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The National Police Gazette: New York – September 9, 1882

None of the would-be champion wrestlers has covered Joe Acton’s money.

Edwin Bibby and Hoefler, the wrestlers, have joined the Sullivan combination. Continue reading

Edwin Bibby

The National Police Gazette: New York – February 9, 1884



This noted athlete, whose name is a household word in the wrestling world, is a native of England, and he has figured in numerous matches both in England and America.  His most important matches were with Joe Acton, the Little Demon.  Bibby’s first match with Acton was for £25, and Acton won, on Dec. 27, 1873. Continue reading

A Wrestling Farce

The Evening Telegram – March 11, 1884

Sorakichi Astonishes Bibby By His Lightning Tricks.

About four hundred persons assembled at Clarendon Hall last night to witness a wrestling match on which it was said the sum of $400 stake money depended.  The men engaged for the performance were Edwin Bibby and Matsada Sorakichi, who claims to be the champion of Japan.  They had previously wrestled in catch-as-catch-can style at Irving Hall, when Bibby won easily, the Jap having no knowledge of that way of wrestling.  Last night the tables were turned when Bibby undertook to meet Sorakichi at the latter’s game of Japanese wrestling.  According to Japanese rules the men enter the nine foot circle and the first to go outside the lines loses the fall, or should either of the contestants touch the floor with any part of the body except the feet it is a fall.  “Pop” Whitaker was chosen referee and endeavored to find out what the rules were but Bibby did not know and Sorakichi could not speak English.  In sheer despair Whitaker called “time,” and the men, stripped to the waist, faced one another.  The Jap at once rushed Bibby across to the side of the stage, then turned round and threw up his hands to claim a fall.  Bibby clutched him around the neck, but the Jap carried him across the stage and hung on to the ropes.  The Englishman continued to haul away at the Jap till Captain McCullagh told him to stop.  Another attempt was then made to get at an understanding regarding the rules.  Bibby said he knew nothing about any nine foot ring, but he would wrestle “anything down a fall.”  Sorakichi consulted with a Japanese lady and gentleman in the audience, and Bibby’s terms were accepted as binding.  Time was called again, the men faced each other, the Jap jumped at Bibby, then jumped back again and the Englishman came forward on his hands and knees, whereupon Sorakichi gave him a resounding spank on his back – the whole occupying six seconds.  The audience roared with laughter, and even Bibby joined in at the idea of his being tricked so easily.  The second fall was taken by the Jap in 26 ¼ seconds, and a third in 10 ¼ seconds.  The latter was not allowed, for some reason not altogether plain to the onlookers, and Sorakichi held up four fingers to indicate he had already won four falls.  He obliged again, however, and this time Bibby stood up straighter and got a neck and arm hold, but before he knew what was the matter the wily Jap jumped back and Bibby was down on his hands and knees.  Time, 52 ¼ seconds.  This fall was allowed and ended the match, which was the best three in five falls.

A Brutal Wrestling Match

The New York Times – February 24, 1880

Between Edwin Bibby And Samuel Perry.

Bibby Wins Two Successive Falls.

Edwin Bibby, the celebrated English wrestler, who defeated Andre Christol in three contests, both in this City and Boston, wrestled with Samuel Perry, and English athlete, who arrived in this country two weeks ago, in a private room over O’Connor’s Billiard Hall, in Union-square, yesterday afternoon, for a purse of $300.  The match was the best two out of three falls, Devonshire style, catch as catch can, the English rules being strictly enforced.  The Devonshire style of wrestling is the most exhausting of any, kicking being allowed, and every class of hold permitted except by the neck.  The admission tickets to the match yesterday were limited to 150, and the spectators were chiefly composed of Wall-street brokers and downtown merchants.  When the men were stripped for the encounter, it was seen that Perry, though heavier than Bibby, was not in such fine condition, and Bibby became the favorite in the betting at odds of one hundred against seventy-five, which was soon increased to one hundred against fifty.  Mr. J. Develin acted as umpire for Perry, and Mr. S. Crum for Bibby.  William Muldoon was chosen referee.  After some fencing the men clinched, and for 22 minutes a struggle of the greatest fierceness followed.  Bibby forced the wrestling from the beginning, and clung to Perry with the bull-dog tenacity which astonished the sporting men who witnessed his first match with Christol.  Finally he secured a grape-vine lock on Perry and threw the latter heavily, securing first fall.  Both men were much exhausted, Perry being in the worst condition.  A rest of 25 minutes was allowed after which the contest was resumed.  The second bout, which was marked by the same earnestness as the first, lasted 25 minutes, when Bibby cross-buttocked Perry, falling on him heavily.  Blood started from Perry’s nose and mouth, and his friends carried him to a dressing-room.  The referee accordingly awarded Bibby the match and purse.


Otago Witness – April 17, 1886

The “catch-as-catch-can wrestling match between Matsada Sorakichi, the Japanese, and Evan Lewis, appropriately named “The Strangler,” took place at Central Music Hall, Chicago (Ill.), on February 15. The hall was crowded, and when the wrestlers faced each other for the first bout 3000 people cheered them. After a couple of unsuccessful manoeuvres on both sides, Lewis got the Japanese on his stomach, and placing his knee on the calf of the Jap’s leg seized his foot with both hands and began bending the foot in such a manner as to wrench the ankle out of the socket. A shout of indignation rose from the crowd at this inhuman treatment. The Jap., compelled by the pain to give in, was turned over on his back, and lay there unable to rise to his feet, and was carried off the stage in the arms of his trainer, Edwin Bibby. The referee (Mr Palmer) awarded the match to Lewis. Lewis appears to have no science, and relies solely on his superior weight and brute force to carry his point. Though no bone is fractured, one of the chords of the Jap.’s leg is broken, and all the muscles are so strained and twisted that Sorakichi is more badly hurt than if the limb had been actually broken. He will not be able to use the limb for some weeks.

Evan Lewis, who in the match with Matsada Sorakichi, at Chicago, disabled the Japanese wrestler, appeared on February 23 at the Olympic Theatre, Chicago, in an exhibition wrestling match with Edwin Bibby. The immense audience greeted the introduction of Lewis with groans and hisses, calling on Bibby to “break his leg.” Lewis bore the hissing calmly. When he threw Bibby the hissing was renewed. After the performance Lewis said to Charles E. Davis that time would change public opinion, and that lovers of sport would at least give him credit for being honest in his matches and doing his utmost to win in accordance with the rules under which he was contesting.

The Strangler Throws Bibby

The New York Times – February 24, 1886

CHICAGO, Feb. 23.–Evan Lewis, “the Strangler,” who in the recent match with Sorakichi disabled the Japanese wrestler, appeared last night at the Olympic Theatre in an exhibition wrestling match with Edwin Bibby.  The immense audience greeted the introduction of Lewis with groans and hisses, calling on Bibby to “break his leg.”  Lewis bore his reception calmly. When he threw Bibby the hissing was renewed. After the performance Lewis said to Charles E. Davis that time would change public opinion and that lovers of sport would at least give him credit for being honest In his matches and doing his utmost to win in accordance with the rules under which he was contesting.

The Champion Wrestler Thrown

The New York Times – September 4, 1882

ELMIRA, Sept. 3. – Edwin Bibby, champion rough-and-tumble wrestler of the United States threw William Muldoon, of New-York, champion of the world, in a match at the Allegany County Fair, at Angelica, yesterday.  Previous to the match Muldoon offered $500 and the championship badge to any man who could throw him.  He threw Bibby in the first round, Graeco-Roman, in 10 minutes, but Bibby came off victor in the second round, catch as catch can, in 5 minutes.