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WWE Heat

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WWE Heat
Heat's version of the Universal HD set that debuted January 25, 2008.
Created byVince McMahon
StarringRaw Brand
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes513
Running time46 minutes (televised)
36 minutes (web cast)
Original release
NetworkUSA Network (1998-2000)
MTV (2000-2003)
Spike TV (2003-2005)
Webcast on WWE.com (2005-2008)
ReleaseAugust 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) –
May 30, 2008 (2008-05-30)

WWE Heat was a professional wrestling show made by 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.

History[change | change source]

1998[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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[change | change source]

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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