Last night on Monday Night Raw, The New Day – all three members consisting of Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods – emerged victorious from two triple threat matches (thanks to Stephanie McMahon), defeating Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows, Sheamus & Cesaro, Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho and Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns to officially break the 27-year old WWE record for longest tag team title reign, previously held by Ax & Smash, the Demolition. Demolition originally defeated Strikeforce (Rick Martel & Tito Santana) at Wrestlemania IV in 1988, holding the titles for over a year before dropping them to The Brainbusters (Arn Anderson & Tully Blanchard) on a July edition of Saturday Night’s Main Event in 1989, for a startlingly 478 day reign as tag team champions. But this past Monday, the New Day surpassed that record, making it 479 days since the trio won the titles from The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil & Darren Young) last year at Money In The Bank.
So as of today, the New Day are now the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. It’s in the record books and it’s hard to argue if the WWE has produced a more over tag team unit in years. While some feel the act may be waning or getting stale (with even the possibility of them losing the titles this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line), there’s no denying the impact that New Day has had in the WWE Universe the past few years.
479: How Does New Day’s Record Reign Stack Up?
But how does the 479-day reign of New Day stack up against their historical peers? We know that no tag team in WWE’s history has held the titles longer, but what about the longest reigning tag team champions of other promotions throughout history? Exactly where does the New Day stand now in the industry’s record books, as opposed to just the ones penned by Vincent Kennedy McMahon.
Here’s a look at the longest reigning champions for most of the world’s most recognized promotions (ones that have tag team champions), from the shortest to the longest.
Mid-South Wrestling: Junkyard Dog & “Mr. Olympia” Jerry Stubbs, 203 days