Roman Reigns has now smashed the record for the longest single Universal Championship reign in WWE history, at 504 days and counting. Brock Lesnar previously held the record, with his 2017-2018 title reign lasting a recognised 503 days.
Acknowledging the Tribal Chief, WWE tweeted:
“History-making. Record-breaking. @WWERomanReigns is officially the longest-reigning #UniversalChampion at 504 days and counting.”
Acknowledge the ☝️. pic.twitter.com/yao4srTPIR
— WWE (@WWE) January 16, 2022
Reigns defeated The Fiend and Braun Strowman to win the Universal Championship at Payback 2020. The Tribal Chief has since defended the title 18 times on TV or pay-per-view, Most recently defending the title against Sami Zayn in December.
Seth Rollins will challenge Reigns for the Universal Championship at Royal Rumble on January 29, by which time, Reigns will have held the gold for 517 days.
Reigns was set to put the title on the line at WWE Day 1 against Brock Lesnar, but he unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 on the day of the show. Lesnar was instead added to (and ultimately won) the WWE Championship main event. Stay up to date with every title change of 2022, using our tracker at this link.
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