The men’s Royal Rumble 2022 match lasted 51 minutes and 14 seconds (51 minutes and 14 seconds).
A star’s stay time is the time that elapses between the point where he steps his foot into the ring and the time his foot hits the ground to signal his elimination. This does not include the time it takes for the star to make its way from the entrance ramp down to the actual ring.
The average survival time for a star in the 2022 men’s Royal Rumble match was 9m 15s and the average staying time was 7m 09s. The mean value is less affected by the outliers at both ends.
Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 stars:
- 29m 06s: AJ أنماط Styles
- 22m 06s: Austin Theory
- 20m and 46s: Dolph Ziggler
- 19 d and 47 s:
- 19m and 17th: Drew McIntyre
- 19m and 12s: Holland Ridge
- 17 m and 55 s: Seamus
- 11m & 12s: Kevin Owens
- 11pm 04s: Damian Priest
- 10m and 46s: Said Corbin
- 9 months 9s: Montez Ford
- 9 months 3s: Rey Mysterio
- 8 months 52 seconds: Otis
- 8 months 16 seconds: Chad Gable
- 7 months and 41 s: Bad Bunny
- 6 months and 37 seconds: Big E
- 5 PM 52 sec: Shinsuke Nakamura
- 5m and 38s: Shane McMahon
- 4 months and 44 seconds: throwback
- 4m 33s: Rick Boggs
- 4 PM and 25 sec: Omos
- 4m and 25s: Madcap Moss
- 3m 44 s: Dominic Mysterio
- 3m 17s: Sami Zayn
- 2m 33s: Brock Lesnar
- 2m 22s: Randy Orton
- 2m and 13s: Angelo Dawkins
- 1 minute 26 seconds: Johnny Knoxville
- 0m and 55s: Robert Roode
- 0 min 21 sec: Kofi Kingston
Each time above should display with a margin of error of about two seconds or so.
All of these survival times fall within two seconds of the numbers listed on the WWE website, with one exception. WWE lists Ricochet alive at 4 minutes 23 seconds, while I own him at 4 minutes and 44 seconds. I double-checked his appearance in the match, and while I could see maybe a second or two buzzing in the time I listed him for, it’s not clear how they came up with a number 21 seconds lower than mine.
There was a one-second delay between the time McIntyre’s feet hit the ground to signal his disqualification and when the bell rang to officially end the match. I added that extra second to Brock Lesnar’s staying time.
Kofi Kingston’s annual spot to save himself from elimination was a fiasco. As a result, he ended up with the worst survival time of the match, lasting just 21 seconds.
Kofi’s early exit may have altered any location that was also planned for the Big E match, as they had nearly contiguous entry locations into the match. The former WWE Champion’s 6m 37secs survival time fell off the midfield. His elimination was not noteworthy, as RK-Bro knocked him out without much fanfare.
Bad Bunny’s survival time (7m and 41s) beat half of the 30 men’s field, including Big E.
Hometown champion Randy Orton drew 29 and only lasted 2m 22sec, a survival time of bottom five for the match. It’s like WWE likes to beat their hometown stars or something.
Sami Zayn (3m & 17s) can boast that he has survived longer than Brock Lesnar (2m & 33s). It is fitting that these two Canadian men rank next to each other in the list above.
Only three wrestlers lasted more than 20 minutes.
Raise your hand if you predict that Dolph Ziggler will have a top three survival time in this match, or that Ridge Holland will have the sixth longest survival time. I don’t see any hands raised.
Although Sheamus (17m and 55s) and Kevin Owens (11m and 12s) rank next to each other in the list of survival times, there is a huge gap between their actual times; No wrestler has a survival time that falls within this range.
AJ Styles was the Ironman in this match with 29 minutes and 6 seconds remaining. The last time the Royal Rumble Iron Man survived less than 30 minutes was when John Cena did in 2010.
The overall match time of 51 minutes 14 seconds is relatively fast for a Rumble of 30 players with at least 90 second intervals. The only shortest ones I can find are 1997 and 2010. This can be attributed in part to Brock Lesnar entering the match at number 30 and eliminating every remaining wrestler in less than three minutes to win it. His survival time of 2 million 33 seconds is the shortest ever for a Rumble winner.
So here it is, Cagesiders. Which of the above numbers surprise you the most?
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