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LOOKING AT THE MOST IMPORTANT DATES IN CM PUNK'S WWE TITLE REIGN GOING FORWARD AND WHEN HE WILL SHATTER OTHER RECORDS

By Matt Meola on 2012-10-08 10:43:27
Unless you are under a rock, you may have heard that CM Punk has held the WWE Championship for awhile. So I figured I'd look at the potential upcoming key dates in his title reign.

As of today he has held the title for 323 days, the 10th longest reign in WWE history.

November 12, 2012: On this day, CM Punk will tie Kevin Nash for the 9th longest reign in WWE History, at 358 days, matching Nash's 1994-95 reign as Diesel. This would require Punk to make it as Champion until the "Go Home" edition of RAW prior to the Survivor Series. Exiting that show as champion would give him ninth place to himself.

November 18, 2012: On this day, CM Punk will tie Hulk Hogan for the 8th longest reign in WWE History, at 364 days, matching Hogan's second reign which began at Wrestlemania V. This would require Punk to make it as Champion heading into Survivor Series. Exiting that show as champion would give him eighth place to himself.

November 25, 2012: On this day, CM Punk will tie Randy Savage for the 7th longest reign in WWE History, at 371 days, matching Randy Savage's first reign which began at Wrestlemania IV. This would require Punk to make it as Champion through the week of TV following Survivor Series (and the next weekends house shows). If he shows up on RAW on 11/26 still as the WWE Champion he will have seventh place to himself.

December 4, 2012: On this day, CM Punk will tie John Cena for the 6th longest reign in WWE History, at 380 days, matching John Cena's third reign which began with a 2006 TLC win over Edge and continued until he was stripped after his 2007 pectoral tear. This would require Punk to make it as Champion through RAW on 12/3. Completing the 12/4 Smackdown taping still as the WWE Champion would give him sixth place to himself.

And that is where for all intents and purposes, this climb of CM Punk up the list of longest champions ends. Here are the dates below that we know he won't get to.

September 12, 2014: Punk would have to keep the belt nearly two more years in order to tie Pedro Morales' reign for the 5th longest reign of all time.

April 10, 2015: Punk would have to come out of Wrestlemania 31 still as the WWE Champion (and hold it for a little beyond whatever date that was) in order to tie Bruno Sammartino's second reign as WWE Champion for the 4th longest reign of all time.

December 3, 2015: Punk is still over three years away from being able to tie Hulk Hogan's first reign as Champion for the 3rd longest reign of all time (and the longest reign of the Wrestlemania era).

September 24, 2017: Punk is a little less than five years away from being able to tie Bob Backlund's first reign as Champion for the 2nd longest reign of all-time. Note: Technically, Wiki lists this as three reigns of 648, 672, and 763 as Backlund lost the title to Antonio Inoki and then had it held up in a match with Greg Valentine. If WWE recognized those changes then Punk would currently be 12th, not 10th.

July 24, 2019: Punk would need to go nearly seven years more in order to tie Bruno Sammartino for the longest Championship reign of all-time.