Jinder Mahal has now held the WWE Championship for more than 118 days, racking up more time with the strap than both Roman Reigns and Ric Flair.
Jinder Mahal is the WWE Champion. Some of you may like that fact, a lot more of you probably hate it, but whichever side of the fence you fall on, it doesn’t change that fact. What’s more is that Mahal’s title reign is quickly becoming a pretty lengthy one, especially by today’s standards.
The Modern Day Maharajah has now held the WWE Championship for four months, defeating Randy Orton for the title at Backlash on May 21, 2017. Since then, he has defended it against The Viper as well as Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin, sort of.
118 days doesn’t exactly sound like that significant a milestone, but it’s what comes along with that number that makes it mean something. According to users of the Squared Circle forum on Reddit, that number means Mahal has now held the WWE Championship for more days than Roman Reigns and perhaps even more surprisingly, The Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Considering Reigns is the biggest thing going in the eyes of Vince McMahon right now, it’s pretty astounding that Mahal has been a WWE Champion longer than The Big Dog. So far in his young career, Reigns has headlined WrestleMania three times and also been WWE Champion three times. The first of those reigns lasted a matter of minutes after Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on The Guy. Also, despite Ric Flair having 16 World Championships to his name, ‘Naitch only held the much-coveted WWE title two times. Both reigns came in 1992 and totaled 118 days of that particular calendar year.
So it’s 118 days—likely more as you read this—and counting for Jinder Mahal. As of right now, it’s unclear as to who will take that title from the champ. Most fans would likely love to see Shinsuke Nakamura take that title from The Maharajah at Hell In A Cell, but just because the fans want it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. The Jinder Mahal experiment continues, and in terms of the record number of days, the next two men in his sights are Eddie Guerrero and Edge.
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