BROCK LESNAR has kicked off 2022 by winning the WWE World Championship for a SIXTH time in his career.
And in doing so the 44-year-old former UFC star set an impressive new WWE record.
Lesnar is the new WWE World Champion – 19 years after first winning the title[/caption]
Lesnar’s latest title win means he now holds the mantle for the longest time between his first WWE Title and his last, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
‘The Beast’ first won the belt 19 years ago after beating Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson at Summer Slam 2002.
He beats Hulk Hogan’s record of time between first and last title wins.
Hogan had an 18-year gap between his maiden title victory in 1984 and his final triumph in 2002.
Lesnar pinned Big E during a fatal five-way for the championship at WWE Day One, after his Universal Title bout against Roman Reigns was called off due to the latter testing positive for Covid-19.
Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Bobby Lashley also contested the bout.
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He later challenged Reigns to a champion vs champion match, but the offer was declined by The Tribal Chief.
It means Lesnar is set for a first title defence against Lashley at the Royal Rumble on January 30.
He returned to Vince McMahon’s promotion in 2012 following his three-year stint at UFC – during which he spent time as heavyweight champion.
Lesnar is well known for making history in 2014 after ending The Undertaker’s legendary winning streak at WrestleMania 30.