Backstage News – Vince McMahon’s Reaction To “Talking Smack” & More On The Cancellation

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UPDATED x 3: Sports Illustrated reports that Talking Smack was canceled due to Vince McMahon feeling that the unscripted style of the show not being in the company’s best interests, not due to low viewership as some had suggested.

McMahon has been present at WWE TV tapings less frequently in recent months but still remains in “complete control” of the company, with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, and Kevin Dunn constantly keeping him filled in on all details related to RAW and Brian “The Road Dogg” James and Michael Hayes keeping him filled in on SmackDown Live!. McMahon was at TV last week and was not happy with Talking Smack, deciding to eventually stop the program altogether (it will continue to run after pay-per-views for now). McMahon still has the final say on everything that airs on RAW and SmackDown Live! on a weekly basis.

The Miz, Daniel Bryan, and Renee Young tweeted the following. As previously reported, they were all caught off guard by the show being axed and found out about the cancellation after reading the reports online:



Here is the statement WWE issued Friday about the situation.

“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.”

UPDATED x 2: Daniel Bryan and Renee Young reacted to the cancellation on “Talking Smack” on a weekly basis on Twitter, both noting that they were not aware of the change until it was reported online earlier today (Friday). You can see their tweets below:



UPDATE: “Talking Smack” isn’t the only WWE Network series to be canceled today. After news broke that WWE had canceled the series in its weekly format, Renee Young responded to a fan question on Twitter and said her WWE Network series “Unfiltered”, in which she conducted one-on-one interviews, has also been canceled.

WWE has said “Talking Smack” will continue as an after-show for SmackDown-branded pay-per-view events.


ORIGINAL: WWE has cancelled “Talking Smack” as a weekly series. This past Tuesday’s episode was the final episode. “Talking Smack” will stick around, but only as a post-pay-per-view broadcast for SmackDown Live! brand events.

WWE said in a statement: “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.“


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