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Everyone at RISE was happy to be part of Starrcast III in Chicago Labor Day Weekend! We are even happier to also be presenting a LIVE edition of our Podcast, Talent on The RISE. This Episode will be something very close to the hearts of many in our company. This Episode will be titled Matters of Representation.

And the guest list is already loading up with names who have a LOT to say when it comes to representation. Though this will be a conversation with a moderator, this will be 100% unfiltered thoughts and perspectives from those appearing on the show.

And that guest list so far includes Phoenix of RISE Champion “BIG SWOLE” Aerial Monroe, “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart, Jake Atlas and Effy.

Join us for Matters of Representation, LIVE with Talent on The RISE at Starrcast! Get your Admission Bracelets now at starrcast.com!

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June 30, 2019 in Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium will be a day long remembered. It was a day with profound messages. And today, we take steps to blast those messages worldwide, making PRIDE & JOY accessible for FREE via YouTube.

PRIDE & JOY sent a message to wrestling talent – No matter who you are, no matter how you identify, RISE is a platform where you are welcomed with open arms, allowed to be wonderfully, unapologetically you.

PRIDE & JOY sent a message to wrestling fans – No matter who you are, no matter how you identify, RISE is a place where you are welcomed with open arms, allowed to be wonderfully, unapologetically you.

PRIDE & JOY taught us that, even as much as we devote our efforts and resources to diversity and inclusion, we have opportunities to be better.

PRIDE & JOY showed us pro wrestling can be better.

And we intend to continue our efforts to make it better.

Better for talent.

Better for fans.

This is RISE.

We are Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions.

And we are here – for YOU!

Don’t call it a revolution, call it who we are. Call it what we do.

Join us tonight for the YouTube World Premiere of RISE – PRIDE & JOY at 8 PM Eastern, 7 PM Central on the RISE YouTube Channel.

CLICK HERE FOR RISE ON YOUTUBE

Edu-2.pngRISE is very happy to announce RISEedu (prounoucned “RISE e-d-u”), comprehensive online professional wrestling training curriculums covering a variety of skills and subjects for the benefit and advancement of talent in all performance roles in professional wrestling. 

Because this training is available online, the learning opportunities provided by RISE are now available on a worldwide scale and at hours supporting multiple, global times zones. In addition to more availability, RISE is currently in negotiations with multiple candidates to become Professors of RISEedu. We have reached out to several globally travelled and recognized professionals and, in most cases, interest is mutual. We will be sharing the names and backgrounds of RISEedu Professors in the coming weeks as curriculums and agreements have been finalized.

“We have offered many online Seminars in the last few years, but nothing the scale and caliber of what will be offered through RISEedu. Our Online Seminars in the past have been hosted by renown facilitators, but only discussing somewhat narrow topics for one-time, very narrow timeframes. These courses will be comprehensive, deepening greatly the knowledge shared and retained by Students to truly gain World Class Development from our Staff of Professors,” said RISE Owner, Kevin Harvey.

RISEedu sessions are completely interactive audio/video classroom environments. Students and Professors can interact in real time, also allowing Professors to share videos, visual aids and other digital files to enhance the overall learning experience.

1-on-1 Sessions through RISEedu are now available through the form below. The complete first term of available classes information will be made available and registration opening this fall right here on rise-wrestling.com

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Today, RISE is happy to announce our new (ish) Podcast – Talent on The RISE! This Podcast will feature interviews with wrestlers and performing personalities from all over the wrestling world.

In 2018, we briefly produced Women on The RISE, but time constraints made the project unrealistic to keep up. Now, with significantly more time for media projects, the podcast should prove MUCH easier to maintain!

New episodes of Talent on The RISE will be available soon! For now, please enjoy last year’s episodes of Women on The RISE, available for download and streaming now.

The podcast will be hosted at soundcloud.com/risedtwa. The feed is currently available on both Sound Cloud and iTunes. It will soon be available on nearly all major podcast platforms.

Subscribe today, because this is just a small portion of new digital content coming at you from multiple platforms, courtesy of RISE – Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions!

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This one is not going to read like a press release, but please consider this an official statement from RISE – Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions.

My name is Kevin Harvey. As most who will read this already know, I am the Owner and Executive Producer of RISE – Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions. This piece is not about touting whatever self-important titles I could give myself. This piece is falling on my sword as everything day to day outside of show dates falls on me.

As many of you probably saw today, RISE, through our Social Media and website, were openly marketing our Video Library available at Twitch.tv, an Amazon property.

Only now have I had a chance to review the day’s social media engagement in full. After hearing concern from a few of our followers, only then did I realize the bigger picture of some things happening in the world outside my bubble.

I had zero knowledge there was an Amazon Strike today. Being at work all day (outside of wrestling), being generally caught in my own bubble within wrestling, and nearly all things I follow outside those worlds being overrun with headlines and commentary in the world of politics – this somehow was completely off my radar.

As such, I did know it was Prime Day. I knew little else of it beyond the fact it was a hashtag. I took a brief moment after hearing from a few RISE fans to inform myself about the issues at hand by simply searching #PrimeDay and #AmazonStrike.

I encourage all to do the same.

What I learned in this brief research was this. RISE has been promoting our channel, touting #PrimeDay and directing our fans to use their Prime Accounts to get free subscriptions to our Twitch Channel.

And knowing now what I did not earlier today, I really wish I had not done so.

For better or worse, the filter used in RISE decisions is “what is the right thing to do.” And promoting and directing traffic to this channel was not the right thing to do.

As such, anyone who signed up for our Twitch Subscription Service today will receive a code for one free month instead to riseascent.com. We made the promise of free access to our content today, and this is the best way we can deliver. Those who signed up for Twitch today will receive a direct message from me with a coupon to use for access on our other platform.

In the long term, we have several subscribers to our Twitch Channel who have paid for access to content too. We cannot simply pull the plug on the service entirely without negatively impacting those to whom we’ve made a promise of content delivery.

I will be watching the Amazon situation from here out, and time will tell if we elect to continue to use this platform.

For now, my personal apologies to employees of Amazon and their friends and families. Once I became aware of bigger picture issues, I too was put off by my own actions and promotion of Twitch today of all days.

We can do better.

We can be better.

And it all gets better when we all work together.

Thank you to those who shared your feedback. Thank you those who support us every day.

Thank you for reading.

Kevin

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The Summit, the massive collaborative Women’s Wrestling event presented by SHIMMER Women Athletes, Femmes Fatales, Smash Wrestling and RISE is shaping up to be one of the biggest wrestling events of the summer! Representatives from each promotion have been asked every day since the announcement of this August 10 Super Show how fans will be able to watch at home.

Officials from all four companies have explored all options, and we believe we have found the best available.

First, though all companies wish we were able to stream this event live, the technology tests in the venue fell significantly short of what is needed to reliably maintain a live stream. To go live would be high risk of failure or failures, so we have elected to give the viewing fans at home the best possible experience as soon as possible.

The Summit will be filmed in the same manner it would be if we were able to live stream. After the conclusion of the event, The Summit will be made available as VOD and Digital Download at riseascent.com. This is the fastest way we can reliably get the video of The Summit to fans worldwide in lieu of a live stream.

The Summit will be available for VOD and Digital Download for $14.99 at riseascent.com.

Individual matches from The Summit will be available via ClickWrestle.com soon after the conclusion of the live event as well.

And one more thing…

Now available through the RISE Online Store is The Summit Pre-Sale Code. With it, you will get a VOD/Digital Download code redeemable at riseascent.com when the event becomes available August 10 for $12.99. To purchase your The Summit Pre-Sale Code, please CLICK HERE.

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In one of the biggest weekends in Chicago’s rich history in Professional Wrestling, RISE looks showcase Today’s Best, Tomorrow’s Brightest as we present Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket in Berwyn, IL at 5 PM.

What can fans expect from this event?

First and foremost, fans can expect an event filled with love and inclusion. Whether you’re one of our loyal, original RISE fans, new fans just discovering us at PRIDE & JOY or fans from out of town taking in AEW All Out and Starrcast, all are welcome to RISE events. Come be part of the fun!

In an effort to reach as many new fans possible, tickets for this event have been reduced to $10-30, available now at risedtwa.ticketleap.com!

As for the wrestling… we’ve got a packed lineup for everyone! For starters, we have the focal point of this event – The Midwest Bracket in our first Regional Rising Stars Tournament. 8 of today’s top up-and-coming women wrestlers who are based in the Midwestern United States will battle it out in this single elimination tournament featuring these first round matches.

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The evening’s Main Event will be the finals of the tournament.

We have quite a bit of amazing non-tournament action as well!

The Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championships will be defended as Champions, The Killer Death Machines, the team of Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh will take on former Champions Paradise Lost, the team of Raven’s Ash and Dust. And as always, “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary will be close to the battle of Paradise Lost.

When last they met in the INSANE Through The Door Six Person Elimination match at PRIDE & JOY, Jake Atlas and “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly took each other to the limit as the final two participants. The talents demanded this match. The fans demanded this match. And now, September 1 in Berwyn, IL, all will be happy and Jake Atlas and Priscilla Kelly face off in one-on-one competition.

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Making her return at PRIDE & JOY in one of the biggest matches in her career to date, “The Weapon of Ass Destruction” Double D Rose collided with Joey Ryan. Double D is bringing an entirely different variety of challenge to #RRSTourney as she presents The Bunz of Steel Challenge – FANS BRING THE WEAPONS! The Bunz of Steel Challenge is open to ANY professional wrestlers in the Chicagoland Area for the weekend brave enough to step up! And that’s a looooooooot of possibilities!

And we even have a little more in addition to all this with a few surprises in store!

Don’t miss all the action coming from RISE September 1 at Regional Rising Stars Tournament – The Midwest Bracket!

Tickets: risedtwa.ticketleap.com.

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A Letter to RISE Fans, Old and New from RISE Owner and Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey

Having had almost a week to reflect on it, I’ve come down from the inevitable after RISE buzz that comes with working with an amazing crew, amazing fans and copious amounts of sleep deprivation before making this declaration.

RISE – PRIDE & JOY is my favorite RISE Live Event to date.

I am not talking about booking, creative or any inside baseball terms I could toss about leisurely.

I am not talking about financially, or any sort of box office or iPPV numbers.

I am talking about two things that I have heard over and over again in the days since PRIDE & JOY.

The first thing…

From many of the talents on the show, experience levels ranging from a few months to 31 years active in the industry, I was told varying forms of, “That was the best/most fun locker room of which we’ve ever been a part.”

Wow, that’s powerful stuff. That’s powerful to me because of the great care everyone in RISE has taken since its inception to protect a sacred place for talent and staff. This isn’t one person driving that. It certainly isn’t me driving that. It is everyone on the team.

Every veteran talent, wanting to make a better environment for younger talent to learn and grow.

Every young talent, having been chosen from a Seminar for an opportunity, listening to their veteran talents, producers and taking it all in, finding their place on a single event, and hoping for a permanent place on the team.

Everyone.

They are all brought in because of who they are. Wonderfully, unapologetically them, in front of and behind the curtain.

Everyone.

Everyone on PRIDE & JOY believed in what we were attempting to do at the event, with only select few knowing plans for the ideas of P&J to continue fully into the future, and not just be, dare I say it, “a June thing.” 

There was fun in that locker room.

There was representation.

There was inclusion.

There was love.

And now onto that second thing…

I’ve run the numbers, and over 50% of tickets sold to P&J were to first time attendees of RISE Events. And the day of the show, a very large amount of fans approached talent, staff and me personally to let us know something that was truly overwhelming.

“We’ve been wrestling fans a long time, but we’ve never attended an event. This was the first time we’ve ever felt welcomed.”

Wow.

I heard that once, and I wanted to cry. That was one of the overreaching goals of the entire project. 

Then another person came up.

And another.

Then different talents approached me, “Hey, Kev, check out what that fan right there just told me.”

Then another.

Then social media posts and messages.

Then some more.

Then some emails.

Though there is no way to ever officially measure this number. Based on known ticket sales hard statistics and word of mouth in varying forms, I estimate that between 100-150 people in total were attending a live wrestling show for the very first time.

And that’s AMAZING to think! That’s AMAZING to feel! But it’s also a big indicator that there is much more work to be done, not just by RISE, but as a professional wrestling industry.

To fans who attended RISE for the first time, please know that the feeling you had at PRIDE & JOY can be had at EVERY RISE Live Event. The tagline for P&J was, “Pro Wrestling’s Ultimate Event of Love and Inclusion.” But why would we ever stop that at one event?

No matter who you are, you are welcome at our events. By our talent, crew and our community of fans, you are indeed loved.

As anyone at Logan Square Arena heard from Ring Announcer Joe Dombrowski, there are only a few rules of conduct at RISE.

  1. Don’t be ignorant – if you need help with what this means during the show, you will be escorted out of the arena without refund and given directions to the nearest public library, elementary school or whatever resources you need to research what it takes to be a decent human being.
  2. Have fun!

That’s it, it’s that simple! 

And on another note, I went pretty far in depth on this topic on a recent Podcast with Squared Circle Sirens this week, so I will do my best not to be too redundant.

The name change.

Developing Tomorrow’s Women Athletes is out. Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions is in.

For those with concern, please notice that at no point have we said we are abandoning our focus on Women’s Wrestling. That could not be any more distant from the truth.

The Phoenix of RISE is still a Championship for Women Athletes.

The Guardians of RISE is still a Championship for Women Athletes.

When we started RISE, there were huge gaps in opportunities for women wrestlers. When I sat down with Dave Prazak to make the pitch that would ultimately become RISE, the mission was to backfill positions we knew would be opening in SHIMMER due to various exclusive talent signings. We thought we’d see.

“Well, let’s see who’s out there.”

That first Seminar – 40 women signed up. And I was only familiar with 4 of them before RISE 1 – IGNITE. It let us know how much work there was to be done, and how many talented women wrestlers out there needed a new platform.

In just over two months since P&J was announced, I have heard from an overwhelming about of talents worldwide who identify as LGBTQ+. With no exaggeration, in one 24 hour period between emails and DMs, I heard from 37 LGBTQ+ Athletes, wanting to be part of this platform. 

There was clearly a need to keep P&J going beyond one day, one month. 

No matter what the calendar says, the time is now for us to continue doing everything we have ever done to train and develop Women Athletes and give them representation on our events and others’ and broaden that focus to provide the same training, the same development and the same opportunities for LGBTQ+ Athletes.

In our time in business with the relationships we have built in the spirit of collaboration over competition, we have become a worldwide pipeline of talent for all professional wrestling.

That is still what we are.

That is still what we do.

We are RISE. And we are Developing Tomorrow’s Wrestling Attractions.

Men’s Wrestling

Women’s Wrestling

Intergender Wrestling

Nah, folks, it’s just wrestling.

And it’s the greatest entertainment form on Earth.

For everyone.

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Labor day weekend will be a GIGANTIC weekend for professional wrestling with all eyes of the wrestling world upon Chicago as AEW presents All Out August 31 at Sears Centre Arena August 31.

The next day, September 1 in Berwyn, IL, RISE presents Regional Rising Stars – The Midwest Bracket. #RRSTourney will be centered around an 8 Woman, Single Elimination Tournament featuring up-and-coming wrestling talent based in the Midwestern United States. With so many fans from other areas of the world, we want to show new fans just how talented the Women of the Midwest are!

The first round matches are as follows:

Laynie Luck vs. Hawlee Cromwell, Sierra vs. Queen Aminata, Heidi Katrina vs. Elayna Black and Big Mama vs. Valentina Loca.

In addition to the complete tournament, we have signed two very special non-tournament matches (so far…).

First, after their thrilling battle as the final two participants in Through the Door at PRIDE & JOY, fans and talent have spoken, and both will be happy to know that at #RRSTourney, “Hell’s Favorite Harlot” Priscilla Kelly goes one on one with Jake Atlas!

And in what promises to be an grudge match for the ages. Paradise Lost, the team of Raven’s Ash and Dust with “The Demon Assassin” Rosemary will challenge The Killer Death Machines, the team of Jessicka Havok and Nevaeh in a rematch for The Guardians of RISE Tag Team Championships!

What a weekend it will be! Don’t miss Regional Rising Stars – The Midwest Bracket September 1 in Berwyn, IL All Out Weekend!

Tickets, just $10-$30 at risedtwa.ticketleap.com.