WWE has cancelled the “Talking Smack” series that aired on WWE Network. Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com reports that Tuesday’s show was the final weekly edition, but it will air following Smackdown pay-per-view events.
Powell’s POV: This is a poor decision by WWE. Even if the series wasn’t producing a large number of network views, it was a terrific platform for the wrestlers to speak in their own voices. Alexa Bliss, Carmella, and even Mojo Rawley strike me as examples of wrestlers who shined on Talking Smack before their characters clicked on the actual Smackdown television show. I can’t imagine that it was an expensive show to produce given that they shoot it at the Smackdown venue using talent and production who are already at the venue. I also wonder how much viewership for Talking Smack dipped once the creatively dull 205 Live show took over the slot immediately following Smackdown. Coming from someone who feels there is way too much WWE programming these days, I will miss Talking Smack and the terrific chemistry between Renee Young and Daniel Bryan.