Roman Reigns Ends 2020 on a High Note By Making History

Published 01/01/2021, 12:26 AM EST
MIAMI, FL- SEPTEMBER 01: Roman Reigns looks on during the WWE Smackdown on September 1, 2015 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ron ElkmanSports Imagery/Getty Images)


WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns had a supremely impressive 2020 with him finally completing the much demanded heel turn. In another handsome feat, the Tribal Chief set a win record of 90.6% in 2020, according to Cagematch. This is more than impressive for Reigns, given that these numbers are higher than those of Hulk Hogan and John Cena.

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How did Roman Reigns set this impressive record?

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No Superstar in 2020 came close to touching the star power of Roman Reigns. The Tribal Chief has set the SmackDown roster on fire since January.

Reigns started off the year by beating Baron Corbin at the Royal Rumble. He also picked up a win against him on SmackDown and at Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

Reigns might have missed WrestleMania, but since returning at SummerSlam, he has been undefeated. He smashed through Braun Strowman and The Fiend at WWE Payback, winning the WWE Universal Championship. In his first title defence, he utterly destroyed his cousin Jey Uso at Clash of Champions.

Reigns defended the title against Braun Strowman on SmackDown, beating the Monster Among Men via submission. At  WWE Hell in a Cell, Reigns forced his cousin to say ‘I Quit’ in another classic addition to their brilliant rivalry. Finally, Reigns beat Kevin Owens at WWE TLC to finish the year as the WWE Universal Champion and set the impressive record.

Who did Reigns lose to in 2020?

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With an impressive win percentage of 90.6%, whoever beat Roman Reigns must be on top of the world. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case for Otis and Kevin Owens. The SmackDown duo registered a win over Reigns and Jey Uso, but both received a thorough beating from the Tribal Chief after and during the match.

His first defeat of the year came in the Royal Rumble match for heavens’ sake! Reigns and eventual winner Drew McIntyre were the final two men in the match.

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Reigns entered another impressive Rumble performance, eliminating the legend Edge who had just returned at the #21 spot. However, McIntyre Claymore’d Reigns and cleared his path to WrestleMania.

Roman avenged his loss to McIntyre at Survivor Series where the WWE Champion and the Universal Champion clashed in a bout of epic proportions. With the help of Jey Uso, Reigns toppled the WWE Champion and cemented himself as the top champion in WWE.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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