Roman Reigns making historic moves in pro wrestling industry
“The Head of the Table” Roman Reigns has accomplished yet another record-breaking achievement as he now holds the record of longest-reigning Universal Champion in WWE history.
The WWE Universal Championship is a world heavyweight championship currently defended on WWE’s SmackDown. It is one of promotion’s three world titles, alongside the WWE Championship on Raw and the NXT Championship on NXT.
Named in honor of WWE’s fans, referred to as the WWE Universe, the championship was established on July 25, 2016, to be the top title of the Raw brand. Its creation came as a result of the reintroduction of the brand split and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016, in which the WWE Championship, the promotion’s original world title, became exclusive to SmackDown.
This Sunday, January 16, 2002, marked Reigns’ 504th day as the Universal Champion, surpassing Brock Lesnar’s previous record of 503 days from 2017-2018.
Reigns claimed the Universal Title for a second time at WWE Payback in 2020 when he defeated Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman.
Reigns, a former pro football player, signed a contract with WWE in 2010 and later made his main roster television debut as on November 18, 2012 at the Survivor Series pay-per-view event alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, assaulting Ryback during the triple threat main event for the WWE Championship
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