Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s Saturday so time for the latest instalment of ’This Week in Wrestling’. Today, in part 28, Craig discusses the cancellation of ‘Talking Smack’ and ‘Raw Talk’ while Brian shares all the best viral content he’s stumbled upon this week.
This week it was announced that the WWE was bringing to an end ‘Talking Smack’ and ‘Raw Talk’ standalone shows and, instead, they will air as post-PPV shows.
Announcing the news, the WWE said: “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.”
This, to me, comes across as very short-sighted and ill thoughtout.
If you live in the east coast of the USA, by the time a PPV finishes on a Sunday night you’re at around 11pm onwards while in the UK that’s sometimes as late as 4.30am in the morning. If the WWE think fans are going to then hang around for another hour, in a lot of cases they are likely to be bitterly disappointed.
Personally speaking, I’m bitterly disappointed by this news. For me, ‘Talking Smack’ is one of the few shows on the WWE Network – beyond PPVs and archive – that I actually watch. Even if I haven’t viewed Smackdown Live, I’ll often watch ‘Talking Smack’.
It’s been home to the advancement of angles – Daniel Bryan & The Miz most famously – whilst also giving superstars the chance to talk and develop their character.
Frankly, it’s also proved to be a huge boost to several acts, including the aforementioned Miz as well as the likes of Naomi, Baron Corbin and Alexa Bliss. It does have the feeling of the ‘biting your nose to spite your face’ as it’s not as if the show would be either resource intensive or costly.
A show that gives superstars extra freedom on the mic, off of live TV, is a strange thing to do away with. I also am left wondering what this means for Renee Young as well…
The above tweet relates to a response by Dana Warrior, the wife of the late Ultimte Warrior, to a story posted on 411mania.
On his ‘Conversations with the Big Guy’ podcast, Ryback Claimed:
“Mark Carrano actually had showed me the WrestleMania card early,” Ryback said. “They kind of have an idea of what they want to do, obviously, ahead of time, and they had on it Ryback versus Ultimate Warrior. And I just said ‘Cool.’ But, in my head, at the time, it was during my heel deal, that first one, where it probably wasn’t gonna be a favorable position for me as far as all that. But I was excited, because I figured it was his one last moment in WWE. So, I thought it would be really cool. I didn’t think I would necessarily be the right guy for that, because I didn’t know anything about him. I didn’t know what kind of shape he was in, if he could wrestle or not, but I 100% would have done it because I did everything that they asked me there.”
If, indeed as Dana suggests, this is untrue then that’s incredibly poor form from Ryback and a needless claim to make on his podcast.
It’s also worth noting that the back-up to the above Ryback vs Warrior plan was him competing in a losing fatal-four way match on the pre-show with the Usos beating The Real Americans (Cesaro and Jack Swagger), RybAxel (Ryback and Curtis Axel), and Los Matadores (Diego and Fernando). Ryback would end up taking the fall. Quite a change in fortunes there…
Poll Results from this Week
3-star – 56.25
4-star – 18.75
5-star – 12.5
2-star – 6.25
1-star – 6.25
4-star – 45.45
3-star – 27.27
2-star – 18.18
1-star – 9.09
5-star – 0
4-star – 36.36
3-star – 36.36
2-star – 18.18
5-star – 9.09
1-star – 0
3-star – 38.89
4-star – 22.22
2-star – 22.22
1-star – 11.11
5-star – 5.56
Great Balls of Fire – Best match
The Hardys vs. Cesaro & Sheamus – 44.44
Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman – 13.89
Heath Slater vs. Curt Hawkins – 13.89
Samoa Joe vs. Brock Lesnar – 13.89
Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss – 5.56
Neville vs. Akira Tozawa – 2.78
Enzo Amore vs. Big Cass – 2.78
The Miz vs. Dean Ambrose – 2.77
Brya Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins – 0
Great Balls of Fire – Overall
3-star – 46.15
4-star – 30.77
1-star – 11.54
5-star – 7.69
2-star – 3.85
It’s all in the positioning…
Mick Foley sure knows how to make ’em…
Jerry Lawler, still at it at 68!
More wrestling themed tattoos.
Bobby Heenan jammin’ to Sir Mixalot
A Giant Baba commercial!
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we previewed and predicted ‘Great Balls of Fire’; on Monday we had part 27 of ‘Meanwhile, in WCW‘; on Tuesday we a ‘Book or Cook‘ looking at Enzo Amore; on Wednesday we had part 122 of our ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ series; on Thursday we looked at when Rowdy Roddy Piper “killed” another wrestler; and we rounded off the week with a ‘Tag Teams of Yesteryear‘ looking at The Killer Bees.
Next Week on the Blog
Tomorrow’s Sunday Sermon looks at Paige; we discuss the departure of Austin Aries; the latest ‘history of the Intercontinental title‘ and more.
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.