Dark Side of The Ring returns to Vice TV next Tuesday with season four of the beloved, and controversial, pro wrestling docuseries. This season will kick off with Chris And Tammy, a look at the tumultuous relationship between former WWE stars Chris Candido and Tammy “Sunny” Sytch. Other subjects for the forthcoming season include Magnum TA, Bam Bam Bigelow, and Marty Jannetty.
The show has routinely not shied away from the most contentious stories from pro wrestling’s past. Notably, their Plane Ride From Hell episode last season elicited a huge response from the pro wrestling community. Following its airing, Tommy Dreamer left Impact over comments he made defending Ric Flair’s behavior on the flight, and Flair was removed, briefly, from the WWE opening video package.
One of the most controversial pro wrestling stories in recent years is the backstage brawl that played out following AEW: All Out. Following the PPV, a bloody CM Punk sat down for the media scrum and quickly went about berating the press while ripping into multiple members of the AEW roster and management. All of this was done, of course, while eating a muffin from Mindy’s Bakery, and sipping lime Spindrift.
Once Punk wrapped up and returned to his locker room, he was confronted by The Elite and others, and a fight ensued. Few details about the actual confrontation have surfaced but it hasn’t stopped fans from talking about it and speculating on how things went down. The fallout from the incident continues to this day, with Punk’s return to the All Elite fold seemingly on the horizon, but not yet confirmed.
In a Haus of Wrestling exclusive interview, now available on the Haus of Wrestling podcast feed, Dark Side of The Ring co-creator Evan Husney commented on the possibility of the series doing an episode about what happened at All Out.
“People have asked us about not only this, but they’ve also asked us about other, you know, I’d say contemporary situations in wrestling,” he began. “I do get a kick out of, I have to say, anytime that there is, you know, some new wrestling drama, or some new controversy, that instantaneously social media lights up with the Dark Side memes, that’s very fun.
“I will say this, about that story in particular. First off, just the way that the show is constructed, the way that our style is, I guess, you could say, in terms of like, you know, most of our stories are obviously in the past, they’re not present breaking news type stories. I think if we were to ever cover anything more in the modern sense, it would probably be for a different show.
“Only in that, you know, we only get that opportunity to do the one interview. We’re looking at hindsight, we’re looking at things that happened in the past. You know? When stories have been told, and there’s a definite end to those stories. There’s a resolution or there’s something, right? I think anything like with this story or a story about, you know, Vince McMahon over the last year or so, things like that, I don’t think those stories are done.
“I don’t think they’re done being told. And I think that for us if we were to cover them, it might have to be in some other capacity. Just because by the nature of just how the show was put together I think any of those, you know, modern things. It’s kind of like we got to still wait a couple of years to see how this thing all shakes out. Maybe there’s more to the story than that’s there in this present moment.”
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