WWE announced that Brock Lesnar’s current Universal Championship reign has set a new record for the longest major championship reign in WWE modern era history. Lesnar surpassed the previous record of 434 days, held by CM Punk and his WWE Championship reign from November 2011 to January 2013, prior to Monday’s episode of WWE RAW.
WWE’s official press statement:
Brock Lesnar earns longest championship reign of the modern era
Brock Lesnar’s long list of WWE accomplishments has now grown by one: The Beast Incarnate has officially notched the longest World Championship reign of the modern era.
Lesnar’s ongoing run as Universal Champion surpassed the previous marker, CM Punk’s 434-day stint as WWE Champion that stretched between 2011 and 2013. Lesnar’s advocate (and, coincidentally, Punk’s former hype man) Paul Heyman commemorated the occasion by taking to Twitter.
That Lesnar has powered his way into the history books is impressive in and of itself, but given that no challengers have yet to emerge for The Conqueror’s throne, the most awe-inspiring aspect of his reign isn’t that it has lasted this long, but that it seems unlikely to end anytime soon.
As an interesting side note, Lesnar has defended his Universal Championship ten times during his record setting reign, while CM Punk defended his title 141 times. At his current rate, Lesnar would need almost 17 years to match the number of title defenses Punk had during his then record-setting reign.