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

The 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match lasted 57 minutes and 24 seconds (57m 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 5h 21m 58s. Given that the match lasted a total of 57m 24s, that comes out to an average of 5.6 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 18th most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 35 matches, and right in line with the typical crowdedness of an an average Royal Rumble match.

These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of active superstars like Seth Rollins. So 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 Titus O’Neil did not receive any credit for chasing Curt Hawkins under the ring, which happened before Titus ever entered the ring.

Here is a more accurate way to understand how many men 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 Men’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness

Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
1 0m 43s 1.2 1.2
2 4m 37s 8.0 9.3
3 3m 14s 5.6 14.9
4 9m 04s 15.8 30.7
5 10m 27s 18.2 48.9
6 8m 34s 14.9 63.9
7 7m 54s 13.8 77.6
8 8m 33s 14.9 92.5
9 4m 18s 7.5 100.0

The chart above shows that the number of active superstars ranged between 4 and 8, inclusive, for 77.6% of the match.

The number of active superstars fluctuated between 4 and 6 from the time stamps of 7m 55 to 26m 22s (Xavier Woods’ elimination). There was an average of 5.0 active competitors at any given second during this time.

The ring started to fill up after Woods and Kingston were eliminated. The longest time span without eliminations was 6m 52s, between the time stamps of 26m 27s and 33m 19s, bounded by the eliminations of Kofi Kingston and Dean Ambrose. Pete Dunne, Andrade, Apollo Crews, and Aleister Black entered the match during this time.

The ring reached its maximum depth of 9 superstars once Black entered the ring. This depth of 9 superstars was reached 6 separate times between the time stamps of 32m 09s and 42m59s. There was an average of 8.3 active competitors at any given second during this time. The chart above shows that there were exactly 9 active superstars in this match for a total time of 4m 18s, and this is the point in the match where that time was distributed. Rollins, Ali, and McIntyre were active competitors during this entire stretch of time, though Rollins was sent through a table by Lashley towards the end of it.

Braun Strowman then entered the match and quickly thinned the crowd. Baron Corbin, Shelton Benjamin, and Jeff Hardy were all tossed out of the ring between the time stamps of 42m 59s and 44m 02s. Dolph Ziggler (who eliminated McIntyre) and Randy Orton soon joined the match ahead of the final segment.

When Nia Jax entered the ring, the match essentially turned into an 8-person Battle Royal to the finish between Rollins, Ali, Andrade, Mysterio, Strowman, Ziggler, Orton, and Jax.

This final segment of the 2019 men’s Royal Rumble match lasted 9m 02s, and at that point The Architect emerged as the winner.

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