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Analysis of how crowded the ring was during the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match

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The 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 54 minutes, and 17 seconds (54m 17s).

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 4h 51m 46s. Given that the match lasted a total of 54m 17s, that comes out to an average of 5.4 competitors in the ring at any given second. That would make this the 23rd most crowded Royal Rumble match ever out of all 37 matches.

These numbers have not been adjusted to account for ring absences of superstars like Naomi and Charlotte Flair, who were both outside of the ring for at least six minutes when they were active members of the match. 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, such as when Shayna Baszler threw Charlotte Flair into the steel steps before entering the ring.

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.

2020 Women’s Royal Rumble Ring Crowdedness

Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
Active Wrestlers Total Time % of Match Time Cumulative %
1 1m 22s 2.5 2.5
2 5m 10s 9.5 12.0
3 4m 30s 8.3 20.3
4 9m 34s 17.6 37.9
5 9m 28s 17.4 55.4
6 8m 34s 15.8 71.2
7 6m 39s 12.3 83.4
8 3m 01s 5.6 89.0
9 2m 10s 4.0 93.0
10 2m 36s 4.8 97.8
11 1m 13s 2.2 100.0

The chart above shows that there were between 3 and 7 superstars, inclusive, in the ring for a total time of 38m 45s, which is 71.4% of the match.

The match began with the ring filling up to 7 superstars before the first elimination (Lana) occurred at the timestamp 8m 30s.

The ring depth fluctuated between 5 and 7 superstars within the timestamps of 6m 02s to 17m 21s. Mia Yim then joined the fray at 17m 21s, and the ring briefly held 8 superstars for a total time of 1m 04s.

The next portion of the match was a little less crowded, with the ring depth fluctuating between 4 and 6 superstars within the timestamps of 19m 04s to 25m 00s.

Bianca Belair became the only superstar left in the ring at the timestamp 26m 35s. Throughout the first 26m 35s of this Royal Rumble match, there was an average of 5.0 active superstars in the ring at any given second.

The ring then immediately filled up to 5 superstars by the timestamp 32m 35s, with no eliminations in between. Belair was eliminated by Charlotte Flair at 33m 21s to bring the number of superstars back down to four.

The longest time span without eliminations was 11m 57s, between the timestamps of 36m 54s and 48m 51s, bounded by the eliminations of Kelly Kelly and Santina Marella. The superstars who entered the match during this time were Natalya, Xia Li, Zelina Vega, Shotzi Blackheart, Carmella, Tegan Nox, and Santina Marella.

The ring depth ranged between 8 and 11 superstars within the timestamps 42m 38s and 50m 34s. This was technically the most crowded part of the match, though Naomi and Charlotte Flair were outside of the ring for part of this time.

The maximum ring depth of 11 superstars was achieved twice. It initially lasted for 1m 02s, when Marella was active in the match, between the time stamps 47m 49s and 48m 51s.

The ring depth reached 11 superstars again at the arrival of Shayna Baszler. When Baszler entered the ring, the match essentially turned into an 11-person Battle Royal to the finish between Flair, Naomi, Phoenix, Storm, Natalya, Li, Vega, Blackheart, Carmella, Nox, and Baszler.

The depth of 11 superstars only lasted for 0m 11s, because Baszler immediately began tossing out superstars. In fact, it looks like the primary reason why the ring was loaded up with superstars at this point was so that Baszler could eliminate the majority of them in less than five minutes.

This final segment of the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 4m 28s, and at that point Charlotte Flair emerged as the winner.