WWE Talking Smack was one of the best things made by the company in a long time for many fans. This is because it was unscripted in nature and allowed Superstars to display more of their personality.

WWE Talking Smack premiered in 2016 following the return of the brand split. Unfortunately for fans of the post-SmackDown talk show, the weekly program was canceled in July 2017 after nearly a year.

Road Dogg was recently hired back by WWE and he took over Jeff Jarrett’s role in the company. This was after he was actually fired by the company earlier this year, which shocked fans.

While speaking on the latest episode of his Oh You Didn’t Know podcast, Road Dogg explained why Talking Smack was cancelled in 2017, owing to it not being worth logistically.


“It simply was not worth it. It was a business decision where handling, shipping that big desk, you have to stay later, and so the people get paid for overtime. And you know what I mean? It logistically, it did not work, and it wasn’t doing great numbers, like people talk about it a lot because it was really good,” the former SmackDown writer said.

“Like it was really good, alternate content where people got to express themselves sometimes a little differently than they did on the television show.” He continued, “And that’s the interesting part, that’s what makes it now like a cult following like, ‘Oh, my God, that thing was great.’ Yeah, but none of you were watching it when it was on or else it would have stayed on, you know. It has to match the outgoing revenue, and then some hopefully. But yeah, it just didn’t do well.”

Talking Smack returned in August 2020 on Peacock. The show was renamed “The SmackDown LowDown” in June and remains a regular feature even now.

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