The makers of the documentary series Dark Side Of The Ring have announced their full list of subjects they will cover in season three of the hit show.
Premiering on VICE on May 6th in the US the series will feature fourteen episodes, an increase of four from season two.
Earlier this month six of the subjects covered in their own episode were announced by VICE on social media. The first episode will feature Brian Pillman who died while part of the then-World Wrestling Federation on the day of the Badd Blood pay-per-view in 1997. Other subjects that will have their own episode include deathmatch wrestler Nick Gage, who was jailed in 2011 for a bank robbery. The Collision In Korea event will also be covered. This was a co-branded WCW and NJPW event that took place in 1995 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Grizzly Smith, the patriarch of the Smith wrestling family will be covered in season three. Smith is the father to wrestlers Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts, Sam Houston, and Rockin’ Robin. Dynamite Kid will also have his own episode dedicated to his story. Kid was confined to a wheelchair since 1997 and tragically died on his 60th birthday in 2018.
The Ultimate Warrior will also have his story told in season three of Dark Side Of The Ring. Warrior had a unique story in wrestling even before his untimely passing, just three days after being inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame. In the trailer for season three, Warrior’s ex-wife Shari Tyree is shown being interviewed. Warrior was married to Tyree for the majority of his first WWE run.
The trailer for our Season 3 premiere episode on Brian Pillman is here 🦾
— Dark Side of the Ring (@DarkSideOfRing) April 27, 2021
The new announcement reveals that Johnny K9, FMW, the Plane Ride From Hell, Luna Vachon, XPW, Chris Kanyon, and Vince McMahon’s steroid trial will all be covered in season three.
Johnny K9 also known as Bruiser Bedlam wrestled most notably for Jim Cornette’s Smoky Mountain Wrestling in the mid-nineties. Later in life, he would himself in major trouble with the law for his part in gangland murders.
FMW is the Japanese deathmatch promotion founded by Atsushi Onita. The promotion brought deathmatch wrestling to the fore in Japan with Onita having the first exploding barbed wire match in August 1990. XPW was an American-based promotion that also focussed on hardcore wrestling. Although only in existence for four years, the company gained notoriety for ‘invading’ an ECW pay-per-view in 2000.
Luna Vachon broke into wrestling in the mid-eighties under the tutelage of Fabulous Moolah. Vachon had two runs with the WWF, the latter coming to an end in 2000. She sadly died in August 2010 at the age of 48 after an overdose.
Chris Kanyon was a WCW star who made a name in WWE when Vince McMahon bought WCW in 2001. Kanyon held the United States Championship and his ‘Who betta’ than Kanyon?’ catchphrase made him a hated villain with fans. Unfortunately, Kanyon also lost his life in 2010, committing suicide by drug overdose.
The Plane Ride From Hell is the fabled plane ride that saw many WWE Superstars get up to no good at 30,000 ft. The fallout from the event was such that both Scott Hall and Curt Hennig were released by WWE afterwards.
Vince McMahon’s steroid trials saw the WWE Chairman face the United States Government in court. McMahon was indicted on charges relating to the distribution of steroids. Ultimately McMahon was cleared of all charges after a jury trial.