Saraya Knight was originally advertised to main event the GAIN 1 – FORGE event this Saturday in Berywn, IL. However, due to personal reasons, Knight pulled out of the event. The event has also been renamed GAIN 1 – #StandWithKnights, in tribute and a sign of solidarity for the Knight Family.
Replacing Saraya is SHIMMER champion, Mercedes Martinez as she will take on Eddie Kingston.
WrestlingPipeline.com had the following to say:
Saraya Knight will be unable to be with us this Saturday in Berwyn, IL in the originally Advertised Main Event of GAIN 1 – FORGE. This is all we will publicly say on the matter and appreciate fans understanding and respect of this fact.
“Saraya Knight means so much [to] all of us who’ve been part of RISE and GAIN. Quite frankly, without her, we simply would not exist. I’ve had some crazy ideas that I’ve been incredibly fortunate to see bear fruit. None of that would have happened without her, period. I love her so very much and wish her and the entire Knight Family nothing but the best. They’re an incredibly special family, and I have been honored to be even a tiny part of the lives of a few of the bunch. I look forward to the day I finally get to meet the rest of the whole rowdy crew,” said PIPELINE Executive Producer, Kevin Harvey. He elaborated, “This is not a matter of if we will continue working with the Knights, it is when.”
The Live Event of GAIN 1, originally branded GAIN 1 – FORGE still moves forward this Saturday, March 25 in Berwyn, IL. However, as a sign of respect and solidarity to the Knights, March 25 is now officially named GAIN 1 – #StandWithKnights.
Joining us for the Main Event will be SHIMMER Champion, “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez taking on Eddie Kingston in what promises to be a one-of-a-kind, strong-style contest like no other! We promised a crazy Main Event, and we intend to deliver!
Tickets are still available for this event and all advance tickets are priced $5 less than the advertised prices. Full prices will be charged at the door. Get your tickets today at pipeline.ecwid.com.
Kevin Harvey added, “On the subject of ticket sales, this event is no longer about business and profit. This is about doing the right thing for fans and an amazing thing for our dear friends, the Knights. Just to get ahead of any negative publicity or accusations, I’d like to throw this out there: all tickets sold today forward will not have the money go into pockets of PIPELINE – WTDS, myself or anyone else affiliated. I will donate 100% of the ticket sales today forward to a charity of the Knight’s choice in their name.”
“I want to see as many people as possible pack this Berwyn Eagles Club this Saturday, March 25. This isn’t about a wrestling show. This is about standing up for what’s right. This is about standing up for your friends and your family. This is about making the biggest noise you possibly can to let your loved ones know you care. I will personally start GAIN 1 – #StandWithKnights with a tribute to the family we will share with the world on Facebook Live from the @RISEdtwa account,” said Harvey.
“And I personally invite anyone in the industry who’s life has been made better having known the Knights to Berwyn, IL this Saturday. Let’s all come together and make this a special day for these amazing, special people.”
We hope to see everyone this weekend show their support in a sign of solidarity for the Knight Family. Let’s do this in an environment very fitting for the cause, a red-hot, pumped up crowd of fans ready to see incredibly talented wrestlers kick some serious ass!
Card for GAIN 1 – #StandWithKnights is as follows:
- MAIN EVENT – Stipulation TBD: SHIMMER Champion “The Latina Sensation” Mercedes Martinez vs. Eddie Kingston!
- Phoenix of RISE Champion “The Ballsy Badass” Shotzi Blackheart vs. “The Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler
- “Unbreakable” Michael Elgin takes on a student of his choice from our World Class Development Seminar!
- Paradise Lost (IMPACT Knockouts Champion Rosemary and Angel Dust) vs. Fire and Nice (Britt Baker and Chelsea Green aka IMPACT Wrestling’s Laurel Van Ness)
Also appearing: Thunderkitty, Darin Corbin, Arik Cannon and members of The Prospective Talent Pool from our World Class Development Seminar!
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