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We have spent a great deal of time today making some highly requested enhancements and improvements to our streaming platform, riseascent.com. This site is not only home to new episodes of RISE – ASCENT every Wednesday, but also our entire video archive of past events.

We have now added chapter markers for all matches, interviews, segments and video packages. Now, for fans seeking specific wrestlers or teams, navigating the site will be easier than ever! Want to binge on Rosemary or Toni Storm matches? Simply type their names into the search field and click “chapters” and have every match at your fingertips.

Also, development is nearly complete for RISE – ASCENT Apps for both Android and iOS platforms, putting RISE on the vast majority of smartphones and tablets on the market! Once development has finished, we merely await the approval processes and RISE should be in App Stores worldwide!

A bit further down the road, we are in pre-development phases that will bring RISE – ASCENT to Apple TV and Roku devices.

Soon, RISE will be available on virtually all internet-connected devices!

Happy searching, and happy streaming, all via riseascent.com!

 

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It is a call no one ever wants to receive from someone they care deeply about. As many of our fans know, I have received four of those calls in the last two weeks. Four women who have been integral parts of RISE have been injured, all at possibly the most inopportune times of them all – before or during their first tours of Japan with World Wonder Ring STARDOM.

As stated before, NOTHING is more important to me than the health and well being of our talent, period. Every one of these calls has been heartbreaking. Put them all together, and it just seems unreal.

Delilah Doom, Shotzi Blackheart and Kikyo have been with us since RISE 1. Kylie Rae joined us at RISE 5. The genuine joy in their eyes when I told all four they were going to Japan, in front of a live, sold out Los Angeles audience, was something I will never forget. It is very high on my list for all-time wrestling moments. To see what that meant to all four women in that moment was truly unforgettable.

Tonight, I ask the wrestling community spread the word of a special Twitch Stream we will be hosting tonight, highlighting the RISE Careers of these four wonderful women. Let’s showcase the careers of some of professional wrestling’s brightest up and coming stars.

The RISE Twitch Channel, twitch.tv/risedtwa, has been outfitted with a PayPal donation button that will remain active all day and throughout tonight’s stream. Funds raised through this button will be dispersed evenly amongst the girls to assist in covering medical expenses and to compensate for lost earnings due to injuries.

Additionally, money raised through Twitch Bits today will also be distributed amongst the girls.

Tonight, we celebrate four wonderful women. And tonight, we prepare for just how amazing the epic returns of all four will be.

Wrestling community, please share, retweet, etc. Twitch Community, we appreciate as much hosting and sharing as possible.

And all, please discuss and share using the hashtag #RISEonTwitch.

I look forward to seeing everyone tonight.

Regards,

Kevin

Matches on deck… (not necessarily in streaming order…)

RISE 2 – ASCENT

Kikyo enters the Saraya Knight open challenge

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Mercedes Martinez

Delilah Doom vs. Phoenix of RISE Champion Angel Dust

RISE 3 – MEDIC

Kikyo vs. Jewells Malone

Delilah Doom vs. Rosemary

RISE 4 – WARRIORS RISE

Phoenix of RISE Champion Shotzi Blackheart vs. Delilah Doom

RISE 5 – RISING SUN

Kylie Rae vs. Nicole Savoy

RISE 6 – BRUTALITY

Kikyo vs. Cheerleader Melissa (And the rebirth of Gokumon-to)

Kylie Rae vs. Deonna Purrazzo

What is RISE?

What will its place be in the history books?

What value does it add to the here and now as well as the future of professional wrestling?

Let’s take a look at the last seven days…

Friday, July 6 we held a World Class Development Seminar in Villa Park, IL with Saraya Knight, one of the most revered talents from the United Kingdom, matriarch of the famed Knight Dynasty. For a small, but mighty group in suburban Chicago, a full day of training was held, making one of wrestling’s brilliant minds from a world away available right here in their backyard. For those in attendance, they were schooled in the ins and outs of British Strong Style Wrestling and received an educational opportunity like no other. One attendee would go on to make her in-ring debut for RISE at the weekend’s ASCENT Tapings. Another would have her first opportunity to be part of the performance in front of live audiences at both RISE 9 and RISE – ASCENT.

Saturday, July 7, after much challenge and change in the days and hours leading into the event, we teamed with IMPACT Wrestling to present a Live Stream on Twitch, putting our brand of entertainment in front of more eyes than have ever seen our product before. All talents delivered above and beyond what were already high expectations. The First Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions were crowned in the form of Paradise Lost, Raven’s Ash and Dust with their mentor Rosemary in their corner. And the night ended with Tessa Blanchard, competing for the second time in one night, this time in a 30 Minute Iron Woman Match with Mercedes Martinez. After going the distance, Tessa, Undeniable and standing tall, was The Fourth Phoenix of RISE Champion. The VOD is already among the most-watched videos on IMPACT’s Twitch Channel. Can we set a new record?

Sunday, July 8, we taped seven episodes of RISE – ASCENT. One of our boldest moves, one that may perhaps prove to have been overly ambitious, but something we are not letting go. What this weekly platform has already meant and can possibly mean for women’s wrestling and the development of its talent is too profound, and we have all fought to keep the show alive. What fans saw at these tapings was already an amazing several weeks of content. What was shot before and after the in-ring action adds even more value, tells so much more story. We indeed saw the ascent of several key talents, twists and turns in character evolution and even said farewell to one of our own.

Thursday, July 12, four women who once took a chance on a Seminar concept called RISE landed in Tokyo, Japan, readying for their first tours with World Wonder Ring STARDOM, considered by most to be the top women’s wrestling promotion in the country.

And just minutes away from this writing, The Second Phoenix of RISE, “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart makes her worldwide television debut on IMPACT Wrestling on POP TV.

This is what our team has been able to do with one week.

Our work has to continue.

It must continue.

We continue to fight to ensure we will go on.

And we cannot do this without spreading the word of RISE, reaching as many fans out there as we can.

Help us.

Share the word of RISE.

Show them the amazing event that was RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts, streaming for FREE Here:
Watch RISE of the Knockouts – IMPACT Wrestling and RISE July 7th from IMPACTWrestling on www.twitch.tv

Let fans know how to access our video archive and weekly ASCENT Episodes at riseascent.com and twitch.tv/risedtwa.

Send visitors to our company store: pipeline.ecwid.com.

And follow us on all Social Media Platforms: @RISEdtwa.

Tonight, we take a giant leap into the next step in our evolution.

And we continue to need your help and support.

We’ve made a lot of noise in under two years as a company.

And it’s time we made a little more…

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In the next twenty-four hours, four of my “kids” leave for Tokyo, Japan for their first tours with World Wonder Ring STARDOM. And when I think of this, I grin ear to ear with tremendous pride.

Two of my “kids” are unable to make their trips as scheduled due to injuries. And when I think of this, it just makes me want to cry. I know just how much this meant to them, but I also know their talent cannot be denied, and another opportunity will come with time.

All six of these amazing women have at least one big thing in common. At some point, they read about some thing called “RISE,” and decided to take a risk on a a yet-unproven concept of talent development. Rightfully skeptic, they all still took a chance on RISE. And, in turn, RISE has taken chances on them.

Britt Baker, Kikyo, Dust, Shotzi and Delilah all came to us at RISE 1 – IGNITE. Kylie Rae took her chance at RISE 5 – RISING SUN. All showed us their work ethic, spending entire days in grueling seminars with the likes of Saraya Knight, Colt Cabana, Tom Prichard, Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Madusa, Aja Kong, Bull Nakano and more. Then on top of that would go on to wrestle, and in many cases, Main Event RISE cards. That’s no easy task. 

One way or another, I know I have pushed all six of these women in ways that challenged them. At times, I annoyed them or even made them mad. I’d love to tell you I’m a peach to work with all the time, but I’m not. And these six women have had to put up with more of my wild ideas and moodiness than most. 

And in their own ways, they all helped us build a brand. They helped us build a company that means something to the bigger picture of professional wrestling. 

They’ve all helped me in more ways personally and professionally than I can ever articulate in a blog. 

I only have one thing to ask of the girls.

Be you. 

Be wonderfully, unapologetically you. You are all wonderful in your owns ways and have your own unique places cemented on our team.

You are the ones who earned this opportunity.

You are the ones who have done the work. 

You…YOU ARE RISE!!!

I love you, girls.

Now, go show the world how wonderful you are.

STARDOM…they’re coming…

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2018 saw the beginning of The Tag Team Awakening, but were we prepared for what we have awakened? Paradise Lost, Raven’s Ash and Dust, guided by “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary are The First Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions.

RISE 8 – OUTBACK saw four tag team matches June 29 in Los Angeles with the winning four teams advancing to the Four Corners Elimination Match at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts July 7 in Chicago. Wily Smilies defeated Nicole Matthews and Ayokah Muhara (substituted from the Seminar for the ill Madison Eagles). Team Blue Nation defeated The  Killer Baes. Britt Baker of Fire and Nice, with her partner Chelsea Green unable to appear due to personal obligations, was able to defeat Bones of Contention. And Paradise Lost took the victory over Fight for Evers.

Kylie Rae and Miranda Alize were ready.

Jessica Troy and Charli Evans were ready.

Chelsea Green and Britt Baker were ready, but for entirely different scenarios…

Raven’s Ash, Dust and Rosemary were ready.

Live on IMPACT on Twitch, all four teams made their way to the ring and fought in a contest that truly showcased some of the very best tag teams in wrestling, all vying to lay claim to being the first-ever Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions.

In an absolutely shocking turn of events, Britt Baker seemed to be on the ready to assist Chelsea Green with what would have been a second spectacular dive for the night. The dive was not to be. Instead, Chelsea was leveled with a superkick from her own tag team partner. As Baker walked away from the ring, her actions and expressions leaving more questions than answers, Team Blue Nation was able to score the double team and the pinfall, eliminating Fire and Nice.

The remaining three teams engaged in further battle. In time, Kylie Rae was able to apply a crossface submission to Jessica Troy, securing the tapout and elimination of Team Blue Nation.

In a rematch from RISE 7 – SENSATION, the match was down to Wily Smilies and Paradise Lost.Kylie and Miranda put up a valiant effort, finally able to topple the towering Raven’s Ash. However, the foul demon lurking on the outside pulled Kylie Rae out of the ring, followed by Rosemary jettisoning Kylie into the ringside guardrail.

Miranda Alize, unable to overcome the numbers disadvantage, was met with Eden’s End.

Paradise Lost was met with the taste of victory, Dust pinning Alize, making Paradise Lost The First Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions.

And now, what is to come? Rosemary has guided her proteges at every pass to lead to the destruction. Want, Take, Have…and in the interest of ensuring RISE will FALL.

What happens next as Rosemary and her loyal followers Raven’s Ash and Dust have more control than ever before?

Do we have Guardians of RISE? Or, have we met the Guardians of Hell’s Gate itself?

We offer congratulations to the new champions. Admittedly, we are apprehensive about what this victory and hold over the titles will mean for the future of the RISE Tag Team Division.

See how it all went down…RIGHT HERE!

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Unpredictable… Unbelievable… Undeniable!!! At the conclusion of RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts, Tessa Blanchard stood tall in Naperville, IL, proudly raising the title for all to see, having become The Fourth Phoenix of RISE Champion!

A series of unfortunate events sent shockwaves through our entire company. A broken ankle following RISE 8 – OUTBACK took then-Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom out of RISE 9 and the Main Event Iron Woman Match against number one contender, Shotzi Blackheart. Delilah willingly relinquished The Phoenix of RISE Championship for a new champion to be crowned in her absence.

Management made the decision to insert Mercedes Martinez into the Iron Woman Match following her win in the Four Way Elimination Match with Shazza McKenzie, Kris Wolf and Kimber Lee at RISE 8. However, the rematch from RISE 2 – ASCENT between Martinez and Blackheart was not to be.

Friday, July 6, Shotzi Blackheart also suffered a broken ankle, taking her out of the Main Event of RISE 9 and for the foreseeable future.

Coming into RISE 9, Mercedes was seemingly without an opponent for the vacant Phoenix of RISE. Martinez cast doubt upon the claims of injury by Doom and Blackheart and demanded referee Brandon Tolle present her with the title as no one had stepped up to face her.

Enter: Tessa Blanchard.

After already coming out victorious in the opening contest of RISE 9 against Kris Wolf, Blanchard was ready and willing to go once more. Tessa revealed that she had put her name to the contract for the Iron Woman Match to crown The Phoenix of RISE.

“You do undertsand, mamita, that this is an Iron Woman Match,” asked Martinez.

“Listen here, Mercedes. I know EXACTLY what I signed up for,” replied Blanchard…with a swift forearm to the jaw, and we were off!

After 29 of the most grueling minutes of action we have seen in RISE to date and the score tied 1-1, Martinez set Blanchard on the corner buckle, scouting a top rope Fisherman Buster as a death blow to end the match. Tessa was able to fight Mercedes off, sending her to the mat seconds before connecting with the Magnum, then was exhaustedly barely able to roll Mercedes to put Martinez’s shoulders to the mat.

The referee’s hand counted three with one second left on the clock.

After wrestling nearly 45 minutes in total for the day, Tessa Blanchard defeated Mercedes two falls to one to become The Phoenix of RISE Champion!

Congratulations, Tessa Blanchard!

“No one could have seen this coming. The situation coming into the Main Event was terrible for so many reasons. The situations with Delilah and Shotzi had so many of us down, heartbroken for our girls. In a clutch hitting situation if there ever was one, Mercedes Martinez and Tessa Blanchard put on one of the best professional wrestling matches I have ever had the honor to witness. Win, lose or draw, BOTH proved beyond a shadow of doubt they are absolutely exemplary women of the RISE mantra of presenting Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

And YOU can see how it all happened right now…RIGHT HERE!!!

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In a heartbreaking announcement July 4, Delilah Doom informed fans that she is unable to compete after sustaining an avulsion fracture in her ankle in the brutal attack of Paradise Lost following the grueling 20-minute time limit draw with Shotzi Blackheart at RISE 8 – OUTBACK June 29. The injury has shelved Delilah for an uncertain amount of time.

As a result of her injuries and inability to defend the title, Delilah Doom has willingly relinquished The Phoenix of RISE Championship.

“This hurts for so many reasons. We never want to see any talent injured – ever. We know how much the Title means to Delilah and how much she means to us. This whole situation is painful in so many ways,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

As of this writing, The Phoenix of RISE Championship is vacant.

There WILL still be a match for The Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts. It will still be a 30-minute IRON WOMAN MATCH! The winner of the match will be the NEW Phoenix of RISE Champion!

“The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart will face “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez this Saturday night in Naperville, IL.

In addition to the shakeup in the title picture, this leaves us currently without an opponent for Allie. We have reached out to several world class competitors. We have heard back one and are frantically trying to make travel arrangements work to make this match happen.

We are still doing everything we can to provide a CAN’T-MISS event this Saturday in Naperville at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts! Tickets are still available. Get yours today a pipeline.ecwid.com.

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Many have asked, and after dealing with some pressing issues the last few days, we can finally announce both the VIP Meet and Greet and Official Afterparty for RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts this Saturday, July 7 in Naperville, IL!

At RISE 9, we will open doors for VIPs at 6 PM. VIPs will receive their wristbands at the door. VIPs will be entitled to an in-ring photo with the roster of RISE 9 and 1 free DVD or Blu-ray from the merchandise table. After moving through the VIP line, talent will be available for photos and merchandise individually. Cost for this VIP Meet and Greet is $30 per person.

Due to the live stream on Twitch, we will be unable to take an intermission during the course of RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts.

For those unable to make the VIP Meet and Greet who would still like the chance to meet talent and purchase merchandise, we have landed an official afterparty taking place immediately following the conclusion of RISE 9.

Draft Picks of Naperville will be the scene, located at 523 Fairway Drive practically next door to Illinois Basketball Academy, just before the traffic light at Route 59 and North Aurora.  For information on the afterparty venue, please visit their website: draftpicksnaperville.com. RISE 9 will have a relatively early conclusion compared to past RISE events, so there should be ample time for the afterparty.

RISE – ASCENT Tapings July 8 will have a full intermission. RISE – ASCENT features all talents from RISE 9 and adds Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh to the mix as well.

To secure your VIP Wrist Bands and tickets for RISE 9 and RISE – ASCENT Tapings, please visit pipeline.ecwid.com.

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Last night at RISE 8 – OUTBACK in South Gate, CA, Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom defended the title against former Champion, Shotzi Blackheart. In an all-out war that saw action spill everywhere inside and outside of the ring, the twenty-minute time limit expired. Both competitors wanted five more minutes, fans chanted for five more minutes. Five more minutes were granted, followed by an immediate onslaught by Paradise Lost and Rosemary, causing the match to be thrown out.

Delilah will once again defend The Phoenix of RISE against Shotzi Saturday, July 7 in Naperville, only this time, they have received more time as requested as these two women will compete in a 30-Minute Iron Woman Match!

Last night, things heated up once more between The Second and Third Phoenix of RISE.

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A battle rich in history, The Knockouts Title shall be contested as The Creation defends against The Creator. IMPACT Knockouts Champion “The Bloody Undead Bride” Su Yung defends against The Godmother of RISE, Saraya Knight in a FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE MATCH!

Those familiar with the sordid past between these two women know this match will be something to be hold…from the absolutely safest possible distance away.

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RISE 8 set the stage for much to happen at RISE 9, including this Four Corners Elimination match to crown the first-ever Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions!

Paradise Lost with Rosemary defeated Fight for Evers

Team Blue Nation defeated The Killer Baes

Wily Smilies defeated Nicole Matthews and Ayoka Muharah (Matthews selection from the Seminar to replace Madison Eagles).

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They have met before, but this time circumstances are much different. Allie has seen much change and great success, recently winning the Knockouts Championship. Mercedes Martinez has put herself back on the winning track at RISE 8, defeating Kris Wolf, Shazza McKenzie and Kimber Lee in a Four Way Elimination Match. With the momentum of each woman coming into this event, who will be the one who finds victory?

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One of the most decorated Knockouts in IMPACT History, Madison Rayne comes to RISE. With a rich history of competition in the Chicago Area, this is a homecoming of sorts for Rayne. Her opponent at RISE 9 will be “The Fallen Flower” Kikyo. Though Kikyo has been a cornerstone of RISE events and as familiar to our audience, she is a relative unknown to IMPACT fans and possibly to Madison Rayne. But, is that to Kikyo’s advantage?

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Due to illness, Madison Eagles was unable to travel to the United States. We wish her the best in a speedy recovery as nothing will ever trump the importance of the well being of our talent.

This match will now be a one on one contest between Kimber Lee and Shazza McKenzie. In the Four Way Elimination Match at RISE 8, Kimber found herself eliminated by Shazza. Kimber stayed and ringside and waited for the opportune time to attach Shazza, opening the door of opportunity for Mercedes Martinez to score the elimination. These two meet with bad blood already starting to boil between them.img_1532

Red hot at the situation and with one another (per usual) after a loss to the solo Britt Baker of Fire and Nice, the Bones of Contention are looking to get mack into immediate title contention for the Guardians of RISE. Could they do so with a victory over the Holidead and Thunder Rosa, Twizted Sisterz? The most requested Tag Team since the announcement of The Tag Team Awakening is finally together in RISE. Find out just how wild these two teams can get July 7!

And in other matches for our RISE – ASCENT Tapings (many more matches will be happening…likely a total of 24-26 in all July 8)…

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For better or worse, one thing I think any fans or followers of RISE will give me for all my faults is I have always been honest with them, both in the good times and the bad. I have been able to break awesome, exciting news. And I’ve had to drop news that’s sad and disappointing.

I wish I could tell you this was one of those exciting bits of news. But, again, there’s that honesty thing.

In under two years, we have been able to make a lot of noise and, not without its criticisms, provide a product that was met with almost entirely positive reviews as both a Seminar and a Live Event and Video Product.

More importantly, we have been able to do a lot of good, in my obviously biased opinion, for the entire industry. 

Originally designed to be a discovery and development program for SHIMMER, to date, 34 talents who have received opportunities from SHIMMER were discovered through our program.

We have been able to develop a relationship with STARDOM. 6 women who made positive impressions upon our company and representatives from STARDOM have been selected for a tour of Japan in just a few weeks.

And recently, one of our own made her debut in IMPACT Wrestling after proving herself to IMPACT Management on hand for our Pittsburgh Seminar and tapings. And there are several other talents whose names are in consideration for future opportunities.

And yet, despite all that, our Seminars, the very backbone of our company, are all but completely bare. Even after lowering prices compared to RISE 5, 6, and 7, the RISE 8 and RISE 9 Seminars combined are not even half the attendance of any prior individual Seminar we’ve held.

Los Angeles, which has historically been our best market for Live Event attendance, is quite far off the mark from prior visits. We sold out in advance our last outing. Though we are expecting a decent turnout for RISE 8, it does not appear to be close to our prior outing at RISE 6.

And Naperville, two days of incredibly stacked shows, is less than two weeks away. And the presale tickets are actually less than RISE 1? I just do not know what to say. Still in our home market of Chicago where in the month of April we set a Berwyn attendance record for women’s wrestling, selling out in advance. Where have we gone wrong?

I’ve been beating myself up something fierce for the last week.

Did we do our fans wrong?

Did we oversaturate the market?

Is Naperville, despite being on top of a commuter train station and just off the highway, too far or too difficult for some of our core fans to travel?

Did our Seminars lose their value? 

I could list a million questions I have asked myself a million times. But my goal is to not make this too rambling. 

Here is what it all boils down to.

100% of the revenue from all RISE Seminars, video and merchandise sales (outside of revenue donated to fundraisers) was put back into the company. 

I am not a rich guy. I make a reasonable five-figure living and I did my damndest to keep this thing going. I would love to tell you I can do this forever. But, there it is again. It’s that honesty.

As of this writing, the plans are to still move forward with RISE 8, RISE 9 and RISE – ASCENT Tapings through July 8. Too many wheels are already in motion to change this now. And, somehow, some way, this will all pull together. 

Also as of this writing, I have pulled all tickets from the online store for RISE 10 – INSANITY, originally slated for October 19 in Berwyn. It is my goal NOT to cancel this event. Should that happen, tickets will be refunded for those who have purchased already.

But, if I’m being honest with myself and all of you, there is a nearly 100% chance that July 8’s RISE – ASCENT Tapings will be the last RISE Event, and that just breaks my heart in ways I cannot articulate.

RISE came for me in a time when I need a brightness in my life amidst a lot of darkness. And it provided that. Getting to know these women, watch them grow, watch them become stars…that is what I got out of this. I have not made $1. I have not received “any other benefits” that some imaginations create as my reasons for doing this.

I did it to do something good for women in wrestling. No more. No less.

I can honestly say I have given it everything I have. Every spare minute. Every penny I had. Every bit of love an attention I could muster went the way of RISE or the talent within it.

I bet everything I had on RISE. But that’s the trouble with gambling, you do not always win.

And this week the realization hit me that I can just no longer do it on my own financially. I am at a point where there are going to be significant, personal hardships and struggles. And sometimes, when you’re in the hole, you eventually have to realize how deep it is and you have to stop digging.

I still love RISE.

I still believe in RISE. 

I still believe there is much good to be done from RISE.

Do you?

Do you want to help?

Then, please, let people know where to find us. 

Let them know where they can view our shows in person if we’re in their area. 

Let them know how they can see our amazing talents through our streaming videos or DVD and Blu-ray sales.

And if this is going to be it, let’s send it out in a blaze of glory. Let’s all come together one more time July 7-8 in Naperville, IL near Chicago. 

Maybe we can all come together in a way that can help RISE soar once more.

Or maybe, this will be where RISE gets its final entry into the history books. 

No one can ever say we didn’t try our hardest.

I am so, so sorry to all the fans and to the girls. I know this blog will disappoint a lot of people. No one is more disappointed than I am that I cannot pull this out any longer on my own.

To any who supported this idea, thank you. Whoever you are, however you did it, you were all part of the driving force behind RISE.

Thank you forever.

Kevin