Who would have thought such a thing 18 months ago? When our company began November 2016 with RISE 1 – IGNITE, no one could have imagined what would come to be in such a short time frame. What would become of these little “Seminar Shows,” and what might they do for the bigger picture of advancing women’s wrestling?
As we learned who we were and grew as many relationships as possible in the spirit of collaboration winning over competition, it became apparent that if we all work together, we can make amazing things happen.
After last weekend in White Oak, PA, one of our goals is no longer a goal. It has happened. It is real.
Women’s Wrestling finally has its own weekly, episodic platform. The first six episodes have been shot. They are currently being edited. And May 30, we bring you RISE – ASCENT, Episode 1, available exclusively to subscribers at riseascent.com. New episodes will drop every Wednesday.
Most of that is what you already knew. This article’s intention is to let you in on a few things you might not know.
Creating RISE – ASCENT
The first six episodes of RISE – ASCENT were written by RISE Executive Producer Kevin Harvey and IMPACT Wrestling Writer and Producer Jimmy Jacobs.
These episodes were not written as random matches put together for a one-off independent show. Each match, each segment has a purpose and was designed in introduce talent and elevate talent to our existing and new audiences.
The Road to RISE 8, RISE 9 and Beyond
The stories told in these first six episodes build to our upcoming events. Episode 5 drops June 27, just two days before RISE 8 – OUTBACK in South Gate, CA. Episode 5 serves as the “go-home” show to RISE 8.
Episode 6 will feature Seminar Showcase matches as well as video packages that lead us into our largest scale event to date, RISE 9 – RISE of the Knockouts, a joint promotion with IMPACT Wrestling streaming LIVE on Twitch taking place in Naperville, IL July 7.
The Next Tapings Are Set
ASCENT was not designed to be one set of tapings and then “we’ll see…” Our next tapings will be July 8 in Naperville, IL. We also may film one episode during the course of RISE 8 – OUTBACK.
A large part of what made out first tapings run smoothly was the caliber of talent producing the show.
Producers of matches and segments during the course of the day included Harvey and Jacobs. Added to the mix were IMPACT Hall of Fame Knockout and current Knockouts Producer for IMPACT on Pop Gail Kim, IMPACT Wrestling Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore, Creative Director Sonjay Dutt and IMPACT Knockout Rosemary.
RISE flew in key members of the IMPACT Production Crew, James Long and Ben Coile to shoot not just the in-ring action, but a number of vignettes and interviews as well. IMPACT’s backstage segments are beautifully shot and add a great deal to their overall presentation. We wanted to bring a similar feel to truly elevate the talents of RISE.
Some of that footage has to been seen to truly appreciate how wonderfully it was shot. You’ll see first hand in Episode 1’s “Flight of The Phoenix: Delilah Doom.”
And now it is time for the key element: We need more fan support than ever. This project has been a tremendous undertaking and a labor of love. RISE is a privately funded company. There are no corporate sponsors or backers. In order to keep this project going, we must get the weekly, episodic content to be self-sustaining.
And how we do that is with the help of all in our company, all talent and most of all, our fans.
The key now is to drive subscriptions to riseascent.com. $4.99 per month lands subscribers new episodes of RISE – ASCENT each week as well as access to our entire library of past events and more.
Fans have been asking for this for a very long time: a weekly wrestling program for women to have all to their own. We have done exactly that. And we wish to keep doing exactly that.
There are millions of women’s wrestling fans out there who’ve been asking for a product like this. We want to reach as many of them as possible.
But we need everyone’s help.
Spread the word.
Shout it from the rooftops.
We all got here together and we can keep this going together.
Today, we begin our ASCENT. Join us for one hell of a ride: riseascent.com.