The documentary series Dark Side Of The Ring which studies the murkier side of pro wrestling has had the dates for airing Season 3B confirmed by VICE TV.
Dark Side Of The Ring Season 3 began earlier this year with episodes dedicated to Brian Pillman, Nick Gage, Collision In Korea, Ultimate Warrior, Grizzly Smith, and Dynamite Kid. The second half of the season is now confirmed for a premiere date of Thursday 16th September on VICE TV in the US.
The episode airing on the 16th of September will look at the ‘Plane Ride From Hell’ which took place in 2002. After a tour of Europe, the stars of WWE were part of an unruly flight home after which both Curt Hennig and Scott Hall were released from their contracts with the company.
The rest of Season 3B will be comprised of episodes focussing on Chris Kanyon, FMW, Johnny K9, Luna Vachon, XPW, and the steroid trial of Vince McMahon. The episode covering McMahon’s courtroom battle with the US Government will be the season finale airing on October 28th.
The VICE TV outlines for each episode in the season and air dates are as follows:
9/16/21 – The Plane Ride From Hell
A private 757 flight descended into a nightmare as intoxicated wrestlers clashed with their flight crew, erupting into one of wrestling’s most infamous scandals.
9/23/21 – The Double Life of Chris Kanyon
In a culture that celebrates machismo and negative gay stereotypes, wrestling innovator Chris Kanyon kept his own sexuality a closely guarded secret for decades.
9/30/21 – Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW
After Japan’s Atsushi Onita created FMW and its spectacular matches featuring explosions and gratuitous gore, his handpicked successor took his own life while drowning in debt.
10/7/21 – Bikers, Bombs & Bedlam Johnny K9
Johnny K9 led a double life as an in-ring brute and the leader of a biker gang implicated in drug trafficking, the bombing of a police station, and a gruesome double murder.
10/14/21 – The Many Faces of Luna Vachon
A striking villain in the ring, Luna Vachon was a groundbreaking physical performer who battled mental illness and addiction while seeking to champion women’s wrestling.
10/21/21 – Extreme & Obscene: Rob Black’s XPW
XPW merged Rob Black’s passions for hardcore porn and deathmatch wrestling, but after he waged a war with federal authorities his empire imploded.
10/28/21 – The Steroid Trials
In the mid 90s, wrestling was rocked by accusations of rampant steroid abuse. With star witness Hulk Hogan, prosecutors set out to prove that Vince McMahon was the one responsible.