On AdFreeShows.com, Dark Side of the Ring producers Evan Husney and Jason Eisener discussed the episode, ‘In the Shadow of Grizzly Smith” that aired a couple of weeks ago on VICE TV.
Husney: “This is really delving into some really difficult subject matter, definitely the most difficult subject matter I think we’ve ever covered on the show.”
Eisener talking about The Rock reaching out to him:
“He (The Rock) had reached out a few days prior. He had seen the episode. I think we try to send him the episodes when we can. He saw it and was deeply affected by it. He reached out after watching it and he said he wanted to help spread the news about this episode. He thought the episode really had the power to help people that were maybe going through some of the same things that the Smith family had gone through. He felt that he could use his voice to elevate it and spread it out there more. He thought his following is something they could be interested in or learn from. He’s still very in tune with the wrestling world. Jake was somebody who he probably grew up around. He wanted to be able to show support for that side of his life.”
Evan on what Jake Roberts wanted the direction of this story to be:
“I first reached out to one of Jake’s daughters, Codi, and talked to her about it. She was basically like, ‘Jake loves you guys. He would love to work with you guys, but wants to find a different angle to tell his story that’s not the same that has been out there for so many years.’ I called Jake and pitched him the idea of, we want to do this. We want to go back to this troubling time. He was all about it if it could be under the guise of helping people and trying to really be inspirational in that way. That’s the genesis of it. He then talked to his siblings, whom he’s not that close to today.”
The episode is very heavy and may be the darkest episode in the series history but very much worth watching. If you haven’t seen it, check out the trailer below.