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Mosienko out to find her niche
By JIM BENDER - Winnipeg Sun


The granddaughter of NHL legend Billy Mosienko, Ainsley Mosienko, is learning to throw her weight around in the ring. (HANDOUT)

She has excelled in such sports as gymnastics, diving, tennis, figure skating and bowling.

Now, Ainsley Mosienko is making the natural progression to ... wrestling?

"I'm quite a sports enthusiast," the granddaughter of NHL legend Billy Mosienko said yesterday. "Ultimately, as a kid, I used to wrestle with the boys all the time, especially with my brother, Tyler. As a kid, I was just so into it and I wanted to give it a try.

"I've got a ton of energy and I wanted to be focused on a sport, and this kind of fell into my lap."

Mosienko, 25, met wrestler Bob St. Laurent (Bobby Jay) while playing baseball and he introduced her to trainer/promoter Rob Maxwell ('Really Crazy' Rob Stardom).

Mosienko, who's been training at the Steeltown Pro Wrestling gym in Selkirk for three months, will make her debut on a card at the Doubles Fun Club bar in the Travel Lodge on Fermor Avenue this Saturday.

Trouble is, she will be grappling with Bobby Jay -- who will be wearing pink tights and a blonde wig -- because the number of women in the sport is sparse.

"It will be tough because he weighs a lot more than I do," said Mosienko, who is taking the fight seriously. "He weighs about 230 pounds and I'm 5-foot-4 and 120 pounds. But it's a good character-builder for me, too. He's got a ton of experience behind him.

"It's a male-dominated sport and I'm willing to make my niche against the men."

Just don't underestimate her.

"Tyler has been more of an inspiration to me than my grandfather," said Mosienko, a real estate adjuster and single parent of a three-year-old daughter. "He had to fight his way into his (ECHL pro hockey) career because he's not very big (5-foot-8, 175). Much like me. I've just got a lot of balls."

And a lot of talent.

"She's a natural," said Maxwell. "She's got a lot of athletic ability, toughness and charisma."

Mosienko can take the hand slaps and body slams, he added.

"It's been such an awesome learning experience," she said. "I like the intensity and the focus, and I love the moves -- like the scissors kick and the hurricarana (backflip from opponent's shoulders)."

But it must be safe because it's all fake, right?

"I can see that point of view because the moves aren't there to inflict pain," Mosienko responded. "But we're still taking a beating out there and the slaps are real, too. I come home from training with red welts all over from all of the hand slaps. And I suplex 200-pound guys who sometimes fall down on my face."

Yet, women wrestling still conjures up bikini babes frolicking in mud or oil.

"As women, we're powerful and sexy creatures," Mosienko said. "But people who come see it will see that's not what this is.

"The training is tough on the body and you have to keep your body in good shape. The squats work for my 'ass-ets,' if you know what I mean ... And it would be great to have more women involved so I could kick some butt."

Admission to the eight-bout card is $12 and the doors open at 7:30 p.m.

RELATED LINK

  • Steeltown Pro Wrestling website