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The 90-second Royal Rumble rule didn’t stand a chance thanks to Bayley

WWE has stated that there will be 90-second wait times between each participant in the 2023 women’s Royal Rumble match. How closely does WWE stick to this claim? Here are the wait times between all 28 bells, in chronological order:

  • 1 minute 31 seconds: Bell 1 – Dana Brooke
  • 1pm 48s: Bell 2 – Emma
  • 1 month 28 seconds: Bell 3 – Shayna Pazler
  • 1m30s: Bell 4 – Bailey
  • 1pm 37s: Bell 5 – B Fab
  • 1 minute 38 seconds: Bell 6 – Roxanne Perez
  • 1m36s: Bell 7 – Dakota Kai
  • 1 minute 31 seconds: Bell 8 – IYO SKY
  • 2m 17s: Bell 9 – Natalia
  • 1 minute 42 seconds: Bell 10 – Candice Larry
  • 2pm 16s: Bell 11 – Zoe Stark
  • 1pm 37s: bell 12 – Xia Li
  • 2pm 7s: Bell 13 – Becky Lynch
  • 1 minute 53 seconds: Bell 14 – Tegan Knox
  • 1pm 38s: Bell 15 – Asuka
  • 2pm 51s: Bell 16 – Piper Niven
  • 1m 37s: Bell 17 – Tamina
  • 1m 46s: Bell 18 – Chelsea Green
  • 2m38s: Bell 19 – Zelina Vega
  • 1m 55s: Bell 20 – Raquel Rodriguez
  • 1 month 39 seconds: Bell 21 – Mission
  • 1 minute 43 seconds: Bell 22 – Lacey Evans
  • 1 minute 39 seconds: Bell 23 – Michelle McCall
  • 1m40s: Bell 24 – Andy Hartwell
  • 1m 26s: Bell 25 – Sonia Deville
  • 2m 27s: Bell 26 – Schotzi
  • 1m 43s: Bell 27 – Niki Cross
  • 1pm 23s: Bell 28 – Nia Jax

The average wait time was 1 million 48 seconds, while the average waiting time was 1 million 40 seconds.

Only five of the 28 holds fell within five seconds of the 90-second target. However, 15 of the 28 holds came within 10 seconds of the 90-second target. Three of the 28 periods lasted less than 90 seconds, according to these results.

Of the 15 periods that came within 10 seconds of the goal, seven occurred within the first eight hold periods.

In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Nia Jax’s entry) was out 42 meters after the kick-off. In fact, that bell never went off because Nia’s entrance music started playing early. That moment occurred at 50m 36s.

The final wait before Nia entered was the shortest in the match, lasting 1 minute and 23 seconds. I decided to finish the hour when Nia’s entrance music started to play. It should be noted that a countdown clock appeared on the screen a few seconds after her music started playing. If the time is followed on that watch, the final waiting period will last 1 minute and 37 seconds. However, that clock disappeared from the screen after it ticked down for seven seconds.

Six of the waiting periods lasted more than two million thousand. Here is some context behind those periods, in chronological order. You’ll notice that Bayley and Damage CTRL were involved in most of these parts:

  • The period that IYO SKY entered the match lasted 2 minutes and 17 seconds. Damage CTRL was in full force at this point, and the clip revolved around the three members working together to take down Dana Brooke, Emma, ​​and Roxanne Perez. Once Perez was ejected, a 10-second countdown clock appeared on the screen.
  • The lead Candice Larry entered the match took 2m 16. The main storyline here was Natalya squaring off with Shayna Baszler. They fought each other on the ring apron, CTRLing damage to both of them at the same time. Right after they were eliminated, a countdown clock appeared on the screen.
  • The period when Xia Li entered the match lasted 2m 07s. Lee suffered a spate of insults to some different women early on. The segment then focused on Damage CTRL working together to eliminate Candice LeRae, paving the way for Becky Lynch to come out next.
  • The period Asuka entered the match lasted 2d 51s, the longest in the match. It took 63 seconds for Asuka to enter, revealing her new look as the Killing Clown. She had a long fight with Bayley. But the main thing they were waiting for here was the elimination of Tegan Nox. As soon as Asuka kicked her out of the ring, a countdown clock appeared on the screen.
  • The period during which Chelsea Green entered the match took 2m 38s. It took Green 56 seconds to get to the ring, though she was instantly eliminated in record time. The rest of the clip was about Becky and Damage CTRL. Becky eliminated IYO SKY and Dakota Kai, then was eliminated by Bayley. Bayley was knocked out by Liv Morgan. Then Lynch and Damage CTRL tussled in the audience and we never saw them again. That’s when the countdown clock appeared on the screen.
  • The period that Sonya Deville entered the match took 2 million 27 seconds. Sonya quickly disposed of Zoe Stark as she entered the ring. Deville and Asuka went into the match one-on-one, exchanging kicks that put them both on the mat. The focus then turned to Lacey Evans using the Cobra Clutch to hit Zelina Vega and take her out of the ring for elimination. The countdown clock appeared right after Vega’s body hit the ground.

The average entry time for the women’s Royal Rumble match was 33.5 seconds, which is quite a long time but still five seconds short of the men’s. This is the time between the bell going off and when the new wrestler officially enters the ring. This would be about 37.2% of the actual 90 second wait time.

So there you have it, Cagesiders. Which of the numbers above surprises you the most?

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