Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Dark Side Of The Ring

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

April 4, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

This week, Jensen introduces us to an upcoming Viceland television program called Dark Side Of The Ring. It premieres April 10th and it’s hosted by Dutch Mantell, who most recently played Zeb Colter in the WWE. It’s a true crime documentary look into sports entertainment. It runs six episodes and each installment focuses on a different tragic love story, criminal investigation, unsolved murder or backstage controversy from the history of the Squared Circle.

Last Week Tonight with Jon Oliver had one of the past week’s most viral videos. Oliver targeted the sometimes shady business of professional wrestling and specifically the WWE’s CEO Vince McMahon. Oliver accuses him of playing the Heel (“bad guy”) not just on television but in real life as well. Due to the lack of employee medical benefits and long term healthcare, pro wrestling is less glamorous than you would expect it to be. Considering all the injuries they endure and the long term health effects of conditions like Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), the current roster of wrestlers do not have it all that great. Recently the WWE has made some changes and now offer some medical services such as rehab for their older wrestlers, however, with WrestleMania 35 coming up this weekend, most wrestling fans will forget about the Jon Oliver piece and enjoy this pop culture spectacle.

The episodes include deep dives into Randy “Macho Man” Savage & Miss Elizabeth’s relationship, both on & off-screen, the mysterious killing of Bruiser Brody, The Montreal Screwjob between Bret Heart & Sean Michaels (where a real-life professional disagreement played out in the ring on live television), the Von Erich family curse, the possible murder of “Gorgeous Gino” and rumors that The Fabulous Moolah, one of the most storied female wrestlers of all-time, was an abusive madam. Each episode is so well done that you need no prior knowledge of wrestling to get into it.

They interview Randy “Macho Man” Savage’s brother Lanny “The Genius” Poffo, Bruce Pritchard, Eric Bischoff, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Hulk Hogan’s ex-wife, Linda Hogan. It chronicles the wild things that happen in the industry & in the wrestlers’ real lives, and they somehow do a great job of making it more fascinating than the circus in the ring.