Lots of folks are bummed that Tuesday nights (or whenever they could fit another 30 minutes into their busy wrestling-watching schedule) will no longer include Talking Smack, the WWE Network show hosted by Renee Young.
Young herself found out via Twitter, and it turns out she wasn’t alone. Her frequent and probably most popular co-host, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan, got the news while jumping online to support Sami Zayn’s good work for the people of Syria...
I come online to support #SamiForSyria and find this out. I'm the GM!!! Nobody tells me anything!!! https://t.co/Dup7nBKvss— Daniel Bryan (@WWEDanielBryan) July 14, 2017
DB was alerted to the fact he’d be getting off work earlier most weeks via a petition started by Hollywood screenwriter and wrestling fan Max Landis. It seems unlikely the push back to the news of Talking Smack’s cancellation will change WWE’s minds if their analysis of viewership, subscriber feedback and production costs didn’t, but you never know. Add your name to the thousands of others who’ve joined Landis here.
One WWE Superstar who undoubtedly benefited from the platform Talking Smack offered was The Miz. We’ll always remember his promo from last August which led to Bryan walking off set, but the A-Lister lived up to his “Must See TV” catchphrase pretty much every time he was on the show.
Which explains why he offered his own gracious 140 character eulogy for it, praising Young’s work (but not Bryan’s... #RealityEraKayfabeForever):
RIP #TalkingSmack I enjoyed the freedom this show gave @wwe talent to showcase what they could do @ReneeYoungWWE brought the best out of all— The Miz (@mikethemiz) July 15, 2017
Clearly, lots of people loved this show. But evidently not enough of us.