Dark Side of the Ring

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Dark Side of the Ring
Dark Side of the Ring.jpg
GenreProfessional wrestling
Documentary
Created by
Directed byJason Eisener
Narrated by
Composer(s)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Grosso
  • Evan Husney
  • Jason Eisener
Producer(s)various
Running time44 min.
Production company(s)Vice Media
Release
Original networkVice on TV
Crave
Original releaseApril 10, 2019 –
present
External links
Website

Dark Side of the Ring is a television documentary series produced by Vice on TV (previously known as Viceland) that premiered in 2019. The series is about controversial subjects within professional wrestling, with each episode focusing on a specific event. Dutch Mantel narrates the first season (except one episode narrated by Mick Foley), and Chris Jericho narrates season two.

On July 23, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season,[1] which debuted on March 24, 2020.[2]

Dark Side of the Ring: After Dark, hosted by Chris Gethard, is a studio show discussing episodes with a panel of celebrity guests which premiered in 2020.[3]

Reception[edit]

The show's story telling and interviews were met with much praise. The show's storytelling also gives the viewers a supreme authentic behind the scenes look into some of the most untapped and uncovered stories of professional wrestling. Rumors are put to rest and the truth finally comes out.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

It won the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Award for Best Pro Wrestling DVD/Streaming Documentary of 2019.[13]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16April 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)May 15, 2019 (2019-05-15)
210March 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)May 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleSubject(s)NarratorOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
11"The Match Made in Heaven"Randy Savage and Miss ElizabethDutch MantelApril 10, 2019 (2019-04-10)0.154[14]
22"The Montreal Screwjob"Bret Hart and The Montreal ScrewjobDutch MantelApril 17, 2019 (2019-04-17)0.181[14]
33"The Killing of Bruiser Brody"Bruiser BrodyMick FoleyApril 24, 2019 (2019-04-24)0.214[14]
44"The Last of the Von Erichs"Von Erich familyDutch MantelMay 1, 2019 (2019-05-01)0.234[14]
55"The Mysterious Death of Gorgeous Gino"Gino HernandezDutch MantelMay 8, 2019 (2019-05-08)0.225[14]
66"The Fabulous Moolah"The Fabulous MoolahDutch MantelMay 15, 2019 (2019-05-15)0.200[14]

Season 2 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleSubject(s)NarratorOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
71"Benoit Part One"Chris Benoit double-murder and suicideChris JerichoMarch 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)0.320[15]
82"Benoit Part Two"Chris Benoit double-murder and suicideChris JerichoMarch 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)0.320[15]
93"The Life and Crimes of New Jack"New JackChris JerichoMarch 31, 2020 (2020-03-31)0.229[16]
104"The Brawl For All"WWF Brawl for AllChris JerichoApril 7, 2020 (2020-04-07)0.226[17]
115"Jimmy Snuka and The Death of Nancy Argentino"Jimmy SnukaChris JerichoApril 14, 2020 (2020-04-14)0.209[18]
126"The Assassination of Dino Bravo"Dino BravoChris JerichoApril 21, 2020 (2020-04-21)0.221[19]
137"David Schultz & The Slap Heard Round the World"David SchultzChris JerichoApril 28, 2020 (2020-04-28)0.255[20]
148"Cocaine & Cowboy Boots: The Herb Abrams Story"Herb Abrams and UWFChris JerichoMay 5, 2020 (2020-05-05)0.246[21]
159"The Last Ride of The Road Warriors"The Road WarriorsChris JerichoMay 12, 2020 (2020-05-12)0.264[22]
1610"The Final Days of Owen Hart"Owen Hart accidentChris JerichoMay 19, 2020 (2020-05-19)0.349[23]

International broadcasts[edit]

In addition to being broadcast on Vice on TV in the United States and Crave in Canada, Dark Side Of The Ring is broadcast on a number of channels in many different countries.

Country Network Channel Streaming Service Ref
 Australia SBS VICELAND SBS On Demand [24]
 United Kingdom Channel 4 All 4 [25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Viceland Orders Round Two of "Dark Side of the Ring"". The Futon Critic. July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dark Side of the Ring Season 2 (Trailer)".
  3. ^ "Dark Side of the Ring: After Dark". vice.com. Vice. Retrieved March 24, 2020.
  4. ^ Parker, James (May 17, 2019). "Viceland's 'Dark Side of the Ring' Shows the Sleaze and Humanity of Wrestling". The Atlantic.
  5. ^ "Viceland's Dark Side of the Ring Puts Wrestling's Sordid Side on Full Display". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  6. ^ Schager, Nick (10 April 2019). "Drugs, Sex and Murder: Inside the 'Dark Side' of Wrestling". Retrieved 14 April 2019 – via www.thedailybeast.com.
  7. ^ Foster, Tom (13 April 2019). "Why You Need to Watch "The Dark Side of the Ring"". TVOvermind. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ "'Dark Side of the Ring' EP Says They Got 'So Lucky' Finding Body Doubles". April 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "TV picks for April 10: 'Dark Side of the Ring,' 'Our Planet,' 'Queens of Mystery'". Star Tribune. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  10. ^ Moreau, Jordan; Moreau, Jordan (28 March 2019). "Viceland Sets Premiere Date for Pro Wrestling Docuseries 'Dark Side of the Ring'". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  11. ^ Nordine, Michael; Nordine, Michael (30 March 2019). "'Dark Side of the Ring' Trailer: Viceland Exposes Pro Wrestling's Secrets". Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ "'Dark Side of the Ring' trailer dives deep into secret history of professional wrestling". EW.com. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ Meltzer, Dave (March 5, 2020). "March 13, 2020 Observer Newsletter: 40th Annual Awards Issue". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Currier, Joseph (March 25, 2020). "Dark Side of the Ring sets new ratings high for season two premiere". f4wonline.com. Figure Four Online. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (March 25, 2020). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.24.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 1, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.31.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 8, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.7.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 15, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.14.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 15, 2020.
  19. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (April 22, 2020). "SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.21.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  20. ^ Salem, Mitch (April 29, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.28.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved April 29, 2020.
  21. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 6, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.5.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  22. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 13, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.12.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  23. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (May 20, 2020). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Tuesday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.19.2020". showbuzzdaily.com. Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  24. ^ "SBS On Demand - Dark Side Of The Ring". SBS On Demand. Retrieved 2020-04-28.
  25. ^ "Channel 4 - Dark Side Of The Ring". All 4. Retrieved 2020-05-01.

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