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American Heavyweight Championship
The American Heavyweight Wrestling Championship was the first heavyweight professional wrestling championship A championship or title in professional wrestling is a recognition promoted by Professional wrestling promotion, professional wrestling organizations. Championship reigns are determined by professional wrestling match types, professional wrestli ... in the United States The United States of America (U.S.A. or USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US) or America, is a country Continental United States, primarily located in North America. It consists of 50 U.S. state, states, a Washington, D.C., .... The title existed from 1881 through approximately 1922.https://www.nytimes.com/1881/01/20/archives/bibby-throws-ross-winning-a-match-with-the-giant-three-out-of-five.html Title history See also *Professional wrestling in the United States Professional wrestling in the United States, until the 1920s, was viewed as a legitimate sport. This view did no ...
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Edwin Bibby
Edwin Bibby (15 November 1848 – 5 May 1905) was an English wrestling champion during the 1870s and 1880s. He was a popular Catch wrestling, catch-as-catch-can style wrestler in his generation. He became the first American Heavyweight Championship, 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. 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 United States, America and later sent for his family. He lived in New York (state), New York and later Rhode Island, and became a naturalized citizen in 1900. On 19 January 1881, B ...
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Ernest Roeber
Ernest Roeber (September 1861 – April 30, 1944) was a German German(s) may refer to: Common uses * of or related to Germany * Germans, Germanic ethnic group, citizens of Germany or people of German ancestry * For citizens of Germany, see also German nationality law * German language The German la ...-American American(s) may refer to: * American, something of, from, or related to the United States of America, commonly known as the United States The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S. or US), or America, is ... professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a type of athletic exhibition and entertainment involving wrestling matches whose progress and outcome are planned in advance, typically between performers with established character roles. The wrestling matches are base ... who held the European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship The World/American Greco-Roman Heavyweight Championship and the World/European ...
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Minneapolis
Minneapolis () is a city in the U.S. state of Minnesota. With a population of 429,954 as of 2020 United States census, 2020, it is the most populous city in the state and the 46th most populous in the nation. The county seat of Hennepin County, Minneapolis lies along both banks of the Mississippi River, just north of its confluence with the Minnesota River, and adjoins Saint Paul, the state's capital. With one of the nation's best park systems, the city is abundant in water, with list of lakes in Minneapolis, thirteen lakes, wetlands, the Mississippi River, creeks and waterfalls, many connected by parkways in the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. The city and surrounding region is the largest population and primary business center between Chicago and Seattle. Minneapolis was historically a marketplace for timber, became the flour mill (grinding), milling capital of the world, and, to the present day, preserved its financial clout. Seven counties encompassing Minneapolis and i ...
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Henry Ordemann
Henry may refer to: People *Henry (given name) *Henry (surname) * Henry Lau, Canadian singer and musician who performs under the mononym Henry Royalty * Portuguese royalty ** King-Cardinal Henry, King of Portugal ** Henry, Count of Portugal, Henry of Burgundy, Count of Portugal (father of Portugal's first king) ** Prince Henry the Navigator, Infante of Portugal ** Infante Henrique, Duke of Coimbra (born 1949), the sixth in line to Portuguese throne * King of Germany **Henry the Fowler (876–936), first king of Germany * King of Scots (in name, at least) ** Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley (1545/6–1567), consort of Mary, queen of Scots ** Henry Benedict Stuart, the 'Cardinal Duke of York', brother of Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was hailed by Jacobites as Henry IX * Four kings of Castile: **Henry I of Castile **Henry II of Castile **Henry III of Castile **Henry IV of Castile * Five kings of France, spelt ''Henri'' in Modern French since the Renaissance to italianize the name and to ...
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Georg Hackenschmidt
Georg Karl Julius Hackenschmidt ( – 19 February 1968) was an early 20th-century Estonian Estonian may refer to: *Something of, from, or related to Estonia, a country in the Baltic region in northern Europe *Estonians, people from Estonia, or of Estonian descent *Estonian language *Estonian cuisine *Estonian culture See also * * La ... strongman, professional wrestler Professional wrestling is a form of entertainment and performing art, which combines athletics with performance. It comprises of exhibitions, called 'matches', held by touring companies called Professional wrestling promotion, promotions, in ..., author An author is the creator or originator of any written work such as a book A book is a medium for recording information Information is processed, organised and structured data Data (; ) are individual facts, statistics, or item ..., and sports philosopher who is recognized as professional wrestling's first world heavyweight champion ...
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New Orleans
New Orleans (,New Orleans
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Fred Beell
Fred A. Beell (January 17, 1876 – August 5, 1933) was a Germany, German-born United States, American professional wrestler and police officer. Early life Fred Beell was born in West Prussia, Province of Prussia on January 17, 1876. When he was three years old, his family migrated to the United States, settling in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He attended Immanual Lutheran School as a child, and at the age of fourteen he began working at the Upham mill in Marshfield. Beell joined the United States Army, serving in the Spanish–American War. He married Anna Scheren on August 6, 1902. Professional wrestling career Beell first became a professional wrestler in the late 1890s, during a time when professional wrestlers would fight numerous Exhibition game, exhibition matches each month, keeping them on the road constantly. On February 3, 1900, Beell defeated Ed Adamson, winning $238.50 for the match. On April 9, 1900, Beell defeated William West to become the Northwest Wrestling Champion. ...
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Kansas City, Mo
Kansas City (abbreviated KC or KCMO) is the largest city in Missouri Missouri is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of State * The State (newspaper), ''The State'' (newspaper), a daily newspaper in ... by population and area. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city had a population of 508,090 in 2020, and was the 36th most-populous city in the United States as of the 2020 census. It is the most populated municipality and historic core city of the Kansas City metropolitan area The Kansas City metropolitan area is a bi-state metropolitan area A metropolitan area or metro is a region consisting of a densely populated urban core Urban means "related to a city". In that sense, the term may refer to: * Urban area ..., which straddles the Kansas Kansas () is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State ...
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Worcester, Mass
Worcester ( ) is a city in, and county seat of, Worcester County, Massachusetts, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States. Named after Worcester, England, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, as of the 2020 United States census, 2020 Census the city's population was 206,518, making it the second-List of cities by population in New England, most populous city in New England after Boston. Worcester is approximately west of Boston, east of Springfield, Massachusetts, Springfield and north-northwest of Providence, Rhode Island, Providence. Due to its location near the geographic center of Massachusetts, Worcester is known as the "Heart of the Commonwealth;" a heart is the official symbol of the city. Worcester developed as an industrial city in the 19th century due to the Blackstone Canal and rail transport, producing machinery, textiles and wire. Large numbers of European immigrants made up the city's growing population. However, the city's manufacturing base waned followin ...
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Yusuf İsmail
Yusuf İsmail (1857 – July 4, 1898), also known as Youssouf Ishmaelo, was a Turkish people, Turkish professional wrestler who competed in Europe and the United States as Yusuf Ismail the Terrible Turk during the 1890s. During his lifetime, native Turks knew him as ''Şumnulu Yusuf Pehlivan''. However, writer Rıza Tevfik posthumously awarded him the honorific ''Koca'' ("Great"), and thus he was later remembered as Koca Yusuf. Known for his massive size and brute strength, he was recognized as one of the top three strongmen in the world by Alan Calvert, a pioneer of American weight training, and photographer Edmond Desbonnet during the turn of the century. Prior to his arrival in the United States, he remained undefeated in his near four-year career and successfully challenged Evan Lewis (wrestler), Evan "Strangler" Lewis for the American Heavyweight Championship in 1898. Yusuf Ismail was the original wrestler to be known as "the Terrible Turk", but several others, including Kız ...
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