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Week of October 27, 2004

Tuesday, November 2People will tell you that professional wrestling is not real; these same people may tell you that "reality TV" is real. These people don't know anything. Take the WWE's Smackdown! for example. The popular sports-entertainment show is taped live at Savvis Center (14th Street and Clark Avenue; 314-241-1888; tickets are $20 to $40) at 7:30 p.m., right in front of your eyes. You can watch The Dudleys, Booker T and Kurt Angle pound on each other in person and then compare it to the later television broadcast on UPN. What's realer than that? They may fake the love triangles, and the punching and the surprise entrances of various performers and...wait, are we talking about wrestling or reality TV? It's difficult to distinguish between the two sometimes.

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