The 2021 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 58 minutes and 49 seconds (58m 49s).
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 2021 women’s Royal Rumble match was 13m 17s and the median survival time was 7m 28s. The median value is less influenced by outliers at either extreme.
Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 superstars:
- 56m 53s: Bianca Belair
- 47m 39s: Naomi
- 41m 47s: Shayna Baszler
- 39m 06s: Rhea Ripley
- 33m 48s: Charlotte Flair
- 29m 07s: Bayley
- 19m 21s: Lacey Evans
- 13m 39s: Peyton Royce
- 11m 22s: Toni Storm
- 10m 52s: Ruby Riott
- 9m 58s: Lana
- 8m 31s: Tamina
- 8m 11s: Billie Kay
- 8m 01s: Jillian Hall
- 7m 37s: Nikki Cross
- 7m 19s: Mickie James
- 7m 15s: Victoria
- 6m 37s: Liv Morgan
- 4m 32s: Santana Garrett
- 3m 59s: Torrie Wilson
- 3m 50s: Mandy Rose
- 3m 45s: Shotzi Blackheart
- 2m 58s: Dana Brooke
- 2m 43s: Nia Jax
- 2m 06s: Dakota Kai
- 2m 00s: Natalya
- 1m 51s: Ember Moon
- 1m 47s: Alicia Fox
- 1m 02s: Alexa Bliss
- 0m 46s: Carmella
Every listed time should be viewed with a margin of error of about two seconds or so.
Almost all of the survival times listed on WWE’s web site fall within one second of the above times. However, they give Shotzi Blackheart a survival time of 2m 46s, which is nearly a full minute below my calculated survival time of 3m 45s for her. I stand by my number and believe that WWE’s number is incorrect.
This match was clearly dominated by the top six names on the above list, who each survived for 29+ minutes. The combined survival time for those six women accounts for 62.3% of the cumulative survival time for all 30 superstars.
Naomi’s name is the most surprising to see in that group because she hasn’t been pushed as a top star in years. Perhaps that’s about to change with her return to television.
Billie Kay’s survival time did not begin until she finally entered the ring alongside Jillian Hall.
12 women failed to survive for five full minutes. Half of them are not regulars on WWE’s main roster.
If the rumor that Rhea Ripley is already on the main roster is true, that means Toni Storm fared the best out of all of the non main roster women in this match.
Jillian Hall survived the next longest from that group. Her survival time (8m 01s) was greater than the combined time (7m 42s) for NXT stars Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, and Dakota Kai.
Alexa Bliss’ performance was a major disappointment, but Carmella had the worst night of all. Not only did she fail to defeat Sasha Banks for the SmackDown women’s championship earlier in the night, but then she couldn’t even last for a full minute in the Royal Rumble match.
On the other side of the coin, Shayna Baszler not only won championship gold earlier in the night, but she went on to survive for nearly 42 minutes in the Royal Rumble match. Her tag team partner Nia Jax had a much smaller workload in the Royal Rumble match, and didn’t even last for three minutes. Yet she was the one who tossed out Baszler to end that 41+ minute run.
Lana survived longer than Nikki Cross did. I’m thinking that maybe Cross needs to ditch that theme music if she wants her luck to change. Then again, Cross’s survival time did finish above the median line, so things could have been much worse for her.
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 (Bayley, Naomi) are excluded because their entrances took place prior to the start of the match.
- 7m 25s: Billie Kay
- 1m 14s: Lacey Evans
- 1m 11s: Natalya
- 1m 06s: Carmella
- 0m 51s: Blackheart, Hall
- 0m 41s: Charlotte Flair
- 0m 40s: Tamina
- 0m 33s: Lana
- 0m 31s: Shayna Baszler
- 0m 30s: Royce, Jax
- 0m 29s: Rhea Ripley
- 0m 28s: Mandy Rose
- 0m 27s: Storm, Brooke, Moon
- 0m 25s: Victoria, Torrie
- 0m 23s: Garrett, Bliss
- 0m 22s: Mickie, Alicia
- 0m 20s: Bianca Belair
- 0m 17s: Nikki Cross
- 0m 16s: Ruby Riott
- 0m 15s: Dakota Kai
- 0m 13s: Liv Morgan
The way I record this data is that the entrance time for a superstar ends when their survival time begins.
The median entrance time for the women’s match was between 27 and 28 seconds.
Billie Kay’s entrance time included the entire time she spent hanging out ringside and trying to recruit Blackheart, Baszler, Storm, and Hall to enter the match as her ally.
Lacey Evans’ entrance time includes Ric Flair walking out first, and then Lacey’s very slow walk to the ring wearing Charlotte’s robe.
Natalya was attacked by Jax and Bazler during her entrance and left laying on the ground for a while, until they decided to toss her into the ring.
Carmella just walked extremely slowly to the ring while drinking some water, accompanied by Reginald.
Shotzi Blackheart attempted to attack Billie Kay with a tank during her entrance.
Jillian Hall was singing on her way to the ring, and then accepted Kay’s offer.
Tamina attacked Reginald during her entrance.
The non-overlapping entrance times add up to 19m 22s, which means that a superstar was in the midst of her entrance for approximately 32.9% of the match. Kay’s entrance time has a heavy influence on that result.
Follow the Buzzers
WWE stated that there would be 90-second waiting intervals between each entrant in the 2021 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 36s: Buzzer 1 - Bianca Belair
- 1m 41s: Buzzer 2 - Billie Kay
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 3 - Shotzi Blackheart
- 1m 49s: Buzzer 4 - Shayna Baszler
- 1m 29s: Buzzer 5 - Toni Storm
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 6 - Jillian Hall
- 1m 34s: Buzzer 7 - Ruby Riott
- 1m 31s: Buzzer 8 - Victoria
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 9 - Peyton Royce
- 1m 30s: Buzzer 10 - Santana Garrett
- 1m 31s: Buzzer 11 - Liv Morgan
- 1m 39s: Buzzer 12 - Rhea Ripley
- 2m 00s: Buzzer 13 - Charlotte Flair
- 1m 40s: Buzzer 14 - Dana Brooke
- 1m 47s: Buzzer 15 - Torrie Wilson
- 1m 57s: Buzzer 16 - Lacey Evans
- 2m 36s: Buzzer 17 - Mickie James
- 1m 57s: Buzzer 18 - Nikki Cross
- 1m 32s: Buzzer 19 - Alicia Fox
- 1m 16s: Buzzer 20 - Mandy Rose
- 1m 42s: Buzzer 21 - Dakota Kai
- 1m 54s: Buzzer 22 - Carmella
- 1m 36s: Buzzer 23 - Tamina
- 2m 19s: Buzzer 24 - Lana
- 1m 48s: Buzzer 25 - Alexa Bliss
- 1m 49s: Buzzer 26 - Ember Moon
- 1m 26s: Buzzer 27 - Nia Jax
- 3m 27s: Buzzer 28 - Natalya
Seven 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 47s, and the median time was between 1m 39s and 1m 40s.
Six of the waiting periods lasted at least 1m 55s, so here is some context behind those intervals, in chronological order:
- The waiting period between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair lasted 2m 00s. Ripley entered the ring and got some time to shine. Three women were eliminated during this interval - Toni Storm, Victoria, and Santana Garrett. As soon as Garrett’s body touched the floor, the countdown clock began ticking down from 10.
- The waiting period between Torrie Wilson and Lacey Evans lasted 1m 57s. Torrie entered a crowded ring and attacked several different wrestlers one-by-one. This period ended with Ripley’s brutal apron powerbomb elimination of Dana Brooke. The countdown clock began ticking down from 10 right after that happened.
- The next waiting period lasted 2m 36s. Ric Flair first came out, and then Lacey Evans followed in a slow walk entrance that lasted over a minute. Charlotte proceeded to beat the hell out of Evans and her robe. Peyton Royce and Torrie Wilson were then eliminated as the period came to a close. You could also see Bayley being tossed out of the ring in the distance, but the commentators had yet to bring this to the attention of the viewer. Torrie and Bayley were actually eliminated while the 10 second clock was ticking down.
- This was followed by a waiting period that lasted 1m 57s, where Mickie James entered the match. A replay of Bayley’s elimination was shown, along with commentators trying to clear up any confusion. Mickie and Charlotte then had an extended one-on-one sequence for the remainder of the period.
- The waiting period between Tamina and Lana lasted 2m 19s. This included Tamina attacking Reginald during her entrance, leading to Carmella’s elimination. The period then featured the tandem elimination save spot with Naomi and Bianca Belair.
- The final waiting period of the match lasted a whopping 3m 27s. It began with Nia Jax entering the match, and it included her full 2m 43s survival time. She teamed up with Shayna Baszler to eliminate Lacey Evans, Ember Moon, Naomi, and Tamina. Jax then tossed out Baszler. The period ended with Jax chasing Lana and running herself over the top rope to elimination. It looks like they needed to get Jax out of the ring to set up her and Baszler attacking everyone in the ring after the final entrant (Natalya) emerged. As a result, this waiting period lasted 207 seconds.
None of the first 12 waiting periods of the match appeared on the above list of the longest waiting periods. The ring was consistently filling up with superstars during this early portion of the match, with very few eliminations during this time.
The shortest waiting period (1m 16s) of the match was all about Alicia Fox, R-Truth, and the 24/7 championship. Alicia entered the match, Truth immediately ran out being chased by jobbers, and Fox rolled him up to win the title while the countdown clock was approaching zero.
In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Natalya’s entrance) would have gone off 42m 00s after the start of the match. In reality, this buzzer went off at 50m 00s. That means the match was extended roughly eight minutes due to planned angles, spots, and eliminations.
If you add up each wrestler’s survival time, it results in a total survival time of 6h 38m 22s. Given that the match lasted a total of 58m 49s, that comes out to an average of 6.8 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 6th or 7th most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 39 matches, depending on whether or not you adjust the count for the most egregious examples of superstars who were still active but took significantly long absences from the ring, like with Roman Reigns in 2016.
When I talk about how many superstars were “in the ring,” I’m counting all active superstars in the match, whether they are literally inside the ring or not. It does not, however, count a wrestler’s time outside the ring prior to initially stepping foot into the ring, such as when Billie Kay spent several minutes trying to recruit new entrants to join the match with her. It also doesn’t count any other wrestlers who entered the ring, like R-Truth, who were not official entrants in the match.
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.
2021 Women’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness
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This was the most crowded women’s Royal Rumble match ever, with 6.8 active superstars at any given second. The previous women’s results on that metric were 5.2 (2018), 6.2 (2019), and 5.4 (2020).
The above chart shows there were 7 or more superstars in the ring for 62.6% of the match. Overall, the ring remained at 7 or more superstars for all but 53 seconds between the timestamps of 10m 42s and 48m 22s.
The early portion of the match was dedicated to filling the ring up to the match’s maximum ring depth of 12 wrestlers.
The longest time span without eliminations was 9m 31s, and it occurred in the very beginning of the match. Shotzi Blackheart became the first woman eliminated at that point, and then another 9m 12s lapsed until the next elimination (Jillian Hall).
The ring depth remained at 10 or above between the timestamps of 15m 04s and 20m 36s. This was the most crowded portion of the match.
Liv Morgan entered the ring as the 12th wrestler at the timestamp of 17m 48s. This is the 11th different Royal Rumble match (out of 39 total) that has reached 12 active superstars, but none of those previous Rumbles reached it this quickly. Prior to this match, the last time a Royal Rumble match reached a ring depth of 12 wrestlers was in 2017.
Liv Morgan was the 13th official entrant out of 30, which means Blackheart is the only one of the first 13 entrants who failed to make it into this group of 12 wrestlers.
Rhea Ripley’s arrival helped thin the crowd. A stable ring depth was maintained for the better part of 10 minutes; it fluctuated back and forth from 8 to 9 wrestlers between the timestamps of 20m 36s and 29m 05s.
The ring depth then briefly dropped down to 6 after Torrie Wilson and Bayley were eliminated around the timestamp of 29m 07s.
The ring filled up again, maintaining a depth between 9 and 10 wrestlers between the timestamps of 33m 05s and 38m 02s. This is when Alicia Fox, Mandy Rose, and Dakota Kai joined the match.
The ring depth didn’t reach 9 again until the timestamp of 43m 41s, when Alexa Bliss joined the fray.
Nia Jax was the 10th woman in the ring when she joined as the 29th entrant at the timestamp of 47m 03s. Jax and Shayna Baszler quickly cut the ring depth down to 5 roughly two minutes later, at the timestamp of 49m 02s.
End of the Match
Once Natalya was thrown into the ring at the timestamp 51m 11s, the match essentially turned into a 5-woman Battle Royal to the finish between Belair, Ripley, Flair, Lana, and Natalya.
This final segment of the 2021 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 7m 38s, including the final 3m 06s one-on-one sequence between Belair and Ripley, and at that point Belair emerged as the winner.
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