It’s being reported that Talking Smack, which aired after 205 Live on Tuesday nights on WWE Network has been canceled. Apparently, this week’s episode was the finale for the very popular network show. The plan now is reportedly to use Talking Smack as a strictly post-PPV show.
WWE released the following statement on the cancellation:
“We continuously review WWE Network’s programming line-up based on a variety of factors, including viewership and subscriber research. Talking Smack and Raw Talk will air following pay-per-view events, and Tuesday will continue to feature 205 LIVE.”
Personally, I think this is a very bad decision. Talking Smack was a highlight of WWE’s weekly programming, a fun after-show program that served several purposes. First off, it probably kept more eyes on 205 Live than it would have otherwise, with people tuning in after SmackDown Live to catch Talking Smack.
Secondly, it was fun for fans. We got to see the talent from the blue brand in a more relaxed, less scripted atmosphere, and it did both the brand and the roster a hell of a lot of good.
And lastly, Talking Smack gave the talent a chance to shine. Wrestlers that didn’t get promo time on SmackDown Live would get a chance to have what seemed to be an unscripted talking segment where more of their personality could come to the forefront. They were able to build angles their way, in their words, without it feeling like someone was putting words in their mouth.
I mean, who can forget the epic Miz/Daniel Bryan incident that really launched Talking Smack?
Now that the show it going away, the talent are losing a much-needed outlet and the fans are losing a show they really got behind on Tuesday nights.