The BEST episodes of Dark Side of the Ring

Every episode of Dark Side of the Ring ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Dark Side of the Ring!

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.

Last Updated: 2/18/2024Network: VICE TV (US)Status: Continuing
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Benoit Part Two
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8.32
183 votes

#1 - Benoit Part Two

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/24/2020

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.

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In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith
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8.22
116 votes

#2 - In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/3/2021

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.

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The Final Days of Owen Hart
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8.21
164 votes

#3 - The Final Days of Owen Hart

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/19/2020

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.

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Benoit Part One
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8.19
198 votes

#4 - Benoit Part One

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/24/2020

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.

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The Montreal Screwjob
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7.99
234 votes

#5 - The Montreal Screwjob

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/17/2019

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.

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The Killing of Bruiser Brody
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7.96
201 votes

#6 - The Killing of Bruiser Brody

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/24/2019

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

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Brian Pillman Part One
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7.91
119 votes

#7 - Brian Pillman Part One

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/6/2021

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.

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Brian Pillman Part Two
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7.91
108 votes

#8 - Brian Pillman Part Two

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/6/2021

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.

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Collision in Korea
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7.79
111 votes

#9 - Collision in Korea

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/20/2021

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.

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The Dynamite Kid
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7.76
116 votes

#10 - The Dynamite Kid

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/10/2021

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.

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The Last of the Von Erichs
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7.75
197 votes

#11 - The Last of the Von Erichs

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/1/2019

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

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Bam Bam Bigelow: The Beast from the East
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7.74
95 votes

#12 - Bam Bam Bigelow: The Beast from the East

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/25/2023

Convict. Bounty Hunter. Flame-skulled wrestling legend. Addict. The lore of Bam Bam Bigelow has only grown since his death. His family tells his improbable tale for the first time.

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Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW
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7.73
99 votes

#13 - Blood & Wire: Onita’s FMW

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/30/2021

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.

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Chris and Tammy
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7.73
99 votes

#14 - Chris and Tammy

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/30/2023

Chris Candido and Tammy Sytch were high school sweethearts whose talent and ambition had them on a path to wrestling stardom. Along the way, drugs, injuries, and ill-fated choices sent them down another road altogether.

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Becoming Warrior
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7.71
127 votes

#15 - Becoming Warrior

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/27/2021

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.

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David Schultz & the Slap Heard Round the World
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7.70
146 votes

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

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/28/2020

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.

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The Match Made in Heaven
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7.68
269 votes

#17 - The Match Made in Heaven

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/10/2019

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.

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The Last Ride of the Road Warriors
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7.66
152 votes

#18 - The Last Ride of the Road Warriors

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 5/12/2020

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.

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The Double Life of Chris Kanyon
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7.64
107 votes

#19 - The Double Life of Chris Kanyon

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/23/2021

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

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The Many Faces of Luna Vachon
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7.61
107 votes

#20 - The Many Faces of Luna Vachon

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/14/2021

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.

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The Life and Crimes of New Jack
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7.60
166 votes

#21 - The Life and Crimes of New Jack

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/31/2020

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.

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The Brawl For All
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7.57
156 votes

#22 - The Brawl For All

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/7/2020

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.

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What Happened to Doink the Clown?
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7.55
85 votes

#23 - What Happened to Doink the Clown?

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 6/20/2023

Matt Borne, the man behind Doink the Clown, lived a life of unhinged violence and substance abuse until his shocking death left his family questioning if it really was an accident.

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The Plane Ride From Hell
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7.54
122 votes

#24 - The Plane Ride From Hell

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/16/2021

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.

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The Assassination of Dino Bravo
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7.52
148 votes

#25 - The Assassination of Dino Bravo

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/21/2020

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.

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