The long wait is over as Variety is reporting that Dark Side of the Ring will return to Vice TV on May 30 at 10 pm EST, and will consist of ten episodes. It will also feature the return of AEW star Chris Jericho as the narrator, a role he has held since season two. Executive producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisner shared their excitement about the news.
“We’re incredibly grateful to our viewers for giving this show the life that it has had for the past 4 years,” they said. “As lifelong fans of professional wrestling, our subjects continue to inspire us. There are so many fascinating and compelling stories left to tell and it’s a privilege to share more of them in our fourth season.”
Dark Side of the Ring remains Vice TV’s most popular series of all time. Its impactful episodes have shed light on horrible stories like the murder-suicide tragedy involving Chris Benoit, and the harrowing conclusion to the end of Owen Hart’s life.
Season four, according to an official description, looks to “explore stories like the emotional rollercoaster of one of wrestling’s most captivating and controversial couples, Chris Candido and Tammy ‘Sunny’ Sytch, the car accident that derailed the career of future World Champion Magnum T.A., wrestling’s most unhinged monster, Abdullah the Butcher, a focused look on the troubled life of Marty Jannetty, Shawn Michaels’ former tag team partner, and much more.”
Global TV for Vice TV Media Group President Morgan Hertzan praised the return of the show while noting that, “As the WWE sale works towards a close, Vice TV remains the leading chronicler of wrestling in America.”
Dark Side of the Ring inspired a variety of Vice TV spin-offs including Dark Side of Football, Dark Side of the 90’s, and Dark Side of Comedy. While Dark Side of the Ring sat idle, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson worked with Husney and Eisner on his series, Tales From The Territories, also for Vice TV.
The Plane Ride From Hell episode of Dark Side of the Ring season three courted some controversy. In the episode, Heidi Doyle, an attendant from that flight, came forward alleging WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair exposed himself to her and at one point, forced her hand to touch his penis. Some of the wrestlers involved with the episode, like Jim Ross on his Grilling JR podcast, said that because of the way that episode was presented, they would no longer be involved with the series.
Stay with Haus of Wrestling for all the latest regarding Dark Side of the Ring’s return to Vice TV.