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110 minutes of dominance: Lesnar’s year with the WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar has now held the WWE Universal Championship for more than one year.

That means one year of controversy over the company’s top title being tied up due to his part-time status and only a handful of title defenses.

Now set to defend the title against Roman Reigns at the same event he won the belt, we can look back on the title reign and pull some facts and figures:

  • Since Lesnar defeated Goldberg at WrestleMania 33 to capture the title, he has wrestled a total of 14 matches.
  • Of those 14 matches, nine took place on house shows while five were held on pay-per-view. The title was not defended on WWE TV during this time.
  • The total ring time across those 14 matches was roughly 110 minutes. Lesnar’s Cagematch profile lists times for most of the bouts, the house show matches without times listed can be found on YouTube.
  • Shortest matches: vs. Kane (House Show - 0:35) & vs. The Miz (House Show - 1:20)
  • Longest matches: vs. Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns & Samoa Joe (SummerSlam - 20:45) & vs. A.J. Styles (Survivor Series - 15:25)
  • Lesnar has been in the ring with seven men during his title run, including: Kane and Samoa Joe (five matches each), Braun Strowman (four matches), The Miz, Sheamus, AJ Styles and Roman Reigns (once each).
  • On April 1, Lesnar passed Hulk Hogan’s title reign of 364 days from WrestleMania V to WrestleMania VI to establish the tenth longest “major championship” reign in WWE history (includes matches held for: WWE Championship, WWE Universal Championship and WWE World Heavyweight Championship).

It’s impossible to know the ultimate legacy of a title reign while it is happening, but Lesnar’s latest run with the belt is likely to stick out as something rarely, if ever, to be repeated.

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