Last night, RISE Wrestling announced a new partnership with Impact Wrestling, beginning in May with RISE events in Pittsburgh, to help continue to prepare up and coming women’s wrestlers in the indie circuit prepare for a career in professional wrestling. RISE was created in late 2016 by SHIMMER executive producer Kevin Harvey (who also serves as SHIMMER’s ring announcer) and features predominantly emerging indie stars. The alliance with Impact Wrestling joins previous alliances such as WAW‘s Bellatrix in the UK and Japan’s Stardom. Aside from putting on their own regular events, as well as having their own title (Phoenix of RISE Championship, currently held by Delilah Doom), RISE hosts some stellar seminars to help coach tomorrow’s stars – past seminars have included such names as Saraya Knight, Colt Cabana, Madusa/Alundra Blayze, and Bull Nakano, their April seminar features Mercedes Martinez and Stardom’s Kris Wolf and June’s has announced Canadian women’s star Nicole Matthews and Australia’s Madison Eagles. The Impact seminar in May will feature guests Jimmy Jacobs, Scott D’Amore, Sonjay Dutt and 7x Knockouts Champion and WWE Women’s Champion Gail Kim.
From RISE’s official statement:
May 11 and 12 in Pittsburgh, PA, RISE teams International Wrestling Cartel and IMPACT Wrestling to present RISE – Lights, Camera, ACTION: The Art of TV! This is an incredibly exciting expansion, creating unique opportunities for talent development and an entirely new variety of content soon to be available to fans worldwide.
May 11 will be the first RISE – LCA Seminar and is focused in developing women wrestlers in areas specific to performance in a television environment. A wide variety of topics will be covered in this full day Seminar by some of the most influential minds involved in producing IMPACT Wrestling, all with tremendous backgrounds in in-ring performance.
Participants in this Seminar will spend their day learning from and being evaluated by Writer/Producer Jimmy Jacobs, Creative Director Sonjay Dutt, Hall of Famer and Knockouts Producer Gail Kim and Executive Vice President Scott D’Amore.
This is an unprecedented day of learning and exposure for our Prospective Talent Pool and RISE Roster.
Then, May 12, we will tape several episodes of RISE – ASCENT, our new weekly episodic program that will debut later in the month of May exclusively on our new streaming platform riseascent.com. Several Prospects will be selected from this Seminar by the facilitators and RISE and IWC Producers on hand to be part of our newest video platform where they will perform alongside talent including Phoenix of RISE Champion Delilah Doom, Shotzi Blackheart, Britt Baker, Dust, Mercedes Martinez and many more to be announced.
An even bigger opportunity lies on the horizon for one talent from the inaugural RISE – LCA Seminar and Event. One of the women wrestlers featured on RISE – ASCENT will be selected for an opportunity to perform for IMPACT Wrestling at an upcoming set of television tapings.
This is a very exciting time for RISE, and we cannot wait for fans and talents to be part of this historic weekend with our newest partners, IWC and IMPACT Wrestling!
Fans, tickets will be on sale soon!
Women wrestlers, registration is now open at rise-wrestling.com/seminar.