Sunday Night Heat

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WWE Sunday Night HEAT also known as Sunday Night HEAT or HEAT is the Sunday night professional wrestling show for World Wrestling Entertainment. It started life on USA, then MTV. It currently airs on Spike TV every Sunday night. It is the sister show of WWE RAW, taped the hour before the previous week's RAW, but there is always a live edition of Sunday Night Heat before every WWE PPV event.

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WWE Sunday Night Heat logo


After the show was originally introduced on the USA network, it served as the second most important show to WWE's RAW program and storylines would be advanced during the show, but with the advent of SmackDown!, Heat has significantly decreased in importance. Near the peak of WWE's popularity and as part of WWE's television deal with Viacom, the show was moved to MTV.

Now WWE tends to use this program to showcase the talent that they do not use frequently on RAW. Fans often refer to this show as the minor leagues, a B-Show, for the wrestlers on the show are usually at the beginning or the end of their careers in WWE. Occasionally, main eventers and champions will appear on the show, and usually win. Sunday Night Heat is also used to review the main events that happened on the previous edition of RAW.

Steven Richards, perhaps the most regular competitor on Sunday Night HEAT, has recently dubbed himself "General Manager of HEAT" and dubs the show Stevie Night HEAT although this title does not mean he carries out GM duties in actuality.


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. Wrestlers Al Snow and D-lo Brown have also been commentators. During the show's run on MTV, Lita also served as a commentator following her major neck injury.

During PPVs often outside stadium hosts introduce segments of the show, recently the host of WWE Experience (Ivory and Todd Grisham) perofrm these duties. If a SmackDown! Brand PPV takes place, Michael Cole and Tazz commentate inside the arena on a special SmackDown! edition of Heat.

Before the, WWE produced, Extreme Championship Wrestling reunion PPV, One Night Stand took place a special Extreme HEAT episode was made and hosted by Jonathan Coachman and Michael Cole

Year(s) Announcers
1998-2000 Michael Cole, Kevin Kelly
2000-2001 Michael Cole, Tazz
2001 Michael Cole, Al Snow
2001-2002 Jonathan Coachman, Raven
2002 Jonathan Coachman, D-Lo Brown
2002 Jonathan Coachman, Lita
2003 Johnathan Coachman and D'Lo Brown
2003 Johnathan Coachman and Lita
2003 Johnathan Coachman and Al Snow
2003, International Johnathan Coachman and Al Snow
2004 Johnathan Coachman and Todd Grisham
2004, International Al Snow and Todd Grisham

TV Sets

HEAT started out using the original RAW IS WAR, TV set when HEAT was styled, heAt. The debut of SmackDown! led to heAt moving over from RAW, in 2000 the current logo and theme tune was adopted. Since the brand extension HEAT has been broadcast using the RAW set.


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