New episodes of the Viceland documentary series Dark Side of the Ring are on the way, as the network has ordered a second season. The depressing series highlights the ugly side of professional wrestling, with each episode focusing on separate controversial or tragic events from the history of the business. Season 2 will also be quite a bit longer as well, consisting of 10 episodes this time around compared to just six episodes from season 1. Because there's no shortage of stories to choose from when it comes to the behind-the-scenes horrors of wrestling, it's not going to be difficult at all for Viceland to find new topics to cover.
Several of wrestling's most tragic stories were told in the first season. The premiere episode dove into the story of "Macho Man" Randy Savage and his wife Miss Elizabeth, each of whom have since passed away. Going through the highs and lows of their strange relationship, the episode is just as compelling as it is depressing. Some of the other topics include the infamous Montreal Screwjob, the murder of Bruiser Brody, and the mysterious death of Gorgeous Gino. Also covered was the sad story of the Von Erich family, which saw four of five wrestling brothers pass away prematurely due to either suicide or drug overdose.
Reportedly, the upcoming second season of the Viceland series will be tackling the controversial topic of the Chris Benoit murder/suicide story. Longtime wrestling fans will remember Benoit as one of the most technically sound wrestlers of all time when it came to in-ring mat wrestling. However, despite his immense talent, the wrestler forever tarnished his name and legacy when he murdered his wife and son before killing himself in 2007. The incident brought about major changes in the world of professional wrestling, drug testing backstage becoming more rigorous than ever. WWE also completely scrubbed his name from its history and hasn't mentioned Benoit on their TV programming ever since.
Several more of wrestling's most tragic true tales will also be explored in the upcoming second season of Dark Side of the Ring. This includes the death of former WWE (then WWF) superstar Dino Bravo, who was killed in 1993 when an unknown assailant shot him 17 times. Multiple interviews had already been filmed for a planned episode about Bravo for season 1 which ultimately didn't make it to air. Also included will be an episode focusing on WWE's infamous "Brawl for All" tournament in 1998, which consisted of genuine boxing matches between pro wrestlers. Due to the number of legitimate injuries suffered from the fights, the tournament was heavily criticized and is highly unlikely to ever be revisited again on WWE television.
As of now, there's no word on when exactly season 2 of Viceland's Dark Side of the Ring series will premiere. Still, it's good to know that a new season is on the way, and it's even better to know it will be coming with four more episodes than season 1. Certainly, there's more than enough material for the show to cover from the dark side of the wrestling business. This news comes to us from RingsideNews.