Dear WWE and the WWE Universe,
Believe it or not, you’re in better shape than you think.
The Mae Young Classic recently took place (don’t worry, no spoilers from me). Your shows are going well, and the current WWE landscape is looking promising for SummerSlam.
It’s disappointing when you hear a show is cancelled with the crew knowing about it indirectly.
WWE reporter Renee Young reportedly found out about the cancellation of her show “Talking Smack” through Twitter. She co-hosted with Daniel Bryan, followed by Shane McMahon after every episode of WWE SmackDown Live.
This couldn’t have come at a more unfortunate time. Wrestlers on both shows are firing on all cylinders right now.
WWE Raw features the rise of Braun Strowman, solidification of Roman Reigns and the main event caliber performances of Samoa Joe. Add Brock Lesnar into the mix, who currently holds the WWE Universal Title.
SmackDown Live features a who’s who of future wrestling Hall-of-Famers. Those names include Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena and Randy Orton. Fun fact: none of them are the world heavyweight champion. That honor is for Jinder Mahal.
Speaking of depth, the Women’s divisions on both shows are proving their worth each and every night. That also includes the blossoming tag team division on both Raw and SmackDown.
So why is there news like this? Why can someone find out about the show’s status from second-hand sources instead of the people making the decisions?
It’s simple: there are just too many shows to keep track of.
How many shows from WWE alone do you watch? WWE’s slate of programming on cable only includes Raw and SmackDown Live. NXT, 205 Live and the Mae Young Classic are all on the WWE Network.
The bottom line is WWE’s programming might be too much to handle. It can be daunting to manage live programming let alone post-show discussions. Talking Smack was just a casualty of conflicting schedules.
It’s a shame that Talking Smack didn’t survive the chopping block. It allowed the performers to extend their characters and let themselves shine more than usual.
Take The Miz, for example. He cut arguably the best wrestling promo of last year and most likely the best promo in WWE. That led him to multiple Intercontinental title reigns, feuds with top talent and now a spot on Raw as the Intercontinental Champion. That wouldn’t have happened if he didn’t seize that moment on Talking Smack.
It probably wouldn’t have happened if Talking Smack weren’t around in the first place. Where else would he have lashed out more effectively than that?
Regardless, Talking Smack is no more. It’s understandable why it’s gone, but perhaps next time, inform the people working on it before you send it to the woodshed.
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