In 2020, Roman Reigns was supposed to face Goldberg for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 36. At the time, Reigns took a hiatus from WWE due to the global pandemic.
Roman Reigns then made his return to WWE television at the 2020 SummerSlam with a new persona. Reigns called himself “The Tribal Chief” and then recruited Paul Heyman as his special counsel.
Two weeks after returning, Roman Reigns captured the Universal Championship by defeating The Fiend and Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat Match at Payback PLE. Since then, Reigns became the most dominant champion in WWE history, defeating every superstar that step up against him.
Roman Reigns has now surpassed 900 days as WWE Universal Champion and no other main roster superstar has reached this kind of milestone in the modern era. Reigns is the 6th longest-reigning champion in WWE history.
The Tribal Chief issued the following statement after surpassing 900 days as Universal Champion.
“I told you over 900 days ago this would happen..
I told you over 900 days ago this would happen.. #GreatnessAmongstYou ☝🏽🩸 https://t.co/FaUVwxx8ss— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) February 16, 2023
Here are the six longest-reigning champions in WWE history.
- Bruno Sammartino – 2,803 days
- Bob Backlund – 2,135 days
- Hulk Hogan – 1,474 days
- Bruno Sammartino – 1,237 days
- Pedro Morales – 1,027 days
- Roman Reigns – 901+ days
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