Warner Bros. and TBS have finally addressed the Dana White controversy that preceded the debut of his Power Slap League. During a New Year’s Eve party, White was filmed in a physical altercation with his wife at a nightclub in which both struck each other with slaps. This was shortly before the debut of White’s Power Slap League on TBS.
Just after, speculation ran rampant as to whether or not the Power Slap league would proceed forward given the recent events. However, the debut of the League only ended up being pushed back one week. It was a move that received a bit of backlash from fans given everything that happened between White and his wife.
Warner Bros. Executive Explains Power Slap League Decision
Warner Bros. Discovery’s US Network Group Chairman and Chief Content Officer Kathleen Finch recently participated in a panel with Deadline. Finch admitted that there was some concern about moving forward with the league, but ultimately, the network decided to proceed with the project.
“Of course. Yes,” Finch said. “This is an experiment. The goal is, we are making shows for our fans, that’s who we work for. Fans of wrestling have a lot of overlap with the fans of this and it’s huge on social media so the idea really is, if we can take something that’s huge on social, bring it to a linear audience giving the fans what they want.
“This may surprise you to know that I did not know much about wrestling before I took this job. I know, I seem like a wrestling fan, but I’m not. But I did have to learn a lot about the audience. A lot of families that watch [wrestling], I was very surprised to learn this. I have huge respect for this audience. AEW wrestling airs on two of our networks, TNT and TBS — on both nights it kills. Finding something that speaks to that audience, that would be gold.”
White’s actions aren’t the only thing bringing criticism the league’s way. There are also injury and concussion concerns at the expense of the athletes that linger after watching the promotion’s first event. However, for now, at least, the league looks to be continuing forward as normal.