Many more dark stories from the history of professional wrestling will be told on Vice TV, as the network has just ordered a supersized third season of Dark Side of the Ring. A ratings hit for the channel, Dark Side of the Ring began its run with a six-episode first season followed by a ten-episode second season. There's plenty more where that came from, as it's now being reported that Vice TV has ordered a total of 14 episodes for season 3.
"Dark Side of the Ring is a knockout show for Vice TV," EVP and General Manager Morgan Hertzan in a statement. "The tag-team executive producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisener are true heavyweight champions of the world (of TV), and we are so excited to pin down a third season of this incredible series. Seasons 1 and 2 of Dark Side of the Ring are examples of the compelling, thought-provoking, and engaging storytelling we champion here at Vice TV. We can't wait to see what the series will throw down in the third round."
A documentary series, Dark Side of the Ring presents interviews with many famous faces from the wrestling business to speak about some of the most depressing stories that happened behind the scenes. Family members of those covered and other special guests are also featured. Actors are also used for reenactments to help to the stories being regaled through the interview footage.
The first season covered such topics as the tumultuous marriage between Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth; the "Montreal Screwjob," when Bret Hart was deceived on his way out of WWE; indie wrestler Bruiser Brody's murder; the deaths of nearly every wrestler in the Von Erich family; the bizarre death of Gorgeous Gino; and the Fabulous Moolah, a trainer and manager accused of abusing female wrestlers.
Things got even darker in season 2, which opened with a two-part episode about Chris Benoit. Even people who never watched wrestling may know Benoit for infamously murdering his wife and son before dying by suicide in 2007. The tragic death of Owen Hart, who fell from the rafters during a live pay-per-view event, served as the season finale.
Other topics included the assassination of Dino Bravo; the life and crimes of New Jack; the "Brawl For All" boxing tournament; the death of Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend Nancy Argentino; David Schultz slapping John Stossel on television; the story of promoter Herb Abrams; and the last ride of the Road Warriors. Just recently, Road Warrior Animal passed away at the age of 60. He was featured in the Road Warriors episode earlier this year in Dark Side of the Ring.
Dark Side of the Ring will return to Vice TV with new episodes in 2021, but an exact premiere date has yet to be revealed. Topics to be included in season 3 haven't yet been revealed, but now is the time for fans to start speculating. We'll be getting at least 14 new stories to hear about, and there's certainly no shortage of ideas to choose from. This news comes to us from Deadline.