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Men’s Royal Rumble 2019 Match Time and Statistics

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The 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match lasted 57 minutes and 24 seconds (57m 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.

For comparison's sake, here are other versions of this graphic for Royal Rumble matches from 1988, 1992, 2003, 2007, and 2013.

Survival Times

The survival time for a superstar is the time that lapses between the point when he steps foot into the ring and the time that his feet hit the floor to signal elimination. This does not include the time it takes for a superstar to make his way from the entrance ramp down to the actual ring.

The average superstar survival time for the 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match was 10m 45s and the median survival time was 8m 06s.

Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 superstars:

  • 43m 00s: Seth Rollins
  • 29m 57s: Mustafa Ali
  • 26m 33s: Andrade
  • 23m 43s: Samoa Joe
  • 20m 05s: Drew McIntyre
  • 17m 44s: Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 15m 09s: Elias
  • 14m 37s: Braun Strowman
  • 13m 51s: Johnny Gargano
  • 12m 43s: Dean Ambrose
  • 12m 30s: Rey Mysterio
  • 11m 36s: Dolph Ziggler
  • 11m 18s: Pete Dunne
  • 9m 19s: Shelton Benjamin
  • 8m 54s: Kofi Kingston
  • 7m 18s: Baron Corbin
  • 7m 04s: Jeff Hardy
  • 6m 09s: Aleister Black
  • 6m 02s: Big E
  • 5m 55s: Randy Orton
  • 5m 44s: Apollo Crews
  • 4m 09s: Curt Hawkins
  • 3m 14s: Kurt Angle
  • 3m 13s: Nia Jax
  • 1m 20s: Jeff Jarrett
  • 0m 29s: Jinder Mahal
  • 0m 12s: Bobby Lashley
  • 0m 04s: Titus O’Neil
  • 0m 03s: Xavier Woods
  • 0m 03s: No Way Jose

Every listed time above should be viewed with a margin of error of about 3 seconds or so.

The five shortest survival times went to No Way Jose, Xavier Woods, Titus O’Neil, Bobby Lashley, and Jinder Mahal. You can take of this what you will.

After multiple attempts to accurately measure the shortest survival times, I would say that Bobby Lashley survived somewhere between 12 and 13 seconds, Titus O’Neil was right around 4 seconds, Xavier Woods landed between 3 and 4 seconds, and No Way Jose was just under 3 seconds. For what it’s worth, WWE’s web site has Lashley at 13 seconds, Titus at 5 seconds, Woods at 3 seconds, and Jose at 2 seconds.

The biggest difference between WWE’s listed times and mine centers on Andrade. I have him surviving 26m 33s, while WWE gives him 22m 31s. I’ve double checked the video and I stand by my number.

Seth Rollins did spend approximately 12m 55s outside the ring during the part where Bobby Lashley attacked him. If you reduce that time from Seth’s overall mark, he still beats out Mustafa Ali for Iron Man by about 8 seconds.

You can find information on the elimination order here.

Entrance Times

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 (Elias, Jarrett) are excluded because their entrances took place prior to the start of the match.

  • 1m 07s: Xavier Woods
  • 1m 03s: Nia Jax / R-Truth
  • 0m 55s: Titus O’Neil
  • 0m 50s: Drew McIntyre
  • 0m 48s: Randy Orton
  • 0m 46s: Big E
  • 0m 40s: No Way Jose
  • 0m 37s: Johnny Gargano
  • 0m 36s: Bobby Lashley
  • 0m 35s: Pete Dunne
  • 0m 34s: Aleister Black
  • 0m 33s: Braun Strowman
  • 0m 29s: Andrade
  • 0m 28s: Nakamura, Rollins, Ali
  • 0m 27s: Rey Mysterio
  • 0m 25s: Samoa Joe, Kofi Kingston
  • 0m 24s: Dean Ambrose
  • 0m 22s: Shelton Benjamin, Baron Corbin
  • 0m 20s: Jeff Hardy, Dolph Ziggler
  • 0m 19s: Kurt Angle, Apollo Crews
  • 0m 17s: Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins

There was no buzzer sound ahead of Johnny Gargano’s entrance, so I just took my best guess for the start of his entrance time.

The way I record this data is that the entrance time ends when the survival time begins. Therefore the assistance that Xavier Woods provided for Kofi Kingston counted as part of Woods’ entrance time, because he did not enter the ring yet at that point.

The entrance time for Truth / Jax is the amount of time that lapsed between Truth’s buzzer going off and when Nia Jax actually entered the ring.

Titus O’Neil first chased Curt Hawkins under the ring before finally entering the ring, so that time all counted as part of O’Neil’s entrance.

Follow the Buzzers

WWE stated that there would be 90-second waiting intervals between each entrant in the 2019 men’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 35s: Buzzer 1 - Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 1m 54s: Buzzer 2 - Kurt Angle
  • 1m 34s: Buzzer 3 - Big E
  • 2m 15s: Buzzer 4 - Johnny Gargano
  • 1m 44s: Buzzer 5 - Jinder Mahal
  • 1m 42s: Buzzer 6 - Samoa Joe
  • 1m 30s: Buzzer 7 - Curt Hawkins
  • 1m 42s: Buzzer 8 - Seth Rollins
  • 1m 37s: Buzzer 9 - Titus O’Neil
  • 1m 35s: Buzzer 10 - Kofi Kingston
  • 1m 32s: Buzzer 11 - Mustafa Ali
  • 1m 32s: Buzzer 12 - Dean Ambrose
  • 1m 50s: Buzzer 13 - No Way Jose
  • 1m 27s: Buzzer 14 - Drew McIntyre
  • 1m 46s: Buzzer 15 - Xavier Woods
  • 1m 36s: Buzzer 16 - Pete Dunne
  • 1m 39s: Buzzer 17 - Andrade
  • 1m 38s: Buzzer 18 - Apollo Crews
  • 1m 27s: Buzzer 19 - Aleister Black
  • 2m 01s: Buzzer 20 - Shelton Benjamin
  • 1m 43s: Buzzer 21 - Baron Corbin
  • 1m 19s: Buzzer 22 - Jeff Hardy
  • 2m 21s: Buzzer 23 - Rey Mysterio
  • 1m 22s: Buzzer 24 - Bobby Lashley
  • 1m 53s: Buzzer 25 - Braun Strowman
  • 1m 42s: Buzzer 26 - Dolph Ziggler
  • 1m 20s: Buzzer 27 - Randy Orton
  • 2m 03s: Buzzer 28 - R-Truth / Nia Jax

Only eight of the 28 waiting periods fell within 5 seconds of the 90-second goal. 14 of the 28 waiting periods came within 10 seconds of the 90-second goal.

The average waiting period was 1m 41s and the median time was between 1m 38s and 1m 39s.

Four different waiting periods lasted over two minutes, and here are the related details.

The longest waiting period lasted 2m 21s, bounded by the buzzers for Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio. As far as I can tell, WWE was waiting for Aleister Black and Pete Dunne to be eliminated before proceeding to the next buzzer. Hardy entered the ring and attacked everyone in sight, capping it off with a Whisper in the Wind. Pete Dunne then snapped Black’s fingers. Black was tossed out by Corbin, and Dunne was tossed out by McIntyre. The 10-second countdown then clock appeared on the screen.

The next longest waiting period lasted 2m 15s, between the buzzers for Big E and Gargano. Big E’s entrance took up 46 seconds. This period included Kurt Angle nailing Big E with an Angle Slam, and then our Olympic hero was eliminated by Shinsuke Nakamura. Once Angle was gone, the countdown clock appeared on the screen.

There was a 2m 03s waiting period between the buzzers for Orton and Truth. Orton’s entrance lasted 48 seconds. This period included the Tower of Doom spot with Strowman, Ali, Andrade, and Mysterio. Strowman ran himself into the ring post and remained outside the ring as the countdown clock ticked down. It seemed like WWE wanted Strowman nowhere near the upcoming Nia Jax segment in the match.

The fourth longest waiting period lasted 2m 01s, between the buzzers for Aleister Black and Shelton Benjamin. This was a showcase period for Black, as he got physically involved with most of the men in the ring and then kicked Dean Ambrose right over the top rope for a big elimination.

On the other side of the coin, the three shortest waiting periods lasted 1m 22s, 1m 20s, and 1m 19s, respectively. These periods all occurred among the final seven waiting periods of the match, although two of the long waiting periods detailed above also occurred within those final seven waiting periods.

In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Truth’s entrance) would have gone off 42m 00s after the start of the match. In reality, this buzzer went off at 47m 19s.

Ring Crowdedness

If you add up each wrestler’s survival time, it results in a total survival time of 5h 21m 58s. Given that the match lasted a total of 57m 24s, that comes out to an average of 5.6 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 18th most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 35 matches, and right in line with the typical crowdedness of an an average Royal Rumble match.

These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of active superstars like Seth Rollins. So 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 Titus O’Neil did not receive any credit for chasing Curt Hawkins under the ring, which happened before Titus ever entered the ring.

Here is a more accurate way to understand how many men 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 Men’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness

Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
1 0m 43s 1.2 1.2
2 4m 37s 8.0 9.3
3 3m 14s 5.6 14.9
4 9m 04s 15.8 30.7
5 10m 27s 18.2 48.9
6 8m 34s 14.9 63.9
7 7m 54s 13.8 77.6
8 8m 33s 14.9 92.5
9 4m 18s 7.5 100.0

The chart above shows that the number of active superstars ranged between 4 and 8, inclusive, for 77.6% of the match.

The number of active superstars fluctuated between 4 and 6 from the time stamps of 7m 55 to 26m 22s (Xavier Woods’ elimination). There was an average of 5.0 active competitors at any given second during this time.

The ring started to fill up after Woods and Kingston were eliminated. The longest time span without eliminations was 6m 52s, between the time stamps of 26m 27s and 33m 19s, bounded by the eliminations of Kofi Kingston and Dean Ambrose. Pete Dunne, Andrade, Apollo Crews, and Aleister Black entered the match during this time.

The ring reached its maximum depth of 9 superstars once Black entered the ring. This depth of 9 superstars was reached 6 separate times between the time stamps of 32m 09s and 42m59s. There was an average of 8.3 active competitors at any given second during this time. The chart above shows that there were exactly 9 active superstars in this match for a total time of 4m 18s, and this is the point in the match where that time was distributed. Rollins, Ali, and McIntyre were active competitors during this entire stretch of time, though Rollins was sent through a table by Lashley towards the end of it.

Braun Strowman then entered the match and quickly thinned the crowd. Baron Corbin, Shelton Benjamin, and Jeff Hardy were all tossed out of the ring between the time stamps of 42m 59s and 44m 02s. Dolph Ziggler (who eliminated McIntyre) and Randy Orton soon joined the match ahead of the final segment.

End of the Match

When Nia Jax entered the ring, the match essentially turned into an 8-person Battle Royal to the finish between Rollins, Ali, Andrade, Mysterio, Strowman, Ziggler, Orton, and Jax.

This final segment of the 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match lasted 9m 02s, and at that point The Architect emerged as the winner.

That's all you need to know about the timing of the 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match. Which numbers do you find to be the most interesting?

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