WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has officially passed CM Punk’s iconic record to become the longest-reigning top-tier WWE Champion of the modern era.
Lesnar, with the Universal Championship at 435 days, has officially broken CM Punk’s historic WWE Championship reign which stands at 434 days. Although the title that Lesnar holds is technically different to the one held by Punk, both are recognised by WWE as their highest-level singles titles.
Lesnar’s most recent title defence was at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he defeated Roman Reigns in a controversial Steel Cage Match main event. The match took place 13 months after he won the title from Goldberg at WrestleMania 33.
CM Punk held the WWE Championship for 434 days between November 2011 and January 2013.
Lesnar had defended the Universal Championship 13 times in 373 days including house shows whereas in the first 36 days of his 434-day WWE title reign, Punk defended the WWE Championship 14 times. In his entire 434-day reign, Punk ranked up 149 title defences. As of this writing, Brock has had less than 1/10 the defenses as Punk.
However, the majority of the WWE Universe still hails Punk as the longest reigning WWE Champion of the Modern Era despite Brock’s feat. It is speculated that in order to escape backlash from fans over a title that is painted in red and has no historic glory unlike the WWE Championship, WWE might frame Lesnar as the longest-reigning World Champion in modern history/Modern Era. Michael Cole will seal the deal when he refers to Brock as “the longest-reigning World Champion of the modern era” a few hundred times per broadcast.