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For better or worse, one thing I think any fans or followers of RISE will give me for all my faults is I have always been honest with them, both in the good times and the bad. I have been able to break awesome, exciting news. And I’ve had to drop news that’s sad and disappointing.

I wish I could tell you this was one of those exciting bits of news. But, again, there’s that honesty thing.

In under two years, we have been able to make a lot of noise and, not without its criticisms, provide a product that was met with almost entirely positive reviews as both a Seminar and a Live Event and Video Product.

More importantly, we have been able to do a lot of good, in my obviously biased opinion, for the entire industry. 

Originally designed to be a discovery and development program for SHIMMER, to date, 34 talents who have received opportunities from SHIMMER were discovered through our program.

We have been able to develop a relationship with STARDOM. 6 women who made positive impressions upon our company and representatives from STARDOM have been selected for a tour of Japan in just a few weeks.

And recently, one of our own made her debut in IMPACT Wrestling after proving herself to IMPACT Management on hand for our Pittsburgh Seminar and tapings. And there are several other talents whose names are in consideration for future opportunities.

And yet, despite all that, our Seminars, the very backbone of our company, are all but completely bare. Even after lowering prices compared to RISE 5, 6, and 7, the RISE 8 and RISE 9 Seminars combined are not even half the attendance of any prior individual Seminar we’ve held.

Los Angeles, which has historically been our best market for Live Event attendance, is quite far off the mark from prior visits. We sold out in advance our last outing. Though we are expecting a decent turnout for RISE 8, it does not appear to be close to our prior outing at RISE 6.

And Naperville, two days of incredibly stacked shows, is less than two weeks away. And the presale tickets are actually less than RISE 1? I just do not know what to say. Still in our home market of Chicago where in the month of April we set a Berwyn attendance record for women’s wrestling, selling out in advance. Where have we gone wrong?

I’ve been beating myself up something fierce for the last week.

Did we do our fans wrong?

Did we oversaturate the market?

Is Naperville, despite being on top of a commuter train station and just off the highway, too far or too difficult for some of our core fans to travel?

Did our Seminars lose their value? 

I could list a million questions I have asked myself a million times. But my goal is to not make this too rambling. 

Here is what it all boils down to.

100% of the revenue from all RISE Seminars, video and merchandise sales (outside of revenue donated to fundraisers) was put back into the company. 

I am not a rich guy. I make a reasonable five-figure living and I did my damndest to keep this thing going. I would love to tell you I can do this forever. But, there it is again. It’s that honesty.

As of this writing, the plans are to still move forward with RISE 8, RISE 9 and RISE – ASCENT Tapings through July 8. Too many wheels are already in motion to change this now. And, somehow, some way, this will all pull together. 

Also as of this writing, I have pulled all tickets from the online store for RISE 10 – INSANITY, originally slated for October 19 in Berwyn. It is my goal NOT to cancel this event. Should that happen, tickets will be refunded for those who have purchased already.

But, if I’m being honest with myself and all of you, there is a nearly 100% chance that July 8’s RISE – ASCENT Tapings will be the last RISE Event, and that just breaks my heart in ways I cannot articulate.

RISE came for me in a time when I need a brightness in my life amidst a lot of darkness. And it provided that. Getting to know these women, watch them grow, watch them become stars…that is what I got out of this. I have not made $1. I have not received “any other benefits” that some imaginations create as my reasons for doing this.

I did it to do something good for women in wrestling. No more. No less.

I can honestly say I have given it everything I have. Every spare minute. Every penny I had. Every bit of love an attention I could muster went the way of RISE or the talent within it.

I bet everything I had on RISE. But that’s the trouble with gambling, you do not always win.

And this week the realization hit me that I can just no longer do it on my own financially. I am at a point where there are going to be significant, personal hardships and struggles. And sometimes, when you’re in the hole, you eventually have to realize how deep it is and you have to stop digging.

I still love RISE.

I still believe in RISE. 

I still believe there is much good to be done from RISE.

Do you?

Do you want to help?

Then, please, let people know where to find us. 

Let them know where they can view our shows in person if we’re in their area. 

Let them know how they can see our amazing talents through our streaming videos or DVD and Blu-ray sales.

And if this is going to be it, let’s send it out in a blaze of glory. Let’s all come together one more time July 7-8 in Naperville, IL near Chicago. 

Maybe we can all come together in a way that can help RISE soar once more.

Or maybe, this will be where RISE gets its final entry into the history books. 

No one can ever say we didn’t try our hardest.

I am so, so sorry to all the fans and to the girls. I know this blog will disappoint a lot of people. No one is more disappointed than I am that I cannot pull this out any longer on my own.

To any who supported this idea, thank you. Whoever you are, however you did it, you were all part of the driving force behind RISE.

Thank you forever.

Kevin

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Due to circumstances beyond the control of RISE, our Seminar with TJ Wilson scheduled for June 23 in Chicago has been cancelled.

TJ informed us, “Unfortunately on my end, I did not take the proper steps into assuring I would be able to make the obligation. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. This was not in any way intentional.”

All Seminar attendees have already been refunded through their original means of payment. For those who have already made plans to travel to Chicago, we have a few possible alternate Seminars that can be arranged. Please email kevin@wrestlingpipeline.com for options and information.

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It is with great pride that we announce today’s official launch of RISE – ASCENT, our new, episodic platform devoted to showcasing Women’s Wrestling every week. New episodes drop Wednesdays. Episode 1 is available now at riseascent.com.

We are definitely not starting out slow! The Commentary Team of Lexie Fyfe and Sienna guide you through three matches. Paradise Lost, the team of Raven’s Ash and Heart of SHIMMER Champion Dust, guided by Rosemary take on the team of Kate Carney and Riley Shepard. “The Fallen Flower” Kikyo faces the debuting Xia Brookside. And in our first Main Event, “The Crown Jewel” Kimber Lee does battle with “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart.

Another can’t-miss segment on this episode is the video feature Flight of The Phoenix, a video profile on Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom.

Fans, let us know you’re watching and what you think on Social Media using hashtag #RISEASCENT! We want to know who’s watching and we want to hear your feedback!

And we are not slowing down next week. Here’s what’s in store for Episode 2:

Nevaeh with Jessicka Havok vs. Tasha Steelz

Ray Lyn with Karen Q. vs. “Double D” Rose

Main Event, Non-Title Match: Tessa Blanchard vs. IWC Women’s Champion Britt Baker

Flight of The Phoenix, a video profile on former Phoenix of RISE Champion Shotzi Blackheart.

Don’t miss a beat! Subscribe today at riseacent.com!

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RISE has come to an agreement with Jimmy Jacobs that will see him involved in all future RISE Live Events and RISE – ASCENT Tapings as a Writer and Producer. Jimmy’s contributions to RISE 6 – BRUTALITY in Los Angeles and our first tapings of RISE – ASCENT in Pittsburgh have had profoundly positive impact on our overall product, and perhaps most importantly, the continuing development of our talent.

“Jimmy Jacobs is incredibly important to what we are trying to do. Jimmy is an extraordinarily passionate person, and it shows in everything he does. What’s even more impressive is Jimmy’s ability to leverage that and draw even more passion out of each and every talent he encounters. Jimmy challenges everyone in RISE, myself included, pushing them to be better. And when that happens, it truly brings out the best in our entire team,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

Jacobs officially steps into his permanent roles effective June 29 at RISE 8 – OUTBACK in Los Angeles.

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There’s a lot of energy in the air as we are just over a month away from RISE 7 – SENSATION Friday, April 13 in Berwyn, IL. What has been announced for the Live Event already has us nearly sold out! In fact, we are down to 7 reserved seats in the Third Row, then all that remains is GA. We are anticipating a sellout in advance, do not plan on getting tickets at the door. Get yours today at pipeline.ecwid.com.

What has not yet been announced, and is always one of the most intriguing and fun elements of all RISE Live Events. How the Prospective Talent Pool will come into play?! Many aspiring women wrestlers are set to enter the World Class Development Seminar facilitated by Mercedes Martinez, Kris Wolf and Bull Nakano. Each of them is now a member of the Prospective Talent Pool and could be picked for a number of opportunities for RISE 7, including being the final member of Madusa’s team for Deuce’s Alliance joining “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart and Cheerleader Melissa vs. Bull Nakano’s Gokumon-to, the team of Kris Wolf, “The Fallen” Flower Kikyo and Dynamite DiDi.

And now, ladies and gentlemen, the Prospective Talent Pool (so far…3 seats remain) for RISE – 7 SENSATION:

Angelus Layne, Shayla Hyde, Hyan, Facebrooke, Harlow O’Hara, Jenna Van Muscles, Tesha Price, Charlie Kruel, Stefany Sinclair, Dementia D’Rose, Indi Hartwell, Allie Gato, Rachelle Riveter, Cici Galavis, Nina Monet, Anna Angle and Queen Aminata.

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All areas of seating for our RISE – ASCENT Tapings to be held in the Pittsburgh Market are now on sale! This historic event takes place May 12 at the White Oak Athletic Association located at 1798 Lower Heckman Rd. in White Oak, PA 15131. We will be taping 6 episodes in all for RISE – ASCENT, our new weekly series debuting at riseascent.com in late May 2018.

Front Row have already sold a significant amount, but still available in limited quantity at $50. Second Row: $40, Third Row: $30 and General Admission: $20. All tickets now on sale at pipeline.ecwid.com.

Pricing and on sale date TBD: We will be hosting a VIP Meet and Greet with IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer and Knockouts Producer Gail Kim! All the stars of RISE will also be on hand for this VIP Event.

Already announced as the Main Event of RISE – ASCENT, Episode 1: IWC Women’s Champion Britt Baker vs. Tessa Blanchard! Providing Color Commentary will be IMPACT Wrestling Knockout Sienna.

Also appearing throughout the course of these tapings: Phoenix of RISE and SHIMMER Tag Team Champion Delilah Doom, SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy, Mercedes Martinez, Paradise Lost: The Team of IMPACT Knockout Rosemary and Dust, The Killer Death Machines: The Team Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh, Kikyo, Deonna Purrazzo and Shotzi Blackheart! Many more TBA, plus the Seminar’s Prospective Talent Pool!

“There is a lot more in store for these tapings then we have revealed here. We will be taping ‘at least’ 6 Episodes of RISE – ASCENT, and each one will have ‘at least’ one can’t-miss match advertised. With the talents committed thus far and the early Seminar signups, I am very excited about the cards presented in this first taping,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

The Producers and Executive Team from IMPACT Wrestling will remain on hand May 12 to oversee the execution of these first episodes of RISE – ASCENT, written by Kevin Harvey, Jimmy Jacobs and Rosemary.

We hope to see you all there in Pittsburgh!

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Recordings have begun of our new podcast, Women on the RISE! This weekly series will feature exclusive interviews from today’s best and tomorrow’s brightest women professional wrestlers as well as others involved in the world of women’s wrestling. The podcast is slated for a late March 2018 release and will be available through a variety of channels online, including iTunes, SoundCloud and more.

RISE is also happy to announce that at 2 PM Friday, April 6, we will be hosting our first LIVE recording of Women on the RISE! The fun takes place at the Royal St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, LA!

With everyone in town for pro wrestling’s biggest weekend, you never quite know who might show up for this one! Get your tickets for this very limited seating event now at pipeline.ecwid.com.

Episode 0, a small audio sample for the purpose of testing feeds, is available now at our SoundCloud page.

We cannot wait to bring you a whole new series of exclusive interviews very soon through Women on the RISE!

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We are elated to announce our newest partner, International Wrestling Cartel in Pittsburgh! In conjunction with IWC, we will present our newest variety of Seminar and Live Event, the first installment of RISE – Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Art of TV Series!

This new Seminar series will be focused on training and developing wrestlers and wrestling personalities skills and abilities specific to performing in a television taping environment. Training will cover facets of in-ring performance and beyond.

Facilitators for these Seminars will include industry veterans currently involved in wrestling television production and those with longstanding history and world renown experience as writers, producers and talents with some of the business’ top televised brands.

The first RISE – LCA Seminar takes place May 11 at IWC’s Iron City Wrestling Academy. This is a full day Seminar and will have multiple facilitators, the first we can confirm today is Jimmy Jacobs.

Jimmy Jacobs returns to RISE, this time lending his nearly 20 years of experience as a formal trainer. Jacobs has vast experience working in some of the highest pressure TV environments. As a writer for WWE, Jacobs was an integral part of creation and execution of weekly, episodic television, including the wildly popular “List of Jericho” and so much more. Jacobs is currently involved with IMPACT Wrestling with roles both on and off camera.

“Jimmy Jacobs’ creative process and attention to detail is something I hope every aspiring wrestler has the chance to see. He has an obvious passion for everything he does. That passion is contagious and helps bring out the best in others. Jimmy being part of our team is incredibly important to what we are trying to do,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

May 12, we will put talents to the test as this event presented by IWC and RISE will be run not just as a single Live Event. This will be written, performed and executed in the same manner as a television taping, filming several installments of weekly, episodic content. This content will be made available to a worldwide audience at a later date, however we cannot disclose the distribution and viewing details at this time.

What additional facilitators and producers will be part of the first RISE – Lights, Camera, ACTION outing? What talents will be part of the tapings? How will the Prospective Talent Pool of Seminar Participants factor into the equation?

These any many other questions will be answered very soon!

Thank you to our new partners at IWC for helping make all of this possible, adding yet another layer to a very exciting 2018 for RISE!

The vision of RISE Live Events from the very beginning was to utilize today’s best to develop tomorrow’s brightest. At the conclusion of RISE 2 – ASCENT, we were able to find balance for our cards. Roughly one third of the cards would be Featured Talents and Special Guests, another third talent selected directly from our Seminars and one third from an established, core RISE Roster.

The RISE Roster is comprised 100% of talent identified from our World Class Development and RISE on the Road Seminars, talent we have identified to be focal points of stories told in the ring.

At the conclusion of RISE 2, our roster began with six women: Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom, Dust, Britt Baker, Chelsea Green, Kikyo and Shotzi Blackheart. At RISE 3, we added Deonna Purrazzo and Jewells Malone. After RISE 5, we grew once more adding Jessica Troy, Charli Evans, Kylie and Zoe Lucas. And now, the time has come to grow the roster once more.

As many know, “Big Swole” Aerial Monroe was added to the roster after standing toe-to-toe with SHIMMER Champion Nicole Savoy at RISE 6 – BRUTALITY and outlasting many others in a special Battle Royal at AWS Promotions December 2. That Battle Royal boiled down to a one-on-one contest seeing Aerial defeat Willow Nightingale to solidify her place as a RISE Roster Member.

And now, for the first time we publicly welcome and congratulate the newest additions to the RISE Roster!

Welcome, Heather Monroe! We first met Heather at RISE 1 – IGNITE and would get to know her more at RISE 5 – RISING SUN and RISE 6. And in the short time between RISE 6 and the recent RISE on the Road – Austin, Heather had shown just how hard she’s been working to evolve as a performer, and now will be a permanent fixture in RISE. Rumor has it Heather is also looking to make a go in The Tag Team Awakening. Rumor has it Heather’s prospective partner would be Killer.

Welcome, Ray Lyn! From The German Suplex of DOOM from Shayna Baszler at RISE 1 to being literally dragged about Berwyn by the hair by Saraya Knight at RISE 5, Ray Lyn has proven herself to be tenacious! Always entertaining in the ring, Ray Lyn is not a competitor to be taken lightly. Now, as one half of Bones of Contention with partner Karen Q, Ray Lyn looks to make a big impression in The Tag Team Awakening with her partner despite their…minor differences of opinion…

Welcome, Karen Q! Karen Q walked through the curtain at RISE 5 and immediately commanded the attention of the audience. Fighting against three people at once is a challenge in and of itself, but holding one’s own with Saraya Knight is no small feat. Karen would move on to make further impressions in RISE-sanctioned matches preceding SHIMMER Volume 96 with her…somewhat reluctant tag team partner, Ray Lyn. Now, the ever-argumentative Bones of Contention are both on the roster, ready to make waves in The Tag Team Awakening.

Welcome, Miranda! We met Miranda at the first RISE on the Road Seminar with Sabotage in October 2017. A month later, Miranda had earned the admiration of the Chicago fans, receiving an ovation for her tremendous effort after a targeted attack from Ray Lyn and Karen Q. Miranda’s efforts even earned a nod from Saraya Knight, a nod not easily earned by anyone. Miranda is currently in the midst of a tour with STARDOM in Japan and has been proving herself against some of the world’s best. Now, with Miranda on the roster and her tag team partner Kylie in Wily Smilies, she is surely a competitor to watch closely in the year ahead!

Congratulations to all these wonderful, talented ladies, and thank you for being a part of what we do!