Roman Reigns formally hit 500 consecutive days as WWE Common Champion on Wednesday, changing into the second man in firm historical past to hit that milestone with the newer of its two world titles. Reigns will break Brock Lesnar’s official report for the longest reign as Common Champion (504 days) on Monday however wants to carry it for at the least one other 123 days to interrupt Lesnar’s report for many mixed days as Common Champion (which he did throughout three reigns). Reigns famously beat “The Beast” to finish his record-breaking reign on the 2018 SummerSlam occasion, however needed to relinquish the gold only a few months later after being identified with leukemia.
“The Tribal Chief” gained the title only one week after coming back from hiatus in August 2020, beating each “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a triple menace on the Payback pay-per-view. He is efficiently defended the title 18 occasions, beating Jey Uso, Strowman, Kevin Owens, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Cesaro, Rey Mysterio, John Cena, Finn Balor, Lesnar and Sami Zayn. He was alleged to defend the title on New Yr’s Day on the Day 1 pay-per-view (towards Lesnar once more), however needed to withdraw from the present after testing optimistic for COVID-19. There have been stories for months that Reigns vs. Lesnar will wind up being the WrestleMania 38 most important occasion in April. His subsequent protection will come towards Seth Rollins on the Royal Rumble.
Adam Pearce defined why he booked the match between two former Protect brothers on the most recent episode of The Bump — “You recognize, the factor about discovering Roman’s challenger is that it’s worthwhile to scour each nook, each cranny and you have to discover someone that you simply consider is a formidable problem to Roman Reigns. I used to be listening to Bobby Lashley a second in the past speaking concerning the match arising towards Brock Lesnar on the Royal Rumble, and I wished to seek out one thing that may deliver a really comparable feeling. And what landed me on Seth is historical past, actually. When you concentrate on two folks intertwined for a sure time period, I believe Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins with all the pieces they have been via, with all the pieces they’ve stood collectively for and towards, makes a really intriguing matchup and one which I do know Mr. Reigns isn’t completely happy about, however right here we’re. They trusted me to make the choice and it’s official.”