Hey everyone, RISE Executive Producer Kevin Harvey here. It’s no secret I write damn near everything on this site, but this is one I felt it was important to slip into first person.
Last Sunday, we accomplished something incredibly special at RISE – PRIDE & JOY. And by we, I mean RISE. And by RISE, I mean every single member of our roster, staff and crew. And by RISE, I mean our existing fanbase watching live in Chicago and on iPPV. And by RISE, I mean all our new fans, new WRESTLING fans – wrestling fans who shared they attend a pro wrestling event for the very first time because, though they have been fans for varying lengths of time, it was the first time they felt welcome to attend a Live Event.
Over 50% of tickets sold to PRIDE & JOY were to first time RISE ticket buyers. I was approached the day of the event as well as many of the talents and staff too by fans from that 50+% who had never attended a wrestling event before.
And THAT, I feel, is the most important statistic one can say about RISE to date. We reached completely NEW fans. We opened our doors and our hearts to EVERYONE (ok, everyone ages 21 and over…) and connected with more people than ever before.
I would love to say pro wrestling is a perfect world, but it is not. It has come a long way, and RISE, again, ALL of RISE came together and took a positive, tangible big step forward.
In addition to THAT stat, three very important speeches were delivered at PRIDE & JOY. Yes, I said speeches. These were not “wrestling promos.” These were three talents using a platform to speak their mind.
And some of what was said by Shotzi Blackheart, Effy and Mercedes Martinez might make some a little uncomfortable. The words might rattle some cages.
They were supposed to…
And now, if you have not yet taken a look, please view the videos below:
Wrestling Shouldn’t Segregated, Especially By Gender – Shotzi Blackheart
The Line Has Been Drawn – Effy Arrives in RISE
Mercedes Martinez Presents The New Name of RISE