WWE Issues Major Programming Change For Talking Smack

  • WWE Issues Major Programming Change For Talking Smack

WWE Issues Major Programming Change For Talking Smack

The decision to cancel Talking Smack was taken directly by Vince McMahon, according to Sports Illustrated's Justin Barrasso.

And while reps for the WWE confirmed the show's cancellation, the pro wrestling league apparently neglected to inform the show's hosts about the decision, with Young commenting sarcastically on a tweet about the show's demise. The report claims that McMahon's appearances at weekly WWE TV tapings are becoming "increasingly irregular" but he was reportedly at TV this past week, and was unhappy with Talking Smack as he strongly believed that the show does not serve the company's best interests.

The cancelation, which was announced this past Friday, upset both talent and viewers. He remains looped in on every key detail from Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Stephanie McMahon and Kevin Dunn on Raw, as well as "Road Dogg" Brian James and Michael Hayes on SmackDown.

While still very connected to his TV shows, Vince has been reportedly less physically present at TVs, as of late.

Talking Smack generated headlines through its open, unscripted forum, including seminal moments for The Miz and greatly enhanced the recent heel turn for The Uso's.

When 205 Live debuted on the Network, Talking Smack was moved back an hour and was taped during that show.

This is despite WWE issuing a statement assuring fans that it would continue to be aired after SmackDown pay-per-views, with only the weekly Tuesday evening edition to be culled.