Edwin Bibby

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Edwin Bibby
Edwin Bibby.jpg
Bibby in 1884
Born 15 November 1848 (1848-11-15)
Ashton-under-Lyne, England, United Kingdom
Died 1905 (aged 56–57)
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Edwin Bibby
Billed height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Billed weight 155 lb (70 kg)
Debut 1872
Retired 1887

Edwin Bibby (November 15, 1848–1905) was an English wrestling champion during the 1870s and 1880s.[1] He was a popular catch-as-catch-can style wrestler in his generation. He became the first American Heavyweight Champion in 1881 with a victory over Duncan C. Ross. During his career his fans also called him Ned and Eddie.

Early life in England

Bibby was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom on 15 November 1848. He married Mary Ann Connelly (age 16) in 1867 and had 13 children, only three of whom survived. He began working as a coal miner in 1871.

Bibby began his wrestling career in 1872 and quickly became a top wrestler. He performed for Queen Victoria in Prince Albert's Court in London.

Life in America

In 1879 he immigrated to America and later sent for his family. He lived in New York and later Rhode Island, and became a naturalized citizen in 1900.

On 19 January 1881, Bibby became the first American Heavyweight Champion with his victory over Duncan C. Ross. He lost that title the next year, on 7 August 1882, to Joe Acton in New York City.

Bibby's final wrestling match was against Sorakichi Matsuda, whom he defeated on 28 October 1887, in Buffalo, New York. In 1905, Bibby died from rheumatism. He is buried in Fall River, Massachusetts.

Bibby's son Tom donated the Championship silver belt that can allegedly still be found at a Lancashire museum.[1]

Notable opponents

  • Duncan C. Ross: Bibby became the first American Heavyweight Champion on 19 January 1881.
  • Clarence Whistler: Drew to Clarence Whistler twice, 19 November 1880, and 21 December 1880. He lost to Whistler on 8 June 1883.
  • William Muldoon: Lost to Muldoon 2–0 on 2 March 1881.
  • Joe Acton: Lost to Acton in 38 minutes on 7 August 1882.
  • Carl Abs: Lost to Carl Abs in Germany on 30 April 1885.
  • Sorakichi Matsuda: Defeated Sorakichi in his final fight, 28 October 1887.

Championships and accomplishments


  1. ^ a b "Edwin Bibby". All About Bibby (hosted on Google Sites). Retrieved 2011-09-03.
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