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Dana Warrior preemptively slams Dark Side of the Ring documentary on her late husband

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It’s going to be an interesting week for pro wrestling documentaries.

Thanks to the A&E Biography episode which premiered last night (Sun., May 23), and this Thursday’s edition of Dark Side of Ring, we’ll get two different versions of the Ultimate Warrior’s story.

Biography: WWE Legends has been an interesting ride thus far. With different production teams working on each documentary, we’ve seen varying levels of scrutiny applied to each subject. Warrior got more than I was expecting. They at least addressed things like issues during his initial WWE run (Undertaker and others tell a story about a time Warrior “snapped” at a young fan at an airport, and we see new footage of the apology Vince McMahon had him record as a result), and his racist and homophobic political speeches in the aughts (his infamous 2005 appearance at the University of Connecticut is mentioned, but mostly so his widow Dana can describe it as a one-off during a period when she claims Warrior was attempting to emulate right-wing pundits like Rush Limbaugh).

But there are only a few of Warrior’s contemporaries who get to chime in on what it was like to share a locker room with him, and little evidence offered that Warrior didn’t harbor discriminatory views until his death in 2014.

If you’re looking for a deep dive into those topics, you’re going to have to tune in to Vice later this week. One person who isn’t interested in Dark Side of the Ring’s take is Mrs. Warrior. When fans mentioned that show’s “Becoming Warrior” episode on her Instagram promoting A&E Biography, she replied - then deleted - “i had no part in this project. Smut and filth does not rise to my note” multiple times.

Dana Warrior’s Instagram via Fightful’s Twitter

We’ll get a look at the “smut and filth” later this week. Dark Side of the Ring will certainly hit harder than A&E did. It will be interesting to see if it’s as brutal as the The Self Destruction of the Ultimate Warrior doc/hit piece WWE released on him prior to their reconciliation.