The BEST Episodes of Dark Side of the Ring

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 26, 2022

Network: Viceland (US)

From backstage controversies to mysterious deaths and unsolved homicides, this series explores the darkest stories from the golden age of professional wrestling, and tries to find truth at the intersection of fantasy and reality.

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Benoit Part Two

#1 - Benoit Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

The conclusion to wrestling's darkest hour, including startling revelations about the troubled mind of Chris Benoit before he killed his wife and son, and then took his own life.

star 8.27
156 votes
The Final Days of Owen Hart

#2 - The Final Days of Owen Hart

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 19, 2020

On May 23rd 1999, Owen Hart fell 80 feet to his death in a stunt that went tragically wrong. Bravely reliving his final day, his widow Martha reveals the mistakes that took his life.

star 8.20
147 votes
Benoit Part One

#3 - Benoit Part One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 24, 2020

In 2007, wrestling superstar Chris Benoit murdered his wife Nancy and 7-year-old son Daniel, then ended his own life. Those closest to the tragedy have never spoken openly, until now.

star 8.15
167 votes
In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith

#4 - In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 3, 2021

Having survived familial abuse at the hands of their father and the mysterious abduction of their sister, Jake The Snake and his siblings struggle to reconcile with their past.

star 8.15
88 votes
Brian Pillman Part Two

#5 - Brian Pillman Part Two

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired May 6, 2021

After enduring a horrific car wreck, Brian Pillman masks his injuries while pushing his body to the brink. His untimely death leaves his young family struggling to cope.

star 8.00
89 votes
The Montreal Screwjob

#6 - The Montreal Screwjob

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 17, 2019

In one of wrestling's most infamous off-script moments, wrestler Bret Hart is stripped of his championship title through a backstage plot of betrayal that forever changes the sport.

star 7.98
200 votes
Brian Pillman Part One

#7 - Brian Pillman Part One

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 6, 2021

After enduring a horrific car wreck, Brian Pillman masks his injuries while pushing his body to the brink. His untimely death leaves his young family struggling to cope.

star 7.96
93 votes
The Killing of Bruiser Brody

#8 - The Killing of Bruiser Brody

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 24, 2019

Wrestlers relive the tragic evening in 1988 when they witnessed a locker room confrontation that resulted in the death of legendary wrestler Bruiser Brody.

star 7.94
174 votes
The Dynamite Kid

#9 - The Dynamite Kid

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 10, 2021

The Dynamite Kid earned worldwide fame with a riveting, self-sacrificing style, but violent confrontations outside the ring would destroy his family, his body and his legacy.

star 7.79
91 votes
Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW

#10 - Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 30, 2021

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.

star 7.77
77 votes
Collision in Korea

#11 - Collision in Korea

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired May 20, 2021

In one of the most bizarre acts of political theatre ever conceived professional wrestlers deployed to North Korea faced a terrifying ordeal that had them fighting for their lives.

star 7.76
90 votes
The Match Made in Heaven

#12 - The Match Made in Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 10, 2019

Art collides with real life when the mythical love story between wrestling icons Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth explodes beyond the ring with tragic consequences.

star 7.72
232 votes
David Schultz & the Slap Heard Round the World

#13 - David Schultz & the Slap Heard Round the World

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 28, 2020

The cautionary tale of David Schultz, set to become a superstar until his violent run-in with 20/20 reporter John Stossel saw him exiled from the business he'd sworn to protect.

star 7.68
126 votes
The Last Ride of the Road Warriors

#14 - The Last Ride of the Road Warriors

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 12, 2020

The inside story of how wrestling's ultimate tag team partnership is undone when one half of the powerhouse duo slides into alcohol and substance abuse.

star 7.68
135 votes
The Double Life of Chris Kanyon

#15 - The Double Life of Chris Kanyon

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 23, 2021

In a culture that celebrates machismo and negative gay stereotypes, wrestling innovator Chris Kanyon kept his own sexuality a closely guarded secret for decades.

star 7.68
78 votes
The Last of the Von Erichs

#16 - The Last of the Von Erichs

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired May 1, 2019

The last surviving brother of the legendary Von Erich wrestling dynasty revisits the tragedy that plagued his once iconic family.

star 7.68
167 votes
Becoming Warrior

#17 - Becoming Warrior

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired May 27, 2021

The Ultimate Warrior was a divisive force in and outside of the ring. His first wife reveals how an aspiring chiropractor morphed himself into wrestling's most polarizing figure.

star 7.65
101 votes
The Plane Ride From Hell

#18 - The Plane Ride From Hell

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 16, 2021

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.

star 7.58
85 votes
The Brawl For All

#19 - The Brawl For All

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2020

It's known as the worst idea in the history of pro-wrestling — the legitimate boxing tournament that led to career-ending injuries and had audiences begging for the final bell.

star 7.55
140 votes
The Life and Crimes of New Jack

#20 - The Life and Crimes of New Jack

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 31, 2020

One of the most feared and controversial wrestler's of all time, New Jack’s career reads like a criminal rap-sheet. Revealing the man behind the monster and his hardcore legacy.

star 7.55
143 votes
The Assassination of Dino Bravo

#21 - The Assassination of Dino Bravo

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 21, 2020

30-years after Dino Bravo's brutal murder, family and friends relive his descent from Montreal's favorite wrestling son to mob enforcer, and the deadly consequences that followed.

star 7.53
131 votes
The Many Faces of Luna Vachon

#22 - The Many Faces of Luna Vachon

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 14, 2021

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.

star 7.53
81 votes
The Mysterious Death of Gorgeous Gino

#23 - The Mysterious Death of Gorgeous Gino

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired May 8, 2019

For 30 years, the family of wrestling star Gino Hernandez believed his tragic death was a drug-related murder. Startling new revelations are revealed to his still grieving mother.

star 7.48
133 votes
Jimmy Snuka and the Death of Nancy Argentino

#24 - Jimmy Snuka and the Death of Nancy Argentino

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 14, 2020

Investigating the mysterious story of Jimmy Snuka, whose girlfriend Nancy Argentino died in their motel room in 1983, and revealing her family's 30-year struggle for justice.

star 7.41
135 votes
The Steroid Trials

#25 - The Steroid Trials

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Oct 28, 2021

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.

star 7.38
92 votes
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