Many believed that Rhodes was destined to dethrone Reigns from his title reign following his 2023 Royal Rumble win as he became the top-most babyface player of the WWE to “finish his story” and thereby complete his family legacy.
People were eventually swerved for thinking this way as The Head of The Table not only retained but crossed 1000 days as champion, down the road. Besides if rumours and statistics are to be believed then this title won’t end even at WrestleMania 40.
According to the following comments from Andrew Zarian, WWE is willing to update its record books of the longest World Title reigns, “I have been told numerous times that WWE wants to update its history books and needs longer title reigns.”
The report falls in line as Bianca Belair recently became the longest-reigning WWE Women’s Champion of all time in the modern era. Also, GUNTHER became the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time and he’s still holding onto the belt.
As for Roman Reigns, the speculation is that he will be in the top 3 spots in terms of longest world title reigns by the time he drops the title. At present, he’s slated to at least break Hulk Hogan’s record of being the champion for 1,474 days.
You can check the below-given list of the longest World Title reigns in WWWF/WWF/WWE history and it includes reigns over WWWF/WWF/WWE Championship, World Heavyweight Championship, and the Universal Championship starting from the 60s era:
1. Bruno Sammartino (2,803 days)
2. Bob Backlund (2,135 days)
3. Hulk Hogan (1,474 days)
4. Bruno Sammartino (1,237 days)
5. Pedro Morales (1,027 days)
6. Roman Reigns (1016 days and counting)
Roman Reigns will overtake Hulk Hogan and capture the 3rd spot on the list on September 13th, 2024, which means he will not lose his title at WrestleMania 40 and his this reign will go beyond SummerSlam 2024, next year.
To add to the speculations, Triple H has already introduced a new World Heavyweight Championship for Raw, so that Roman can continue with his lengthy title reign on SmackDown while Raw will have its own world title.
While nothing regarding WrestleMania 40 has been confirmed, the Roman Reigns vs. Cody Rhodes rematch is “on the table,” according to WrestleVotes via GiveMeSport. The PLE takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April, next year.