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Analysis of how crowded the ring was during the 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match

The 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 1 hour, 11 minutes, and 24 seconds (1h 11m 24s).

This text graphic provides time stamps for each superstar's arrival and exit from the match, as well as showing who the longest lasting superstars were as the match progressed.

If you add up each wrestler's survival time, it results in a total survival time of 7h 22m 43s. Given that the match lasted a total of 1h 11m 24s, that comes out to an average of 6.2 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 13th most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 35 matches.

These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of active superstars like Zelina Vega. Therefore when I talk about how many superstars were “in the ring” I’m counting all active superstars, whether they are literally inside the ring or not. It does not, however, count a superstar’s time outside the ring prior to initially stepping foot into the ring. So Billie Kay did not receive any credit for her strategy of standing outside the ring until her partner showed up.

Here is a more accurate way to understand how many women were active at any given time. This chart shows the total time that the ring was filled with an exact number of discrete superstars at once.

2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness

Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
1 0m 01s 0.0 0.0
2 6m 25s 9.0 9.0
3 5m 37s 7.9 16.9
4 3m 04s 4.3 21.2
5 7m 17s 10.2 31.4
6 11m 43s 16.4 47.8
7 15m 43s 22.0 69.8
8 11m 32s 16.2 85.9
9 8m 35s 12.0 98.0
10 1m 27s 2.0 100.0

This chart shows that there were 6 or more superstars in the ring for 68.6% of the match, and 8 or more superstars in the ring for 30.2% of the match.

The number of active superstars ranged between 5 and 9, inclusive, for 76.8% of the match.

The longest time span without eliminations was 13m 12s, between the time stamps of 4m 04s and 17m 16s, bounded by the eliminations of Liv Morgan and Mickie James. These were the first two eliminations of the match. Morgan’s elimination was the only thing keeping this match from surpassing the 1996 Royal Rumble’s opening stretch of 14m 47s where nobody was eliminated.

The ring filled up very quickly early on due to this lack of eliminations. The ring reached its maximum depth of 10 superstars on two separate occasions shortly after this time, roughly 19 to 22 minutes into the match.

The crowd thinned out after Charlotte hit the ring, as the IIconics, Xia Li, and Tamina were all eliminated. The ring depth dropped down to 5 once Lacey Evans was eliminated, and the depth remained there between the time stamps 29m 21s to 29m 54s.

This was the only point in the match between the time stamps of 11m 23s to 56m 01s (Natalya’s elimination) when the ring depth was less than 6 superstars. There was an average of 7.5 active competitors at any given second between these two distant time stamps.

The ring filled back up again shortly after Lacey Evans was eliminated. There were between 7 to 9 active superstars throughout the entire duration between the time stamps of 34m 15s to 51m 24s. Natalya, Moon, and Flair were 3 of the active superstars for this entire stretch of time. There was an average of 7.9 active competitors at any given second during this time.

Once Becky Lynch entered the ring, the match essentially turned into a 7-woman Battle Royal to the finish between Moon, Flair, Bliss, Bayley, Jax, Carmella, and Lynch.

This final segment of the 2019 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 13m 22s, and at that point The Man emerged as the winner of the match.

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