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By The Numbers: Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title Reign (So Far)



With Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship in serious jeopardy today at WWE’s Greatest Royal Rumble event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, it’s time to take a look what could be the final numbers to accompany his historic reign.

Should Lesnar drop the title to Roman Reigns tonight in their main event steel cage match, his reign will end at 390 days. That brings him just short of CM Punk’s modern-era record of 434 days as a world champion.

Lesnar has defended the Universal Championship 13 times during his current reign. His only non-title matches came against AJ Styles at Survivor Series in a non-title brand versus brand match and at a house show against The Miz last month in Minnesota, where he went to college as a NCAA Division I wrestler in Minnesota.

Lesnar holds 5 victories over Samoa Joe, Kane and Braun Strowman since defeating Goldberg for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 33. These three men have been the opponents of choice for Lesnar during this current title run. Four of those matches came in singles competition against Joe, while only one match between Lesnar and Strowman saw the two men do battle alone. Kane wrestled Lesnar twice in singles competition and three times in triple threat matches that also involved Strowman.

Today will mark the 3rd time that Lesnar and Reigns having wrestled during this time period. Lesnar defeated Reigns at WrestleMania 34 in singles competition and at SummerSlam 2017 in a Fatal 4-Way that also featured Braun and Joe. Here’s a full list of the men who had a shot at Lesnar’s Universal Title thus far:

Samoa Joe: 0-5
Braun Strowman: 0-5
Kane: 0-5
Roman Reigns: 0-2
Sheamus: 0-1

Only 5 of Lesnar’s title defense have been aired on WWE programming with the other 8 taking place at WWE Live events. Those 5 matches all took place on WWE Network/PPV events. 

Lesnar defeats Samoa Joe at Great Balls of Fire (7.9.17)
Lesnar defeats Strowman, Reigns & Joe at SummerSlam (8.20.17)
Lesnar defeats Braun Strowman at No Mercy (9.24.17)
Lesnar defeats Strowman and Kane at Royal Rumble (1.28.18)
Lesnar defeats Reigns at WrestleMania 34 (4.8.18)

The following 8 are the aforementioned WWE Live title defenses:

Lesnar defeats Samoa Joe in Detroit (7.29.17)
Lesnar defeats Samoa Joe in Tampa (8.12.17)
Lesnar defeats Samoa Joe in Miami (8.13.17)
Lesnar defeats Sheamus in Winnipeg (9.30.17)
Lesnar defeats Kane in Baltimore (1.27.18)
Lesnar defeats Kane in Chicago (3.3.18)
Lesnar defeats Strowman and Kane in New York at MSG (3.16.18)
Lesnar defeats Strowman and Kane in Boston (3.30.18)

Should Lesnar defeat Reigns today in Jeddah, he would have to hold onto the Universal Championship until June 11th to surpass Punk’s modern-era reign.

If Reigns emerges victorious, Lesnar’s 5th run as World Champ could possibly be his last. The 40-year-old legend is reportedly under contract for just one show at a time and is again rumored to be moving his focus to a UFC bout later this year. It would also mark the proverbial passing of the torch to Reigns. The 32-year-old would begin his 4th reign as a WWE World Champion and his 1st as Universal Champion, a title that is currently regarded as the top prize in WWE today.

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.