Kofi Kingston is on the cusp of becoming the Superstar with more days as a Tag Team Champion than anyone in WWE history.
The New Day surprisingly came up short against The Bludgeon Brothers in their plight to become SmackDown Tag Team Champions at SummerSlam. As is often the case with New Day, however, the match was pretty damn good, so the trio got a rematch two days later on SmackDown Live. On that occasion, they were successful and became Tag Champions for the fifth time.
The last time New Day held the titles they broke the record for the longest reign in WWE history. If they want to break their own record this time around then they first had to make it past Rusev Day on Sunday night's Hell In A Cell kickoff show. As expected, they did exactly that, and the fifth reign of New Day continues.
New Day's retention of the titles means that a new record may about to be broken, but not for all of them. Kofi Kingston, whose WWE career has been significantly longer and more eventful than the rest of New Day's members, is on the cusp of breaking a record of his own. If he and the rest of New Day don't lose the Tag Team Titles in the next week, then Kingston will have been a Tag Team Champion for more time than any other WWE Superstar in history.
According to a post on Reddit, the current record stands at 953 days and is held by Billy Gunn. That's 916 days with the WWE World Tag Team Titles and 37 days with the WWE Tag Team Titles. As of Monday of this week, Kingston's total is 946 days, 47 days with the WWE World Tag Team Titles, 818 days with the WWE/Raw Tag Team Titles, and 81 days as a SmackDown Tag Team Champion.
What will be interesting to find out is if WWE is aware of this fact. If so, we could see a celebration on next week's SmackDown Live. Providing New Day doesn't lose the championships this week, Kingston will equal Gunn's record on Monday and then break it on Tuesday. At the very least we think New Day should have to defend their titles on the show, but again WWE might not even realize that Kingston is about to break a record as it isn't exactly the most straightforward to figure out.