The Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship is a professional wrestling title in Japanese promotion Pro Wrestling Zero1. It was created on January 6, 2003, with Steve Corino defeating Masato Tanaka. In addition to Japan, it has recently been frequently defended in various independent companies in the United States.

The title was created at a time when the company was known as Pro Wrestling Zero-One, originally naming it the Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship; on July 4, 2004, following Zero-One joining the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), the title was renamed the NWA/Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship. On October 26, 2004, Zero-One left the NWA, removing its initials from the title and renaming it the Zero-One United States Openweight Championship. When the promotion's name was changed to Zero1-Max in 2005, the championship title followed. On March 25, 2007, the title again switched its name, this time to the Zero1-Max International Championship; however, on June 13, 2007, the International title was apparently stricken from the record, and was reverted to the US title. On April 12, 2008, it was renamed back to its original title by Steve Corino, in honor of Zero1-Max's late founder Shinya Hashimoto. There have been a total of 11 recognized champions who have had a combined 18 official reigns.

Title history


Name Years
NWA/Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship July 9, 2004 – October 31, 2004
Zero-One United States Openweight Championship October 31, 2004 – 2005
Zero1-Max United States Openweight Championship 2005 – April 12, 2008
Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship January 6, 2003 - July 4, 2004
April 12, 2008 – 2010


Wrestler: Times: Date: Location: Notes:
Steve Corino 1 January 6, 2003 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Masato Tanaka (wrestling as Masa Tanaka) at Fighting Illusion.
The Predator 1 July 4, 2003 Niigata, Japan Won the title on the 01 Storm tour.
Hulk Ogan 1 August 10, 2003 Nagoya, Japan Won the title at 01World in Nagoya.
Vacated August 11, 2003 Stripped by NWA president Howard Brody due to the match not being officially scheduled.
The Predator 2 October 13, 2003 Fukuoka, Japan Defeated Mike Knox on the Evolution tour.
Kohei Sato 1 July 9, 2004 Tokyo, Japan This was a steel cage match on the Rally of the Cage tour.
Steve Corino 2 November 11, 2004 Tokyo, Japan Won the title on the Enormous tour.
Vacated January 30, 2005 Vacated so Corino could focus on winning the World Heavyweight Championship of AWA Superstars of Wrestling; this announcement was made on February 28, 2005.
Leonardo Spanky 1 March 23, 2005 Hakodate, Japan Defeated Ryouji Sai on the Strong Wind & Thunder tour.
Vacated August 31, 2005 Vacated due to Spanky leaving the company.
Alex Shelley 1 September 19, 2005 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Sonjay Dutt at You Can Do Your Best! Naohiro Hoshikawa Encouragement Show.
Christopher Daniels 1 November 23, 2005 Tokyo, Japan This was a three way match also involving Sonjay Dutt on the Max Around tour.
Vacated May 4, 2006 Vacated due to inactivity.
Steve Corino 3 March 25, 2007 Adelaide, Australia Defeated Ryan Eagles.
Ricky Landell 1 June 13, 2007 Indianapolis, IN Defeated Zach Gowen.
Mr. Wrestling 3
(formerly Steve Corino)
3(4)† January 4, 2008 Valdosta, GA Won the title by forfeit when Landell refused to defend it.
Sterling James Keenan 1 March 8, 2008 Munhall, PA Won the title at the Devil Bhudakahn Memorial Show.
Dr. X 1 March 15, 2008 Morganville, NJ
Jake Manning 1 April 12, 2008 York, SC Won the title at a Carolina Wrestling Association event.
Sterling James Keenan 2 May 9, 2008 Limerick, PA Won the title at 3KWrestling New Revolution. Keenan's 1PW World Heavyweight Championship was also at stake.
Ricky Landell 2 June 1, 2008 Limerick, PA
King Kaluha 1 August 22, 2008 Limerick, PA Won the title at 3KWrestling's Summertime Blues.
Mr. Wrestling 3 4(5)† November 9, 2008 Rochester, MN

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