|Born||15 November 1848|
Ashton-under-Lyne, England, United Kingdom
|Died||5 May 1905 (aged 56)|
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)|
Edwin Bibby (15 November 1848 – 5 May 1905) was an English wrestling champion during the 1870s and 1880s. 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 he was also known as 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. They had 13 children, only three of whom survived. He began working as a coal miner in 1871.
Life in America
Bibby's final wrestling match was against Sorakichi Matsuda, whom he defeated on 28 October 1887, in Buffalo, New York. On 5 May 1905, Bibby died from rheumatism at the age of 56. He is buried in Saint Patrick's Cemetery in Bristol, Fall River, Massachusetts alongside his wife Mary Ann who died in 1929 and their son Thomas who died in 1950.
Bibby's son Tom donated the Championship silver belt that can allegedly still be found at a Lancashire museum.
- 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
- Catch wrestling
- World Catch-as-Catch-Can Championship (1 time)
- American Catch-as-Catch-can Championship (1 time)
- Professional Wrestling
- "Edwin Bibby". All About Bibby (hosted on Google Sites). Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Bibby throws Ross.; Winning a match with the giant-- three out of five falls gained". The New York Times. 20 January 1881. p. 5. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
- "Edwin Bibby Died: 5 May 1905 BillionGraves Record". Archived from the original on 5 July 2019.
- "World Heavyweight Title (Great Britain)". Wrestling-Titles.com. Retrieved 5 October 2019.