Dark Side of the Ring is set to return for its anticipated 5th season.

With a track record of success, the show promises to delve even deeper into the underbelly of the wrestling world, starting with a poignant spotlight on the late John “Earthquake” Tenta.

The announcement of Dark Side of the Ring Season 5’s premiere was met with excitement among fans, as they eagerly anticipate the unveiling of Earthquake’s story on Tuesday, March 5, at 10pm ET on Vice TV. The official confirmation came via social media, where the Dark Side of the Ring account teased the upcoming season.

Season 5 will start off with an exploration of the life of John “Earthquake” Tenta, a figure known for his larger-than-life presence in the ring juxtaposed with his sincere devotion to family off-screen. Tenta’s untimely passing at the age of 42 cast a somber shadow over the wrestling community, underscoring the complexities of his character and the impact he left behind.


In addition to Earthquake’s tale, Season 5 of Dark Side of the Ring will feature episodes dedicated to other wrestling luminaries such as Chris Adams, Sensational Sherri, Terry Gordy, and pivotal moments like the acquisition of Georgia Championship Wrestling by Vince McMahon in 1984, famously known as Black Saturday.

Reflecting on the series’ trajectory, Season 4 of Dark Side of the Ring garnered an average viewership rating of approximately 0.181 million viewers per episode, continuing a trend of strong engagement with its audience. Since its inception in 2019, the show has maintained a dedicated following, with each season offering compelling insights into the often tumultuous world of professional wrestling.

Season 4’s exploration of wrestling featured a diverse array of stories, from the tumultuous lives of Chris Candido and Tammy Lynn Sytch to the backstage drama of events like Bash at the Beach in 2000. Notably, “The World According to Marty Jannetty” provided viewers with a candid glimpse into the experiences of wrestling veteran Marty Jannetty, adding another layer of intrigue to the series.

How do you believe the upcoming exploration of John “Earthquake” Tenta’s life in the premiere of Dark Side of the Ring Season 5 will contribute to the series’ ongoing legacy of uncovering the complexities and untold stories within the world of professional wrestling? Let us know in the comments below.

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