Rob Chapman got his start in total Xtreme wrestling (tXw) in 2005 and wrestled for places like Future of Wrestling (FOW) and Extreme Wrestling Impact (EWI) early on in his career. Some time between 2007 and 2008, Rob would join the Two Worlds Wrestling Federation, and from that point on, would not wrestle anywhere else until the promotion's death in late 2012, becoming a mainstay. He was 2WWF's first ever LionHeart Champion, and is the second-longest reigning 2WWF LionHeart Champion of all time, behind Danny Diamond. He is also a 2-time World Champion and a former Internet Champion.
After the promotion's death in 2012, Rob worked for the short-lived Colorado River Wrestling, followed by a brief stint in the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance under the name of Gaiden, employing a martial arts oriented moveset. During this time there, his one and only loss came in an early match against Sean Young, which was, ironically, for a revived LionHeart Championship. His time in the Alliance ended in controversial fashion, as, the same week he was due to recieve a title shot against then-Champion (and fellow XWA Hall of Famer) T.K., Chapman, along with about half the roster, was part of a walkout due to poor working conditions, following which, he and the rest of the dissatisfied roster were released from their contracts. Following the walkout, Rob, along with several 2WWF Alumni and XWA walkouts signed on for a revival of the 2 Worlds Wrestling Federation. Rob spent less than a year with the promotion before leaving to undergo rehab for a neck injury sustained all the way back in 2009.
Rob would return to the Alliance, following major changes to that federation, for a one-off in 2013. He wrestled a 60 Minute Ironman match against Danny Diamond, who was on his way out of the promotion. The match would go on to win the Alliance's Match of the Year award. He briefly popped up in the Xtreme Wrestling Association later that year for a short run, in which he briefly re-ignited his feud with Danny Diamond, and entered the Lord of the Ring tournament, where he would be eliminated in the first round by Satine X. After this, Rob took some time off from wrestling on national television to help open a wrestling school in Halifax, Nova Scotia- the C4 Academy- along with his father, Jeffrey, his brother, Michael, and fellow 2WWF Alum, Ethan Cross.
In 2014, Rob returned to the Xtreme Wrestling Alliance for about a year. Rob would clash with superstars such as Danny Diamond, D.C. Hennig, and Akira Kobayashi, whom he feuded with off and on. During this time, Rob won the XWA Intercontinental Championship (which he would eventually lose to Kobayashi), and in the process, because the Alliance's longest-reigning Intercontinental Champion of all time at 182 days. He left at the end of his contract, shortly before the promotion closed its doors in 2015. Rob would spend the rest of the year, and the first half of 2016 operating his school, training young wrestlers, and occasionally wrestling for Elite Japanese Pro Wrestling (EJPW) as a special attraction.
He would return to the Xtreme Wrestling Association in April of 2016, debuting at the "Once Upon A Time In Mexico" Supershow, defeating Dante Cross. He would wrestle Diamond Jack Sabbath at the following Supershow, in the first and only clash of their careers, losing to DJS following a tremendous effort. He became the first person in XWA history to hit Sabbath with his own finisher- the Crown Kick- and used it as a back-pocket finishing maneuver for the rest of his 2016 run. Following the loss to Sabbath, Chapman successfully challenged Jerod Barnez for the XWA Supreme Championship at the second night of the 2016 Lord of the Ring, after delivering the finshing move of his father's long-time rival, Ace Acid, (a Go To Sleep) wearing a loaded kneepad. Following his victory, the world witnessed the birth of the ELITE faction in XWA when Chapman, Ace Acid, Mark Storey, LX-Tim, and Sean Young systematically destroyed Jerod Barnez's father, Thomas, in front of a helpless, barely-conscious Jerod, forcibly tied to the ring ropes. This beatdown ended the career of Thomas Barnez, sent Jerod Barnez on a warpath (which would lead to another collision for the Supreme Championship at XWA Legends 2016, and unknowingly, set in motion the wrestling career of Kaida Kagome (at the behest of Troy Spencer).
Rob never spoke in front of the XWA fans again for as long as ELITE reigned. ELITE would dominate all comers until LX-Tim fell at the hands of Jerod Barnez... and suddenly, Ace Acid and Mark Storey were nowhere to be found. Sean Young retired at Legends, and Jerod took his title back from the reigning Supreme Champion, Rob Chapman, avenging his father's career. Somewhat unexpectedly, not only did Rob Chapman not get his rematch with Jerod Barnez, but he disappeared from the promotion entirely, other than a brief, disheveled appearance that was just as quickly forgotten.
Unexpectedly, in November of 2017, Rob Chapman was announced as an inductee to the XWA Hall of Fame. He made an appearance at the LEGENDS Press Conference, only for the broadcast to end abruptly. He wasn't seen again until XWA No Man's Land 2018, following a series of cryptic videos that informed viewers "The End Is Coming". Chapman made his unexpected return by absolutely demolishing Terrance Ainley. Soon thereafter, at Massacre Beach Break, Chapman locked up with longtime friend and rival Danny Diamond in a match that saw the long-time friendship seemingly end, with Rob refusing to let himself be a footnote for Danny to retire on, absolutely brutalizing Diamond before putting him away with the Sunday Crush. But that ferocity didn't last long. Chapman began engaging in unexpected and previously unseen behaviours. Threatening the wife of Alex Kincaid. Cutting a promo from his hotel room to re-ignite a years-dead rivalry with Joey Miles. His wrestling style began to change. He stopped caring about there being any grace and fluidity to his moves and just started hitting people with formless, nihilistic offence. After a loss to Albion Gale, Chapman no-showed an advertised Supershow bout against A.J. Morales, then disappeared from the XWA entirely, right up until the build to Legends, when he gave a half-hearted farewell to the Battlezone, offering apologies to A.J., Danny Diamond, and throwing in his two cents regarding the feud between Danny Diamond and Sean Young.
As it turned out, Rob's mental health was in tatters, and it had been ever since 2016. What started as burnout during the run of ELITE slowly coalesced until it resulted in him suffering a mental breakdown in 2018, the week he was scheduled to wrestle A.J. Morales. After being tested by several medical officials, the decision was made. Rob Chapman was not medically cleared to wrestle anymore. He kept it to himself, and went home to be with his family, full-time, at the end of 2018. He could not legally return to work full-time, and thus, ended up having to offload the responsibility of running the C4 Academy on the other three owners. Ethan Cross, who had just had what many considered to be his breakout performance against his own student, Jace Albright, at XWA Legends 2019, shouldered the majority of it by choice, stepping away from his wrestling career to take over the day-to-day operations of the school while Rob went on disability pension, went to therapy, and began taking medication for severe mental illness.
In May of 2020- 2 years after his initial return to XWA- Rob appeared on Massacre #53 to tell his story, and to share that he had finally been cleared to return to a wrestling ring, after dedicating a year and a half to take care of himself. It was in this moment that the events ELITE had set in motion manifested, as Troy Spencer made his way out to mock what he saw as excuses for getting sympathy, when, four years prior, Chapman had participated in beating a forty-something year old man senseless to the point that he could no longer continue his career. Spencer challenged him to a match at the upcoming Supershow, XWA: On A Pole. The match was advertised right up until the night of the show, and then... never happened. No explanation was ever given; Troy moved on to participate in the Lord of the Ring Tournament, and later won the Omega Championship. No mention was ever made of the incident again until Chapman returned at Massacre #59 and explained that Spencer had politicked his way into getting the match cancelled on show night.
Rob is in the best shape he's been in in years, both physically and mentally, and seems ready to get back into the thick of it with fresh crop of XWA talent. Time will tell what he has planned.