The Usos guaranteed their place in the WWE history books by defeating New Day on SmackDown. Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston took on the undisputed tag team champions with the titles and their record of 483 days as champions on the line. It was arguably the highest stakes tag team match in the promotion’s history, and the two legendary duos fought.
New Day vs The Usos never disappoints, and their latest outing was a worthy addition to their flawless catalog of bangers. The Usos emerged victorious, hitting the 1-D on Kingston to get the pin for a loud ovation. Starting Monday, The Ones will be the longest-serving tag team champions in WWE history, earning themselves arguably the biggest record in divisional history.
Records like these take time to set, so it’s huge when they’re eclipsed. Here are five major championship milestones that could be achieved in the promotion as early as 2023, emulating the Usos’ incredible achievement.
#5: Gunther could cement his Intercontinental Championship legacy in 2023
The WWE landscape is currently dominated by long-time reigning champions, headlined by 800+ day undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns. A few current champions could engrave their names at the top of their respective draws by the end of next year. If they can retain their titles beyond WrestleMania weekend, players like Damage CTRL and Bron Breakker could become the longest-serving holders of their respective titles.
However, the dominant champion who looks most likely to make history in 2023 is Gunther. The Ring General looks like a serious threat to The Honky Tonk Man’s 32-year-old record-breaking 454-day reign, even though it’s still nearly 300 days away. The undefeated monster heel has everything from size to agility to in-ring skills, not to mention the Imperium watching his back.
Can a WWE Superstar find a way to cross the imperious mountain of men by September 7, 2023? At the moment, that doesn’t seem likely.
#4: Mandy Rose may be the longest-serving NXT Women’s Champion by the time WrestleMania 39 arrives
Asuka’s introduction to WWE was arguably the most dominant the company had ever seen. The Empress of Tomorrow was undefeated for a total of 914 days in both NXT and the main roster before losing to Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 34. Her legendary undefeated streak resulted in an iconic 522-day reign as as NXT Women’s Champion as of TakeOver: Dallas and only ended due to retirement.
Current champion Mandy Rose has the opportunity to surpass Asuka’s legendary 522-day mark by retaining her title until March 29, 2023. There is a very real possibility that the Toxic Attraction frontman will hold the title until the weekend. end of WrestleMania 39, allowing him to surpass the seemingly insurmountable record. Then we’ll all have no choice but to put some respect on his name!
#3 & 2: The Miz is set to achieve all-time greatness in Intercontinental Championship history
The Miz is one of, if not the greatest Intercontinental Champion in WWE history. The Awesome One has held the iconic mid-card title eight times for a total of 592 days in his career. That means he is one reign away from equaling Chris Jericho’s record nine reigns and Pedro Morales’ unmatched combined 617 days as champion.
The Miz has spent most of 2022 as a mid card hand, putting on celebrities and young stars while running away from Dexter Lumis. He is also not on the same mark as the intercontinental champion. However, should a draft bring the A-Lister title and IC to the same mark, we could see the two-time Grand Slam champion kill two birds with one stone. This is a very real possibility in 2023.
#1: Roman Reigns could become WWE’s longest-serving modern-era champion in 2023
Roman Reigns’ current undisputed Universal Championship reign has been widely celebrated as a legendary feat, and rightly so. He defeated most legends and broke almost all kinds of records to finally fulfill his potential as the face of the company. Most of his records were set as Universal Champion, with the WWE title feeling somewhat secondary around his waist for almost 225 days.
However, if Reigns can retain the longest-serving title in the company through June 11, 2023, he will break CM Punk’s modern-era record of 434 days as WWE Champion. This will make him the oldest holder of the title in 34 years, placing him above John Cena, The Rock and Randy Savage. The tribal leader rewrote nearly every record imaginable with the Universal title. We wouldn’t bet against him doing the same with the company’s oldest and most prestigious world title to cement his legacy.
With Punk seemingly being done with AEW, it’s even possible he could return in 2023 to issue a New Day-esque challenge in an effort to protect his record. To imagine!
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