Maples wrestler enters the ring


Chad Osinski could have been destined for a career in professional wrestling. He was born on a Monday evening and during the delivery his father watched WWE Monday Night Raw.

“You could say I had a passion for wrestling ever since I came into the world,” the 20-year-old Osinski said.

The Maples resident has been obsessed with all things wrestling since childhood, including collecting action figures, DVDs, VHS tapes, magazines and other collectibles (“you name it , I own it,” he said). Growing up, Osinski spent a lot of time watching professional wrestling with his grandfather. Although his grandfather died in 2021, Osinski promised him that he would take his “wild and crazy dream” and turn it into reality.

He will soon keep that promise with a new wrestling show: Wrestling Academy 2022.

Osinski is the only Manitoban selected to take part in the competition-style spectacle, which was designed by wrestling giant Jacques (The Mountie) Rougeau. The project — which will feature 42 Canadian wrestlers and is set to be filmed in Montreal — has garnered attention in the United States, England and Australia. He was also backed by other popular Canadian wrestlers including Bret (The Hitman) Hart, Ricky (The Dragon) Steamboat, Tito Santana, Ax and Smash of Demolition and Jake (The Snake) Roberts.

“I didn’t expect to be picked,” Osinski said. “I came across it while paying attention to wrestling news. I applied and Jacques sent me a message saying that I would be on the show. I didn’t think it was finalized until he announced me as a participant.

Osinski entered the world of professional wrestling after graduating from high school. He trained in Calgary, Alberta with former WWE, WCW and ECW Superstar Lance Storm. He has now been wrestling locally with Canadian Wrestling’s Elite for two years.

Wrestling Academy 2022 will last 12 weeks. Male, female and tag team wrestlers will compete for four prizes of $5,000 and opportunities to train at America’s wrestling training facility The Nightmare Factory. Each episode will feature a match, with viewers asked to vote for which wrestler or team they think should advance to the next round. Sixty percent of the votes come from viewers, while the remaining 40% come from the show’s judges.

“The opportunity to be seen by major league corporations in America is incredible and very likely could change the landscape of Canadian professional wrestling,” Osinski said. “I trained nonstop at the gym, followed my diet, and studied pro wrestling for this opportunity, and I won’t let anyone stop me from achieving my dreams.”

The first episode will be broadcast on April 1st on Jacques Rougeau’s YouTube channel, and the vote can be done on

Kelsey James

Kelsey James
Community journalist

Kelsey James is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. She graduated from Red River College’s Creative Communications program in 2018 with a major in Journalism and holds a BA in Rhetoric, Writing and Communications from the University of Winnipeg. A lifelong Winnipegger who grew up in southwest Winnipeg, Kelsey is thrilled to cover the neighborhoods she still calls “home”.

Robert J. King