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Breaking News: TalkingSmack Show Cancelled!

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Talking Smack is a very popular show following Smackdown Live, hosted by Renee Young and Daniel Bryan (sometimes Shane McMahon). Multiple sources have confirmed with PWInsider that WWE has cancelled Talking Smack as a weekly series, but not completely cancelled.

Weirdly, the host herself didn’t know the WWE cancel the show until she found out on Twitter feed. If it’s true, this past Tuesday’s episode was its final episode on the WWE Network.

The series featured a lot of great character, and promo work from different Smackdown roster superstars, including Kevin Owens and Alexa Bliss as well as Daniel Bryan and Renee Young doing a great job hosting.

The current plan, we are told, is to use Talking Smack exclusively as a post-PPV broadcast.

Today at 2 PM: WWE issued the following statement to PWInsider:

“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.”

It looks like The McMahons and WWE thinks the reason #205Live ratings are down because of #TalkingSmack.

This was a surprising decision that has sparked an outcry among many fans on social media.

Tweets from Superstars

Renee Young,

“Really disappointed about #TalkingSmack. We tried to make that show great. Guess I’ll go back to welcoming my guest at this time.”

The Miz,

“RIP #TalkingSmack I enjoyed the freedom this show gave @wwe talent to showcase what they could do @ReneeYoungWWE brought the best out of all.”

Talking Smack is not going away entirely, though. Rather, the WWE says that the show will continue airing after SmackDown Live pay-per-views, similar to the way that #RawTalk currently airs just after #Raw pay-per-views but not after the weekly episodes of Raw.

TalkingSmack Ratings!

Talking Smack was being cancelled due to low ratings, but a lot of fans questioned why #205Live was being kept around. Back in April, it was reported that 205Live ratings are very low to the point that it is being beaten by pre-taped NXT episodes.

Still, Talking Smack has been a place where a lot of WWE superstars have experienced substantial character development. And with some moments from that show surpassing the actual promos delivered on SmackDown Live.

Best Known For,

Famously, The Miz knocked all of his #TalkingSmack appearances out of the park. A clip of Miz ranting against Daniel Bryan racked up 2.1 million views on YouTube.

Speaking Of Daniel Bryan

Smackdown GM tweeted,

“I come online to support #SamiForSyria and find this out. I’m the GM!!! Nobody tells me anything!!!”

This is not the first time this year that Renee Young has received unpleasant news from the WWE.

During the superstar shake up in April, Dean Ambrose was traded to Monday Night Raw from SmackDown Live, while Renee Young stayed on the blue brand

Young and Ambrose are married in real life, and so this meant that they would not see each other as often every week.

So we will only have one episode of Talking Smack every month. The next episode of Talking Smack will air on Sunday, July 23rd after the Battleground pay-per-view.


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