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.



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.



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


Kikyo enters the Saraya Knight open challenge

Shotzi Blackheart vs. Mercedes Martinez

Delilah Doom vs. Phoenix of RISE Champion Angel Dust


Kikyo vs. Jewells Malone

Delilah Doom vs. Rosemary


Phoenix of RISE Champion Shotzi Blackheart vs. Delilah Doom


Kylie Rae vs. Nicole Savoy


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

Kylie Rae vs. Deonna Purrazzo


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. 


I love you, girls.

Now, go show the world how wonderful you are.

STARDOM…they’re coming…


In a heartbreaking announcement July 4, Delilah Doom informed fans that she is unable to compete after sustaining an avulsion fracture in her ankle in the brutal attack of Paradise Lost following the grueling 20-minute time limit draw with Shotzi Blackheart at RISE 8 – OUTBACK June 29. The injury has shelved Delilah for an uncertain amount of time.

As a result of her injuries and inability to defend the title, Delilah Doom has willingly relinquished The Phoenix of RISE Championship.

“This hurts for so many reasons. We never want to see any talent injured – ever. We know how much the Title means to Delilah and how much she means to us. This whole situation is painful in so many ways,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

As of this writing, The Phoenix of RISE Championship is vacant.

There WILL still be a match for The Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts. It will still be a 30-minute IRON WOMAN MATCH! The winner of the match will be the NEW Phoenix of RISE Champion!

“The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart will face “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez this Saturday night in Naperville, IL.

In addition to the shakeup in the title picture, this leaves us currently without an opponent for Allie. We have reached out to several world class competitors. We have heard back one and are frantically trying to make travel arrangements work to make this match happen.

We are still doing everything we can to provide a CAN’T-MISS event this Saturday in Naperville at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts! Tickets are still available. Get yours today a pipeline.ecwid.com.


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.


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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.


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.