Roman Reigns WWE Universal Championship Title Defenses 2nd Reign

Roman Reigns at clash at the castle 2022
Credit: WWE

Roman Reigns’ second reign as WWE Universal Champion has been a record-breaking reign and a milestone in many ways.

The title reign started at Payback 2020 event where he defeated “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman in a triple threat match. He pinned Braun Strowman in that match to win the title. He has held the title for more than 2 years since while also unifying it with WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38.

Not only did he become the longest-reigning Universal Champion, but he also holds the record for the longest single title reign since Hulk Hogan’s run from 1984 to 1987. Overall, his title 2nd title reign as Universal Champion is now the fifth longest reign in WWE History, and the longest single reign in WWE in the 21st century.

Roman has defended the title more than 20 times during this time. He has defeated several former World Champions like Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Daniel Bryan, Edge, Kevin Owens, Rey Mysterio, Finn Balor, Goldberg and Drew McIntyre.

Below is the list of all the title defenses for Roman Reigns’ second WWE Universal Championship reign from 2020 to 2023 with opponent, date, event and match type.

No.AgainstEventMatch TypeDate
1Jey UsoClash of Champions 2020Singles MatchSeptember 27, 2020
2Braun StrowmanSmackDownSingles MatchOctober 16, 2020
3Jey UsoHell in a Cell 2020Hell in a Cell I Quit MatchOctober 25, 2020
4Kevin OwensTLC 2020Tables, Ladders & Chairs MatchDecember 20, 2022
5Kevin OwensSmackDownSteel Cage MatchDecember 25, 2020
6Kevin OwensRoyal Rumble 2021Last Man Standing MatchJanuary 31, 2021
7Daniel BryanElimination Chamber 2021Singles MatchFebruary 21, 2021
8Daniel BryanFastlane 2021Singles Match
(Special Enforcer: Edge)
March 21, 2021
9Daniel Bryan & EdgeWrestleMania 37 Night 2Triple Threat MatchApril 11, 2021
10Daniel BryanSmackDownSingles Match
(Bryan’s SmackDown Career
on the line)
April 30, 2021
11CesaroWrestleMania Backlash 2021Singles MatchMay 16, 2021
12Rey MysterioSmackDownHell in a Cell matchJune 18, 2021
13EdgeMoney in the Bank 2021Singles MatchJuly 18, 2021
14John CenaSummerSlam 2021Singles MatchAugust 21, 2021
15Finn BalorSmackDownSingles MatchSeptember 3, 2021
16Finn Balor(Demon)Extreme Rules 2021Extreme Rules matchSeptember 26, 2021
17Brock LesnarCrown JewelSingles MatchOctober 21, 2021
18Sami ZaynSmackDownSingles MatchDecember 3, 2021
19Seth Rollins(lost via DQ)Royal Rumble 2022Singles MatchJanuary 29, 2022
20GoldbergElimination Chamber 2022Singles MatchFebruary 19, 2022
21Brock LesnarWrestleMania 38 Night 2Singles Match
(WWE & Universal
Championship Unification)
April 03, 2022
22Matt RiddleSmackDownSingles Match
(Riddle’s Last Chance at Universal Title
until Roman remains champion)
June 17, 2022
23Brock LesnarSummerSlam 2022Last Man Standing matchJuly 30, 2022
24Drew McIntyreClash at the Castle 2022Singles MatchSeptember 03, 2022
25Logan PaulCrown Jewel 2022Singles MatchNovember 05, 2022
26Kevin OwensRoyal Rumble 2023Singles MatchJanuary 28, 2023
27Sami ZaynElimination Chamber 2023Singles MatchFebruary 18, 2023
28Cody RhodesWrestleMania 39Singles MatchApril 2023