Edwin Bibby in 1884.
|Ring name(s)||Edwin Bibby|
|Billed height||5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)|
|Billed weight||155 lb (70 kg)|
|Born||November 15, 1848
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom
|Died||1905 (aged 56–57)
Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Edwin Bibby (1848–1905) 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 his fans also called him Ned and Eddie.
Early life in England
Bibby was born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, United Kingdom in 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.
Life in America
Bibby's final wrestling match was against Sorakichi Matsuda, whom he defeated on October 28, 1887, in Buffalo, New York. In 1905, Bibby died from rheumatism. He is buried in Fall River, Massachusetts.
Bibby's championship silver belt can be found at a Lancashire museum.
- Duncan C. Ross: Bibby became the first American Heavyweight Champion on January 19, 1881.
- Clarence Whistler: Drew to Clarence Whistler twice, November 19, 1880, and December 21, 1880. He lost to Whistler on June 8, 1883.
- William Muldoon: Lost to Muldoon 2–0 on March 2, 1881.
- Joe Acton: Lost to Acton in 38 minutes on August 7, 1882.
- Carl Abs: Lost to Carl Abs in Germany on April 30, 1885.
- Sorakichi Matsuda: Defeated Sorakichi in his final fight, October 28, 1887.