WWE Champion AJ STYLES is not focused on breaking CM Punk’s historic record as the longest-reigning WWE Champion of The Modern Era as The Phenomenal One looks to concentrate on his Smackdown Live competition instead.
AJ Styles won the WWE Championship on November 7, 2017 from Jinder Mahal, marking a 264 days+ title run as of this writing.
CM Punk won the WWE Championship on November 20, 2011 against Alberto Del Rio at Survivor Series and lost it to The Rock at the 2013 Royal Rumble, scoring a historic title reign standing at 434 days.
Although Punk is an ex-WWE Superstar, he still holds the longest title reign (WWE Championship) in the WWE’s Modern Era.
Styles still has over 260 days to go to overtake Punk but it appears that The Phenomenal One is not too keen about it right now as he is too busy trying to retain/defend the WWE Championship against SmackDown Live’s best Superstars.
Styles told Noelle Foley of Ringside Collectibles after being asked about whether or not he is looking to break Punk’s record: “Not really.
“I have my sights set on trying to retain the championship, and some of the guys I’m going up against… they’re freaking amazing!
“Rusev, guys coming back like Randy Orton – I guess he’s all better since he’s beating up Jeff Hardy.
“So, yeah, there’s a lot of guys that I will have to compete with hopefully just to retain. These guys are bad dudes.”
CM Punk left WWE in 2014 immediately after the Royal Rumble citing issues with the Creative and his health.
The 6-time World Champion then quickly signed with UFC but his performances in the Octagon didn’t go as planned..
The Second City Saint lost his debut fight at UFC 203 to Mickey Gall who submitted him in 2 minutes and 18 seconds two years ago.
On his do-or-die second UFC fight, Punk was again defeated by Mike Jackson via unanimous decision in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois at UFC 225. It appears that Punk’s career with UFC is done for.
Styles is set to defend the WWE Championship against old TNA rival Samoa Joe at SummerSlam on August 19, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.