Acton began wrestling in his native Great Britain during the 1870s defeating Tom Connors to become the first World Catch-as-Catch-Can Heavyweight Champion on 12 December 1881.
We’re pumped to announce that this Friday, February 23rd, Elite3 will be streaming Yeah Jam Fury: U, Me, Everybody! In case you’re unfamiliar with Elite3, they’re mostly known for their Pokemon ‘Bridged’ video series. In one of his final matches, at age 59, Action faced Tokugoro Ito in a jacketed wrestling match at the Grand Opera House in Seattle, Washington on 11 May, 1911. 8 June 1882 2.) Lewis and Acton: “The Strangler Finally Gets The Better of His Famous Adversary,” Chicago Tribune 12 April 1887 3.) “World Catch as Catch Can Heavyweight Title (19th Century)- Puroresu Dojo 2003 Tom Connors (16 February, 1861 – 1939) A Strong Man Who Claimed Highest Honors in the Middle Weight Class. He was a splendid specimen of the fully developed athlete, and had a chest measurement of forty-two inches.Although he had previous experience in jujitsu-style fighting having faced British judoka Yukio Tanai in 1904, he lost to Ito in two bouts, in three and two minutes respectively. Tom Connors, once middle weight champion wrestler of the world, was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England, the famous nursery of catch-as-catch-can wrestlers, Feb. Connors had perhaps the best record of any wrestler that ever lived, as out of 110 matches he only suffered defeat on three occasions.From then till he reached his twentieth birthday he had wrestled fifty-eight matches without sustaining a single defeat. 13, 1882, he defeated Ike Smith in a match for the championship, Smith having previously wrested the title from Joe Acton, the “Little Demon.” Ike, not being satisfied, challenged Connors to another meeting, which occurred two months later. He returned to England in July of the same year, where he remained till Sept. Arriving in New York nine days later, he issued a Challenge to Joe Acton or any other man in America.He then defeated Edwin Bibby in November, and bested Chadwick, Mc Mahon and Scheller in the order named.Bibby’s final wrestling match was against Sorakichi Matsuda, whom he defeated on October 28, 1887, in Buffalo, New York. Source: “Edwin Bibby”, All about Bibby (Google Sites).