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WWE Heat
WWEHeat2008.jpg
WWE Heat Logo, used from 2005-2008
Format Sports entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw Brand
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 513
Production
Running time 46 minutes (television), 36 minutes (webcast)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network (1998-2000)
MTV (2000-2003)
TNN/Spike TV (2003-2005)
Webcast on WWE.com (2005-2008)
Original run August 2, 1998 (1998-08-02) – May 30, 2008 (2008-05-30)
Status Ended

WWE HeAT (formerly known as WWF Sunday Night Heat, WWE Sunday Night Heat and capitalized as WWE HEAT) was a professional wrestling show for World Wrestling Entertainment.

It was aired on USA Network, MTV and Spike TV in the United States, Channel 4, Sky1 & Sky Sports in the United Kingdom and CTV Sportsnet in Canada.

HeAT was most recently streamed on WWE.com on Friday afternoons for North American viewers. However, the show was still televised internationally and showed in the United Kingdom on Sky Sports 3, Australia on Fox8, India on TEN Sports, Germany on Premiere Sport Portal, France on Action, Spain on Sportmania and C+ Deportes -both channels from Digital+, the Middle East on ShowSports4, the Philippines on Jack TV, and Japan on J Sports. The final episode was uploaded to WWE.com on May 30, 2008.[1] The show was replaced internationally with WWE Vintage Collection, a program featuring classic WWE matches.[2]

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History

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Early years

The show was originally introduced as WWF Sunday Night Heat on the USA Network on August 2, 1998. The one hour show would be broadcasted live on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. Eastern. It was the second most important show in the WWF line-up serving as a supplement to the Monday Night Raw program. HeAT would feature promos, vignettes and in-ring action just like Raw, and in many ways, it was what SmackDown! was to Raw from 1999 to 2002. Upper mid-card and main event wrestlers were no strangers to Heat, appearing each week. Storylines from the previous week would progress during the show, and the next day's Raw would be heavily promoted. The show itself was a big ratings draw for the USA Network trailing not too far behind the big numbers of Raw.

1999-2002

WWF Sunday Night Heat logo (1998-2000).

With the advent of SmackDown! in 1999, Heat significantly decreased in importance as well as ratings. The debut of SmackDown! also led to Heat being taped before SmackDown! with matches for WWF syndication programs like Jakked/Metal to be taped before Raw broadcasts. When SmackDown! premiered in August 1999, Heat briefly became a complete recap show, with exclusive interviews and feuds recapped as music videos. This only lasted a few weeks, and the show began airing exclusive matches again, this time taping before SmackDown!. Near the peak of WWE's popularity and as part of WWE's television deal with Viacom, the show was moved to MTV.

WWF has also aired two special editions of Halftime HEAT which aired during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIII on USA Network. These specials ended following the movement of Heat to MTV. In 2000, the current logo and theme song was adopted. When the show started airing on MTV in late 2000, it was broadcast live from WWF New York. WWF Superstars would appear at the restaurant as special guests while Michael Cole and Tazz would call pre-taped matches live. WWF Sunday Night Heat's ratings weren't much different despite the change in networks.

2002-2005

This practice ended in 2002 and the show reverted to its original format of taping the matches, again before Raw, and have the commentators call the action and have it burned to the matches. It was at this time that (in the U.K.), Channel 4 ended their syndication of the program, which was later picked up by BSkyB, to compliment their existing coverage. In May 2002, WWF Sunday Night Heat was renamed to WWE Sunday Night Heat after the lawsuit filed by the World Wildlife Foundation.

Since the brand extension in 2002, Heat has been broadcast with only Raw superstars and reverted back to being before RAW. The exception to this was on pay-per-view nights, which were broadcast live from the pay-per-view venue and could involve SmackDown! wrestlers. In May 2002, SmackDown! branched off its own sister show, Velocity, which replaced Jakked/Metal, and mirrored the same characteristics as Heat.

Steven Richards, who at one time was the most regular competitor on Sunday Night HEAT, dubbed himself "General Manager of Heat" (though he carried out no GM duties) and began calling the show Stevie Night Heat. Along with Richards , Jeff Hardy also had several matches on Heat around 2002-03. Also during this time, divas such as Molly Holly, Ivory and Jazz would have frequent matches on Heat either as an opening match or main event.

2005-2008

The Heat version of the universal WWE entrance set introduced in January 2008 for WWE's high-def broadcasting.

Heat and Velocity were not picked up by the USA Network when WWE moved its programming over to that network in October 2005, leaving Americans no way to watch WWE weekend shows on television. To solve this problem, WWE decided to stream the shows on their website exclusively for the U.S. audience, with new editions posted every Friday afternoon. Sunday Night Heat was soon renamed to WWE Heat, as it no longer aired on Sundays.

Heat was still shown overseas to fulfill international programming commitments. For a while, a special 30-minute live edition of Heat began airing in place of the traditional pre-taped Free For All PPV preshow. The 30-minute PPV version of Heat ran from No Mercy 2005 through Backlash 2006. When WWE went high definition in January 2008, Heat began using the same HD set as Raw, SmackDown, and ECW.

After 10 years of programming, the final episode of WWE Heat was uploaded to WWE.com on May 30, 2008. The show was replaced internationally with a new show featuring classic matches, called WWE Vintage Collection. HEat aired a total of 513 episodes.

Wrestler debuts

Throughout Heat's history, many wrestlers made their debuted on the show. In 1998, William Regal, David Heath (Gangrel), Andrew Martin (Test), and The Blue Meanie all made their debut on WWF Sunday Night HeAT.

In 1999, Stevie Richards, Kurt Angle, Shawn Stasiak, and Prince Albert made their debut on WWF Sunday Night Heat.

In 2000, Essa Rios, Lita, and Trish Stratus made their debut on WWF Sunday Night Heat.

In 2004, Tough Enough winner John Hennigan made his debut on WWE Sunday Night Heat.

TV Ratings History

From Sunday Night Heat's debut on August 2, 1998, until Smackdown!'s official debut on August 26, 1999, Heat's ratings were fairly high. On its debut, it garnered a 3.7 rating. Heat's highest rating (excluding the Halftime Heat specials which were 6.6 and 5.0) was a 5.1 which was on the March 6, 1999 episode. After Smackdown!'s debut, Sunday Night Heat's ratings began to drop in the 3.0's to the 2.0's and even the 1.0's. When Heat moved to WWE.com in 2006, the ratings dropped below 1.0 almost every week. After Velocity's cancellation in June 2006, Heat became the only show streamed directly to WWE.com in North America.

Title changes

Though the majority of title changes would take place on Raw, SmackDown!, or pay-per-view events, the WWF Championship changed hands on a special "Halftime Heat" that aired during the half-time of Super Bowl XXXIII on January 31, 1999 when Mankind defeated The Rock in an empty arena match to win the title. This special episode recived the highest rating of Sunday Night HEat with a rating of 6.6.[3]

Additionally, the Light Heavyweight Championship changed hands on Heat on three occasions.[4][5] The first took place on the February 13, 2000 airing when Essa Rios (in his first appearance under that name and with the debuting Lita) defeated Gillberg. The second change saw Crash Holly defeat Dean Malenko on the March 15, 2001 episode. In the final change, the debuting Jerry Lynn defeated Crash Holly on a live edition before the Backlash pay-per-view on April 29, 2001.

Also, the WWF European Championship changed hands on the November 29 episode of WWF Sunday Night HeAT when X-Pac defeated Mark Henry.

Another title change occured on the January 3 episode of WWF Sunday Night HeAT when the Oddities defeated The Headbangers for the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Legacy

During its 10-year run, HeAT was known for matches ending mostly in Disqualifications and Count outs, especially in its debut year in 1998. Another significance of HeAt, unlike WWE Velocity or WWF Jakked and WWF Metal, HeAt didn't consist of jobbers, while having mid-card to main-eventers wrestle.

Commentators and hosts

There have been many commentators in the history of Heat. Industry veterans and Raw broadcasters Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler have done commentary on the show. The show was also the launchpad for Shane McMahon's on-camera career in WWE, originally placed in the role of a commentator for the program. In October 2000, the show was hosted by Rebecca Budig and MTV VJ/Rapper DJ Skribble when it moved from USA Network to MTV.

During pay-per-view events and often outside the venue, hosts introduce segments of the show, recently the hosts of The WWE Experience (Ivory and Todd Grisham) perform these duties. If a SmackDown brand pay-per-view takes place, Velocity's announcers host the in-ring commentary for the show.

Often wrestlers would take the role of color commentators on the show with Al Snow, Tommy Dreamer, Raven, and D'Lo Brown all holding this position mostly as a replacement for an announcer who was unavailable. During the show's run on MTV, Diva Lita also served as a commentator following her major neck injury.

Before the WWE-produced, Extreme Championship Wrestling reunion pay-per-view, One Night Stand 2005 took place, a special Extreme Heat episode was broadcast and hosted by Jonathan Coachman and Michael Cole.

During one episode when Jonathan Coachman was unavailable, former ECW announcer (and then-lead Raw announcer) Joey Styles took part in the show. Styles then quit in storyline, however, on the following Monday's' Raw, meaning Grisham ran the show alone.

United Kingdom

Towards the end of 1999, Channel 4 started broadcasting the show at 4pm on Sundays, as a part of T4. These one-hour shows were a magazine-type show, usually featuring three or four matches involving mid-carders and jobbers, brief highlights from Raw and SmackDown! - plus often a feature such as a wrestler filming a TV commercial.

A separate commentary was made for the UK version, with references aimed at the UK audience and about the show's broadcaster - Channel 4. A unique quirk was that during the commentary Raw and SmackDown! were referred to as taking place on Friday and Saturday respectively, which were the days they were broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports - as opposed to the usual method of them being referred to by the North American broadcast dates of Monday and Thursday. The two-person announce team was a mix of individuals including Kevin Kelly, Michael Cole, Michael Hayes and Jonathan Coachman.

During the middle of 2000 Heat started to get moved around the Channel 4 schedule, usually between midday and 7pm. Towards the end of 2000 the show was permanently moved to being broadcast in the early-hours of Monday mornings. The show stayed in the time-slot until December 2001 when Channel 4's deal with the World Wrestling Federation expired.

In January 2003, Heat replaced Superstars on Sky Sports. The show stayed on the channel until it was discontinued by WWE on May 30, 2008, and replaced by WWE Vintage Collection.

Commentator history

Commentator Year(s) Active
Shane McMahon 1998
Jim Cornette 1998 - 1999
Michael Cole 1998 - 2002, 2005
Kevin Kelly 1998 - 2000
Michael Hayes 1999 - 2002
Dan Jackson 1999
Tazz 2000 - 2001
Jonathan Coachman 2001 - 2007
Raven 2001 - 2002
Al Snow 2001 - 2004
Chris Leary 2001
Marc Lloyd 2002 - 2005
D'Lo Brown 2002 - 2003
Lita 2002 - 2003
Todd Grisham 2004 - 2008
Lisa Moretti 2004 - 2005
Joey Styles 2006
Steve Romero 2006
Jack Korpela 2007 - 2008
Josh Mathews 2007 - 2008

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Simple English

WWE Heat
Format Sports Entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring Raw Brand
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 513
Production
Running time 46 minutes (televised)
36 minutes (web cast)
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network (1998-2000)
MTV (2000-2003)
Spike TV (2003-2005)
Webcast on WWE.com (2005-2008)
Original run August 1, 1998May 30, 2008
External links
Official website

WWE Heat was a professional wrestling show made by the World Wrestling Entertainment.

During its televised history in the United States it was shown on the USA Network, MTV and Spike TV.

From 2005 to 2008 it was streamed on WWE.com on Fridays for North American viewers. However it was still televised in internationally. The final episode was streamed on May 30, 2008.

Internationally it was replaced by WWE Vintage Collection a program which featured matches from past WWE events and hosted by WWE 2006 Hall of Fame inductee "Mean" Gene Okerlund.

Contents

History

1998

The show made its debut on August 2, 1998 on the USA Network as WWF Sunday Night Heat. It began as the second most important show in WWF Programming second to WWF Monday Night Raw. Heat would feature backstage interview segments and in-ring action. Main event stars such as The Rock, Mankind and Triple H would appear often to help further the storylines which occurred on Monday Night Raw. Heat itself lead to a big ratings draw for the USA Network.

1999-2002

When SmackDown! was created in 1999, Heat's importance lowered as well as ratings. With the debut of SmackDown! it lead to Heat being taped before SmackDown!. When SmackDown! debuted in August 1999 it briefly became a recap show, with exclusive interviews and feuds from the past of WWF Programming being made into music videos. This only lasted a couple of weeks as it returned to airing exclusive matches.

The WWF also aired two Halftime HEAT television specials which aired during Super Bowl XXXIII on the USA Network. During this period the show moved to MTV as part of a deal between Viacom and the WWE. When the show moved to MTV it began broadcasting live from WWF New York.

2002-2005

In 2002 the show reverted to its previous format of taping the matches before Raw. Since the brand extension in 2002 Heat became exclusive to the Raw brand, the only exception to this was pay-per-view nights which were broadcast live from the PPV venues and could involve wrestlers from the SmackDown! brand.

In 2002 SmackDown! branched off its own secondary show called Velocity which mirrored the same format as Heat.

2005-2008

Heat and Velocity were not picked up by the USA Network, when WWE moved Raw back to the USA Network in October 2005. This left Americans no way of watching the weekend programmes on Television. WWE then made a decision to begin streaming these programmes on WWE.com exclusively for the United States audience. Sunday Night Heat soon was renamed WWE Heat as it no longer aired on Sundays.

Heat was still broadcast internationally due to previous programme commitments. For a short time a special 30 minute live edition of Heat began airing in place of the traditional pre-taped Free For All PPV pre-show. This lasted from No Mercy 2005 to Backlash 2006.

When WWE began airing in high definition Heat began using the same set as Raw, SmackDown! and ECW.

The final episode was streamed on WWE.com on May 30, 2008, and was replaced internationally by WWE Vintage Collection.

Commentator history

Commentator Year(s) Active
Shane McMahon 1998
Jim Cornette 1998 - 1999
Michael Cole 1998 - 2002, 2005
Kevin Kelly 1998 - 2000
Michael Hayes 1999 - 2002
Dan Jackson 1999
Tazz 2000 - 2001
Jonathan Coachman 2001 - 2007
Raven 2001 - 2002
Al Snow 2001 - 2004
Chris Leary 2001
Marc Lloyd 2002 - 2005
D'Lo Brown 2002 - 2003
Lita 2002 - 2003
Todd Grisham 2004 - 2008
Lisa Moretti 2004 - 2005
Joey Styles 2006
Steve Romero 2006
Jack Korpela 2007 - 2008
Josh Mathews 2007 - 2008

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