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This Day In Wrestling History – July 20th‏



Events

In 2008, WWE held the final Great American Bash in Uniondale, New York. The event would be renamed to The Bash for 2009. It was also the final PPV before the company moved to a PG rating

– Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder defeat John Morrison & The Miz, Jesse & Festus and Finlay & Hornswoggle in a Fatal Four Way Match to win the WWE Tag Team Titles
– Shelton Benjamin defeats Matt Hardy to win the WWE United States Title
– Mark Henry defeats Tommy Dreamer to retain the ECW World Title
– Michelle McCool defeats Natalya to become the first WWE Divas Champion
– CM Punk fought Batista to a double-DQ after Kane attacked both men. As a result, Punk retains the World Heavyweight Title
– JBL defeats John Cena in a New York City Parking Lot Brawl
– Triple H defeats Edge to retain the WWE Title

Title Changes

1963 – Verne Gagne defeats The Crusher to win the AWA World Title

1973 – Jack Brisco defeats Harley Race to win the NWA World Title

1979 – Gino Hernandez & El Gran Markus defeat Jose Lothario & El Halcon to win the WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1986 – Eddie Gilbert & Sting defeat The Fantastics (Bobby Fulton & Tommy Rogers) to win the UWF Tag Team Titles

1992 – The Natural Disasters (Earthquake & Typhoon) defeat Money Inc (Ted DiBiase & Irwin R Schyster) to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

1992 – Eddie Gilbert defeats Ricky Morton to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1998 – on Nitro, Scott Hall & The Giant defeat Sting & Kevin Nash to win the WCW Tag Team Titles. Also, Bret Hart defeats Diamond Dallas Page to win the WCW United States Title

2000 – Tatsuhito Takaiwa defeats Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Also, Ten-Koji (Hiroyoshi Tenzan & Koji Kanemoto) defeat Manabu Nakanishi & Yuji Nagata to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

2001 – Masayuki Narase defeats Minoru Tanaka to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title. Also, Gedo & Jado defeat El Samurai & Jushin Liger to win the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Titles

Birthdays

Happy birthday to former WCW Cruiserweight Champion ‘Above Average’ Mike Sanders (42)

In Memoriam

On this day in 1998, the wrestling world lost former NWA and AWA Womens Champion June Byers aged 76. Byers was forced to retire from the ring aged 41 due to injuries suffered in a car accident, injuries which caused her to suffer from double vision later in life. After her son died, Byers was reportedly never the same again, and she eventually succumbed to pneumonia


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