Brock Lesnar has made his share of history during his illustrious career but he can lay claim to even more after smashing a record set by Hulk Hogan.
Brock Lesnar was scheduled to face off with Roman Reigns for the WWE Universal Championship at Day 1 on New Year’s Day 2022 before Reigns contracted COVID-19. Instead of missing out on the show and his shot at gold, Lesnar was instead inserted into what was originally a Fatal Four-Way match for Big E’s WWE Championship.
That match also involved Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, and Bobby Lashley all vying for the title. In the end, Lesnar proved too much for his opponents and pinned Big E to claim his sixth WWE Title.
That title win also gave Brock Lesnar another slice of history after breaking a record Hulk Hogan set in 2002. According to Dave Meltzer in his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Lesnar’s win now gives him the longest time between his first WWE Title reign and his latest:
”Lesnar’s previously unplanned championship reign makes it a 20-year span from when he first held the WWF/WWE title (2002 to 2022). That is a record, breaking the mark of 18 for Hulk Hogan (1984-2002) and 17 for Bob Backlund (1977 to 1994) for the title.”
Brock Lesnar first won the WWE Championship just 4 months after he made his televised debut when he defeated The Rock at 2002’s edition of SummerSlam.
Earlier that same year, Hulk Hogan won his last WWE Championship when he defeated Triple H for the title at Backlash in April.
Hulk Hogan and Brock Lesnar are now tied at six WWE Championship reigns a piece but Lesnar will have to go some way to overtake the number of days that Hogan spent as champion which sits at 2,188 – Lesnar is still to hit 800 total days with the belt.