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Beginning this Thursday, our Weekly HORIZONS Seminars will be available LIVE online via streaming video with interactive chat for Q&A and other interactivity. We will also make HORIZONS available online for those in different parts of the world, different time zones or otherwise unable to be with us LIVE in person or online.

Perhaps the biggest goal of HORIZONS is to make the RISE brand of training and development as accessible as possible for all wrestling talent around the world.

Pricing for 1 LIVE Online Session of HORIZONS is $15 per week.

Pricing for 1 Online Session  of HORIZONS after the LIVE Seminar’s conclusion is $10 per week.

For anyone interested in volume pricing for multiple Seminars, we are working on what bulk pricing or a possible subscription model might look like. Please contact us for more information if desired.

We have updated the signup form at rise-wrestling.com/horizons to incorporate online access. Click the link to sign up today.

And this isn’t even touching on cool stuff on deck for February yet…

Be part of the fun of learning with RISE as we continue our mission in Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions, building a worldwide pipeline of talent for ALL of professional wrestling!

It was close. It came down to the wire. And in the end, the RISE fans votes resulted in a tie for 2019 RISE Wrestler of The Year. This year’s honors go to reigning Phoenix of RISE Big Swole and “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart.

Big Swole had a BIG year in RISE! She went the complete distance in RISE of The Contender at LEGENDARY. Entering at #1, Big Swole was in until the very end. She survived fighting in a ring with 29 other women…well 31 if you count the outside attack from Team Blue Nation. The attack from Jessica Troy and Charli Evans seemed to take Big Swole out of the contest. But, in the final moments, Big Swole would power her way back into the ring, eliminating Steph De Lander and breaking the contest down to Big Swole and Zoe Lucas.

That final showdown would set the stage for several Main Events for RISE. Swole got her first chance at Zoe Lucas’ Phoenix of RISE Championship at LUMINOUS. Zoe was ruled the victor. However, due to the underhanded circumstances of the match’s conclusion, a rematch was granted at The Summit.

And it was at The Summit Big Swole defeated Zoe Lucas to become The Phoenix of RISE. And to top off one of her career’s biggest moments, she was crowned champion by one of the greatest legends of all time, Bull Nakano!

To date, Big Swole has defended her title successfully against Double D Rose and Laynie Luck. And we know Kylie Rae is now the #1 Contender going into LEGENDARY 2020 this March in Berwyn, IL!

Through our first few years, there are few names as synonymous with RISE as Shotzi Blackheart. The Second Phoenix of RISE, Shotzi was the one of the key players at RISE, helping put the promotion on the map.

This year, Shotzi was entangled in a brutal feud with her former Balls of DOOM partner, Delilah Doom. They faced each other several times, the feud only growing in intensity each time out. Shotzi Blackheart and Delilah Doom added three more matches in their storied history in RISE, their final contest happening at The Summit.

In her farewell to RISE, The Ballsy Badass finally had her one-on-one match with “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary. At LA ESCALERA, Shotzi was able to vanquish her tormentor once and for all in a No Holds Barred match.

Shotzi moved on from RISE to WWE NXT in 2019. And our entire team could not be happier to see the young lady we first met as a Seminar hopeful at RISE 1 continue to learn, grow and improve to catch the eyes of the whole world, and now The WWE Universe.

Congratulations to Phoenix of RISE Big Swole and “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart, 2019 RISE Wrestlers of The Year!

 

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We saw many top teams and several new ones pass through RISE in 2019. Above them all, fans voted reigning Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions The Killer Death Machines, Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh as the 2019 RISE Tag Team of The Year!

One of the most experienced tag teams currently on the scene, Havok and Nevaeh spent the majority of the year embroiled in a wild feud with Paradise Lost. The two teams faced off in wild matches ending in Double Countout, a crazy Rosemary’s Rules match (where The KDMs would ultimately win The Guardians of RISE) and a match where truly just everything went at Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket.

The Killer Death Machines have defeated all challengers, but what team will step up to the plate to challenge Havok and Nevaeh in the year to come?

It will surely be a huge task for anyone stepping up to the reigning Guardians of RISE – The 2019 RISE Tag Team of The Year – The Killer Death Machines!

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In a landslide, the fans of RISE voted the No Ropes, Submission Only Match for The Phoenix of RISE Championship between Champion Mercedes Martinez and Challenger Kylie Rae from LEGENDARY as the 2019 RISE Match of The Year.

The first page of this story was turned at INSANITY. Moments after Mercedes Martinez defeated Tessa Blanchard to become Phoenix of RISE in the longest one-on-one Women’s Wrestling match of all-time, The Latina Sensation laid down the gauntlet for young girls to step up and try her, because she is at the top of her game.

Kylie Rae returned to a thunderous ovation as RISE fans saw her for the first time since she broke her collar bone representing RISE at STARDOM in Japan. It was apparent, we had a Champion. We had a Challenger.

Their first confrontation at ROW on The RISE saw Mercedes nearly tapping out to Kylie’s Charity Case finishing hold, but reached the ropes for escape. Mercedes was finally able to pin Kylie’s shoulders to the mat, but not without the using the ring ropes for leverage.

To level the playing field as both competitors had a case against the ropes factoring into the result of the match, the Main Event of LEGENDARY was set – No Ropes, Submission Only.

In what was truly one of the best matches ever contested in a RISE ring, Kylie Rae was able to make Mercedes Martinez tap out to the Charity Case, becoming The 6th Phoenix of RISE.

Just as emotional as the match itself was the aftermath involving Miranda Alize (like the drank), Zoe Lucas and New Nation and the women’s roster of All Elite Wrestling. So much happened in the final moments of this show leaving many memories and sending a shockwave through RISE the rest of the year.

If you have not yet seen this match, watch today at riseascent.com!

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Fans have voted, and they have selected LEGENDARY as the 2019 RISE Live Event of The Year. Looking back at our history and listening to how many fans felt since seeing LEGENDARY, it may well be the best RISE Live Event of all time.

LEGENDARY has it’s place in the history and record books. It was our first iPPV on FITE TV. It set a new, all-time record for the largest amount of Women Wrestlers ever featured on a single event.

What a roller coaster LEGENDARY truly was. Zoe Lucas wins the first-ever RISE of The Contender Match. Big Swole went the distance from Number 1 to the very end. New Tag Team Champions as The Killer Death Machines, Nevaeh and Jessicka Havok won The Guardians of RISE. The formation of New Nation. A heartfelt farewell to Kris Wolf. All capped off by a whirlwind of emotions seeing Kylie Rae defeating Mercedes Martinez to become Phoenix of RISE, only to be betrayed by her close friend Miranda Alize (like the drank), leading into Zoe Lucas seizing the moment to become Phoenix of RISE, defeating the already fallen Kylie Rae.

If you have not seen LEGENDARY yet, please check it out now at riseascent.com!

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The fans of RISE have spoken! There were so many memorable moments in our rings in 2019, not necessarily matches or results, it was hard to pick just one for any voter! In what was one of the closest categories for this year’s voting, RISE fans selected Cherry Bomb Returns to Face Off with Rosemary at LEGENDARY as the 2019 RISE Moment of The Year!

The Multiverse can operate in strange ways! At LEGENDARY, during the Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championship match between Paradise Lost and The Killer Death Machines, Rosemary more than made her presence known, becoming hands-on throughout the contest. When it seemed The Demon Assassin was ready to deal a death blow to Nevaeh, a mix of very familiar music started to play, and a familiar face emerged.

Happy Bunny Allie? – No!

Dark Allie? – Not even close!

IT’S CHERRY BOMB!!!

Cherry Bomb evened the odds to the match and set forth a course of events that would see new Guardians of RISE in The Killer Death Machines and rekindle a feud with Rosemary.

And a feud that put both talents on the map would see its finale inside The Steel Cage as part of the Double Main Event of LUMINOUS!

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The fans of RISE have voted for their favorite match from each RISE Live Event of 2019. Now, the winners from each event have moved onto The Final Round! Fans can vote now for RISE Match of The Year – 2019!

We have also opened voting for RISE Wrestler of The Year, Tag Team of The Year and Live Event of The Year.

Vote for your favorites now at rise-wrestling.com/motyvoting! Voting is open until next Monday, then we will announce the winners right here at rise-wrestling.com!

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Beginning January 7, Tuesdays from 8 PM to 11 PM Eastern Time, RISEedu Online Development presents a 6 Week Course called Making The Most of The Microphone, a course designed to train pro wrestling announcers, commentators and interviewers both from the ground up for those looking to break into the industry as well as refresh and sharpen the skills of those currently in these roles looking to become better overall performers.

The curriculum for the 6 Weeks is as follows:

Week 1: Facilitator and Student Introductions; Outlining The Three Primary Announcer Roles – Interviewer, Ring Announcer and Commentator; Match Structure – Understanding Stories Told in the Ring

Week 2: Card Structure – How to Build Emotion in the Audience from Match One to Match Done; Interviewer 101 – Be More Than a Glorified Mic Stand

Week 3: Ring Announcer 101 – The Conductor of the Live Event Emotional Roller Coaster; Commentary 101 – Calling It Like You See It

Week 4: Interviewer 201 – Filling in the Blanks; Ring Announcer 201 – Special Situations and Pacing the Show

Week 5: Commentary 201 – More Than What You See – Special Attractions and Main Events; All Roles – The Art of Smoke and Mirrors When Things Go Wrong

Week 6: Putting It All Together; Group Feedback and Ideas

Registration fee for this 6 Week Course is $500. Registration is now open at rise-wrestling.com/riseedu.

 

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We have listed every match from 2019 RISE Events (excluding any matches not released on RISEascent.com or DVD/Blu-ray) in the polls found at the link below. Please vote for your favorite match from each show. Next Monday, we will place the winners from each event into one final poll to determine that RISE Match of The Year, as chosen by the fans of RISE!

We also have one poll for Moment of The Year. We had a lot of emotional moments this year in RISE, not necessarily involving matches or their result.

Head on over to rise-wrestling.com/motyvoting now to cast your votes!