Former Phoenix of RISE Champion, “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart has been selected by Producers of IMPACT Wrestling to receive an opportunity at this Saturday’s Television Tapings in Windsor, Ontario. Shotzi was chosen for this opportunity after making a tremendous impression upon IMPACT Management at both the Lights, Camera, Action: The Art of TV Seminar and RISE – ASCENT Tapings May 11-12 in Pittsburgh.

“This is a moment of tremendous pride for all of us at RISE,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey. “Shotzi has put in countless hours of training and gym time, endless miles by road and by air, all to become better, all to find more opportunities to wrestle with the very best. And now, a big opportunity is before her. I cannot wait to see what comes of it.”

A number of talents were evaluated by IMPACT  Management for this opportunity. For this round of tapings, there was only one opening. However, several doors could be open for several RISE talents in the future.

“I have been part of a number of conversations with IMPACT officials about a number of our girls. This weekend, Shotzi will become the first from the RISE to receive such an opportunity. I would bet anything that she will not be the last,” said Harvey.

Congratulations, Shotzi Blackheart! Go show IMPACT fans worldwide the true meaning of Ballsy!



Matching the side plates of their sister The Phoenix, still standing out as their own. July 7 at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts in Naperville, IL near Chicago, the first two Guardians shall RISE!

In a co-promoted event with IMPACT Wrestling that will be streamed LIVE worldwide on Twitch, the Tag Team Awakening continues, reaching a crucial point in our history, the crowning of our first-ever RISE Tag Team Champions, The Guardians of RISE. Four big Tag Team matches will take place June 29 at RISE 8 – OUTBACK in South Gate, CA near Los Angeles. Of the winning four teams, one of those will become The Guardians at RISE 9.

But, who will it be? At RISE 8 we will see…

The Worst Best Friends, Madison Eagles and Nicole Matthews vs. Wily Smilies, Kylie Rae and Miranda Alize

Paradise Lost, Heart of SHIMMER Champion Dust and Raven’s Ash with “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary vs. Fight for Evers, Rachael Ellering and Taya Valkyrie

Bones of Contention, Karen Q and Ray Lyn vs Fire and Nice, Britt Baker and Chelsea Green

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

The Tag Team Awakening has been an important part of the vision of RISE. Join us to see just how serious we are about this mission!

Tickets for both RISE 8 and RISE 9 are currently available at pipeline.ecwid.com.

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In the Main Event of RISE 8 – OUTBACK, Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom defends against the former champion, “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart. At the conclusion of RISE 7 – SENSATION, Shotzi would congratulate Delilah on her victory over Deonna Purrazzo and stake her claim to a rematch for a title many feel she did not rightfully lose.

And an entire series of events between these two competitors happened May 12 over the course our first RISE – ASCENT Tapings. You won’t want to miss an episode as the most anticipated rematch in RISE history has much story left to be told starting this Wednesday, May 30 at riseascent.com.


Four of the top women wrestlers in the world collide in this Four-Way Elimination Match as Kris Wolf takes on “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez, Shazza McKenzie and Kimber Lee!


This match was signed specifically at the request of both competitors. What kind of crazy, high-flying antics will happen in South Gate, CA in this Intergender Battle as Mia Yim faces Andrew Everett?


The Tag Team Awakening marches on at RISE 8. These four matches will have direct implication as to who will become the first-ever Guardians of RISE Tag Team Champions? Eight teams come to South Gate with the same goal. Four will continue on the road to the championships, with the Guardians being crowned July 7 at RISE 9 – RISE of The Knockouts in Naperville, IL

The Worst Best Friends reunite as Madison Eagles and Nicole Matthews take on Wily Smilies, Kylie Rae and Miranda. Two of today’s most respected veterans face to of this generation’s brightest up-and-comers!


The most disruptive force in RISE, Paradise Lost, the team of Heart of SHIMMER Champion Dust and Raven’s Ash (the former Melanie Cruise) with “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary in their corner face two of Storm Wrestling Academy’s prized students, Taya Valkyrie and Rachael Ellering, collectively known as Fight for Evers.


The only thing they have in common is neither wants to lose… Bones of Contention, Karen Q and Ray Lyn face one of the most popular tag teams in women’s wrestling today, Britt Baker and Chelsea Green, Fire and Nice!


Team Blue Nation, Charli Evans and Jessica Troy have made it clear they intend to become nothing less than that first Guardians of RISE. To do so, they must face The Killer Baes, Laura James and Heather Monroe. Will the Bae’s have the home court advantage in Los Angeles, or will the titles get a one-way ticket back to Australia?

SoCal fans, don’t miss RISE 8 – OUTBACK! Limited reserved seating remains. Get your tickets ASAP at pipeline.ecwid.com. We anticipate selling out soon as our last Los Angeles Outing, RISE 6 sold out well in advance.

Tickets: pipeline.ecwid.com

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Since taping the first six episodes of our new, weekly episodic platform for women’s wrestling RISE – ASCENT last weekend in White Oak, PA, we have seen tremendous support from new subscribers at riseascent.com. This streaming platform not only features our entire library of past events, but will be the exclusive home to first-run episodes of RISE – ASCENT beginning May 30. With subscriptions priced at just $4.99 per month, this is a great value for every women’s wrestling fan!

Today, we begin our new social media campaign #RISEto1000. Our goal is to use this hashtag to raise awareness for all women’s wrestling fans worldwide of our product and reach our first 1000 recurring monthly subscribers to riseascent.com.

There are millions of women’s wrestling fans worldwide, and many have been waiting for one of the major promotions to produce a weekly program exclusively for women’s wrestling. Beginning May 30, RISE has teamed with IMPACT Wrestling to produce exactly that.

“RISE is not a company with millions of dollars or world class lighting and sets. We don’t have stock prices to keep in mind, and we aren’t focused on marketing words and political agendas. But, what we DO have is the most amazing pipeline of female talent available at any point on the independents. And the goal is simple: showcase these amazing women with a weekly program all to their own,” said RISE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey.

And now, the race is on. All fans, talent and staff, we appreciate your support as we begin the race. Let’s get #RISEto1000!

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.

The Producers

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.

The Production

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.”

The Key

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.

Share it.

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.


Seats still remain for this Friday’s World Class Development Seminar, Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Art of TV. This unique Seminar is focused specifically on preparing talents to ply their trade on professional wrestling events that are being produced for television. This Seminar’s facilitators include former WWE and current IMPACT Writer Jimmy Jacobs, IMPACT Creative Director Sonjay Dutt, IMPACT Hall of Famer and Knockouts TV Producer Gail Kim and IMPACT Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore.

Registration fee for this Seminar is $150 and covers a full nine hour day starting at 12 PM, signups are still open at rise-wrestling.com/seminar. This Seminar is open to men and women in all wrestling roles.

“This Seminar is of great importance to the future of RISE, the future of IMPACT and the future of all wrestling. Television is such a unique environment, and so many people get caught by what they do not know in the precise moment they do not know it. Through this Seminar, we hope to prepare a future generation of talents to be better prepared ¬†if they are chosen for their career’s next steps. On top of that, this has openly been called a direct scouting report for IMPACT Wrestling. And we know at least one of the women from the Seminar who is part of the RISE – ASCENT Tapings will receive a future opportunity with IMPACT, ” said RISE Executive Producer Kevin Harvey.

“These kids have no idea how much knowledge they are going to get out of this Seminar. I wish. I WISH there was anything close to this years ago,” said IMPACT Writer Jimmy Jacobs.

In addition to the tremendous opportunity ahead for IMPACT, there is also nearly immediate opportunity from women in this Seminar during the course of our RISE – ASCENT tapings May 12. Several women will be selected for roles to be part of our new, weekly program.

Wrestlers, why wait? If you are free Friday, May 11, join us for RISE – Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Art of TV!


Next week, RISE partners with International Wrestling Cartel and IMPACT Wrestling to present a full day of women’s wrestling May 12 in White Oak, PA in suburban Pittsburgh. Many questions have come up, especially with the announcement of the RISE 7.5 – STEEL taping that will take place. Most of those questions have centered around confusion of match changes and a timeline for the day.

9No originally advertised matches have been changed. Many talents will be wrestling multiple times throughout the ASCENT Tapings and RISE 7.5. We will provide a rundown of announced matches at the end of this article.

As for timeline, we begin taping Episode 1 of ASCENT at 1 PM. Each episode is designed to be between 30-35 minutes of in-ring action in front of the audience. That said, it will take us roughly 3-4 hours to get through all six episodes.

After the ASCENT Tapings have concluded, we will be taking an additional break to give fans and talent a chance to eat and re-energize as we prepare for RISE 7.5 – STEEL, a five match card slated to last approximately 90 minutes.

Assuming we are reasonably on time, the day’s matches should conclude by 8 PM. But, this is independent wrestling, which is far from a perfect world. That is the goal, but stranger things have happened than ill-timing and “technical difficulties.”

There are over 20 matches in all with some of the top athletes in all of women’s wrestling as well as talents identified directly from our Seminar May 11.

Talents would would like to be part of our show, there are still openings in the Seminar with Jimmy Jacobs, Sonjay Dutt, Gail Kim and Scott D’Amore May 11, register at rise-wrestling.com/seminar.

Fans, tickets are available at pipeline.ecwid.com. Front Row is sold out.

Announced Matches for ASCENT Tapings:


Announced Matches for RISE 7.5 – THROTTLE:



The Godmother of RISE returns, only this time, she has the group all to her own. Saraya Knight is back in the facilitator’s seat with RISE, and at the request of prior participants, we are giving her the entire day as her own.

Saraya’s Seminars with us have been wildly popular, selling out each time, with participants always asking for more. Well, with this Seminar, we are giving the Prospective Talent Pool exactly that!

Speaking of the Prospective Talent Pool, select members of the Seminar will receive opportunities on the cards for both the IMPACT and RISE joint promoted event, RISE 9 – RISE of the Knockouts, an IMPACT Special on Twitch as well as the RISE – ASCENT Tapings taking place July 7 and 8 in Naperville, IL.

This Seminar has a registration fee of $100. To sign up, please visit rise-wrestling.com/seminar.