Vice TV's critically acclaimed series, "Dark Side of the Ring," continues to captivate audiences with its exploration of controversial topics within the world of professional wrestling. As the show's fourth season unfolds this summer, a recent episode of "The Hall of Fame" sparked significant discussion when it delved into the life and career of the late WWE Hall of Famer, "Sensational" Sherri Martel.
However, notable wrestling personality Booker T disclosed that he declined the opportunity to participate in the episode.
Booker T Rejects "Dark Side" Episode
Booker T, a revered figure in the wrestling industry, expressed his reservations about the "Dark Side of the Ring" series and his decision not to lend his insights to the Sherri Martel episode.
In a candid statement, Booker T articulated his rationale, saying, "I didn't put any credit in 'Dark Side of the Ring' just because I don't want to see wrestling in that light. Anytime you hear 'Dark Side,' it's not gonna be good." He further elaborated, revealing that he had received phone calls and emails requesting his involvement in the episode, but declined the offer.
Booker T's reluctance stemmed from his desire to preserve Sherri Martel's legacy and remember her solely in a positive light. He made it clear that he didn't want to be part of anything that might tarnish the memory of the talented performer.
Sherri Martel, renowned for her illustrious career spanning the 1980s and '90s, captivated audiences as a manager for numerous legendary wrestlers such as Randy Savage, Ted DiBiase, Shawn Michaels, and Ric Flair. Notably, she also played a crucial role in Booker T and Stevie Ray's journey as Harlem Heat in WCW from 1994 to 1997.
When asked about Martel's association with Harlem Heat, Booker T credited the influential Hulk Hogan for facilitating their partnership. "I think Hogan had some influence with that," Booker T acknowledged. "I know Hogan wanted to put the rocket on us, and they tried a few managers with us before Sherri.
You know, none of them really worked out. Then when Sherri's name came up, we were like, 'Yes, that's who we need.' " Tragically, Sherri Martel's life was cut short in 2007 due to a drug overdose, leaving a void in the wrestling world.
Recognizing her contributions and impact, she was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006. While "Dark Side of the Ring" continues to delve into the underbelly of the wrestling industry, Booker T's decision to decline participation in the Sherri Martel episode stems from his unwavering dedication to preserving her legacy.
As fans reflect on Martel's storied career, it remains evident that her impact on the wrestling landscape will forever be remembered, cherished, and celebrated.