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February 19 is going to be a very memorable day for RISE as we present RISE – A Nice Day in Orlando. Since we ventured to Orlando the first time last year and we saw just how many women talents there were in Orlando and surrounding areas, I have wanted to go back. I want to go back and see more of the talents we just started to know, talents like Avery Taylor, Janai Kai and Sofia Castillo just to name a few. I also know there are many more talents who were not able to attend our last learning outing.

And this time, we’re coming back with one hell of a learning opportunity for women wrestlers. We have one of the most vocal supporters of women’s wrestling facilitating our World Class Development Seminar. We have another Hall of Fame career’s worth of knowledge joining our mission in Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes.

We have the legendary Mick Foley joining RISE February 19!

This is exciting to me in so many ways, professionally and personally.

Professionally, knowing that someone with the experience and expertise of Mick Foley not only believes in what we do, but is also willing to be part of Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes, that is incredibly validating that we are doing the right thing. It’s just amazing to me the learning opportunity available for those in this Seminar!

Personally, I still remember it like it was yesterday, sitting on the living room floor in glorious Climax, Michigan, watching Monday Night Raw. I remember seeing the sit down interviews with Mankind and Jim Ross, the interviews where the world was introduced to Dude Love. Those very interviews made me believe that maybe, just maybe there was a place in the wrestling world for someone like me.

I cannot wait to see what inspiration Mick brings to the up and coming generation of women wrestlers.

Mrs. Harvey’s Man Child is indeed very excited to be teaming with Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy!

Women Wrestlers, seating is very limited in this seminar and we are allowing entry by invitation only. We may have a very select few open seats, and to be added into consideration for any remaining seats, please email kevin@wrestlingpipeline.com, Subject: Foley Seminar.

Fans, join us for RISE – A Nice Day in Orlando! We will be taping several episodes of RISE – ASCENT featuring such talents as Phoenix of RISE Champion Mercedes Martinez, 1/2 of The Guardians of RISE Tag Tam Champions Dust with Rosemary in her corner, “BIG Swole” Aerial Monroe, Samantha Heights, Leva Bates and more!

Mick will also be available for a Meet and Greet with fans.

This is a very small, intimate venue, so tickets in advance are strongly encouraged. Only a few Front Row remain at $30, all other tickets $15 at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

Meet and Greet with Mick Foley is $40 and includes 1 Photo with Mick (taken with your camera) and 1 Autographed Photo (or 1 substituted item you provide you wish to have signed). Additional autographs are available at $30 per item. Meet and Greet is also now on sale at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

Get ready, Orlando! We’re coming, and it’s going to be a very Nice Day in Orlando!

rise-final-012018 is in the books. It was one hell of a year for RISE. It was ambitious. Some, myself included, would argue it was overly ambitious. We’ve lived. We’ve learned. And we’ve moved on to fight another day.

2018 saw 5 Live Events: SENSATION, STEEL, OUTBACK, RISE of The Knockouts and INSANITY. We also saw 4 sets of ASCENT Tapings: Pittsburgh, Naperville, Orlando and Berwyn, producing 22 Episodes of original content. We also put out our first behind-the-scenes documentary IGNITION. 

When I look at that number – 28 pieces of original creative content ranging from 25 minutes to 3 hours, I am incredibly proud of what we have done as a company with virtually zero financial resources. That’s pride in every wrestler, referee, announcer, commentator, manager, camera operator, sound operator, graphic designer, video editor, producer, writer and partner promoter. 

That pride also includes two very important groups of people…

Seminar Attendees: To all who attended our World Class Development Seminars, RISE on the Road Seminars and Online Seminars – thank you! Investing in the development of upcoming generations of wrestling talent is the very backbone of why our program was founded. Though not everyone from every seminar can be selected for immediate opportunities to perform, I hope you all walked away from your time with us better for the business of professional wrestling, learning more about the craft and learning more about yourself.

Fans: Without you, none of us would have a reason to put on Live Events and to develop a worldwide pipeline of talent for all of professional wrestling. However you support, tickets, merchandise, subscriptions, Patreon… I cannot express enough gratitude that you choose to support RISE.

Many thanks to our partner promotions in 2018. Their teams helped us put on the best shows possible and reach new audiences. Thank you Dave Prazak and SHIMMER Women Athletes, Justin Plummer and IWC, Bart Kapitzke and AWS Promotions, Alex Pourteau and Pro Wrestling 2.0, Rossi Ogawa, Melissa Deadrich and Sonny Gutierrez and World Wonder Ring STARDOM and Ed Norholm, Scott D’Amore, Don Callis, Sonjay Dutt, Gail Kim, Ariel Shnerer and IMPACT Wrestling.

Thank you Jon Moody, Jesse Forney, West Ghost Designs and IMPACT Wrestling’s Digital Art team for upping our game with logos, event posters and match graphics. Without a doubt, things got kicked up a notch this year…except the ones that sucked (those were done by me, probably at like 3:45 AM…).

Thank you Mike Robles, Ivan Cespedes, Ben Coile, Eric Tompkins and James Long. Never underestimate the power of a good video crew! From Live Events to assembling ASCENT Episodes to graphic effects to video packages, these are the guys who make real magic happen in post production.

Thank you Josh Mathews, someone who has done so much for RISE this year, connecting us with needed resources, often in ways that were not public facing, but extremely helpful in advancing our brand.

Thank you Jimmy Jacobs. 20 years have passed since we first met. Our lives took different roads. I could not be happier those roads were able to intersect all these years later, bringing your creativity and passion for making wrestling a better place to all facets of RISE.

Thank you to those who facilitated World Class Development Seminars for us this year: Mercedes Martinez, Madusa, Gail Kim, Scott D’Amore, Jimmy Jacobs, Sonjay Dutt, Nicole Matthews, Saraya Knight, Rain, Cheerleader Melissa and Lexie Fyfe.

Thank you to those who facilitated Online Seminars in 2018: Lenny Leonard, Dave Prazak, Portia Perez and Madusa.

Thank you to all those who support me darn near every day. Sometimes that’s just being a good friend who’ll listen. Sometimes that’s wrangling me back to reality when I’m off the rails. Thanks for reality checking me when I’ve turned into “Pepe.” But most of all, thank you for putting up with any of my eccentricities because you believe in what RISE is trying to do. Thank you for believing in the good it can do. In no particular order, thank you Dave Prazak, Pat Creed, Stephane Bruyere, Saraya Knight, Allison Danger, Lexie Fyfe, Cheerleader Melissa, Portia Perez, Mercedes Martinez and Courtney Rush.

Thank you to those who worked so hard for RISE and have moved on to their new careers in WWE. I love you and miss you dearly Deonna Purrazzo, Chelsea Green and James Long. Three of the best at what they do, three who deserve every global opportunity and accolade they have coming their way.

Thank you to Cierra McCauley and her entire family for letting our team be part of spreading your message through #DancerBeatingCancer. I only hope the moment Cierra got to share with the talent and fans in Berwyn in April made her feel even half as special as we all did just getting the chance to meet her and thank her for her bravery and selflessness for her cause.

Last, and by obviously no means least, thank you to every woman (and a few of the boys) who have performed in the rings of RISE. I know I lean on you quite a bit on show days. And that’s A LOT more on show days (and pretty much every day in between) for those women within any remote proximity to The Phoenix of RISE or The Guardians of RISE Championships. You all are saints and deserve the universal, “Thank you for putting up with my shit.”

In addition to these many thanks, there is one final item I would like to address here as we wrap 2018.

Many fans are concerned that RISE is no longer focused on Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes. I absolutely understand where that perception comes from and appreciate fans’ concerns. But, I assure you, we have not lost this focus. We are making some pretty big moves in RISE 12 and RISE 13 to double down, to give as many opportunities to Seminar talents as possible.

In fact, I plan to discuss some of the details I know full well lead to these concerns from 2018 in full in the very first episode of The Process which will be recorded January 6 LIVE on Twitch with full interactive fan Q&A at 7 PM Eastern Time. This episode of The Process will focus specifically on the events leading into RISE 8 – OUTBACK, RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts and the RISE – ASCENT Naperville Tapings and how the company very nearly folded. How near was it? It was so very near that Episode 13 had an alternate ending on paper only I knew. That ending would have been instituted if it were, in fact, the last RISE Event produced. The decision to roll with the original event conclusion was not made until just before intermission the day of the Naperville Tapings.

Join us for The Process: Kicked Out at 2! at twitch.tv/risedtwa January 6 at 7 PM.

By the numbers…

3 of our girls made their debuts representing RISE in Japan. 3 others would have had it not been for injuries.

4 of our girls made their debuts with IMPACT Wrestling.

In our first 2 years, 148 Women have competed inside the rings of RISE. Of those 148, 97 were Seminar Discoveries. That’s 65.5%.

Since RISE 3, we’ve stated that we hope for our events to be as close to 1/3 Featured Talent, 1/3 a core RISE Roster cultivated from our Seminars and 1/3 Seminar Discoveries. 

Those are pretty damn solid numbers, showing the future is bright. RISE has been and always will be about mixing Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest. 

And we have an even bigger focus on Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes and giving them  more opportunities to shine than ever before.

It’s not a coincidence that RISE 12 only has 4 matches announced right now. The rest of the card will be filled from The Prospective Talent Pool combined with announced talent not currently in advertised matches.

RISE 13 has our first ever RISE of The Contender match will have 30 spots. It is my goal to have “at least” 10-15 of those spots occupied by new Seminar Discoveries and past Seminar Discoveries returning from the voting polls currently open at rise-wrestling.com/rotcvoting. Without going too far ahead and revealing plans…and possibly spoiling parts of RISE 12…as of this writing, there are 22 opportunities for new Seminar Discoveries and those voted to return by fans.

This is who we are.

This is what we do.

This is Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes.

This…

This is RISE!

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Now available for subscribers on RISE – ASCENT The App and riseascent.com, it’s RISE – ASCENT, Episode 11 – The Search for Tito!

This week, Alicia Atout hosts a special in-ring interview with Kylie Rae. We hear from Guardians of RISE, Paradise Lost with Rosemary. “The Fallen Flower” Kikyo takes on Chelsea Green. Cameras were still rolling after the farewell moment for Deonna Purrazzo from last week. Allie searches for the perfect tag team partner and Kris Wolf searches for the missing Tito. And in the Main Event this week, Kimber Lee faces Shazza McKenzie. Plus appearances by Britt Baker and Phoenix of RISE Champion Tessa Blanchard!

Don’t miss the newest weekly episodes! Subscribe today for just $4.99 per month and also get our entire archive of past events!

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Pre-orders and new orders and now shipping for RISE – ASCENT: The Pittsburgh Collection. The first six episodes of our weekly program RISE – ASCENT are now available for those who wish to own them on DVD, Blu-ray or Digital Download.

DVDs, 2 Disc Set – $30

Blu-rays, 2 Disc Set – $40

Digital Downloads, 2 Volumes (3 Episodes per Volume), $12 Each.

Order yours today at pipeline.ecwid.com!

Here’s what you’ll see across the first several episodes!

Disc 1/Volume 1 –
Episode 1: Kimber Lee vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Paradise Lost vs. Kate Carney and Riley Shepard
“The Fallen Flower” Kikyo vs. Xia Brookside
“The Crown Jewel” Kimber Lee vs. “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart
Episode 2: Tessa Blanchard vs. Britt Baker
 
Nevaeh with Jessicka Havok vs. Tasha Steelz
Ray Lyn with Karen Q vs. “Double D” Dementia D’Rose
Non-Title Match: IWC Women’s Champion Britt Baker vs. Tessa Blanchard
Episode 3: Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom vs. Jessicka Havok
 
Katie Arquette vs. Jinx
Regina “Honey” Badger vs. Miranda Alize
Phoenix of RISE Championship: (C) Delilah Doom vs. Jessicka Havok with Nevaeh
Disc 2 –
Episode 4: Mercedes Martinez vs. Deonna Purrazzo
 
“The Fallen Flower” Kikyo vs. Tasha Steelz
Karen Q with Ray Lyn vs. Gabby Gilbert
“The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez vs. “The Virtuosa” Deonna Purrazzo
Episode 5: The Killer Death Machines vs. Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom and Shotzi Blackheart
 
“Double D” Dementia D’Rose vs. Miranda Alize
Non-Title: SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy vs. Katie Arquette
The Killer Death Machines vs. Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom and “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart
Episode 6: Seminar Showcase
 
Regina “Honey” Badger vs. Jinx
Riley Shepard vs. Kate Carney

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RISE 8 – OUTBACK is now available on DVD and Blu-ray! DVDs are $15, Blu-rays $20 and can be ordered at pipeline.ecwid.com! All pre-orders and new orders will ship Thursday, August 2, including international orders! Prices do not include shipping, shipping costs will be calculated in the online store before orders are finalized.

RISE 8 – OUTBACK is also available now as Digital Download for $12 at pipeline.ecwid.com.

Here’s what’s in store from our latest outing from Los Angeles, held June 29:

Commentary by Allison Danger and Sienna

Team Blue Nation (Charli Evans and Jessica Troy) vs. The Killer Baes (Heather Monroe and Laura James)

Andrew Everett vs. Mia Yim

Bones of Contention (Ray Lyn and Karen Q) vs. Britt Baker (Representing Fire and Nice)

Four Way Elimination Match: “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez vs. “The Crown Jewel” Kimber Lee vs. Shazza McKenzie vs. Kris Wolf

Paradise Lost (Raven’s Ash and Dust) with Rosemary vs. Fight for Evers (Rachael Ellering and Taya Valkyrie)

Nicole Matthews and Ayoka Muhara vs. Wily Smilies (Kylie Rae and Miranda Alize)

Phoenix of RISE Championship: (C) Delilah Doom vs. “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart

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Now available for subscribers at riseascent.com: RISE – ASCENT, Episode 9 – A Diamond’s First Defense! This episode will also be available for subscribers at twitch.tv/risedtwa later this morning.

The Main Event this week features the first defense of The Phoenix of RISE Championship by Tessa Blanchard against challenger Madison Rayne! After winning the vacated title in a grueling 30 Minute Iron Woman Match against Mercedes Martinez, Blanchard looks to continue to prove Tessa is Forever. In recent matches on IMPACT on POP TV, Madison is 2-0 against Tessa. Will Madison Rayne add yet another title to her impressive resume? Or, will Tessa Blanchard show why she is Undeniable?

Also this week, Bones of Contention have always been at odds with one another, but in recent weeks, it seems they are almost at war. Can they bring it together to take on Team Blue Nation? It’s a battle of one well-oiled tag team machine vs. a machine with clearly grinding gears.

Shazza McKenzie debuts on ASCENT this week taking on Miranda Alize. Miranda has been on a hot streak in one-on-one competition on ASCENT. Can she keep it alive against a world class competitor like Shazza?

Find out all these answers plus hear from Alicia Atout with Allie on the topic of The Killer Death Machines!

Don’t miss a beat, subscribe at riseascent.com today for just $4.99 per month!

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The World Class Development Seminar as part of RISE 10 – INSANITY October 19, kicking off the SHIMMER Weekend is now open for registration. This outing, Volume 1 OGs, will feature four facilitators who we will announce over the coming weeks.

For our first facilitator, we are thrilled to announce the return to RISE of Cheerleader Melissa! This will be Melissa’s second World Class Development Seminar with us after facilitating RISE 6 with Kris Wolf and the legendary Bull Nakano. In addition to aiding our mission in Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes, Cheerleader Melissa will be selecting her opponent for the RISE 10 – INSANITY Live Event direct from the Prospective Talent Pool!

Who else will join Melissa to facilitate Volume 1 OGs? Stay tuned to this website and our Social Media to find out!

To register for this seminar, please visit rise-wrestling.com/seminar.

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It is a call no one ever wants to receive from someone they care deeply about. As many of our fans know, I have received four of those calls in the last two weeks. Four women who have been integral parts of RISE have been injured, all at possibly the most inopportune times of them all – before or during their first tours of Japan with World Wonder Ring STARDOM.

As stated before, NOTHING is more important to me than the health and well being of our talent, period. Every one of these calls has been heartbreaking. Put them all together, and it just seems unreal.

Delilah Doom, Shotzi Blackheart and Kikyo have been with us since RISE 1. Kylie Rae joined us at RISE 5. The genuine joy in their eyes when I told all four they were going to Japan, in front of a live, sold out Los Angeles audience, was something I will never forget. It is very high on my list for all-time wrestling moments. To see what that meant to all four women in that moment was truly unforgettable.

Tonight, I ask the wrestling community spread the word of a special Twitch Stream we will be hosting tonight, highlighting the RISE Careers of these four wonderful women. Let’s showcase the careers of some of professional wrestling’s brightest up and coming stars.

The RISE Twitch Channel, twitch.tv/risedtwa, has been outfitted with a PayPal donation button that will remain active all day and throughout tonight’s stream. Funds raised through this button will be dispersed evenly amongst the girls to assist in covering medical expenses and to compensate for lost earnings due to injuries.

Additionally, money raised through Twitch Bits today will also be distributed amongst the girls.

Tonight, we celebrate four wonderful women. And tonight, we prepare for just how amazing the epic returns of all four will be.

Wrestling community, please share, retweet, etc. Twitch Community, we appreciate as much hosting and sharing as possible.

And all, please discuss and share using the hashtag #RISEonTwitch.

I look forward to seeing everyone tonight.

Regards,

Kevin

Matches on deck… (not necessarily in streaming order…)

RISE 2 – ASCENT

Kikyo enters the Saraya Knight open challenge

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Mercedes Martinez

Delilah Doom vs. Phoenix of RISE Champion Angel Dust

RISE 3 – MEDIC

Kikyo vs. Jewells Malone

Delilah Doom vs. Rosemary

RISE 4 – WARRIORS RISE

Phoenix of RISE Champion Shotzi Blackheart vs. Delilah Doom

RISE 5 – RISING SUN

Kylie Rae vs. Nicole Savoy

RISE 6 – BRUTALITY

Kikyo vs. Cheerleader Melissa (And the rebirth of Gokumon-to)

Kylie Rae vs. Deonna Purrazzo

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In the next twenty-four hours, four of my “kids” leave for Tokyo, Japan for their first tours with World Wonder Ring STARDOM. And when I think of this, I grin ear to ear with tremendous pride.

Two of my “kids” are unable to make their trips as scheduled due to injuries. And when I think of this, it just makes me want to cry. I know just how much this meant to them, but I also know their talent cannot be denied, and another opportunity will come with time.

All six of these amazing women have at least one big thing in common. At some point, they read about some thing called “RISE,” and decided to take a risk on a a yet-unproven concept of talent development. Rightfully skeptic, they all still took a chance on RISE. And, in turn, RISE has taken chances on them.

Britt Baker, Kikyo, Dust, Shotzi and Delilah all came to us at RISE 1 – IGNITE. Kylie Rae took her chance at RISE 5 – RISING SUN. All showed us their work ethic, spending entire days in grueling seminars with the likes of Saraya Knight, Colt Cabana, Tom Prichard, Mercedes Martinez, Cheerleader Melissa, Madusa, Aja Kong, Bull Nakano and more. Then on top of that would go on to wrestle, and in many cases, Main Event RISE cards. That’s no easy task. 

One way or another, I know I have pushed all six of these women in ways that challenged them. At times, I annoyed them or even made them mad. I’d love to tell you I’m a peach to work with all the time, but I’m not. And these six women have had to put up with more of my wild ideas and moodiness than most. 

And in their own ways, they all helped us build a brand. They helped us build a company that means something to the bigger picture of professional wrestling. 

They’ve all helped me in more ways personally and professionally than I can ever articulate in a blog. 

I only have one thing to ask of the girls.

Be you. 

Be wonderfully, unapologetically you. You are all wonderful in your owns ways and have your own unique places cemented on our team.

You are the ones who earned this opportunity.

You are the ones who have done the work. 

You…YOU ARE RISE!!!

I love you, girls.

Now, go show the world how wonderful you are.

STARDOM…they’re coming…