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NXT UK Champion Pete Dunne Celebrates Incredible Record As He Turns 25

Pete Dunne is currently the longest reigning champion during the modern era in WWE. His run with the UK Title is now at well over 500 days.

Long title reigns tend to be a thing of the past when it comes to WWE. Take Bruno Sammartino, for instance. The first time the WWE Hall Of Famer became WWE Champion, all the way back in 1963, he held it for an incredible seven years and eight months. An unfathomable amount of time to be champion for anyone watching today's product.

While that record-breaking reign will almost definitely last for the rest of time, there have been some pretty long reigns during the modern era. A fair few WWE Superstars have held titles for longer than 300 days, and some have even managed to go beyond that. For a while, CM Punk's 434-day reign as WWE Champion was the longest of the modern era, however, that has now been broken twice.

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Brock Lesnar was the first to break it. The Beast Incarnate held the Universal Title for more than 500 days before his run was ended by Roman Reigns at this year's SummerSlam. That record did not stand for long, though. Pete Dunne has now been WWE UK Champion for 529 days at the time of typing this, and there is no end in sight to that reign.

The Bruiserweight decided to celebrate that lengthy reign along with his 25th birthday (yes, Dunne is only 25) by posting a graphic on Instagram. You can check it out for yourselves above. As you can see, the Lesnar and Punk reigns occupy spots two and three. Plus, AJ Styles' current WWE Title reign sits at number four. He may very well be higher on that list by the time he loses the championship.

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Weirdly, Asuka's 500+ day reign is not listed. Dunne only recently overtook her impressive record as she held the championship for longer than Lesnar held the Universal Title. You could argue that was an NXT Title reign, but technically, so is Dunne's. Nevertheless, to have a record like that by the age of 25 is pretty incredible. The future is bright for The Bruiserweight.

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