The cancelation of WWE Talking Smack seems to be a universally despised move -- except to Vince McMahon.
McMahon's former foe Eric Bischoff took to his podcast "Bischoff on Wrestling" this week to discuss the removal of the show, which allowed several stars to stretch their legs in an unscripted format.
I don’t agree with it,but Vince McMahon could give me about a billion reasons about why he is right and I am wrong. I guess you just kind of have to go with that. I liked that format because it did feel unscripted. You did feel like you were getting to know the characters in a real way versus that typically canned, scripted, highly polished performance that you do see on RAW or Smackdown. I like that. I think the audience gets a chance to connect to the characters in a more real way. They feel like they really know those characters when you see them in an environment like that. I find value in that. Vince McMahon likes to have 110% control over everything we see in WWE. From what we see on television, to what we see in advertising to what we see in Twitter feeds and all over social media. WWE is a very, very tightly controlled organization. They protect their brand and it’s working for them. You can’t really criticize them, I have a different take. I'm disappointed they cancelled it.
Armando Estrada seems to be a fan of the concept as well, since he mentioned that he pitched it years ago to Vince McMahon, pre-WWE Network.
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