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Last Saturday night in Houston, RISE partnered with Reality of Wrestling to present RISE 12 – ROW on The RISE. Fans on hand saw a stellar Live Event, headlined by two title matches. The Guardians of RISE were on the line as Paradise Lost with Rosemary defended against The Killer Death Machines. The Phoenix of RISE was defended as Mercedes Martinez put the title on the line against Kylie Rae.

What many fans do not know is we had producers and crew from our friends at IMPACT Wrestling on hand behind the scenes, filming many interviews, promos, vignettes and video package elements that will tell the tale not just of events filmed at ROW on The RISE, but also pave the road to our biggest project yet: RISE 13 – LEGENDARY, LIVE on iPPV via FITE TV March 29 from the Berwyn Eagles Club in suburban Chicago.

All elements filmed at ROW on The RISE are being compiled into Episodes 23-27 of RISE – ASCENT and will be available as soon as possible for subscribers at riseascent.com, our Apps on iOS and Android and twitch.tv/risedtwa.

With our primary in-ring content editor currently occupied on another project and of video package team currently working on very special elements for these episodes, it will take a bit longer than a standard in-ring only product release. But, if you have followed RISE – ASCENT, hopefully you agree that the video package elements add a great deal to our overall stories and are totally worth the wait. As an example, we are attaching our first video packages setting the stage for RISE 8’s Phoenix of RISE Championship Match between then-Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom and challenger Shotzi Blackheart at the end of this article.

And for those of you who collect RISE as physical media on DVD and Blu-ray, do not worry. The entire tapings will eventually be available as well, as was the case with RISE – ASCENT Collections from Pittsburgh, Naperville and Orlando.

We hope to have the first of these episodes out for subscribers of all streaming platforms in early February.

We can hardly wait to show you just how much fun we had in Houston.

We can hardly wait for you to begin the journey with us on the road to LEGENDARY!

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RISE 13 – LEGENDARY will be a historic event not just for RISE, but for all of professional wrestling. This will be the first RISE iPPV, streaming worldwide via FITE. It will also be the largest roster of women professional wrestlers ever assembled for a single event!

With RISE 12 – ROW on The RISE in the books, the card for RISE 13 is starting to take form. Matches already announced include:

Phoenix of RISE Championship – “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez defends against “Smiley” Kylie Rae

Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championship – Paradise Lost, Raven’s Ash and Dust with Rosemary defend against The Killer Death Machines, Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh.

RISE of The Contender – A 30 Woman over-the-top-rope, ordered-entry Battle Royal, with the winner receiving the ability to name what RISE event she will challenge whoever the reigning champion may be for The Phoenix of RISE.

“The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart vs. Delilah Doom with Rosemary

Kris Wolf and Meat Friends vs. Su Yung and The Legion of Undead Brides

Team Sea Stars, Delmi Exo and Ashley Vox vs. Team Blue Nation, Charli Evans and Jessica Troy

Thunderkitty vs. Regina “Honey” Badger

And much more more!

Front Row is now sold out, but fans in Chicago can still attend live! Tickets are available at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

And soon, you will be able to order RISE 13 – LEGENDARY via all websites and Apps from our friends at FITE!

Join us, worldwide as we present this massive scale event, truly showcasing Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest. The future of women’s professional wrestling is here.

The future is LEGENDARY!

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After meeting 22 women in yesterday’s World Class Development Seminar at the Reality of Wrestling training school in Houston, we have made our decisions on the Prospective Talent Pool and who will be featured making their RISE debuts and returns.

Today’s RISE – ASCENT Tapings will showcase…

The Insidious One

Phoebe

Rok-C

Big Mama

Killa Kate

Raychell Rose

Ali Bama

Hawlee Cromwell

“Rookie Jen” Jenna Lynn

AQA

and more!

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When RISE was holding its first event, RISE 1 – IGNITE November 10, 2016 in Berwyn, IL, I don’t think many expected us to announce our second Seminar and Live Event. I think even fewer expected to hear it would be in Los Angeles, California.

We knew very early on that it wouldn’t be realistic for developing Women Wrestlers to always travel, often long distances, to the Chicago area for every Seminar. We knew we would have to branch out, and we knew we would need to go to areas where there seemed to be large populations of young, aspiring Women Athletes, the target audience for RISE Seminars.

In just the first two years, we have held World Class Development Seminars domestically in Chicago, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Orlando and internationally in Norwich, England. Through these Seminars, To date, 97 women chosen from these Seminars have been chosen to perform on RISE Live Events.

Some may remember we even held a few RISE on The Road Seminars. The first of those was held with our friends at Sabotage Wrestling in Austin, TX. It was important to me to find a way to stick a toe in the proverbial water somewhere in the State of Texas. There seemed to be a growing number of women wrestlers, and I wanted to see what would happen if we did something smaller scale to see just how many women talents in Texas were interested in the RISE variety of learning.

And then it happened – RISE on The Road sold out.

So we did another one – RISE on the Road sold out.

And on top of that, we saw a different mix of talent in both. It became apparent, we needed to bring a full scale RISE World Class Development Seminar and Live Event to Texas. And we wanted to do it in a grand way.

And that’s where Reality of Wrestling came into play.

ROW, the wrestling promotion and training school opened by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T and Queen Sharmell , we knew had great track record for developing talent. RISE stars Kylie Rae, Miranda Alize and Hyan all came from the ROW system and, as fans know, have been key parts of RISE Live Events since joining our roster. Add to that ROW showing tremendous focus on their Diamond Division, holding several Ladies Night Out events in addition to heavily featuring women on ROW Events, it just seemed a right fit.

And with increased focus from RISE in getting talent prepared to perform in televised and video centric environments, Booker T World Gym Arena is a venue readily equipped to help talent develop in these areas.

After my first talk with Booker T, it all came together. Clearly RISE and ROW were two companies who desire to give the best possible learning and Live Event experience to developing Women Wrestlers. And both companies realize just how much can be won when two companies work in collaboration, not competition.

Over 20 women are signed up for the Seminar this Friday with Phoenix of RISE Mercedes Martinez, Saraya Knight, Jimmy Jacobs and me. I am so happy to see so many faces, many of those totally new to the RISE environment. There are many women wrestlers in Texas, and we have a focus in helping them learn and break out in 2019.

Several of those will receive opportunities Saturday as part of RISE 12 – ROW on The RISE.

This event is important for so many reasons.

Our first full scale event in Texas.

The start of another new partner promotion in ROW.

Kicking off the rebirth of RISE – ASCENT Episodes…more on that later…

And let’s not forget opportunity for at least one from the Seminar who will be brought to Chicago to be part of the huge RISE and SHIMMER Weekend March 29-31.

And on top of all that, we will have some major announcements that will likely make a fair amount of noise in the wrestling world, and I cannot wait to share them with our new fans and friends in Texas City, Texas near Houston THIS SATURDAY NIGHT!

Get ready to see what happens with Reality of Wrestling and RISE come together.

Get ready for ROW on The RISE!

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IMPACT Wrestling Hall of Famer and current Producer of the Knockouts Division for IMPACT Wrestling, the incomparable Gail Kim returns to RISE March 29 in Berwyn, IL. This time, Gail once again facilitates our World Class Development Seminar, one a bit different from other offerings of past RISE Seminars.

The RISE 13 World Class Development Seminar will be focused in performing on television and other video centric platforms. Gail will lead the charge in this Seminar, joined by RISE Producers and referees in testing performers in a mock television environment. Producers will prepare training matches with talents, actively produce training matches via headsets with referees and provide immediate, post-match feedback.

With more opportunities than ever in the world of wrestling in a televised environment and possibly more on the horizon, skills taught in this seminar will be crucial for talents to develop if they want to be prepared for the challenges such environments create.

Gail brings her wealth of experience to Berwyn, IL Friday, March 29. Women wrestlers, registration is now open at rise-wrestling.com/seminar.

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Early to RISE – A Women’s Wrestling Mini Convention comes to Berwyn, IL Friday, March 29 from 3 PM – 5:45 PM! This event will have a General Admission entry of $15. Tickets to Early to RISE go on sale later today at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

Early to RISE will have a different floor plan than our prior Live Events, VIP Meet and Greets and Live Event Intermissions. Areas outside the rails surrounding our ring will be wide open (no chairs) to allow FAR more space than usual. This allows for talents to have more space for their merchandise and far, far more room for fans to navigate the area. Often at our Intermissions and Meet and Greets, the hardest parts to deal with are space and time, and we are making all efforts to give everyone far more of both!

Early to RISE will have a hard stop at 5:45 PM. We MUST clear the building of all fans in order for us to set up the remainder of the arena for the Live Event of RISE 13 – LEGENDARY. Doors open to ticket holders to RISE 13 at 7:30 PM.

We ARE hoping to add special VIP Options and Attractions, but we do not have confirmed details at this time. Should we finalize details, we will communicate any associated details, costs and ways to purchase at that time.

We hope to see many of you a bit earlier than usual March 29 at Early to RISE!

At press time, with opportunities we have left open in the RISE 13 РLEGENDARY Live Event card for The Prospective Talent Pool from the RISE 13 World Class Development Seminar with Madison Eagles and (TBA), 59 Women Wrestlers perform in our ring March. 

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As we get ready to kickoff 2019 in a BIG way with our friends at Reality of Wrestling in Houston, both sides wanted to make this experience for fans even BIGGER! We are adding even more matches for those who will be attending our VIP Meet and Greet prior to RISE 12 – ROW on The RISE.

In addition to the ringside group photo op with Women of RISE, Meet and Greet attendees will also be treated to a special taping of RISE – ASCENT, the RISE Episodic Platform streaming worldwide for subscribers of riseascent.com, RISE Apps on iOS and Android and twitch.tv/risedtwa. Attendees of the Meet and Greet will be treated to two bonus matches filmed for ASCENT!

Tickets and VIP Meet and Greet Passes are now on sale at realityofwrestling.com. Act fast, because Front Row is SOLD OUT and Second Row is nearly gone!

Join us for even MORE Women’s Independent Wrestling January 19, courtesy of RISE and Reality of Wrestling!

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Part of the fun RISE Live Events is you never know who might make their RISE Debut from The Prospective Talent Pools of attendees of our World Class Development Seminars, typically held the day of the show. This Seminar for RISE 12 РROW on The RISE  will be held one day prior in Texas City, TX. RISE 12 is an even longer day of learning compared to other Seminars with talent spending half their day with facilitators Phoenix of RISE Champion Mercedes Martinez and Saraya Knight, the other half with RISE Executive Producers Jimmy Jacobs and Kevin Harvey.

Several from this Seminar will receive immediate opportunity performing at RISE 12. At least one talent will be selected to be part of RISE 13 – LEGENDARY and SHIMMER Women Athletes Volumes 109-113 March 29-31 in Chicago.

Talent will be evaluated by all facilitators, SHIMMER Women Athletes Executive Produced Dave Prazak and Reality of Wrestling staff, including WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.

Women wrestlers, including outstanding invoices, we only have 4 seats left in this seminar. If you have been waiting to register, please do so ASAP at rise-wrestling.com/Seminar.

And now, without further delay, here is a look at The Prospective Talent Pool for RISE 12…so far!

Hawlee Cromwell (formerly Hawlee Layne)

Allie Gato

Big Mama

Jenna Lynn

Heidi Howitzer

Christi Jaynes (as of this writing, not cleared for in-ring competition due to injury)

Phoebe

Raychell Rose

Cassandra Golden

Killa Kate

The Shehulk

Rok-C

The Insidious One

Reiza Clarke

Livi Loca

Sadie Lee Moss

Ali Bama

Desi Des Lattimore

ROW Diamond Division Champion AQA (Guaranteed a spot on the card, opponent TBD by Seminar facilitators and ROW Staff)