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.
The survival time for a superstar is the time that lapses between the point when she steps foot into the ring and the time that her feet hit the floor to signal elimination. This does not include the time it takes for a superstar to make her way from the entrance ramp down to the actual ring.
The average superstar survival time for the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match was 9m 44s and the median survival time was 7m 17s.
Here is the full list of survival times for all 30 superstars:
- 33m 21s: Bianca Belair
- 26m 35s: Alexa Bliss
- 26m 21s: Charlotte Flair
- 23m 04s: Beth Phoenix
- 22m 02s: Naomi
- 18m 40s: Toni Storm
- 15m 08s: Nikki Cross
- 14m 42s: Natalya
- 10m 49s: Xia Li
- 10m 22s: Mighty Molly
- 9m 31s: Zelina Vega
- 8m 59s: Candice LeRae
- 8m 49s: Mandy Rose
- 8m 14s: Mercedes Martinez
- 7m 56s: Shotzi Blackheart
- 6m 37s: Carmella
- 6m 28s: Mia Yim
- 5m 30s: Sonya Deville
- 5m 25s: Dana Brooke
- 5m 20s: Kairi Sane
- 4m 27s: Shayna Baszler
- 3m 49s: Tegan Nox
- 2m 30s: Kelly Kelly
- 2m 28s: Lana
- 1m 33s: Dakota Kai
- 1m 02s: Santina Marella
- 0m 44s: Liv Morgan
- 0m 39s: Tamina
- 0m 29s: Sarah Logan
- 0m 12s: Chelsea Green
Every listed time should be viewed with a margin of error of about two seconds or so.
The bell to end the match did not ring until about one second after Shayna Baszler was eliminated. I counted this extra second as part of Charlotte Flair’s survival time.
Roughly 7m 57s lapsed between the point when Naomi initially jumped to the barricade and then eventually returned to the ring steps via makeshift bridge.
Towards the latter part of the match, around the time when the Santina Marella stuff was occurring, Charlotte Flair was outside of the ring for about 6m 57s. Approximately 5m 15s of that time overlapped with Naomi’s aforementioned time away from the ring.
Nine different participants failed to survive for at least four minutes, which is similar to how things went in the 2018 women’s Royal Rumble match.
This was the first women’s Royal Rumble match that did not have a superstar reach a survival time of 50+ minutes.
You can find information on the elimination order here.
Here are the entrance times for each superstar involved. This is the amount of time that passed between an entrance buzzer going off and when the superstar finally stepped foot into the actual ring. The first two entrants (Bliss, Belair) are excluded because their entrances took place prior to the start of the match.
- 1m 02s: Charlotte Flair
- 1m 00s: Lana
- 0m 39s: Shayna Baszler
- 0m 35s: Naomi
- 0m 33s: Mercedes Martinez
- 0m 29s: Sane, Marella
- 0m 28s: Brooke, Greene
- 0m 27s: Molly, Kelly
- 0m 26s: Mandy Rose
- 0m 24s: Candice LeRae
- 0m 23s: Xia Li
- 0m 22s: Tamina, Storm
- 0m 21s: Kai, Natalya, Vega
- 0m 20s: Phoenix, Carmella
- 0m 19s: Tegan Nox
- 0m 18s: Yim, Logan, Blackheart
- 0m 16s: Liv Morgan
- 0m 15s: Cross, Deville
The median entrance time for the women’s match was between 22 and 23 seconds.
There was no funny business with Charlotte Flair’s entrance time of 1m 02s, she just took a very long time slowly walking to the ring.
Lana grabbed a mic and berated the audience during her entrance, which explains why it lasted 1m 00s.
Kairi Sane and Candice LeRae did this annoying thing where they entered the match by climbing on top of the turnbuckle, and then jumping into the ring. Sane stood on top of that buckle for a few seconds before jumping into the ring. In cases like this I don’t really know if I should end their entrance time (and start their survival time) as soon as they are on top of the buckle, or only when they begin to jump into the ring.
The question that I think must be answered to determine that is, “If this wrestler was pushed off this turnbuckle to the outside floor right now, before jumping into the ring, would she be eliminated?”
I don’t know the answer to that question, so let me know what you think in the comments section.
These entrance times add up to 12m 16s, which means that a superstar was in the midst of her entrance for approximately 22.6% of the match.
Follow the Buzzers
WWE stated that there would be 90-second waiting intervals between each entrant in the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match. How well did WWE stick to that claim? Here are the waiting times between all 28 buzzers, in chronological order:
- 1m 30s: Buzzer 1 - Mighty Molly
- 1m 32s: Buzzer 2 - Nikki Cross
- 2m 00s: Buzzer 3 - Lana
- 1m 33s: Buzzer 4 - Mercedes Martinez
- 1m 36s: Buzzer 5 - Liv Morgan
- 1m 38s: Buzzer 6 - Mandy Rose
- 1m 31s: Buzzer 7 - Candice LeRae
- 1m 59s: Buzzer 8 - Sonya Deville
- 2m 12s: Buzzer 9 - Kairi Sane
- 1m 32s: Buzzer 10 - Mia Yim
- 2m 24s: Buzzer 11 - Dana Brooke
- 2m 10s: Buzzer 12 - Tamina
- 1m 23s: Buzzer 13 - Dakota Kai
- 1m 20s: Buzzer 14 - Chelsea Green
- 2m 34s: Buzzer 15 - Charlotte Flair
- 1m 58s: Buzzer 16 - Naomi
- 1m 33s: Buzzer 17 - Beth Phoenix
- 1m 48s: Buzzer 18 - Toni Storm
- 1m 44s: Buzzer 19 - Kelly Kelly
- 1m 46s: Buzzer 20 - Sarah Logan
- 1m 31s: Buzzer 21 - Natalya
- 1m 34s: Buzzer 22 - Xia Li
- 1m 48s: Buzzer 23 - Zelina Vega
- 1m 44s: Buzzer 24 - Shotzi Blackheart
- 1m 49s: Buzzer 25 - Carmella
- 1m 53s: Buzzer 26 - Tegan Nox
- 1m 18s: Buzzer 27 - Santina Marella
- 1m 50s: Buzzer 28 - Shayna Baszler
Only eight of the 28 waiting periods fell within 5 seconds of the 90-second goal. 12 of the 28 waiting periods came within 10 seconds of the 90-second goal.
The average waiting period was 1m 45s, and the median time was 1m 44s.
Five of the waiting periods lasted at least two full minutes, so here is some context behind those intervals.
The first of these waiting periods was exactly two minutes in length, and included Nikki Cross entering the match. She and Bliss had a two-on-two battle with Mighty Molly and Bianca Belair, that culminated with all four superstars incapacitated on the ring mat. Once they were all down on the mat, the 10 second countdown clock appeared on the screen.
I guess WWE wanted them all down so that the focus could go to Lana’s mic work that followed in the next interval. Once Lana stopped talking, all four stars in the ring quickly made it to their feet.
The waiting period where Otis initially saved Mandy lasted 1m 59s. This was immediately followed by a 2m 12s interval where Sonya Deville entered the match. The spotlight was mostly on a one-on-one battle between Sonya and Mercedes Martinez, and it finished with Mandy helping Sonya to toss Martinez out of the ring. It appears the period was extended to wait for that elimination.
Mia Yim entered the match during a period that lasted 2m 24s. This interval included Belair’s elimination of Nikki Cross, and then the sequence where Mandy and Sonya were both eliminated after being tossed onto Otis.
This was immediately followed by a 2m 10s waiting period, which included Dana Brooke entering the match. This time consisted of a flurry of offense from Dana Brooke, and then saw the eliminations of LeRae and Sane. The 10 second countdown clock appeared once Sane was eliminated, so it looks like that was what they were waiting for.
The longest waiting period of the match lasted 2m 34s, and this is when Chelsea Green entered the ring. This interval included the eliminations of Dakota Kai, Chelsea Green, Dana Brooke, and Alexa Bliss. The whole point here was to clear the ring of everyone not named Bianca Belair, so that Belair could be waiting for Charlotte Flair at the start of the next period.
That period with Charlotte lasted 1m 58s, and her entrance alone took up roughly 1m 02s of that time.
The period where Naomi initially jumped from the steps to the barricade lasted 1m 49s, and this is when Shotzi Blackheart entered the match. It appears that Naomi was just hanging out on commentary tables for a few more intervals until Shayna Baszler came out, since that is when her elimination was going to occur.
The shortest waiting period of the match included Tegan Nox’s entrance into the match, and this interval lasted 1m 18s. Nox didn’t really have any story in the match because Dakota Kai was eliminated earlier, so it looks like they just wanted to move ahead to the upcoming Santina Marella bit that followed this interval. Nox quickly took a Glam Slam, and then Beth Phoenix essentially was the only superstar standing, because she was the one who would face off with Santina next. That period with Santina lasted 1m 50s.
In a perfectly timed match, the final buzzer (signaling Baszler’ entrance) would have gone off 42m 00s after the start of the match. In reality, this buzzer went off at 49m 10s. That means the match was extended roughly seven minutes due to inaccurately timed waiting periods.
Overall, WWE’s claim that a new superstar would come out every 90 seconds was mostly inaccurate.
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
|% of Match Time
|% of Match Time
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. This 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.
End of the Match
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.
This final segment of the 2020 women’s Royal Rumble match lasted 4m 28s, and at that point Charlotte Flair emerged as the winner.
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