Roman Reigns’s latest reign as Universal Champion has been dominant, culminating in his victory over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38. But how many days has Roman Reigns been Universal Champion?
Prior to his current run, Roman Reigns first won the WWE Universal Championship on August 19th 2018 at SummerSlam, pinning Brock Lesnar to avenge the loss against ‘The Beast’ earlier in the year at WrestleMania 36.
Unfortunately, Reigns’s grip on the title was cut short due to a re-diagnosis of Leukaemia. During an episode of Raw on October 22nd 2018, he vacated the championship after 64 days in an emotional address to the live crowd. The WWE Universe were left wondering when, or even if, they would see ‘The Big Dog’ again.
On February 25th 2019, Reigns made his return to Raw to a huge ovation, revealing his leukaemia was once again in remission. Later that night, Reigns and Seth Rollins came to the aid of former Shied ally Dean Ambrose, thwarting an attack by Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin and Elias.
Following a brief reformation of The Shield, Reigns was drafted to SmackDown and announced as “SmackDown’s greatest ever acquisition”.
Roman Reigns – Universal Champion
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Reigns stepped away from the ring to focus on his health but returned to attack newly-crowned Universal Champion The Fiend at SummerSlam 2020.
At WWE Payback on August 30th 2020, Roman Reigns defeated The Friend and Braun Strowman in a No Holds Barred Triple Threat match to win the WWE Universal Championship for the second time, starting his long and commanding reign.
Since then ‘The Tribal Chief’ has obtained the services of Paul Heyman as his Special Counsel, and joined forces with The Usos to rule SmackDown with an iron fist.
How long has Roman Reigns been Universal Champion?
Roman Reigns has been WWE Universal Champion for 1012 days, successfully defending the championship against all challengers, including Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, John Cena and Goldberg, among many others.
On January 16th 2022, Reigns surpassed Brock Lesnar’s record of 504 days to become the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion and the sixth longest world title reign in WWE history.
Following a long feud throughout the ‘Road To WrestleMania’, Reigns defeated Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 in a match billed as the ‘biggest WrestleMania match of all time’ to win the WWE Championship for the fourth time.
Victory over Lesnar added another achievement to Reigns’s incredible run, becoming the first WWE Superstar to hold both the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship simultaneously.