A source in WWE is strongly denying Sports Illustrated’s report that Talking Smack was canceled because Vince McMahon was not pleased with the show since it did not serve the company’s best interests.
According to Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, if the report was true, McMahon would have canceled Talking Smack outright instead of continuing to air it following pay-per-views events.
McMahon doesn’t hate Talking Smack, according to Meltzer, but he doesn’t watch it either. He would get a weekly report about the series every Wednesday. One segment McMahon was unhappy with was when The New Day appeared on the show after Kofi Kingston was cleared to return to the ring following ankle surgery. McMahon felt their first appearance since the Superstar Shake-up should have been on SmackDown LIVE, not on Talking Smack.
Last week was the final weekly airing of Talking Smack. WWE issued the following statement regarding the change.
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.