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For the championship defended at Pro Wrestling ZERO1-MAX, see ZERO1-MAX United National Heavyweight Championship.

The NWA United National Championship (often abbreviated to UN Championship) was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by the National Wrestling Alliance, and best known for being defended in All Japan Pro Wrestling. It was unified into the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship, along with the PWF Heavyweight Championship and the NWA International Heavyweight Championship, in 1989.

Title history

#: Name(s): Reigns: Date: Location: Notes:
1 Dale Lewis 1 October 1970 St. Louis, Missouri Won a tournament to crown the first champion.
2 Pantera Negra 1 October 23, 1970 Los Angeles, California
3 John Tolos 1 November 20, 1970 Los Angeles, California
4 Ray Mendoza 1 December 4, 1970 Los Angeles, California
5 John Tolos 2 March 1971 n/a Tolos returned the championship when the NWA decided the referee used a fast count during his title defense against Mendoza.
6 Antonio Inoki 1 March 26, 1971 Los Angeles, California
Vacated on December 13, 1971 when Inoki is fired from the JWA, the promotion to which he had brought the title from the United States.
7 King Krow 1 January 1972 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Defeated Sailor Thomas in a fictitious tournament final.
8 Seiji Sakaguchi 1 February 11, 1972 Los Angeles, California
9 The Sheik 1 September 6, 1972 Tokyo, Japan
10 Seiji Sakaguchi 2 September 7, 1972 Osaka, Japan
11 Johnny Valentine 1 February 3, 1973 Yokohama, Japan
12 Akihisa Takachiho 1 March 8, 1973 Sano, Japan
Deactivated on April 14, 1973 when the JWA closed.
13 Jumbo Tsuruta 1 August 28, 1976 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Jack Brisco in an AJPW tournament final to revive the championship.
14 Billy Robinson 1 March 5, 1977 Akita, Japan
15 Jumbo Tsuruta 2 March 23, 1977 Miami, Florida
16 Dick Murdoch 1 February 23, 1980 Kagoshima, Japan
17 Jumbo Tsuruta 3 March 5, 1980 Kuroiso, Japan
18 Abdullah the Butcher 1 October 13, 1980 Nagoya, Japan
19 Jumbo Tsuruta 4 January 22, 1981 Nirasaki, Japan
20 Harley Race 1 August 1, 1982 Tokyo, Japan
21 Jumbo Tsuruta 5 October 24, 1982 Kitami, Japan
Vacated on June 17, 1983 so Tsuruta could focus on winning the NWA International Heavyweight Championship.
22 Ted DiBiase 1 October 14, 1983 Sasebo, Japan Defeated Jerry Lawler in a tournament final via forfeit; wrestled Genichiro Tenryu for his first title defense instead.
23 Michael Hayes 1 January 28, 1984 Athens, Georgia
24 David Von Erich 1 February 3, 1984 Dallas, Texas
Vacated on February 10, 1984 when Von Erich dies of an apparent heart attack.
25 Genichiro Tenryu 1 February 23, 1984 Tokyo, Japan Defeated Ricky Steamboat in a tournament final.
Voluntarily vacated in February 1986 when Tenryu is pinned by Yoshiaki Yatsu in a tag team match.
26 Genichiro Tenryu 2 April 26, 1986 Ōmiya-ku, Japan Defeated Ted DiBiase in a tournament final. Tenryu won the PWF Heavyweight Championship on March 9, 1988.
27 Stan Hansen 1 July 27, 1988 Nagano, Japan Also won the PWF Heavyweight Championship.
28 Jumbo Tsuruta 6 April 18, 1989 Tokyo, Japan Retained the NWA International Heavyweight Championship and won the PWF Heavyweight Championship and the UN Championship.
Title was unified with Tsuruta's NWA International Heavyweight Championship and with Hansen's PWF Heavyweight Championship and UN championship to create the AJPW Triple Crown Heavyweight Championship.

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