This Day In Wrestling History – September 20th‏

Sep 20, 2013 - by Jamie Cruickshank


2004 – Christy Hemme wins the first televised (second overall) WWE Diva Search. Other participants included Michelle McCool and Maria Kanellis


In 1968, the EMLL 35th Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– El Santo & Rey Mendoza defeat Angel Blanco & Dr Wagner
– Rene Guajardo defeats Tony Oxford to retain the NWA Middleweight Title
– Karloff Lagarde defeats Blue Demon to retain the NWA Welterweight Title

In 1974, the EMLL 41st Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Anibal defeats El Cobarde to win the vacant NWA Middleweight Title
– Dr Wagner & El Blanco defeat Super Star & Enrique Vera in a Mask vs Hair Match

In 1996, the CMLL 63rd Anniversary Show was held in Mexico City

– Lioness Asuka defeats Lola Gonzales to win the TWF Womens Title
– Lizmark, Lizmark Jr & Olimpico defeat Satanico, Scorpio Jr & Bestia Salvaje
– Dos Caras, Silver King & Atlantis defeat Miguel Perez Jr, Emilio Charles Jr & El Canek
– Negro Casas defeats El Hijo Del Santo
– Rayo de Jalisco Jr defeats Gran Markus Jr to retain the CMLL Heavyweight Title

In 1997, WWF One Night Only was held in Birmingham, England. It aired only in Europe and Canada, but was later released on VHS in the US

– The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) defeat Los Boricuas (Savio Vega & Miguel Perez Jr) to retain the WWF Tag Team Titles
– Vader defeats Owen Hart
– Bret Hart defeats The Undertaker by DQ to retain the WWF Title
– Shawn Michaels defeats The British Bulldog to win the WWF European Title

In 2009, TNA No Surrender was held in Orlando, Florida

– Taylor Wilde & Sarita defeat The Beautiful People (Velvet Sky & Madison Rayne) to become the first TNA Knockouts Tag Team Champions
– Samoa Joe defeats Christopher Daniels to retain the TNA X-Division Title
– ODB defeats Cody Deaner to win the vacant TNA Knockouts Title
– Kevin Nash defeats Abyss to retain the TNA Legends Title and claim the $50,000 bounty on Abyss from Dr Stevie
– Beer Money Inc (James Storm & Robert Roode) & Team 3D (Brother Ray & Brother Devon) defeat The Main Event Mafia (Scott Steiner & Booker T) & The British Invasion (Doug Williams & Brutus Magnus) in a Lethal Lockdown Match
– AJ Styles defeats Kurt Angle, Matt Morgan, Sting & Hernandez to win the TNA World Title

Title Changes

1978 – Jose Lothario defeats Assassin #1 to win the TSW Louisiana Title

1985 – The Von Erichs (Kerry & Kevin) defeat The Dynamic Duo (Gino Hernandez & Chris Adams) to win the vacant WCCW American Tag Team Titles

1989 – Masa Saito & Shinya Hashimoto defeat Riki Choshu & Takayuki Iizuka to win the IWGP Tag Team Titles

1993 – Shinya Hashimoto defeats The Great Muta to win the IWGP Heavyweight Title

1993 – Jerry Lawler defeats Tatanka to win the USWA Unified World Heavyweight Title

1997 – Devil Masami defeats Zero to win the vacant WCW Womens Title. Also, Sugar Sato defeats Yoshiko Tamura to win the vacant WCW Womens Cruiserweight Title

1997 – The Gangstanators (New Jack & Kronus) defeat The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray & D-Von) to win the ECW Tag Team Titles

1999 – on Raw, Mr McMahon vacates the WWF Title. Also, The Rock n Sock Connection (The Rock & Mankind) defeat The Unholy Alliance (The Undertaker & The Big Show) in a Dark Side Rules Match to win the WWF Tag Team Titles

2003 – The Backseat Boyz (Johnny Kashmere & Trent Acid) win a Gauntlet Match to win the vacant ROH Tag Team Titles

2007 – D’Lo Brown & Buchanan win a 4-team Round Robin Tournament to win the GHC Tag Team Titles

2008 – Adam Pearce defeats Brent Albright to win the NWA World Title


Happy birthday to WWE Hall of Famers Arn Anderson (55) and Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine (62), 2-time AWA Light Heavyweight Champion Mike Graham (62), 5-time WW(W)F Tag Team Champion Tony Garea (67), 6-time WWA Womens Champion Megumi Kudo (44) and former ECW personality Joel Gertner (38)

In Memoriam

One year ago today, the wrestling world lost former NWA United States Tag Team Champion ‘Handsome’ Johnny Barend aged 72. Barend served in the Navy towards the end of World War II and began wrestling whilst on active duty. Upon leaving the Navy, he trained under Ed Don George and would go on to make his professional wrestling debut in Buffalo in 1948. His first notable run began in the mid-1950’s, when he tagged with Enrique Torres. The pair failed to win gold, but it was a perfect platform from which to launch Barend’s career. He would go on to compete and win NWA/AWA championships in San Francisco, Ohio, Indiana, New York and Detroit, though it was in Hawaii where he found most success, winning a mammoth 13 championships on the islands. He also competed briefly for the WWWF, winning their United States Title, before a falling-out with McMahon over money led to Barend leaving the promotion. Barend retired from wrestling in the early 1970’s and operated a collection of rental cottages in Rochester, NY before shuttering them in 1995. His final major wrestling appearance came a year later at WCW’s Ilio DiPaolo Memorial show, which he almost failed to attend as the arena security had no idea who he was! Barend lived out a quiet retirement in Avon, New York and died peacefully at his home

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