Whether you like it or not,
Dana White it is The Power Slap League finally airs on TBS tonight (Wednesday, January 18, 2023) at 10 p.m. ET.
As it seems to be a show similar to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in which contestants are selected into teams and will live together in a house, not much is currently known about who everyone is, the order in which things will play out, or really anything. You will discover with me when and if this show tells us things. Heck, even the old website that lists who the coaches are -“Darius the Destroyer” and “Wolverine” — don’t have any information about them other than their stage names.
Here are the official details:
Athletes from Dana White’s newest slap fight sports league, Power Slap, will be featured in the new eight-episode unscripted series that will introduce fans to the sport as they compete for a coveted spot in the house Power Slap and future opportunities for glory. Throughout the season, audiences will see weekly Power Slap matches and learn more about the competitors and their athletic backgrounds. Athletes will compete in four weight classes, including welterweight (170 pounds), middleweight (185 pounds), lightweight (205 pounds) and heavyweight (265 pounds). As athletes move up the rankings, fans will find out which athletes in each weight class will be competing for a Power Slap title.
Still, stay tuned as we watch and write about it below…
POWER SLAP EPISODE 1 RESULTS
At 10 p.m. ET…
Well, we start right away with heavyweights Rob Perez in blue and Ryan Phillips in black. Turns out you get 30 seconds of cooldown between slaps. I guess we only go 3 rounds of slaps each before going to the judges. They score it unanimously for Perez.
He enters the house of the PS. Or no, he is not. His nickname is One-Eyed Wolf, and that’s because he does have…one eye. He therefore cannot obtain medical clearance. So Phillips is on board.
Quick promo between the two coaches, Ron and Darius, who will slap each other at the end of the season. They mention that it will be à la carte.
Welterweight comes next. Michael Smith in black versus Alex Asbury in blue. Ah, I understand the rules a little better now. They must stand with their feet in the box, their head in a specific place. They call which hand and on the count of 1, 2 or 3. Smith opens Alex’s lip and it results in a doctor stoppage. The coaches at the back remark that they like them both.
Heavyweight. Duane Crespo (blue) against Matthew Strickland (black). Crespo knocks Strickland’s stuffing down with the first shot.
Back to welterweight. Jewell Scott (blue) versus Anthony Green (black). And the former boxer Scott won the victory in the second round of slaps.
Women’s lightweights are next. Kortney Olson in blue, Sheena Bathory in black. Bathory hits his spot and Olson literally somersaults. There’s no women’s group to go into the house with, so they hire Bathory as an assistant coach.
Middleweight now. Jon Kennedy (blue) versus Wesley Drain (black). Drain has a very swollen face, but knocks Jon out.
The show now goes into hyper-speed as it’s all about highlights and fast clips and bits. About 6 fights decided in two minutes. A quick introduction to certain faults, such as moving the feet or leading with the palm of the hand. Honestly, names fly way too fast for me to do anything. They show a guy with an MMA background who has no powers and he slightly mocks him. He loses the decision.
Throwback to a full fight clip. Light heavyweights. Devon Schwan (blue) against Vern Cathey (black). Vern with the first knockout.
Cut to Dana White, Hunter Campbell and the coaches in a room talking and showing the new belt for the winner of the coaches. Preview of next week’s show, which will see more people slapping their way into the reality TV house. And that’s the show.
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