WWE Royal Rumble 2019 match times stats breakdown

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WWE’s Royal Rumble 2019 lasted for 4 hours 53 minutes and 16 seconds (4h 53m 16s). 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 2019

Start End Description Duration
Start End Description Duration
0m 00s 0m 21s Then, Now, Forever 0m 21s
0m 21s 2m 56s Video hyping Royal Rumble 2m 35s
2m 56s 3m 34s Welcome to Royal Rumble 0m 38s
3m 34s 7m 50s Pre-match: Asuka vs. Lynch 4m 16s
7m 50s 24m 58s Asuka vs. Lynch 17m 08s
24m 58s 27m 13s Post-match: Asuka vs. Lynch 2m 15s
27m 13s 27m 50s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 37s
27m 50s 28m 51s Ad for Fighting With My Family 1m 01s
28m 51s 29m 15s Filler commentary 0m 24s
29m 15s 33m 37s Pre-match: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane 4m 22s
33m 37s 46m 59s The Bar vs. Miz & Shane 13m 22s
46m 59s 50m 02s Post-match: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane 3m 03s
50m 02s 50m 34s Ad for Cricket Wireless 0m 32s
50m 34s 51m 45s Ad for WWE Network 1m 11s
51m 45s 52m 36s Attendance announcement 0m 51s
52m 36s 1h 00m 01s Pre-match: Rousey vs. Banks 7m 25s
1h 00m 01s 1h 13m 48s Rousey vs. Banks 13m 47s
1h 13m 48s 1h 17m 35s Post-match: Rousey vs. Banks 3m 47s
1h 17m 35s 1h 18m 08s Ad for WWE 2K19 0m 33s
1h 18m 08s 1h 19m 21s Hype for Elimination Chamber 1m 13s
1h 19m 21s 1h 21m 10s Recap of pre-show matches 1m 49s
1h 21m 10s 1h 21m 39s Strowman is replacing Cena tonight 0m 29s
1h 21m 39s 1h 22m 16s Backstage glance at Balor/Lesnar 0m 37s
1h 22m 16s 1h 27m 11s Pre-match: Women’s Royal Rumble 4m 55s
1h 27m 11s 2h 38m 35s Women’s Royal Rumble 71m 24s
2h 38m 35s 2h 41m 50s Post-match: Women’s Royal Rumble 3m 15s
2h 41m 50s 2h 42m 44s Ad for Golden Crisp 0m 54s
2h 42m 44s 2h 43m 28s Ad for WrestleMania 35 0m 44s
2h 43m 28s 2h 43m 55s Filler commentary 0m 27s
2h 43m 55s 2h 44m 13s Plug for PPV theme song 0m 18s
2h 44m 13s 2h 52m 32s Pre-match: Bryan vs. Styles 8m 19s
2h 52m 32s 3h 17m 04s Bryan vs. Styles 24m 32s
3h 17m 04s 3h 19m 02s Post-match: Bryan vs. Styles 1m 58s
3h 19m 02s 3h 20m 06s Ad for WWE 24 1m 04s
3h 20m 06s 3h 22m 34s Hype for Halftime Heat 2m 28s
3h 22m 34s 3h 31m 21s Pre-match: Lesnar vs. Balor 8m 47s
3h 31m 21s 3h 39m 58s Lesnar vs. Balor 8m 37s
3h 39m 58s 3h 44m 31s Post-match: Lesnar vs. Balor 4m 33s
3h 44m 31s 3h 45m 09s Ad for WWE Shop 0m 38s
3h 45m 09s 3h 45m 56s Ad for Elimination Chamber 0m 47s
3h 45m 56s 3h 46m 15s Filler commentary 0m 19s
3h 46m 15s 3h 53m 56s Pre-match: Men’s Royal Rumble 7m 41s
3h 53m 56s 4h 51m 20s Men’s Royal Rumble 57m 24s
4h 51m 20s 4h 53m 16s Post-match: Men’s Royal Rumble 1m 56s

Match Times

The seven matches combined for a total time of 3h 26m 14s. 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 84 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 2019. This also includes where each match time ranks out of all 621 matches in my data set.

  • 71m 24s: Women’s Royal Rumble (2nd longest out of 621 matches)
  • 57m 24s: Men’s Royal Rumble (8th)
  • 24m 32s: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles (55th)
  • 17m 08s: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (173rd)
  • 13m 47s: Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (263rd)
  • 13m 22s: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane McMahon (273rd)
  • 8m 37s: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor (465th)

A full breakdown of the timing for the women’s Royal Rumble match can be found here.

A full breakdown of the timing for the men’s Royal Rumble match can be found here.

The only match in my data set that is longer than this year’s 30-woman Royal Rumble is the 50-man Greatest Royal Rumble match, which beat it out by roughly 6 minutes.

Last year’s Royal Rumble main card included four matches outside of the two titular gimmick matches, and their respective match times were roughly 16 minutes, 14 minutes, 13 minutes, and 11 minutes.

In contrast, this year’s main card included five matches outside of the two Rumbles, and two of these matches (Bryan, Asuka) were longer than all four comparable matches from last year.

Daniel Bryan’s bout (24m 32s) really stands out as being incredibly long for the undercard of a Royal Rumble event. I can’t find any longer non-Rumble match in my data set on this annual PPV going back to 2013.

Looking even further back using the data at ProFightDB, the only longer non-Rumble matches I can find on this PPV are Diesel vs. Bret Hart from Royal Rumble 1995, Bret Hart vs. Undertaker from Royal Rumble 1996, and Triple H vs. Cactus Jack from Royal Rumble 2000.

With that in mind, it probably wasn’t the best idea for WWE to follow up a 71 minute match with one of the longest non-Rumble matches in the history of this event.

Pre-match Segments

The pre-match segments combined for a total time of 45m 45s, which is 15.6% of the show. This is the 83rd highest percentage in this category out of the 84 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of pre-match segment time for all seven matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median pre-match segment time in my data set is 5m 58s and the average time is 6m 26s.

  • 8m 47s: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
  • 8m 19s: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
  • 7m 41s: Men’s Royal Rumble
  • 7m 25s: Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
  • 4m 55s: Women’s Royal Rumble
  • 4m 22s: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane McMahon
  • 4m 16s: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch

Lesnar’s pre-match segment was 10 seconds longer than his actual match time.

The pre-match segment for the men’s Royal Rumble match included most of the interaction between Elias and Jeff Jarrett, because it largely took place before the bell rang to officially start the match.

Two matches received the special treatment of a dedicated video package right before superstar entrances. The video packages for Bryan’s match (3m 38s) and Lesnar’s match (2m 16s) combined to take up 5m 54s of the pre-match segment time.

Post-match Segments

The post-match segments combined for a total time of 20m 47s, which is 7.1% of the show. This is the 72nd highest percentage in this category out of the 84 events in my data set.

Here is the sorted list of the post-match segment time for all seven matches. For some context, keep in mind that the median post-match segment time in my data set is 1m 59s and the average time is 2m 27s.

  • 4m 33s: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor
  • 3m 47s: Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
  • 3m 15s: Women’s Royal Rumble
  • 3m 03s: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane McMahon
  • 2m 15s: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
  • 1m 58s: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
  • 1m 56s: Men’s Royal Rumble

Miscellaneous Segments

That leaves about 7.0% (20m 30s) of the show for everything else. This is the 83rd highest percentage in this category out of the 84 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 2019 included seven different blocks of miscellaneous segments. Here is how long each block lasted, in chronological order:

  • Block 1: 3m 34s (Then Now Forever; Opening hype video)
  • Block 2: 2m 02s (Ads for WWE Shop & Fighting With My Family)
  • Block 3: 2m 34s (Ads for Cricket Wireless & WWE Network)
  • Block 4: 4m 41s (Ads for WWE 2K19 & Elimination Chamber; Pre-show recap
  • Block 5: 2m 23s (Ads for Golden Crisp & WrestleMania 35)
  • Block 6: 3m 32s (Hype for WWE 24 & Halftime Heat)
  • Block 7: 1m 44s (Ads for WWE Shop & Elimination Chamber)

Summary

The overall run time for Royal Rumble 2019 was 4h 53m 16s, and this ranks 4th longest out of all 84 events in my data set.

The only events in my data set that ran longer than 4h 15m 00s besides this one are WrestleMania 34 (5h 10m 54s), WrestleMania 33 (5h 10m 41s), Greatest Royal Rumble (5h 00m 16s), and WrestleMania 32 (4h 51m 53s).

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 621 entries in my data set.

  • 79m 34s: Women’s Royal Rumble (3rd longest out of 621 entries)
  • 67m 01s: Men’s Royal Rumble (9th)
  • 34m 49s: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles (90th)
  • 24m 59s: Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks (218th)
  • 23m 39s: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch (244th)
  • 21m 57s: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor (280th)
  • 20m 47s: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane McMahon (304th)

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 62.1%.

(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.)

  • 89.7%: Women’s Royal Rumble
  • 85.7%: Men’s Royal Rumble
  • 72.4%: Asuka vs. Becky Lynch
  • 70.5%: Daniel Bryan vs. AJ Styles
  • 64.3%: The Bar vs. Miz & Shane McMahon
  • 55.2%: Ronda Rousey vs. Sasha Banks
  • 39.3%: Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor

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Final Results for Royal Rumble 2019

Match – 70.3% – 3h 26m 14s

Pre-match – 15.6% – 45m 45s

Post-match – 7.1% – 20m 47s

Miscellaneous – 7.0% – 20m 30s




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