Roman Reigns has been dominating the WWE as the longest-reigning WWE Universal Champion of all time. With the introduction of the new WWE World Heavyweight title, is Reigns poised to surpass Hulk Hogan’s first title reign of 1474 days?
Recently, Jim Valley, a reporter for f4wonline.com, made a bold statement about Roman Reigns’ future as the Universal Champion. He said,
“The introduction of the new WWE World Heavyweight title says to me that Roman Reigns is going to be champion much longer than 1,000 days. I think Roman might be poised to surpass Hulk Hogan’s first title reign.”
This statement has sparked a lot of discussion among wrestling fans and experts alike. Andrew Zarian of Wrestling Observer Newsletter responded to Jim Valley’s tweet and added,
“I have been told numerous times that WWE wants to update its history books and needs longer title reigns.”
This sheds some light on WWE’s potential motivation behind introducing the new World Heavyweight Championship, which would allow them to extend Reigns’ reign without diluting the prestige of the Universal Championship.
I will be touching on this today on WOL.
I have been told numerous times that WWE wants to update its history books and needs longer title reigns.
Pun intended. https://t.co/CHIijLgLeF
— Andrew Zarian (@AndrewZarian) April 30, 2023
Roman Reigns has cemented his legacy in the WWE as the longest-reigning WWE Universal Champion of all time, holding the title for over 970+ days. Reigns’ reign of dominance started after he won the Universal Championship at Payback in August 2020, defeating “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a triple-threat match with the help of Paul Heyman. Reigns aligned himself with Heyman and adopted a new persona as the Tribal Chief and Head of the Table, commanding respect and loyalty from everyone in WWE.
Since then, Roman Reigns has faced some of the biggest names and toughest opponents in the WWE, including John Cena, Edge, Goldberg, Brock Lesnar, Jey Uso, Seth Rollins, Big E, Cesaro, Finn Balor, Braun Strowman, and more.
Reigns has not only retained his title but has also added the WWE Championship to his collection, defeating Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 38 to become the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion.
If Jim Valley’s prediction is correct and Reigns does surpass Hulk Hogan’s first title reign, it would be a remarkable achievement for Reigns and solidify his status as one of the greatest WWE champions of all time. Only time will tell if Reigns will continue his dominance and rewrite the record books.