Producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisener's Dark Side of the Ring has not only proven to be a hit with viewers and critics alike, but it's also earned the respect of current wrestlers as well as those who've retired from the ring. One who fits in the latter category (and occasionally the former) is entertainment juggernaut and ex-full-time WWE wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Johnson revealed how much of an influence former WWE star David Schultz had on The Rock and his professional growth from a young age, encouraging everyone to watch the next episode of Vice's docuseries highlighting Schultz's career and controversial career setback. Airing this Tuesday at 10 p.m. on Vice, "David Schultz and The Slap Heard Round the World" traces how Schultz's career derailed after a violent run-in with 20/20 reporter John Stossel over just how "real" professional wrestling was.
This man was one of my all time fav heels (bad guys) in pro wrestling and an influence on me when I first shook his hand in Hawaii when I was 12. I've seen an early cut of this episode and highly recommend you watch, if you have any squared circle DNA in your blood. #DrD https://t.co/duvkZgeSJ2
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 25, 2020
The second season consists of ten episodes and focused its investigative spotlight on a wide range of subjects, beginning with a two-part look into the life and tragics deaths of Chris Benoit, Nancy Benoit, and their son, Daniel. From there, the series looked into the murder of Dino Bravo, the WWF/WWE's "Brawl for All" tournament that led to career-ending injuries, the controversial career of ECW star New Jack and David Schultz's violent run-in with a 20/20 reporter.
The remainder of the season looks at the death of Nancy Argentino, Jimmy Snuka's girlfriend, the story of tag team wrestling legends Hawk and Animal: The Road Warriors, Herb Abrams' attempt to build a wrestling empire, and the story of Owen Hart's death during a WWE pay-per-view. Along with serving as executive producers, Husney also serves as a writer with Eisener directing. Catherine Whyte, Naveen Prasad, and Vanessa Case also serve as executive producers, with Alex McIntosh producing. Tara Nadolny is the supervising executive for Vice TV, with the series produced by Vice Studios.