Roman Reigns hits 2-year milestone as Universal Champion

August 30, 2022

Two years ago, Roman Reigns began his now legendary reign as Universal Champion, winning the title in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Payback on Aug. 30, 2020.

Since then, The Head of the Table has defended the championship more than 20 times, overcoming Superstars like Rey Mysterio, Edge, John Cena and Kevin Owens to name a few. At WrestleMania 38, Reigns doubled down on his iconic status by defeating Brock Lesnar and picking up the WWE Championship in the process.

Few Superstars in WWE history can claim they have been World Champion for more than two years. As such, Reigns joins an honored crowd that includes Hulk Hogan, Bruno Sammartino, Bob Backlund and Pedro Morales. More impressively, the WWE Universe hasn’t seen a Superstar be a World Champion for more than two years since The Hulkster reigned with the WWE Championship from 1984 to 1988.

Change is inevitable in WWE. Counting all other championships in WWE (sans NXT and NXT UK), there have been 55 title changes since Aug. 30, 2020, and that’s before counting the nearly 70 times the 24/7 Championship changed hands. In addition to this, there have been four nights of WrestleMania action, the WWE ThunderDome was introduced and celebrities like Bad Bunny, Logan Paul and Johnny Knoxville made their in-ring debuts. Amid all this change, there has been one constant: Roman Reigns as Universal Champion.

As Reigns celebrates his two-year anniversary as Universal Champion, can anyone stop him, or will he continue his reign for another two years?

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