A review of Dark Side of the Ring, Season 2

Dark Side of the Ring

The second season of Dark Side of the Ring was comprised of 10 episodes (more than the previous season) and the narrator was Chris Jericho.

Jericho’s work as the narrator of this second season of Dark Side of the Ring was really good and consistent throughout the season.

Benoit: Parts One & Two

The first two episodes of the second season were devoted to the double murder-suicide of Chris Benoit and his family.

This episode shows the impact that the death of Eddie Guerrero had on Benoit and how he was not the same after that.

One of the most heartbreaking parts of these episodes is seeing the pictures of the crime scene.

Despite all the darkness surrounding this episode, it was great seeing at the end David Benoit (the oldest son of Chris) and Sandra Toffoloni (sister of Nancy Benoit) having a great relationship and enjoying wrestling.

Grade: A 

The Life and Crimes of New Jack

The third episode was dedicated to the career of hardcore wrestling legend New Jack.

New Jack tells stories about his time in Smokey Mountain Wrestling to his arrival to ECW. One of the most interesting stories New Jack told was the unfolding of the Mass Transit incident.

This episode also talked about another controversial moment of the career of New Jack and his early life.

Grade: B+

The Brawl For All

One of the dumbest ideas in the history of pro-wrestling, if not the dumbest, was the Brawl For All. The Brawl For All was a shootfighting (real) tournament held by the WWF that lasted from June 29, 1998, to August 24, 1998.

The inception that caused the creation of the tournament is one of the most baffling stories you will ever hear.

One of the highlights of this episode was the participation of The Godfather and how charismatic he is. On the other side, in a similar fashion to last season’s Montreal Screwjob episode, the Vince Russo-Jim Cornette feud that was featured again and this was a low point of the episode.

Grade: C+

Jimmy Snuka and Death of Nancy Argentino

This was one of the most interesting episodes of the second of Dark Side of the Ring. The episode talks about Jimmy Snuka and his involvement in the death of his girlfriend at the time, Nancy Argentino.

The episode addresses several aspects of this story from the terrible handling of the investigation from the Allentown police to the rumor that Vince McMahon bailed out Snuka, which was mentioned briefly.

Grade: B+

The Assassination of Dino Bravo

The life and career of Dino Bravo are covered in this episode. One of the interesting parts is his involvement with the Mafia of Montreal.

Dino Bravo is an interesting figure and most importantly the mysterious circumstances of his death.

Grade: B

David Schultz and The Slap Heard Round the World

The focus of this episode, in short, is about David Schultz slapping 20\20 reporter John Stossel and consequently the aftermath of it.

David Schultz is one of the most interesting wrestlers, especially because of his days as a bounty hunter. After this episode, it wouldn’t be surprising if someone decides to produce a movie or TV show about him.

Grade: A

Cocaine and Cowboy Boots: The Herb Abrams Story

This is without a doubt the wildest story covered on Dark Side of the Ring. UWF has always been one of the most absolute crazy stories in the business.

Herb Abrams’ story and the inception of UWF are very well covered. One of the funniest stories is the name of the dog of Abrams.

Grade: A

The Last Ride of The Road Warriors

A very simple and yet fascinating episode. The episode covers the formation and career of one of the greatest tag teams in wrestling history.

We don’t learn new information but the careers of the Road Warriors are an interesting subject to cover nonetheless.

Grade: B

The Final Days of Owen Hart

This was the best episode of the season. This episode primarily focuses on the events that lead to the death of Owen Hart and its aftermath.

The most heartbreaking part of this episode was seeing Dr. Martha Hart holding the hook that caused Owen’s death. In addition, the episode covers how much Owen Hart loved his family. The episode also has the participation of both of Owen’s children Oje and Athena.

At the end of the episode, Martha Hart talks about the Owen Hart Foundation and how this has been the best way to honor the memory of her late husband.

Grade: A+