Returning to WWE from a brief hiatus at the 2020 SummerSlam pay-per-view, Roman Reigns has since embarked on the run of his career. He added Paul Heyman by his side, bringing with it the Universal Championship at Payback. Reigns is yet to lose the title, meaning he’s just surpassed the 800-day mark as champion.
At this record, ‘The Tribal Chief’ has broken the previous longest-reign held by Brock Lesnar. ‘The Beast Incarnate’ reigned as champion for 504 days, dropping the title to Roman Reigns at SummerSlam 2018. Only Kevin Owens, Brock Lesnar in his second reign, Bray Wyatt in his first reign, and Braun Strowman managed 100+ days.
For clarity, Roman Reigns is only at 800 days in his reign as WWE Universal Champion. With the WWE Championship, which he lifted from Brock Lesnar on night two of WrestleMania 38, he’s currently at 219 days. This is his longest reign to date with the top prize in WWE, having previously held the title for <1 day, 41 days, and 77 days, respectively.
Who Will Topple Roman Reigns?
The ever-growing question with Roman Reigns’ run as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is deciding who, exactly, will be the one to dethrone him. Popular choices include Cody Rhodes and Sami Zayn, whereas previous defences against Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan, and Drew McIntyre saw fans adamant that the head of The Bloodline was dropping the gold.
Per WrestleVotes in a recent interview with GiveMeSport’s Louis Dangoor, WWE creative currently has some sort of idea on who will eventually topple Roman Reigns:
“They have an idea of who is going to beat Roman. I don’t know specifically if it’s Cody [Rhodes]. I don’t know if it’s The Rock. I don’t know if it’s Bray [Wyatt]. But I think there’s a handful of guys that they would say ‘alright, this makes sense for future.’ But I don’t think it’s happening anytime soon, to be honest with you.”
Roman Reigns last defended the championships against Logan Paul at WWE Crown Jewel.