Roman Reigns Will Be Making Title Defense History At WrestleMania 39
Roman Reigns is set to make even more history as he heads toward another WrestleMania main event in Los Angeles.
For over 900 days (938 days and counting), Roman Reigns has held WWE’s Universal Championship, which has been a part of the Smackdown brand for several years.
At last year’s WrestleMania 38, Reigns beat Brock Lesnar in a Winner Take All match that saw Reigns win Lesnar’s WWE Title as well, which means he has held that title for one year going into this year’s WrestleMania. Since then, WWE has called Reigns the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
During his incredible title reign, Roman Reigns has beaten some of the biggest names in WWE history including WWE/Universal Champions John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Edge, Daniel Bryan, Drew McIntyre, Bill Goldberg and more.
Cody Rhodes will be the next challenger at WrestleMania 39 when he competes against Reigns with the Undisputed WWE Universal Championships on the line next Sunday, April 2nd at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.
The history-making stat for Reigns at this year’s WrestleMania is that Reigns will be the first person to defend a WWE World Title, which is the Universal Title, for a third straight WrestleMania without losing it in between. Nobody has ever done that before. His title defenses were as follows:
* At WrestleMania 37, Reigns successfully defended the Universal Championship against Daniel Bryan and Edge.
* At WrestleMania 38, Reigns defended the Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar in the Winner Take All match that saw Reigns capture the WWE Championship as well.
* At this year’s WrestleMania 39, Reigns will defend the Universal and WWE Championships against Cody Rhodes.
Hulk Hogan held the WWE Championship for three straight WrestleManias, but he did not defend it at three WM’s in a row. Hogan beat King Kong Bundy at WrestleMania 2 and Andre The Giant at WrestleMania 3. However, at the first WrestleMania, Hogan competed in a tag team match with Mr T to beat Roddy Piper & Paul Orndorff.
By the time we got to WrestleMania 4, Hogan was no longer the WWE Champion. That event featured the one-night tournament for the vacant WWE Championship that was won by Randy Savage.
Roman Reigns could pass another record at WrestleMania since Hogan main evented WWE’s biggest show of the year eight times. This year’s WrestleMania will be the seventh time that Roman Reigns has been in the main event.
Considering Reigns is 37 years old and will likely be part of WWE into his 40s as long as he’s healthy, he could end up shattering the WrestleMania main event record as well.