 or more superstars in the ring for 68.6% of the match, and 8 or more superstars in the ring for 30.2% of the match.
The number of active superstars ranged between 5 and 9, inclusive, for 76.8% of the match.
The longest time span without eliminations was 13m 12s, between the time stamps of 4m 04s and 17m 16s, bounded by the eliminations of Liv Morgan and Mickie James. These were the first two eliminations of the match. Morgan’s elimination was the only thing keeping this match from surpassing the 1996 Royal Rumble’s opening stretch of 14m 47s where nobody was eliminated.
The ring filled up very quickly early on due to this lack of eliminations. The ring reached its maximum depth of 10 superstars on two separate occasions shortly after this time, roughly 19 to 22 minutes into the match.
The crowd thinned out after Charlotte hit the ring, as the IIconics, Xia Li, and Tamina were all eliminated. The ring depth dropped down to 5 once Lacey Evans was eliminated, and the depth remained there between the time stamps 29m 21s to 29m 54s.
This was the only point in the match between the time stamps of 11m 23s to 56m 01s (Natalya’s elimination) when the ring depth was less than 6 superstars. There was an average of 7.5 active competitors at any given second between these two distant time stamps.
The ring filled back up again shortly after Lacey Evans was eliminated. There were between 7 to 9 active superstars throughout the entire duration between the time stamps of 34m 15s to 51m 24s. Natalya, Moon, and Flair were 3 of the active superstars for this entire stretch of time. There was an average of 7.9 active competitors at any given second during this time.
End of the Match
Once Becky Lynch entered the ring, the match essentially turned into a 7-woman Battle Royal to the finish between Moon, Flair, Bliss, Bayley, Jax, Carmella, and Lynch.
This final segment of the 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 13m 22s, and at that point The Man emerged as the winner of the match.
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