August 20 in Wrestling History:
1951 - Terry McGinnis defeats Ted Travis to win the Hawaii Heavyweight Title in Honolulu. This marks the start of McGinnis' second title reign.
1954 - June Byers defeats Mildred Burke for the NWA World Women's Title in Atlanta, Georgia. The win was controversial, as the match was scheduled for three falls, but after Byers won the first fall, the one hour time limit expired, and Byers was awarded the title.
1963 - A live event held in the Ellis Auditorium in Memphis, TN featured the following results:
-Bad Boy and Billy Boy Hines defeated Bobby and Don Fields.
-Eric Steiner defeated Jesse James.
-Pat O'Conner defeated Al Greene.
-Don Greene fought Al Torres to a draw.
1963 - Crusher & Dick the Bruiser defeat Ivan & Karol Kalmikoff for the AWA World Tag Team Title in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the first of five AWA Tag Title wins for the legendary duo.
1967 - Former WWF Diva Tori is born.
1981 - Byron Saxton is born.
1986 - Alfonso Dantes defeats Cien Caras for the Mexican Heavyweight Title in Acapulco, Mexico, ending Caras' second title reign.
1987 - Kuniaki Kobayashi defeats Nobuhiko Takada in the finals of the IWGP World Junior Heavyweight Title tournament in Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
1988 - Carlos Colon defeats Ron Starr in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico to win the WWC Television Title, ending Starr's second run with the belt.
1996 - Lord Steven (William) Regal defeats Lex Luger for the WCW Television Title in Dalton, Georgia, ending Luger's second run with the belt and beginning Regal's third.
2003 - Michael Shane defeats defending champion Chris Sabin and Frankie Kazarian in the first ever "Ultimate X" match to win the TNA X Division Title in Nashville, Tennessee. The match involved hanging the title belt at the center of an "X" that was formed by two steel cables strung above the ring, and the wrestlers had to climb across the cables to get to the belt and win the match.
2006 - The nineteenth annual SummerSlam takes place in Boston, MA with the folloing results:
-Chavo Guerrero defeated Rey Mysterio
-The Big Show defeated Sabu to retain the ECW World Championship
-Hulk Hogan defeated Randy Orton
-Ric Flair defeated Mick Foley in an I Quit match
-Batista defeated King Booker by disqualification in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship
-D-Generation X defeated Vince and Shane McMahon
-Edge defeated John Cena to retain the WWE Championship
2007 - WWE officially announces that WWE Diva Search Winner Ashley Massaro would be taking part in the next edition of CBS' reality hit, Survivor. She wouldn't last long on the show.
2008 - Gail Kim departed TNA for WWE, citing to those close to her that financially, she needed to go to WWE.
2008 - A taped AAA Best of Lucha Libre PPV debuted.
2009 - In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Chris Jericho commented, "We’re in a crisis period in WWE and we need to build new guys. When Shawn Michaels came back to Raw, he said, “Whose been built since I left?” On Smackdown we’ve built [John] Morrison and [Dolph] Ziggler and Cryme Tyme. The Intercontinental title has been rebuilt now with Rey Mysterio. But I can’t tell you on Raw who has been built over the last six months. They better do it soon, because when this generation of performers is gone, who will replace them?"
2010 - Alberto Del Rio makes his debut on SmackDown and defeats Rey Mysterio.