The Significance of WWE Sunday Night Heat: Insights from Jeff Jarrett

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On the latest episode of his “My World” podcast, WWE Hall of Famer and AEW wrestler Jeff Jarrett commented on the debut of WWE Sunday Night Heat and why it was so important at the time, being around when the Beyond The Mat documentary was being filmed, and more.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:


On being around when Beyond The Mat documentary was being filmed: “I do [remember the cameras]. And whatever that show was out in California with all the chair shots and Mick’s family [the Royal Rumble]. Yeah, but was it Anaheim? I’m not even sure what venue it was, but yes. Blaustein, he was EP of this? But yeah, another — you know, it’s something that the Hollywood types, and I say that respectfully — they have a different viewpoint on it, but fascinating as well. But that was — I can see how some people thought that was really controversial with Mick’s kids and everything that went with that. But Funk, Rock, several folks. But yeah, I remember both of them well.”

On Sunday Night Heat: “Just again, how the business has evolved. When Sunday Night Heat became a reality — nowadays, there’s so much content out there. Raw, SmackDown and NXT. We have at AEW Dynamite, Rampage, and Collision. Rampage is our one hour. But the Sunday night heat was the hour before pay-per-views. But it was on every Sunday night, but it was on MTV. And MTV during this time had just a completely different place on the dial and in society, maybe better said, in pop culture. It was a really big deal. I don’t know why I bring that up, but kind of thinking about things, reading the notes, I’m thinking, ‘You know, I wonder if My World audience of today,’ and a lot of them are fans of that go way back… but it was a big deal because, again, we’re on the USA Network. So for Heat to go into the Viacom family is a big deal.”

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In the world of professional wrestling, there are certain moments and events that have had a significant impact on the industry. One such event was the debut of WWE Sunday Night Heat, which WWE Hall of Famer and AEW wrestler Jeff Jarrett recently discussed on his podcast, “My World.” Jarrett shared his thoughts on why Sunday Night Heat was so important at the time and reflected on his experiences during the filming of the documentary “Beyond The Mat.”

During the podcast, Jarrett reminisced about being present when “Beyond The Mat” was being filmed. He recalled the cameras being around during a show in California, possibly in Anaheim. The documentary, directed by Barry W. Blaustein, provided a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional wrestling and featured various wrestlers, including Mick Foley and Terry Funk. Jarrett acknowledged that some people found the documentary controversial, particularly the scenes involving Foley’s family. However, he found it fascinating to see how Hollywood approached the wrestling industry.

Jarrett also discussed the significance of Sunday Night Heat in the evolution of professional wrestling. He highlighted how the business has changed over time, with an abundance of content available nowadays. However, back when Sunday Night Heat debuted, there were only a few wrestling shows on television. Jarrett emphasized that Sunday Night Heat aired on MTV, which held a unique position in pop culture at the time. This made it a big deal for wrestling fans, as it provided an additional hour of programming before pay-per-view events. Jarrett also noted that MTV’s association with the Viacom family added to the show’s importance.

The podcast episode also included a video embed of “My World #133: Don’t P*ss Me Off,” allowing listeners to watch and listen to Jarrett’s comments firsthand.

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In conclusion, Jeff Jarrett’s recent podcast episode shed light on the significance of WWE Sunday Night Heat and his experiences during the filming of “Beyond The Mat.” These moments in wrestling history have left a lasting impact on the industry and continue to be remembered by fans and wrestlers alike.