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In an effort to still make content available to fans who prefer or rely on physical media to watch our events, we will now offer bare bones DVDs and Blu-rays of our most recent events. Both LA ESCALERA and Early to RISE – A Berwyn Adventure are now available on  both formats, priced at $12 and that price INCLUDES shipping within the continental United States.

These bare bones DVD and Blu-ray units will be discs shipping in paper sleeves and will not include cases or cover art. As we announced last month, we have discontinued our physical media line that includes cases and cover art. Continuing to produce physical media in this matter is no longer sustainable for RISE and also drives up shipping costs considerably for our fans.

We have also made all iPPV events from 2019 available on Blu-ray and DVD, all priced at $12 which included shipping within the continental US. This includes Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket, marking the first time this event has been made available for physical media release.

To order, please visit rise-wrestling.com/physical.

International orders, please email risedtwa@gmail.com, Subject: International Shipping for more information on estimated costs of shipping to your location.

RisePrideAndJoy-368.jpgOur set of custom Pride Logo turnbuckle pads are now available for sale and available for pickup this weekend during the course of RISE and SHIMMER Events. Shipping arrangements can also be made for those who are unable to attend this weekend.

This is a very unique set to own as they were used on not one, but three events, all with significant places in our history: PRIDE & JOY from June 29 in Chicago, IL, Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket from September 1 in Berwyn, IL and they will also be on the ring for LA ESCALERA November 1 in Berwyn, IL. The turnbuckle pads will be removed from the ring immediately following LA ESCALERA and signed by several talents who appeared on these events.

Since these pads are a bit unique, souvenirs from three significant events instead of the usual one, we are pricing them at $150.

If you would like to purchase one of these pads, please email risedtwa@gmail.com, Subject – Turnbuckles. Payment arrangements will be made via email.

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We held out for as long as we could. Many who are part of the behind the scenes at RISE are just like many fans out there – we hold the collecting of physical media, anything from VHS Tapes to DVDs to Blu-rays close to our hearts. But, the time has come to bring an end to the RISE Physical Media product line of DVDs and Blu-rays of our Live Events and Episodes of RISE – ASCENT.

In short, as the vast majority of fans view our content through digital resources, we sell very, very few DVD and Blu-ray. It is so few, in fact, that the cost to produce the units exceeds what we actually make back in sales. It simply does not make good sense for us to continue to produce the discs.

The entire RISE Library of Events will still be available at riseascent.com and our Apps on iOS and Android. $4.99 per month will let you stream our entire archive and much more. You also have the option to purchase or rent individual events for download. Our iPPV Events are still available VOD from FITE TV. Going forward, our Digital Library will also be available from our friends at Smart Mark Video.

Our most recent release, PRIDE & JOY from June 29 in Chicago wil be the end of the product line.

We have lowered prices across the board on all individual events and multi-disc sets to clearance pricing. Once our inventory on hand is gone, these units are out of print.

All events, even the newest releases are priced at $8 on DVD, $10 on Blu-ray. All 2 Disc Sets such as RISE – ASCENT Collections and Flight of The Phoenix and Elite Women on The RISE are $15 on DVD, $18 Blu-ray. The 3 Disc Set Bite The Apple is $20 on DVD, $25 Blu-ray.  These prices do not include shipping and handling.

What was once our primary company merchandise store at Ecwid will close at 11:59 PM EST October 22. Get your orders in now at pipeline.ecwid.com.

RISE 1 – IGNITE and GAIN 1 – STAND WITH KNIGHTS are both completely out of stock. RISE 2 – ASCENT we are down to 1 Blu-ray and 2 DVDs. RISE 3 – MEDIC we have 2 DVDs only. RISE 4 – WARRIORS RISE we have 2 DVDs only.

All other events and sets we have only single digits remaining. Once these are gone, they are gone.

Thank you to all who’ve supported RISE through the purchases of DVD and Blu-ray over the last three years.

Future events, we will be willing to explore very stripped down physical media, but we are talking about a DVD/Blu-ray without a menu, no cover art. Just a disc in a sleeve. These will be handled by individual requests for those who physical media may be their only option to watch our events. We encourage anyone interested in this to reach out via social media for events going forward.

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November 1 in Berwyn, IL one match is guaranteed to be a defining moment for the winner, one that could possibly change the very course of RISE History – La Escalera al Campeonato. Be there, Tickets: CLICK HERE, Watch on FITE TV: CLICK HERE

La Escalera al Campeonato is a ladder match that will only be won by the competitor who ascends the ladder to retrieve the contract for a guaranteed shot at The Phoenix of RISE at LEGENDARY 2020. Elimination rules apply, wrestlers pinned or made to submit exit the match. Every play matters in this contest.

And now, introducing the field…

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Returning in 2019, PRISCILLA KELLY has shown beyond a shadow of a doubt she is one of the top competitors in RISE. Two of the most talked about matches in RISE this year had PK front and center. Hell’s Favorite Harlot could well be on her path to The Phoenix of RISE.

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From our January Seminar, AQA won the vote as the 2019 Seminar Discovery debut fans wanted in this match most. AQA is young, hungry and not afraid to take risks. And did we mention, there will be ladders in play? Inside 1 year, AQA could go from discovery to top contender.

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The Equal Opportunity Ass Kicker looks to leave no doubt in her debut before our core Chicago audience, RAZE is a contender everywhere she goes. Will RAZE ascend the ladder and become top contender to The Phoenix of RISE?

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First coming to RISE Seminars in 2016, THE HYAN has truly proven she is The Renaissance Woman. Now world traveled, backing down from no challenge, no opponent, and no stranger to doing what it takes to win – Hyan could be on her ascent to The Phoenix.

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Will he change the course of RISE history? In his first two outings, “Superstar” JAKE ATLAS has been part of two RISE MOTYC – both involving one of his opponents here – Priscilla Kelly. Jake has shown he is a world class competitor, breaking barriers everywhere he travels.

And, yes, we did blatantly state as we transitioned to Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions, “The Phoenix of RISE is still a Championship for Women Athletes.” The addition of Jake Atlas to this field was actually at the REQUEST of our Women Athletes. Our talents believe great wrestling knows no gender. Our talents want to wrestle the very best this industry has to offer. And everyone in our locker room believes Atlas is among the very best on the independents. And, should Jake win this contest, he will receive his definitive opportunity to prove he is the best Professional Wrestler in RISE.

And the sixth and final participant in this contest will be chosen from either our Seminar’s Prospective Talent Pool or from our ongoing training efforts with Freelance Wrestling Academy. Who walks out of La Escalera al Campeonato with the guaranteed shot at The Phoenix?!

 

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With the landscape of pro wrestling ever-changing and an unprecedented whirlwinds of change in terms of broadcast and on-demand content, RISE will continue to evolve, continue to try new things. But one thing we must do above all else – we must get more eyes on RISE. And to do that, we need to make our content more available than ever before. Therefore, this Saturday, October 12 at 8 AM Eastern Time, RISE – YEAR ONE debuts on YouTube.

RISE – YEAR ONE will see, for the first time ever, entire events from our first year (and a little extra) available for FREE, no paid subscription required, no fees for digital downloads, no need to wait for or pay to ship physical media. It will all be available at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen.

The events will be broken up into their individual matches and segments and organized into playlists.

The events in our YouTube release of RISE – YEAR ONE include RISE 1 – IGNITE, RISE 2 – ASCENT, GAIN 1 – STAND WITH KNIGHTS, RISE 3 – MEDIC, RISE 4 – WARRIORS RISE, RISE 5 – RISING SUN, RISE 6 – BRUTALITY and RISE 6.5 – THROTTLE.

“It’s so bizarre to look back today at events like RISE 1. So much has changed and so many talents have come through our rings in just under three years. Some moments make me cringe (cough cough, RISE 3 & 5 Main Event conclusions, cough, terrible booking, cough), others make me smile to know how far many of these talents have come. All of us, talent and staff, have grown. We’ve learned. And we’ve continued to evolve and redefine what it means to us to be Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions. It’s time more of the world had easier ways to see the important work we’ve done together,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey, who is definitely not writing this article in third person.

Fans have asked what lies in the future for our Episodic Platform RISE – ASCENT. We want to reboot ASCENT entirely. Ideas are in place, but a big part of making those ideas happen is pulling the funds together to do so.

And to do that, we need more eyes on what we have done so more watch what we are doing. And hopefully, even more people will be along for ride for what we are prepared to do.

Enjoy RISE – YEAR ONE this Saturday. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Today, CLICK HERE!

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Our next World Class Development Seminar is coming up November 1 in Chicago with Konnan and Taya Valkyrie leading the learning. As is the case with all our World Class Development Seminars, part of the fun comes from seeing who will be chosen from the Seminar Students – The Prospective Talent Pool as standouts who will receive opportunities to perform in matches at Early to RISE – A Berwyn Adventure at 3 PM and LA ESCALERA LIVE on iPPV at 8 PM.

As of this writing, this is The Prospective Talent Pool:

Mz. Hyde

Manny Cortez

August Matthews

Rahne Victoria

Lavendar Skye

Great Bambina

Davey Bang

CJ Stokes

Sophie King

Zan Phoenix

Jody Threat

Aja Perera

Angelique Winter Poppaea

This Seminar is very near sold out.  In addition to these names, a number of invoices are outstanding. Wrestlers, do not miss out on this day of learning, possibly with opportunities to follow the very same day.

Register for this Seminar ASAP at rise-wrestling.com/seminar.

 

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In what is sure to be one of the most insane matches in RISE History, one that could possibly forever change RISE, November 1 at RISE – LA ESCALERA in Berwyn, IL, we present La Escalera al Campeonato. This match, The Ladder To The Championship, guarantees the victor their shot at The Phoenix of RISE Championship at LEGENDARY 2020. Six competitors enter and the ladder is in play at the opening bell. Competitors can be eliminated from the match by pinfall and submission, but the only way to win is to climb the ladder to retrieve the contract for LEGENDARY to face whoever may be Phoenix of RISE at that time.

Four of the participants have been named: “Too Turnt” Laynie Luck The Party Unicorn, “The Renaissance Woman” The Hyan, “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly and Jake Atlas. But what of the other two spots?

One of those spots is reserved for a talent unlike any other on the card, one who will be making their RISE debut at LA ESCALERA.

The final spot we are leaving up to YOU, the fans of RISE!

Use the form below to vote for your favorite Seminar Discovery and in-ring debut from 2019 who you would like to see return and take the last opening in La Escalera al Campeonato!

VOTING CLOSED, 7 PM Eastern September 9

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November 1 in Berwyn, IL is shaping up to be a HUGE extravaganza for our Third Anniversary Events! Kicking off with Early to RISE – A Berwyn Adventure Mini Convention at 3 PM and then RISE – LA ESCALERA LIVE on iPPV on FITE TV at 8 PM, this may be our biggest kickoff to the RISE/SHIMMER Co-Promoted Weekend to date!

There has been much speculation since the announcement of the name of the event LA ESCALERA exactly what that means. Many have guessed the event would incorporate a ladder match. And while that is not 100% wrong, it is not 100% correct either.

Introducing La Escalera al Campeonato – The Ladder to The Championship – a contest in which the winner will receive a guaranteed shot at The Phoenix of RISE Championship at LEGENDARY, our flagship event slated for Spring 2020.

In La Escalera al Campeonato:

• All 6 Competitors Begin The Match – Ladders Are In Play From The Opening Bell

• Competitors Who Are Made To Submit Or Are Pinned During The Match Are Eliminated From Competition

• There are no Count Outs or Disqualifications

• The Match Concludes ONLY When One Competitor Climbs To Successfully Retrieve The Contract For The Phoenix of RISE Championship Match At LEGENDARY 2020, Winning La Escalera al Campeonato

Having won Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket, the first entrant in La Escalera al Campeonato is “Too Turnt” Laynie Luck The Party Unicorn! Laynie achieved three victories in one day, will she now climb to victory and ascend to her shot at The Phoenix of RISE?

Earlier today on RISE Social Media, we indicated we would be releasing the name of the second competitor in this match. However, negotiations have proven a bit more…involved than we had originally anticipated. We have not yet come to terms with who we were attempting to place as the second competitor in La Escalera al Campeonato.

Keep your eyes on RISE Social Media in the coming days and weeks. We are determined to have all 6 of these slots filled with athletes who truly personify our mantra – Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest!

Tickets for LA ESCALERA are available at risedtwa.ticketleap.com. Front Row is SOLD OUT.

Also, DO NOT MISS Early to RISE – A Berwyn Adventure Mini Convention earlier in the day. Already signed as a special attraction match – for the first time since her historic 75 Minute Iron Woman Match at INSANITY, The Fourth Phoenix of RISE – TESSA BLANCHARD returns to take on JAKE ATLAS!

Tickets for Early to RISE are also on sale now at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

 

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A few nights ago, I was sitting on my deck, enjoying a nice breeze on a pleasant Chicago area night. I did some thinking while I was out there. I did a lot of thinking actually, a lot of reflection. I thought about how much changed in the wrestling world looking looking at a precisely one year span – July 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

July 1, 2018, RISE was not in a good spot. As a business, times were tough – very tough. Times were tough enough that RISE – ASCENT Episode 13 slated to be taped July 8, 2018 had two versions – what Jimmy Jacobs and I had on paper, and the alternate ending I kept to myself. That alternate ending would have been the formal end of RISE. Obviously, we lived to fight another day. We lived to fight another year. We live to fight to this day.

July 1, 2018, no one would know All Elite Wrestling was even on the horizon. Heck, even the global landscape of WWE has changed so much in that time. What I really want to center on here in this moment is one of the hardest things any independent company can go through – losing their talent to exclusive contracts.

Before anyone goes too into reading between the lines, I am happy as a guy could be to see talents who used to perform for us be able to MAKE A LIVING with ANY MAJOR COMPANY. There, I said it…moving on…

Whether they were part of just one event, or like most on this list, part of some of the most crucial stories ever told in our rings, they were extremely important to our company and our fans. The following is a list of talents who RISE has been fortunate enough to have be part of our events who we have bid farewell to since July 1, 2018 in no particular order…

Mia Yim

Kay Lee Ray

Viper

Karen Q

Britt Baker

Kris Wolf (retirement)

Rachael Ellering

Kylie Rae

Chelsea Green

Allie/Cherry Bomb

Deonna Purrazzo

Leva Bates

Jinny

Toni Storm

Penelope Ford

On JUST this list alone, 5 teams we worked so hard to establish starting at RISE 7 to introduce The Guardians of RISE Titles strong out of the gate are now gone from RISE. WDSS, Bones of Contention, Fire and Nice, Fight for Evers, Wily Smilies – all no longer able to compete in RISE.

If you think the point of this is to complain, it’s not. It’s to illustrate just how important this Sunday is to RISE and just how important future of RISE is to the future of all professional wrestling. But we’re going to come back around to this Sunday in Berwyn, IL.

Still looking at that same one year span, even more has changed. With PRIDE & JOY, we learned so much about the landscape of pro wrestling. We learned about so many talents worldwide who identify as LGBTQ+, talents who showed us just how much room there is for pro wrestling to be better, to showcase LGBTQ+ talents year round, not just on Pride centric shows.

July 1, 2019 was the day after Pride Month ended. It was the beginning of a new year, a new era for RISE. We let it be known at the conclusion of PRIDE & JOY we were no longer just a company Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes. We are now Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions.

We continue our work to identify, develop and showcase talented women wrestlers from around the world.

We also have a new scope of work. It’s important work. And that work includes identifying, developing and showcasing talented wrestlers who identify as LGBTQ+. We have very plainly stated, it does not matter what your gender identity or sexuality is, you are welcome in RISE – in our locker room for talent and at our events for fans. Whoever you are, however you identify, you have a home with us, friends!

Now, let’s circle back to this Sunday…

This Sunday at 3 PM, RISE kicks off one of the most important events we have ever done. This event is our first making good on our promise, our commitment to showcasing LGBTQ+ talent since June 30. This event is centered around a tournament to showcase 8 of the top up-and-coming talents based in the Midwestern United States.

Yes, we have lost some very important players from our team. But the very nature of RISE has ALWAYS been to build a bench of talent, that worldwide pipeline of talent for ALL of professional wrestling that we mention so much.

Does the advancement of talent such as Deonna Purrazzo hurt RISE? No! It gives us pride to see one of our team showing the global audience why she is so special.

The advancement of Deonna Purrazzo opens a window of opportunity for a young talent like Elayna Black.

The signing of Karen Q gives us the chance to cast a spotlight on someone like Hawlee Cromwell.

As Britt Baker sets out to change the world, our world changes and gives Queen Aminata a place to shine.

Kylie Rae’s smile lit the room brighter than any ring lights ever would. And now, talents like Laynie Luck have the opportunity prove they are Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest.

Yes, we’ve said, “Farewell,” to Allie, Chelsea, Rachael and Mia. Now, we help the world say a more profound, “Hello,” to Max The Impaler, Evil Sierra, Sophie King and Valentina Loca.

Just how important is Regional Rising Stars – The Midwest Bracket’s actual bracket?

VERY!

Add to this our showcase matches with Effy vs. Devon Monroe and Jake Atlas vs. Priscilla Kelly, the bigger picture of the future of RISE starts to become clearer.

And personally, I just cannot wait to see what The Bunz of Steel Challenge – Fans Bring The Weapons from Double D Rose brings. I think this whole segment is poised to steal the show.

All these words, and I haven’t even MENTIONED the Championship Matches yet?!

The Final Battle of The Killer Death Machines vs. Paradise Lost for The Guardians.

Big Swole’s first defense of The Phoenix.

Folks, the nature of RISE is to be constantly building. Constantly rebuilding. And not just our own roster – helping develop talent for the betterment of all of wrestling.

This day one mission remains unchanged.

And to succeed in this mission, we need everyone’s support – always.

See just how important this next step in the constant evolution of RISE is.

See what happens when new talent gets the brightest spotlight.

Be with us in Berwyn, CLICK HERE.

Or be with us from the comfort of your own home via your internet connected devices, CLICK HERE.