Introduction

The 2022 Women’s Royal Rumble saw St. Louis witness the return to the ring of “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey, to take her place in the main event of Wrestlemania against Charlotte Flair.

What was notable by the match was the number of competitors involved that were free agents or unaffiliated with WWE. Entrants included Mickie James, the current Impact Wrestling Women’s champion. Flair held the record for the most eliminations, and Bianca Belair was the iron woman at nearly 50 minutes.

Promotional poster for Royal Rumble 2022 - Women

29th January, 2022

St. Louis, Missouri

The Dome at America's Center

44,390

59:42

Notable Records

Record Individual
Winner Ronda Rousey
Iron Women Bianca Belair (47:30)
Least time in Match Ivory (00:24)
Most Eliminations Charlotte Flair (5)
Potential Winners (wrestlers in the ring after last entrant) 8 (Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair, Bianca Belair, Shayna Baszler, Rhea Ripley, Lita, Natalya, Shotzi)
Number of debutants 7 (Melina, Aliyah, Cameron, Ivory, Nikki A.S.H., Summer Rae, Ronda Rousey)
Last Rumble Appearances 17 (Sasha Banks, Melina, Kelly Kelly, Aliyah, Cameron, Carmella, Charlotte Flair, Ivory, Brie Bella, Mickie James, Alicia Fox, Nikki A.S.H., Summer Rae, Nikki Bella, Lita, Mighty Molly, Ronda Rousey)
Average Time in match12:34
Number of individuals with at least one elimination50%

Did You Know?

  • Mickie James, who was under contract with Impact Wrestling at the time, was acknowledged as being from Impact Wrestling on screen. This was the first time that WWE had recognised a talent from another organisation since the AAA in the 1997 Royal Rumble.
  • This is the first women’s Royal Rumble not to have any NXT involvement.
  • Before this Royal Rumble, the WWE had a firing blitz, releasing a number of perfomers. This Royal Rumble has the fewest contracted-to-WWE competitors in history, with 14 of the field being free agents, on legends deals, or working for other companies.
  • Charlotte Flair was the first current WWE Women’s Champion to enter the Royal Rumble, as she was the Smackdown Women’s champion at the time.

Results

Number of Entrant Wrestler Name Brand Time in Match Finishing Position Eliminations Eliminated By Other Facts
1 Sasha Banks Smackdown! 09:45 28 2 Queen Zelina
2 Melina Unaffiliated 00:54 30 0 Sasha Banks
3 Tamina Raw 16:56 26 0 Natalya

Tamina was attacked by Sasha Banks before entering the ring, so her time is taken from then.

4 Kelly Kelly Unaffiliated 01:05 29 0 Sasha Banks
5 Aliyah Smackdown! 22:51 21 0 Charlotte Flair
6 Liv Morgan Raw 37:20 14 0 Brie Bella
7 Queen Zelina Raw 17:26 22 1 Rhea Ripley
8 Bianca Belair Raw 47:30 3 2 Charlotte Flair
9 Dana Brooke Raw 02:12 27 0 Michelle McCool

Dana Brooke’s entry occurred off camera, so the time is the best guess.

10 Michelle McCool Unaffiliated 20:50 18 1 Mickie James
11 Sonya Deville Unaffiliated 02:00 24 2 Naomi

Sonya Deville entered the ring after Cameron’s entrance, so her time is taken from then.

12 Natalya Smackdown! 36:06 7 2 Bianca Belair
13 Cameron Unaffiliated 00:52 25 0 Sonya Deville
14 Naomi Smackdown! 07:18 20 1 Sonya Deville

Sonya Deville returned to the match to eliminate Naomi.

15 Carmella Raw 00:53 23 0 Rhea Ripley

Carmella was attacked by Ripley before entering the match, so her time is taken from then.

16 Rhea Ripley Raw 31:03 5 3 Charlotte Flair

Ripley attacked Carmella before entering the match, so her time is taken from then.

17 Charlotte Flair Smackdown! 31:25 2 5 Ronda Rousey

Flair’s entry occurred off camera, so her time is taken from then.

18 Ivory Hall of Fame 00:24 19 0 Rhea Ripley
19 Brie Bella Hall of Fame 19:20 9 3 Ronda Rousey
20 Mickie James Impact Wrestling 11:48 13 1 Lita

Michelle McCool attacked Mickie James before entering the ring, so her time is taken from then.

21 Alicia Fox Unaffiliated 06:29 16 0 Nikki Bella
22 Nikki A.S.H. Raw 12:13 11 1 Ronda Rousey
23 Summer Rae Unaffiliated 00:53 17 0 Natalya
24 Nikki Bella Hall of Fame 08:40 10 2 Brie Bella
25 Sarah Logan Unaffiliated 00:42 15 0 Brie Bella, Nikki Bella
26 Lita Hall of Fame 10:21 6 1 Charlotte Flair
27 Mighty Molly Hall of Fame 00:45 12 0 Nikki A.S.H.

Mighty Molly was attacked by Nikki A.S.H. before entering the ring, so her time is taken from then.

28 Ronda Rousey Unaffiliated 10:17 1 4 Winner
29 Shotzi Smackdown! 02:58 8 0 Ronda Rousey
30 Shayna Baszler Smackdown! 05:31 4 0 Bianca Belair, Charlotte Flair

Graphs

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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