Dark Side of the Ring

10 Best Episodes of Dark Side of the Ring

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#1 - Benoit Part Two (Season 2 - Episode 2)

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.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 165 votes.

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#2 - The Final Days of Owen Hart (Season 2 - Episode 10)


In 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.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 147 votes.

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#3 - Benoit Part One (Season 2 - Episode 1)

In 2007, wrestling superstar Chris Benoit murders his wife and 7-year-old son, then ends his own life; those closest to the tragedy never speak openly until now.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 176 votes.

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#4 - In The Shadow of Grizzly Smith (Season 3 - Episode 6)


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.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 97 votes.

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#5 - Brian Pillman Part Two (Season 3 - Episode 2)

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.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 91 votes.

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#6 - The Montreal Screwjob (Season 1 - Episode 2)


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.

The episode was rated 8.00 from 208 votes.

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#7 - Brian Pillman Part One (Season 3 - Episode 1)

Brian Pillman clawed his way to infamy with a groundbreaking performance that blurred the lines between fact and fiction until it led to his ultimate destruction.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 97 votes.

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#8 - The Killing of Bruiser Brody (Season 1 - Episode 3)


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

The episode was rated 7.96 from 180 votes.

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#9 - Collision in Korea (Season 3 - Episode 4)

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.

The episode was rated 7.84 from 97 votes.

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#10 - The Dynamite Kid (Season 3 - Episode 7)


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.

The episode was rated 7.76 from 100 votes.

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    #11 - David Schultz & the Slap Heard Round the World (Season 2 - Episode 7)

    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.

    The episode was rated 7.74 from 129 votes.

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    #12 - The Match Made in Heaven (Season 1 - Episode 1)


    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.

    The episode was rated 7.73 from 240 votes.

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    #13 - Becoming Warrior (Season 3 - Episode 5)

    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.

    The episode was rated 7.72 from 109 votes.

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    #14 - The Last of the Von Erichs (Season 1 - Episode 4)


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

    The episode was rated 7.71 from 171 votes.

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    #15 - The Last Ride of the Road Warriors (Season 2 - Episode 9)

    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.

    The episode was rated 7.70 from 138 votes.

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    #16 - Blood & Wire: Onita's FMW (Season 3 - Episode 10)


    After Japan's Atsushi Onita creates FMW and its spectacular matches featuring explosions and gratuitous gore, his handpicked successor takes his own life while drowning in debt.

    The episode was rated 7.68 from 87 votes.

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    #17 - The Double Life of Chris Kanyon (Season 3 - Episode 9)

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

    The episode was rated 7.62 from 90 votes.

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    #18 - The Many Faces of Luna Vachon (Season 3 - Episode 12)


    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.

    The episode was rated 7.62 from 92 votes.

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    #19 - The Life and Crimes of New Jack (Season 2 - Episode 3)

    One of the most feared and controversial wrestlers of all time, New Jack's career reads like a criminal rap sheet; revealing the man behind the monster and his hardcore legacy

    The episode was rated 7.61 from 147 votes.

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    #20 - The Brawl For All (Season 2 - Episode 4)


    Known as the worst idea in the history of professional wrestling, a legitimate boxing tournament leads to career-ending injuries and has audiences begging for the final bell.

    The episode was rated 7.60 from 141 votes.


    Last updated: feb 08, 2023

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