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WHAT PAUL LEVESQUE—YOU KNOW HIM AS TRIPLE H—CONSIDERS TO BE THE BIGGEST MOMENT IN WWE HISTORY
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WWE'S MONDAY NIGHT RAW: 25TH ANNIVERSARY

Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., USA Network

Former pro wrestling star and now WWE executive vp Paul Levesque remembers Stone Cold Steve Austin's scuffle with Mike Tyson on Jan. 19, 1998:

"Tyson was probably—positively or negatively—the most recognizable face on the planet: the 'baddest man on the planet.' And you had our new resident baddest man on the planet, Stone Cold Steve Austin, whom fans were just gravitating to in a way they'd never done before, walking out and flipping off Mike Tyson. That was the shove heard 'round the world. It just lit up a whole different feeling about WWE.... That was the start of a moment in time where everyone started talking about what we were doing."

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN

coverage begins Jan. 14 on ESPN2

Feed your insomnia by following early rounds of the Slam Down Under, where men's defending champ Roger Federer goes for Grand Slam title No. 20.

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ALL-AMERICAN MURDER: THE RISE AND FALL OF AARON HERNANDEZ

by James Patterson & Alex Abramovich

The acclaimed novelist turns the true story of the former NFL tight end into a page-turning thriller, out Jan. 22.

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UNSPORTSMANLIKE COMEDY WITH ROB GRONKOWSKI

Showtime on Demand

The Pats' resident funny guy hosts a stand-up comedy showcase, even taking the mike for a set. Plenty of laughs, some even at his jokes.