Roman Reigns Only Has 5 Title Defences In 11 Months

Hamish Woodward

Looking back at Roman Reigns‘ 1000 day title reign, it’s clear that he has not been as active as past champions in the WWE.

In the last 1000 days, Roman Reigns has beaten any and all challengers who have come against him, gunning for his Universal Championship.

Stars like Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and John Cena have tried (and failed) to take his belt from him, with Brock Lesnar even dropping the WWE title to him in the process.

However, since winning the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 38, Roman Reigns has been shy about defending his combined world championships.

The Undisputed WWE Universal Champion is not scheduled to defend the belts at Night of Champions, instead challenging for Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens’ WWE Tag Team Championships.

He is also rumoured to be teaming with Solo Sikoa at Money in the Bank (in London), which would make Summerslam his first expcted title defence since WrestleMania 39.

In fact, since Summerslam 2022, when he defeated Brock Lesnar yet again, Roman Reigns has only defending his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship five times.

This rises to six times if you count a solitary house show, but we will only be including televised title defences.

Roman Reigns Title Defences

His first defence in this list was against Drew McIntyre. He defeated the Scot at Clash at the Castle, thanks to Solo Sikoa making his debut in Cardiff, Wales.

Next saw Roman Reigns take on Logan Paul at Crown Jewel. The Saudi Arabian show hosted one of the matches of the year, where Logan Paul shocked the world by putting on one of the best matches of 2022, despite suffering an injury.

Roman Reigns then beat Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble, although the match is remembered for Sami Zayn turning on The Bloodline after the fact.

This led to Elimination Chamber, broadcast live from Sami Zayn’s hometown of Montreal, Quebec. The Canadian star was the overwhelming favourite, as he tried to get revenge for months of abuse from Roman Reigns.

Sadly, he just fell short, but no matter. Hometown heroes like Drew McIntyre and Sami Zayn failed to beat The Tribal Chief, but it was clear why – he was being saved for the Royal Rumble winner, Cody Rhodes.

In the main event of WrestleMania 39, it was finally time for Roman Reigns’ legendary title reign to end. Cody Rhodes would finally ascend to the top of the WWE, winning the title his father never could and fulfilling his destiny.

Oh wait, no. Solo Sikoa hit him with a Samoan spike, helping Reigns to win the match in his most recent title defence.

Roman Reigns missed Backlash 2023, and will likely not defend his titles until Summerslam 2023. He is on a part-time schedule, with rumours that he is moving into Hollywood sooner, rather than later.

His inactivity is becoming a big problem for the WWE, who have had to create a new championship because he is so unstoppable.

Roman Reigns’ title defences are always great, but they happen so infrequently that it’s hampering the product. Smackdown hasn’t had a champion in years, so the wrestlers are fighting over nothing.

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