A month after becoming the longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion in WWE history, GUNTHER has achieved another remarkable milestone by holding onto the Intercontinental title for a staggering 500 days, becoming the first wrestler to accomplish such an impressive feat.
Making this even more exceptional is that GUNTHER now stands alongside Bruno Sammartino* and Roman Reigns** as one of only three performers in WWE history with two separate championship reigns lasting 500 days or more. As WALTER, The Ring General held the NXT United Kingdom Championship for a whopping 870 days, the longest reign in the history of that title.
To further put his accomplishment into perspective, GUNTHER, who arrived in WWE on January 12, 2019, at NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, has spent 1,370 of his 1,745 days in the company as a champion as of this press date.
Along the way, GUNTHER has picked up victories over former world champions such as Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, and Drew McIntyre. He’s had celebrated classics with Chad Gable and Tommaso Ciampa that portrayed each man as a credible contender while leaving crowds breathless. And just last week, he defeated “Big” Bronson Reed in one of Raw’s better hoss fights.
Most importantly, GUNTHER’s 500-day death grip on the IC crown has provided stability and prestige that the championship never had before and has arguably made him Raw’s premier champion, ahead of World titleholder Seth Rollins.
At this point, there can be little debate regarding who is the greatest Intercontinental Champion of all time. And sooner rather than later, WWE will have no choice but to elevate GUNTHER to the world title picture, where either Seth Rollins or WWE’s other longstanding kingpin, Roman Reigns, will have to acknowledge The Ring General.
*Bruno Sammartino held the WWE Championship on two occasions. His first title reign, which stands as the record in WWE, lasted 2,803 days. His second WWE Championship campaign lasted 1,237 days.
**Roman Reigns, as of this press date, has held the Universal title for 1,149 days. His concurrent run with the WWE Championship stands at 568 days.