The headline event of the 2018 Royal Rumble show, the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match took place. A product of the strong growth of women’s wrestling over the past few years, the match saw Asuka – who was undefeated in the WWE – finally eliminating Nikki Bella to become the first even Women’s Royal Rumble champion.

This match was a celebration of women’s wrestling, and saw individuals such as hall of famers take part in the match, as well as a lot of the stars of today. Michelle McCool had the most eliminations (though they were all spread throughout the field relatively evenly) and Sasha Banks was the first ever Iron Woman, lasting nearly an hour in the match.

In the end however, Asuka’s victory was slightly overshadowed. She did not win her match at Wrestlemania, and also her victory celebration was spoiled by a debuting “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2018 - Women

28th January, 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wells Fargo Center



Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Asuka
Iron Women Sasha Banks (54:46)
Least time in Match Vickie Guerrero (00:57)
Most Eliminations Michelle McCool (5)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 9 (Asuka, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Sasha Banks, Trish Stratus, Natalya, Bayley, Nia Jax, Mickie James)
Number of debutants 29 (Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Lita, Kairi Sane, Tamina, Dana Brooke, Torrie Wilson, Sonya Deville, Liv Morgan, Molly Holly, Lana, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott, Vickie Guerrero, Carmella, Natalya, Kelly Kelly, Naomi, Jacqueline, Nia Jax, Ember Moon, Asuka, Mickie James, Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Bayley, Trish Stratus)
Last Rumble Appearances 4 (Molly Holly, Vickie Guerrero, Jacqueline, Trish Stratus)
Average Time in match10:13
Number of individuals with at least one elimination53.33%

Did You Know?

  • This match had the least contracted entrants in the match, with only 19 of the 30 entrants on regular WWE or NXT TV.
  • Beth Phoenix became the first person to compete in both the men’s and the women’s Royal Rumble match.
  • There was no other women’s matches on the card.

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Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Sasha Banks Raw 54:46 4 3 Brie Bella, Nikki Bella
2 Becky Lynch Smackdown! 30:55 17 2 Ruby Riott
3 Sarah Logan Smackdown! 16:13 24 0 Molly Holly
4 Mandy Rose Raw 03:30 30 0 Lita
5 Lita Hall of Fame 05:28 28 2 Becky Lynch
6 Kairi Sane NXT 04:30 27 0 Dana Brooke
7 Tamina Smackdown! 01:20 29 0 Lita
8 Dana Brooke Raw 02:44 26 1 Torrie Wilson
9 Torrie Wilson Unaffiliated 02:40 25 1 Sonya Deville
10 Sonya Deville Raw 06:19 23 1 Michelle McCool

Sonya’s entrance occurred off camera, so time taken is a best guess.

11 Liv Morgan Smackdown! 04:53 22 0 Michelle McCool
12 Molly Holly Unaffiliated 03:48 21 1 Michelle McCool
13 Lana Smackdown! 02:32 20 0 Michelle McCool
14 Michelle McCool Unaffiliated 08:24 18 5 Natalya
15 Ruby Riott Smackdown! 11:16 14 3 Ruby Riott
16 Vickie Guerrero Unaffiliated 00:57 19 0 Becky Lynch, Michelle McCool, Ruby Riott, Sasha Banks
17 Carmella Smackdown! 17:02 10 0 Nikki Bella
  • Carmella was attacked by Vickie Guerrero before she entered the match, so time is taken from when she entered (as Vickie was already eliminated).
  • Carmell attacked Natalya before entering the ring. As they were both legal entrants at the time, time is taken from that attack.
18 Natalya Smackdown! 25:12 6 3 Trish Stratus

Natalya was attacked by Carmella before entering the ring, as they were both legal entrants at that point, time is taken from then.

19 Kelly Kelly Unaffiliated 04:45 15 0 Nia Jax
20 Naomi Smackdown! 06:33 13 0 Nia Jax
21 Jacqueline Hall of Fame 01:27 16 0 Nia Jax
22 Nia Jax Raw 17:41 8 3 Asuka, Bayley, Brie Bella, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Trish Stratus
23 Ember Moon NXT 05:54 11 0 Asuka
24 Beth Phoenix Hall of Fame 01:59 12 0 Natalya
25 Asuka Raw 19:24 1 3 Winner
26 Mickie James Raw 08:06 9 0 Trish Stratus

Mickie attacked Carmella before entering the ring, so her time is taken from then.

27 Nikki Bella Unaffiliated 16:14 2 4 Asuka
28 Brie Bella Unaffiliated 11:50 3 2 Nikki Bella
29 Bayley Raw 04:50 7 1 Sasha Banks

Bayley attacked Brie Bella before entering the ring, so time is taken from then.

30 Trish Stratus Hall of Fame 05:19 5 3 Sasha Banks


Entrant Waterfall
Elimination Pie Chart
Time by Number
Eliminations by Number

Entrant Waterfall

Elimination Pie Chart

Time by Number

Eliminations by Number

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