Pro Wrestling Zero1
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|Founded||January 25, 2001|
|Owner(s)||First On Stage Inc. (FOS)|
|Sister||Pro-Wrestling SUN (2006-2009)|
|Formerly||Pro Wrestling Zero-One (2001-2004)
Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max (2004-2008)
Pro Wrestling Zero1 (stylized as Pro Wrestling ZERO1), formerly known as Pro Wrestling Zero-One and Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max, is a Japanese professional wrestling promotion founded in 2001. It was affiliated with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) from 2001 until late 2004 and again from 2011 onwards.
The promotion was founded by former New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) stars Shinya Hashimoto and Shinjiro Otani. In 2000, Hashimoto proposed an independent promotion within NJPW called New Japan Pro Wrestling ZERO, but the idea was shot down. When Hashimoto was fired by NJPW in November 2000, he registered the Pro Wrestling ZERO-ONE name.
Zero1 has had working agreements with Pro Wrestling Noah, All Japan Pro Wrestling, New Japan Pro Wrestling, RIKIPRO, Hustle, Big Mouth Loud, King's Road and Dragondoor (now El Dorado Wrestling) which enabled Zero1 wrestlers to challenge for and hold the other promotions' titles.
On November 30, 2004 Hashimoto gave up ownership of the promotion, telling the press that due to financial problems he had decided to step away from the company. A new parent company "First On Stage" was formed consisting of President Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Ring Announcer Oki Okidata, Shinjiro Otani and a company named Baltic Curry. The promotion was renamed Pro Wrestling Zero1-Max with Otani and Nakamura taking over the general operations.
Among the major changes to the federation's structure was joining the AWA Superstars of Wrestling (now Wrestling Superstars Live) as the only Japanese member. At the same time the owner of the company's National Wrestling Alliance promoting license, New Japan Pro Wrestling, took the license back for their own use.
On September 12, 2006, Zero1-Max joined 12 other pro wrestling companies and joined the Global Professional Wrestling Alliance (GPWA), a professional wrestling alliance that fosters an environment of cooperation rather than competition. The alliance also occasionally puts on "Super Shows" where all the promotions send fighters to compete representing their own companies under the GPWA banner. Pro Wrestling Noah's CEO Mitsuharu Misawa was inaugurated as the first Chairman of the new alliance, with Zero1-Max's Yoshiyuki Nakamura announced as the company's President.
In 2008, the promotion shortened the name to Pro Wrestling Zero1. In 2011, the promotion returned to the NWA as their Japanese territory. In March 2011, NWA presented Zero1 with the NWA Pan-Pacific Premium Heavyweight Championship in celebration of the promotion's 10th anniversary. In July, Daisuke Sekimoto won the Fire Festival to become the first champion.
In 2012 an Australian division of Zero1 known as Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia opened in Adelaide taking over what was known as NWA Pro Wrestling. At the beginning of 2014 the relationship ended and the promotion is now known as Wrestle Rampage. Zero1 Hong Kong branch opened in June 2012 after Jason New returned to Hong Kong from Zero1 earlier that year. Pro Wrestling Zero1 Mexico opened its branch in September 2012 after International Pro Wrestling Alliance united with ZERO1 Japan. In 2013 Yoshiyuki Nakamura opened a new division of ZERO1 in Belarus.
On December 17, 2013, Zero1 announced a corporate restructuring taking place at the start of the new year.
|World Heavyweight Championship||Hideki Suzuki||November 1, 2015|
|NWA United National Heavyweight Championship||Masakado||December 19, 2015|
|International Junior Heavyweight Championship||Shinjiro Otani||October 11, 2015|
|NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship|
|NWA Intercontinental Tag Team Championship||Daisuke Sekimoto and Kohei Sato||June 7, 2015|
|NWA International Lightweight Tag Team Championship||Shinjiro Otani and Tatsuhito Takaiwa||September 23, 2015|
|Championship:||Last champion(s):||Date won:|
|NWA Pan-Pacific Premium Heavyweight Championship||Akebono||May 16, 2012|
|NWA Super Heavyweight Championship||Matt Ghaffari||May 16, 2012|
|Zero1 Australian National Championship||Damian Slater||November 1, 2013|
|Zero1 Irish Heavyweight Championship||Robbie Morrissey||November 1, 2013|
|Zero1 United States Heavyweight Championship||Mr. Wrestling III||November 9, 2008|
Zero1 holds a heavyweight tournament every summer in the last week of July called the "Fire Festival" (Himatsuri) where the winner holds the "Fire Sword" (a katana) for a whole year until the next summer's tournament. They also hold a Yasukuni Shrine show every April and a yearly junior tournament called the "Tenkaichi Jr."
|Tournament||Latest winner(s)||Date won|
|Fire Festival||Kohei Sato||August 2, 2015|
|Furinkazan||Masato Tanaka and Takashi Sugiura||December 24, 2014|
|Tenkaichi Jr.||Ikuto Hidaka||July 16, 2015|
|Promotion name||Location||Partnered on||Ref.|
|Zero1 USA||USA||April 29, 2014|||
|Zero1 Pro Wrestling Australia||Australia||July 24, 2014|||
|Zero1 Ireland/Fight Factory Pro Wrestling||Ireland||August 14, 2014|||
|Zero1 Scotland/Scottish Wrestling Alliance||Scotland||August 14, 2014|||
|Zero1 Spain/Super Wrestling Alliance||Spain||July 24, 2014|||
- Professional wrestling in Japan
- New Japan Pro Wrestling
- National Wrestling Alliance
- Inoki Genome Federation
- "Wrestle Rampage begins now". January 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- "Pro-Wrestling ZERO1 (Japan)". Wrestling-Titles.com.
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- ゼロワン来年から新団体名に変更. Tokyo Sports (in Japanese). December 17, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
- "ZERO1 USA". Wrestling-Titles.com.
- "NWA/ZERO1 Pro Wrestling Australia". Wrestling-Titles.com.
- "Fight Factory Pro Wrestling / NWA Ireland / ZERO1 Ireland". Wrestling-Titles.com.
- "Scottish Wrestling Alliance". Wrestling-Titles.com.
- "Super Wrestling Alliance (Spain)". Wrestling-Titles.com.
- ZERO1 Japanese language website
- ZERO1 USA English language website
- ZERO1 Hong Kong Website (Wrestling Live in Hong Kong)