We got the unfortunate news of the Talking Smack Show abruptly getting cancelled on the WWE Network. Ever since the confirmation of the same was made by WWE, the fans started a trend on Twitter, #savetalkingsmack in order to bring back it. Furthermore, a petition was also filed in the change.org for the same with fans all around the globe urging the WWE to withdraw their decision.
This is a certain indication that how much the show was appreciated by the fans. This was one of the rarest programmings on the WWE Network that allowed the superstars to talk freely. They could let their mind known to the public. Sometimes, serious altercations and heated promos took the show’ standard to a whole new level, for sure. This was the reason why a major portion of the WWE Universe was fond of it.
Now, as they are mourning over the cancellation of the show, we have got some updates of the potential reason for the same. As stated by Sports Illustrated, Vince McMahon did not like the ‘unscripted nature’ of the show where every superstar gets to open up freely. This sometimes revealed some major spoilers within the company, as well which might have been a headache for The Boss.
— Max Landis (@Uptomyknees) July 14, 2017
So, it was reported by the source that McMahon was the one to pull off the show abruptly without taking anyone else’s opinion. This is certainly one worse decision made by the Chairman which created a major backlash among the fans.
Really disappointed about #TalkingSmack. We tried to make that show great. Guess I’ll go back to welcoming my guest at this time.
— Renee Young (@ReneeYoungWWE) July 14, 2017
— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) July 14, 2017
In addition, other sources have also reported that the viewership for the particular show was also a reason for Talking Smack cancellation. It was not being able to grab better ratings which kept decreasing weeks after weeks forcing the producers to stop it, at one point. WWE.com further update was a clear indication towards it:
“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.”
As reported earlier, they will not be airing on weekly basis, from now on. Instead, we will see it only on those days where there would be a Smackdown-exclusive PPV. The tradition will start place from Battleground onwards.