Originally, Roman Reigns had to win the Universal Championship for the second time against Goldberg at WrestleMania 36. However, when a global lockout occurred and COVID-19 was at its highest level of fear, Reigns decided to step out of the event, instead prioritizing time with his family.
When he returns, five months later, after the main event at SummerSlam 2020. In the main event, ‘The Fiend’ defeated Brown Straw to win the Bray White World Championship. Roman rule returned and attacked both men, signaling the beginning of a new era and its new character.
Payback was just two nights before 2020, when he equalized with Paul Hayman and turned his heel. Oddly enough, Reigns will only sign a contract for the Universal game at Payback after a real fight between Bray White and Brown Stroumen begins. There he won his second universal championship – a title he still holds to this day.
It was on August 30, 2020, when Roman rule officially became the Universal Champion again. As a heel, this is the best walk of his career and is considered by many to be one of the greatest world titles in the WWE.
As of this writing, Reigns is nearing the end of a year as a WWE universal champion. In a month and a half, if he comes out of SummerSlam as a World Champion, he can achieve that.
What made Roman Reigns make the current World title so great?
Prior to his current Universal title, Roman Reigns had won the WWE Championship three times and the Universal Championship once. The four reigns were also short due to different circumstances.
In his previous two world championship reigns, one was abbreviated for violating and suspending Health Policy, while the second title reign ended with his dismissal due to leukemia.
Interestingly, the four reigns lasted only 181 days. Since this record, Roman rule has been a World Champion for more than 320 days, almost twice as long.
His current World Champion titles have been successful for several important reasons. First, a twist from his heel allowed him to show a personality he could never do during a forced baby face. Everything about his character seems organic.
Second, he was given a good and dominant run as a heel that emerged as the undisputed No. 1 star of the WWE. Third, it’s so well-crafted that most fans can’t even think of an opponent who could legally dethrone the dominance in the near future.
Apparently, Roman Reigns seems to be enjoying his character work as well, and he’s now paying dividends.