SN: You and Evan have shot six documentaries that have or will be airing and almost completed the seventh one on Dino Bravo. What other topics would you like to cover if the series can continue?JE: We spent a lot of time researching the Chris Benoit story. That’s one we would love to tackle and the Dino Bravo story. There’s a story about an accident that three wrestlers tragically died in which included Adrian Adonis. They were traveling on the East Coast in Canada, and their van swerved off the road to avoid hitting a moose. Adrian Adonis was best friends with Roddy Piper. Adnois had pretty much brought Piper up in the wrestling world. Roddy was affected by Adrian’s passing. There’s a story in there that we really want to tell.Another is The Brawl for All tournament that took place in the summer of 1998. It was WWE having real shoot fights in their ring. We’d love to do a story on everyone who was involved in that because it was so fascinating. Here you this thing where WWE has built this mystique create with kayfabe and then they are going to have real shoot fights. It was a weird mixed message to the audience. Each episode of the six-part series explores the dark stories behind some of the wrestling world’s biggest names including Randy “Macho Man” Savage, Bret Hart, Bruiser Brody and The Fabulous Moolah. SN talks with one of the directors, Jason Eisener, about how the concept of the series came about, the feedback from The Rock, what hurdles he had to overcome and what documentaries he’d like to do in the future.(Editor’s note: The interview was edited for clarity and conducted on Tuesday, April 16.)Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearSporting News: What has the feedback been since the premiere episode last week featuring “Macho Man” Randy Savage and Miss Elizabeth?Jason Eisener: It’s been incredibly awesome. I hoped people would give the show a chance and like it. It’s been fun to see some of the reactions on social media. A couple of days ago, Hulk Hogan was tweeting about it, as he had some issues with the episode. He said he had wished he was interviewed for the show. We reached out to him to be interviewed, and he declined to be part of it. Then on Sunday, The Rock talked about how much the show affected him and how much he appreciated it. The wrestling world has put us over, which is cool.SN: Even though you are only one episode in, is it gratifying for all the hard work you and Evan Husney put in and did something right to get responses from the biggest star in pro wrestling history in Hulk Hogan and quite arguably the biggest actor in work in The Rock?JE: Making the show was a labor of love. It was probably three years in the making. It was one year of pitching it and then two years of going out there and creating the series. It was a lot of work to do. Evan and I had to move away from our homes to go live in Toronto to work on the production for about 18 months. So when someone like The Rock validates the work, it helps to make it all worthwhile. I’ll definitely say that (laughs). I grew up as such a fan of his and getting that validation from him means the world.SN: We have seen recent documentaries done on Andre The Giant and Ric Flair. How did Dark Side of The Ring, which details six hot button issues in professional wrestling, even come about?JE: Evan and I met about ten years ago. And we ended up bonding over our love of the pro wrestling business. Every time we would see each other, we would be kids again and chopping and slapping each other. He had been working for VICE, who told their employees if you have any ideas for a show, feel free to pitch it to us. We always wanted to do high-end documentaries on the wrestling world. At the time, we were obsessed with what happened in the life of Bruiser Brody, which will be the third episode that airs on April 24. We got really wrapped in doing that project and was more or less our pilot episode. We spent more than a year researching that story. What it made it so fascinating about that story is the blurred lines about what is fiction in the wrestling world. That’s been the thesis of the entire series of what we dive into. That to me is what makes wrestling the most interesting for art form on the planet, especially during that time as the wrestlers were so protective of the business. They had lived their characters into their everyday lives. We wanted to tell these stories that have had so many rumors over the years and dive into what was real and what was fiction and allow the subjects to tell their truths from their perspective and let the audience decide what is real.We found what was so cool was the reenactments that are stylized and done in slow motion. Everyone was black lit to show these specific fragments of memories because people have different thoughts on those memories. We had a lot of fun with that particular aspect.SN: Embarking on a project of this magnitude, you are going to have hurdles to overcome. What were some of the difficulties you guys faced to do all of these documentaries?JE: I would say the biggest hurdle was probably earning the trust of the wrestlers and the family members we interviewed. I found that the wrestlers who came from the 1950s and 1960s, where, to this day, they still protect the business and tell the behind the scenes stories because they have been protective of them for so many years. We found that it would take a while to gain their trust. We would do that by spending time with them so they knew we were fans and we appreciated everything they did in such a way and respect for what they do. We wanted to get their stories told before it was too late. I realized that these guys that I love so much aren’t going to be around for too much longer and I wanted to get their stories captured so generations to come can learn about the art form that we have on Earth that is so interesting and fascinating. Wrestling is such a treasure that deserves to be protected and be shared.Another hurdle was the rigorous travel schedule. Evan and I stopped counting how many flights we were on after like 65. We weren’t taking bumps every night, but we definitely felt like we were on the wrestling road.The stories from the families were pretty tragic. It was asking a lot of them to open up about their loved ones who they lost tragically. What I found in talking with them and from finding out about how big of fans we were and appreciated them like artists, the family members saw we wanted to do justice for their loved ones.SN: I had heard a rumor that you guys had shot ten documentaries, but only six are currently airing. Is that correct?JE: The original plan was to do ten. We shot approximately 75 percent of a seventh episode on the story of Dino Bravo. That is such a tragic story of a wrestler who was killed in Montreal. We hope if there’s a season two, we hope to finish that one. We shot part of another one. There are so many stories that we would love to dive into.SN: There’s a lot of scandals and controversies that have happened throughout the years in professional wrestling. How did you and Evan decide on these six particular topics to premiere?JE: The Bruiser Brody story is the one we started on. Wrestling has this way of being very poetic. Going into the Brody story also led us into the Gino Hernandez story, as they had matches together and spent time with one another. Then Bruiser Brody spent a lot of time with the Von Erichs. Bret Hart contributes Brody to putting him over to the rest of the locker room. Bret felt like he was a kid who had to prove himself. Brody was the one who spoke highly of his talents.The episode with “Macho Man” and Miss Elizabeth was Evan and I’s fairy tale growing up. It was like Romeo and Juliet. That story has always lived with us. We were always fascinated with how the blurred lines of their relationship on and off-screen were so riveting. Then you had the feud with Randy and Hogan that had been built for almost a year.The Fabolous Moolah story was a big one from last year at Wrestlemania where the sponsors made WWE strike themselves and remove Moolah’s name from the first Women’s Battle Royal. We interviewed some of the women that came up under the Fabolous Moolah. We quickly realized they had incredible stories to share.I think all of these are different wrestling documentaries are different than any other previous ones.SN: One of the harder challenges of doing documentaries is being able to maintain footage. What avenues did you go through to obtain and license footage for all the episodes?JE: We would go through other channels. We used raw footage from New Japan, All Japan, Houston Wrestling, the “Wrestling with Shadows” movie from Paul Jay. The key for us was the reenactments so we could tell the stories to keep it visually appealing. But there was also an aspect with the music with the reenactments where there’s this tranquility wrapped up into it, and hopefully, people will feel transported into those scenes and those locker rooms.SN: Media companies in the past that tried to do documentaries have said it was hard to work with WWE in trying to get footage about the talent that had been there in the past. How was the cooperation with WWE and going through that process?JE: We didn’t approach them. We didn’t have any association with them. But we had The Rock and Madusa tweeting at me about how much they connected with it. It’s refreshing to see people who were in the business appreciate it so much and doing such an excellent job with the stories.I know it’s been hard for others to do these documentaries without the cooperation of the WWE. I have a feeling though that they are going to like it.SN: From what we know so far, the two biggest names who declined to participate in the documentaries have been Lex Luger and Hogan for the “Macho Man” and Miss Elizabeth episode. Why did they provide such resistance to you guys?JE: I’m not sure. We reached out to both of them to participate in the episodes, and they both declined too. And they aren’t the only ones. There were other ones as well. I think there are so many YouTube shoot videos and short documentaries that people are making content. I can see those guys navigating those wrestling docs and maybe have some they are working on as well. I hope they know what we did on this season and have them be part of the next season we make. Professional wrestling is one of the world’s most popular forms of entertainment and is shrouded in secrets and dark stories.’Dark Side of The Ring’ debuted on Viceland on Wednesday, April 10 and runs through May 15. The goal of the documentary series is of the hope to uncover the real truth behind a handful of wrestling legends.
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