Roman Reigns Passes GUNTHER’s Lengthy Title Run For Longest In 35+ Years

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Roman Reigns has shattered yet another record as his unstoppable world championship reign continues.

Ever since his return at SummerSlam 2020, Roman Reigns has been more dominant than ever before in WWE. Within a week of returning, he beat Bray Wyatt to become the Universal Champion for the second time in his career. And from then on, no one has been able to slow him down, much less stop him.

Since winning that world title, Reigns has successfully defended it against: Jey Uso, Braun Strowman, Jey again, Drew McIntyre, Kevin Owens in three consecutive title defenses, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, Edge again, John Cena, Finn Balor twice in a row, Brock Lesnar, Sami Zayn, Seth Rollins, and Goldberg.

Then after beating Lesnar to unify the Universal and WWE Championships, Reigns has gone on to become an even more dominant champion. Aside from live events, Reigns has successfully defended both belt against Brock Lesnar, Drew McIntyre, and Logan Paul.

With each passing day, Roman Reigns continues to approach the title reigns of some of the top wrestlers of WWE’s historic past. According to Inside The Ropes, as of January 19th, 2023, Reigns has surpassed GUNTHER’s 870-day reign as NXT UK Champion, which lasted from April 2019 until August 2021 when he lost it to Ilja Dragunov.

With that record now passed, only a handful of title reigns still rank as longer than Roman’s. Those reigns are as follows:

  • Pedro Morales’s first reign (February 1971-December 1973 [1,027 days])
  • Bruno Sammatino’s second reign (December 1973-April 1977 [1,237 days])
  • Hulk Hogan’s first reign (January 1984-Frbruary 1988 [1,474 days])
  • Bob Backlund’s first reign (February 1978-December 1983 [2,135 days])
  • Bruno Sammartino’s first reign (May 1963-January 1971 [2,803 days])