It's hard to believe it but viewers have already reached the midpoint of Vice TV and producers Evan Husney & Jason Eisener's Dark Side of the Ring Season 3, and what an intense third season it's been. From Brian "F'n" Pillman, "King of the Deathmatch" Nick Gage, the WCW/NJPW "Collision In Korea," the Ultimate Warrior, and Grizzly Smith. But before it goes out for its midseason break (returning later this summer with a line-up you can find out about below), there's one more chapter left and this one focuses on British wrestler The Dynamite Kid (aka Thomas Billington). Earning worldwide fame and success with a riveting, self-sacrificing style some say was well ahead of its time, The Dynamite Kid would bring the violence outside the ring in all-to-real confrontations that would destroy his family, his body, and his lasting legacy.
Here's a look at the trailer for the midseason finale of Dark Side of the Ring Season 3 "Dynamite Kid," set to premiere this Thursday on Vice TV beginning at 9 pm ET.:
And here's a look back at how the re-enactments during "In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith" came together:
The third season of Dark Side of the Ring ventures even deeper into wrestling's shrouded past, revealing the hidden, heartbreaking, and untold stories of professional wrestling with intimate access to its subjects. "With this epic, fourteen-episode season, we've had the opportunity to push the series to new heights and dig even deeper into a world that has captivated us our entire lives," said Eisener and Husney. "We're excited to unveil a season that encompasses a whole new spectrum of stories, ranging from legendary icons of the past to contemporary snapshots from wrestling's underground, to mind-blowing sagas overseas."
Wrestling legend and AEW superstar Chris Jericho returns as the series' narrator for a second consecutive season- joined by an enormous cast, including Jake 'The Snake' Roberts, Jon Moxley, Mick Foley, Diamond Dallas Page, Eric Bischoff, Jim Ross, Jim Cornette, David Arquette, Antonio Inoki, Rob Van Dam, Terry Funk, and the former wife of Ultimate Warrior, Shari Tyree. Set to air late summer, the second half of Season 3 will include Vince McMahon and "The Steroid Trials" from the 1990s; a look at the formation of FMW, created by Japan's Atsushi Onita and known for its spectacular matches and gratuitous gore but took a dark turn in the hands of Onita's protégé; and Luna Vachon, who faced immense personal loss and battled addiction while making a name for herself in wrestling history.
In addition, the docuseries will examine "The Plane Ride From Hell"– the infamous party onboard a private 757 charter that forced the WWE to reprimand some of its biggest stars; the story of Johnny K9 aka Bruiser Bedlam, and his double life as a wrestler and as the leader of a biker gang implicated in drug trafficking, the bombing of a police station, and gruesome double murder. XPW, which merged Rob Black's passions for porn and wrestling- until a fallout with a young wrestler started a chain of events that led to jealous rage and a terrifying amputation; and the incredible story of Chris Kanyon, who kept his sexuality a closely guarded secret for decades.
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