I know the Knights and I have both faced lots of praise from those who know us, how we work and what we are trying to do. There have also been skeptics and naysayers, and I totally get where all those perspectives come from. As I said publicly on social media yesterday, “You can do what everyone else does. You can do what they told you to do. Or, you can burn the rulebook. We chose C…”
On paper as this was panning out, it likely made no sense to anyone outside of Saraya and me. She and I have been in contact since before RISE had a name. Every turn of the RISE program, every step in its evolution, she has been there. We’ve agreed. We’ve disagreed. But we’ve done so with the greatest of respects, and we get one another. We know when the other might need help being reeled in, and we know when the other might not budge on an idea.
To me, it’s been a perfect business relationship from the start.
With RISE 1’s almost accidental success as a Seminar, we knew international growth would be key, and we knew doing so in year one would be crazy. But, if we did it right, the potential to elevate the program on a true worldwide level was there.
We agreed. Year one had to see international expansion. And there was only one place for this to begin: Epic Studios in Norwich, England with Bellatrix.
Let’s just think about this for one second. A privately held and funded independent wrestling company based in Naperville, IL in only it’s fifth event (counting GAIN) has held Seminars and Events in the Chicago Market, the Los Angeles Market and Norwich, England. And WARRIORS RISE happens two months shy of our one year anniversary?! This wouldn’t be possible without our relationships with Dave Prazak with SHIMMER, Bart Kapitzke with AWS and the Knights with Bellatrix and WAW.
We announced WARRIORS RISE in the ring at RISE 3 July 7. But the wheels have been in motion much longer. What does this Seminar mean? What are we accomplishing with the Live Event? When I step back and try to look at this as objectively as realistically possible, the meanings of both are profound.
On the Seminar…
Let’s just start with who our facilitators are for this outing.
SHIMMER Champion, “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez joins us, imparting nearly seventeen years of wrestling experience upon wrestling talent from the UK and all over Europe. As of press time, Mercedes has advanced to the second round of WWE’s Mae Young Classic, having defeated Xia Li and now with Princesa Sugehit as her next challenge. Mercedes is the most experienced member of the field of 32 competitors chosen by WWE to put forth the best possible outing in a landmark event, named in honor of one if its most respected members of its Hall of Fame.
Let’s just think about that for a second. That’s a pretty profound statement of the respect and trust from the top of the industry. So many new fans are learning what we already know. Mercedes Martinez is one of the best active wrestlers in the world today.
And she’s coming from the United States to Norwich, England to share that knowledge.
On the topic of the WWE Hall of Fame, it is also directly represented in Mercedes co-facilitator in this Seminar, Madusa, aka Alundra Blayze.
Again, I just need to say that aloud (on digital paper…) to convince myself it is real. Madusa, one of the greatest trailblazers in wrestling history, not only is making herself available as a developer of talent for the first time ever, but she is doing so with RISE. To say I am humbled and honored is a bold understatement. The only other place a wrestling talent can say they have sat under the learning tree with Madusa is the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. And those talents were all contracted to WWE.
This undeniable legend of professional wrestling is available to ANY AND ALL wrestling talent through this Seminar with RISE, and it’s happening at the WAW Training School in Norwich, England.
I cannot imagine a scenario where if I were a wrestling talent in Europe that I would not do whatever it takes to be part of this Seminar. This is a first of its kind opportunity. I know I would want to be in on the ground level.
And this Seminar has high stakes for the women in attendance. It is no gimmick. It is no work. Legitimately, Dave Prazak, Saraya Knight, Ricky Knight, Madusa, Mercedes Martinez and I will be conferring and making the decision: What woman from this seminar will be flown to the US at RISE’s expense to be part of RISE 5 – RISING SUN in Chicago November 10? Oh, and by the way, SHIMMER is November 11-12. There are no guarantees implied here, but I won’t be flying whoever is selected home until November 13. I would not want a potential opportunity that may open up over the course of a SHIMMER weekend to not be available to a European talent because I booked their flight home too soon.
And those are just the implications of the Seminar. Let’s talk about the Live Event. It’s RISE 4. It’s Bellatrix 26. It’s WARRIORS RISE, live from Epic Studios in Norwich, England Friday, September 15.
We have talent from WWE’s Mae Young Classic.
We have stars of GFW IMPACT Wrestling.
We have one of Ring of Honor’s featured Women of Honor.
We have SHIMMER
We have Bellatrix.
We have RISE.
These are not six different events. This is ONE event! ONE ticket! ONE iPPV!
ONE SHOT! That’s what we are asking for from fans worldwide. We’re asking our existing fans. We’re asking fans who are discovering our event through recent happenings, news and events in the entire wrestling industry.
We’re asking our existing fans to take a chance on us as they always have, even when we’re very far away from our home turf.
For those just hearing about us, we’re asking for that one chance to make you our fans, fans of the future of women’s professional wrestling. Take the chance on the talent you know, but see just how many of the Bellatrix and RISE crew blow your mind after seeing what this amazingly talented group of women can do!
Saraya Knight and I are betting it all on WARRIORS RISE! You can make that gamble for significantly less. £7.50, or just under $10 lets you see this event live or with unlimited replays. And you can reserve your seat at wrestlingpipeline.com/ippv.
We promise, you will not be disappointed.
This is why we came together.
This is why RISE exists.
This is Bellatrix’s time!
This is RISE’s time!
This is what it all comes down to in two weeks!
THIS IS WARRIORS RISE!!!