Television: Lords Of The Ring

Just when it seemed civilization was safe, pro wrestling is back and bigger than ever

What kind of programming do you identify with cable television? Probably shows like Larry King Live on CNN and Nick at Nite's reruns of Bewitched, or Biography on A&E and maybe those documentaries about Adolf Hitler that the History Channel always seems to carry (this week's is a classic: Hitler and the Occult). These offerings may seem emblematic of cable, but if you think they represent its most popular shows, you are very wrong. Cable TV's true signature is not a conversation between Larry King and Trent Lott; it is a Hell in a Cell bout between Stone Cold Steve Austin...

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