Dragon picks up first tecnico win, Maya & Delta retain titles

CMLL (SUN) 07/13/2014 Arena México
1) Akuma & Canelo Casas b Magnus & Metatrón Magnus & Metatron vs Akuma & Canelo Casas, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Akuma replaced Guerrero Negro Jr. Rudos took 2/3.
2) Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sangre Azteca b Sagrado, Soberano Jr., Tritón
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys b Ángel de Oro, Super Porky, Titán
Rudos took 2/3.
4) Delta & Guerrero Maya Jr. © b Kamaitachi & Okumura [Arena Coliseo TAGDelta & Guerrero Maya Jr. u00a9 vs Kamaitachi & Okumura [Arena Coliseo Tag Team Championship], on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Champions took the last two falls in a bit of a disappointing match. Maya was dropped on his head by accident a couple times. Delta & Maya’s second defense.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Valiente DQ Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla Marco Corleone, Maximo, Valiente vs Cavernario, Felino, Mr. Niebla, on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Tecnicos took 1/3 in a comedy match. Maximo faked a foul from Mr. Niebla in the third.
6) Dragón Rojo Jr. b Volador Jr. Volador Jr. vs Dragon Rojo Jr., on DailyMotion (posted by thecubsfan)
Dragon Rojo took falls 1/3. First two falls were short – second fall might have been under 30 seconds – and third fall was absurdly long. Both men worked as tecnico, and Volador tried to work the Volador Great Match to a crowd who really didn’t care and did not respond much to all the big move kickouts they were doing.

Tough show. Either because the World Cup (which finished up about a half hour before the show) or because people simply didn’t care about the matches, there wasn’t much a turnout for this one. It would’ve been a soft crowd for Arena Coliseo, and was a quiet one for Arena Mexico.

Main event might read a lot better as a move by move summary than it came across on TV. Both Dragon Rojo and Volador worked as tecnicos and didn’t do anything to get people to cheer one or another. The fans slightly cheered Volador, out of inertia – neither guy had much tecnico charisma. This match should’ve have been booked once they decided Dragon Rojo was turning tecnico, but the luchadors needed to try and make it up for by giving the match some sort of story. Instead, the story was the overdone Volador match of doing two short falls and then an absurdly long third fall with every near fall and dive Volador can come up with. It didn’t get over, fans weren’t reacting to the ‘big’ spots and the luchadors just pretended like it was working instead of changing courses. There was a real failure to react to the crowd by the luchadors – they decided on the match they were doing and couldn’t adjust when it wasn’t working – and there was a failure in planning by whoever decided to book this match and this building on this day.

Arena Coliseo Tag Team championship didn’t click. Rudos didn’t have great nights (and Maya didn’t have a great feeling night thanks to them), but the Okumura/NJPW trainee tag team concept versus two CMLL midcard tecnicos formula has also been repeated too often the last 18 months. Delta & Maya have also plataeud in a tag team – there was simply nothing here they haven’t done better some other time. There needs to be a new idea here the next time these titles come into play – either tecnico challenges or a different style match or something.

Both the big matches on this show exposed some unpleasant ruts. There wasn’t really a lot new in the Peste Negra/Maximo match, there never really is, but at least they’re still over.

Feed had some problems again. It dropped out right before the second match and didn’t return until the fourth match had started. As usual, there was only acknowledgement when people started asking the Terra twitter account, and no word or apology after that. This is free which is good because it’d be very hard to pay for this service.

CMLL (SUN) 07/13/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) El Tapatío b El Piraña
2) El Yaqui & Satara b Dr. Frezzer & Marvel
Rudos took 2/3.
3) Explosivo & William Rock b Évola & Jocker
Tecnicos took 1/3.
4) Mr. Trueno, Rey Trueno, Sádico b Brillante, Leo, Virgo
Brillante replaced Brunetti. Rudos took 1/3.
5) Hechicero b Black Panther
Hechicero submitted Black Panther.
6) Kráneo & Mr. Águila b La Máscara & Rush
Rudos took 2/3.

Dr. Lucha notes William Rock has won every single match he’s been in this year, reaching 12-0. He’s actually not lost on a CMLL booked show; his 1 career loss (starting in 2013) was on a sponsored show for his debut. I think it’s random. CMLL can’t be that concerned with wins and losses to book that main event finish.

Just photos, but it sure looks like AAA (w/Myzteziz) ran much too big of a building on Saturday. On the other hand, maybe the local promoter knew that going in – if they were able to fill something like that in Sonora, they would’ve been taping TV there.

Rob has highlights of 04/19/14 AAA.

Segunda Caida reviews 05/31/14 CMLL Azteca.

Virus and Stigma talk briefly about their title match Monday in Puebla.

Chik Tormenta won a title in Arizona.

SLP luchador Centella Inca talks about his recent retirement.

Dr. Wagner Jr  & Sin Cara are being teased for an appearance in Arena Coliseo Monterrey in September and October.

Pentagon Jr. threatens to take Australian Suicide’s mask and deport him. Pentagon should borrow from the Insects: start bringing a box with “Return To: Australia” and try to throw Suicide in there.

Lucha Libre in Japan

07/13 NJPW: Tetsuya Naito [O], Tiger Mask & Fuego beat Hiroshi Tanahashi, Jushin Liger & Mascara Dorada [X]
That wraps up Dorada & Fuego’s stay.

Flamita’s most recent match in Japan.

Lineups

CMLL (SUN) 07/20/2014 Arena Coliseo
1) Flyer & Molotov vs Cholo & Espanto Jr.
2) Angelito, Bam Bam, Eléctrico vs Mercurio, Pequeño Olímpico, Pierrothito
3) Oro Jr., Starman, Tritón vs Cancerbero, Metálico, Raziel
4) Blue Panther vs Boby Zavala [lightning]
5) Ángel de Oro, Rey Cometa, Titán vs Rey Bucanero, Terrible, Vangellys
6) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush vs Euforia, Mr. Niebla, Niebla Roja

More Metalico & Oro Junior. That mask match is happening August 15th 17th, I know it.

CMLL (SUN) 07/20/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Meteoro vs Relampago Azul
2) Índigo vs Demonio Rojo
3) El Brillante & Javier Cruz Jr. vs Demonio Maya & Évola
4) Leo © vs Sádico [OCCIDENTE WELTER]
Leo’s fifth scheduled defense
5) Esfinge, Gallo, León Blanco vs El Cuatrero, Sansón, Universo 2000 Jr.
6) Máscara Dorada & Volador Jr. vs Ephesto & Felino

A Universo 2000 Jr. has been around since 2008, but it’s always possible it was a different one. This is his debut here.

Sombra & Rush vs Casas & Shocker, Blanca/Marcela

photo by CMLL

CMLL (FRI) 07/11/2014 Arena México [CMLL]
1) Eléctrico & Último Dragoncito b Demus 3:16 & Pierrothito
Ultimo Dragoncito replaced Bam Bam.
2) Kamaitachi, Okumura, Skándalo b Hombre Bala Jr., Starman, Stigma
Rudos took 1/3, captain Starman taking both pinfalls.
3) Amapola, Princesa Blanca, Zeuxis b Dark Angel, Estrellita, Marcela
Rudas jumped the tecnicas and took the first, then Blanca used white powder to blind Marcela and beat her in the second. Straight fall.
4) Ángel de Oro, Stuka Jr., Super Porky b Ephesto, Hechicero, Pólvora
Tecnicos took 1/3.
5) Marco Corleone, Máximo, Rush b Cavernario, Negro Casas, Último Guerrero
Tecnicos took 2/3, Rush using the ropes to pin Casas.
6) La Sombra b Shocker
Sombra took the first with the Dos Caras Clutch. Rush interfered in the second fall, Casas ran him off, and Sombra pinned Shocker thanks to the distraction. Challenges followed, possibly for a tag title match.

CMLL.com recap confirms the tecnicos made a tag team challenge. That’ll give them something to do next week (and it wouldn’t be a big CMLL surprise for them not to be on the 07/25 show.)

Bam Bam had such a nice attendance record going. Alas.

CMLL post the promos for the women’s double apuesta match and Negro Casas vs Rush.

AAA lists the women’s/exoticos match, Bengala, Australian Suicide, Aerostar vs Super Fly, Daga, Steve Pain and Fenix, Angelico, Electroshock vs Pentagon Jr., Hijo del Fantasma, and Mascara Ano 2000 as airing on today’s TV show. The rest of the Xalapa taping will air next week.

Silueta talks about her upcoming (fifth!) trip to Japan, saying they leave on August 5th. In theory, that means Marcela would be leaving Mexico soon after her hair, though it’s still not clear how long this trip is.

Nino Hamburguesa, Mini Drago and Jennifer Blake visited children at Hospital General Dr. Gaudencio González Garza.

Rob has highlights of early October 2001.

The Gladiatores interview As Charro.

Lineup

CMLL (FRI) 07/18/2014 Arena México
1) Leono & Sensei vs Akuma & Guerrero Negro Jr.
2) Fuego, Pegasso, Tritón vs Misterioso Jr., Puma, Sangre Azteca
3) Lluvia, Marcela, Princesa Sugehit vs Dalys, La Seductora, Princesa Blanca
4) Máscara Dorada, Valiente, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Felino, Hechicero
5) Atlantis, Dragón Rojo Jr., Stuka Jr. vs Pólvora, Rey Escorpión, Último Guerrero
6) Negro Casas & Shocker © vs La Sombra & Rush [CMLL TAG]
first defense for Shocker & Casas

Main event could be pretty good. Shocker & Casas are the favorites, both to keep Casas winning going into the Juicio Final match and for CMLL Universal tournament numbers reasons.

Semimain will be Dragon Rojo’s real debut on the tecnico side, which is going to take some getting used to. I’m not convinced this is a great idea, but he’s been adding some tecnico-ish offense to his matches this year so it’s possible he/CMLL have been thinking of ways to make this work for a while. He starts off team with old Guerreros partner Atlantis and fellow Lagunero Stuka against the Revolucionarios and Stuka. That has a good shot of being rematched on 07/25 as the main event. If CMLL’s really going to do Atlantis vs Ultimo Guerrero, that announced should come on 08/01.

The ongoing issues with the Indeserables vs Peste Negra, the Guerreros vs Atlantis and the Revolucionarios now against themselves have really pushed TRT out of the main shows. I’d assume it’d be the same if the Hijos del Averno were something more than words on Mephisto and Ephesto’s t-shirts. On the other hand, Hechicero’s post En Busca de un Idolo promotion has been a pleasant surprise. He’s working one or two matches higher than he did going into the tournament, and faces off with guys who frequently main event on this show. Dorada versus Hechicero has some possibilities.

Women’s feud continues (and figures to have a half decent chance of making TV over a higher match since it’s building to something.) I’d be interested in the segunda if there was any chance I could see it. I would not be for the opener.

CMLL on CadenaTres: 2014-06-21

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taped 2014-06-17 @ Arena México

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Sombra/Shocker, manta rays

Today’s CMLL show is headlined by La Sombra versus Shocker in a singles match. The same match took place in Puebla not long ago; I don’t recall seeing any reviews, but it’s got 3 Thumbs Up on YouTube. (Everything gets Thumbs Up on YouTube, it’s a self selecting viewership.) CMLL still needs to come up with things to do to build up Juicio Final in three weeks, and a finish that sets up a title match next week – either for the tag titles or for one of Sombra’s belts – seems to be the most advantageous.  Rush and Casas meet directly in the semimain and likely will be involved in the main event. Blanca & Marcela face off in the tercera and it also wouldn’t be a surprise to see Seductora and Sugehit be involved.

Earlier this week, I wrote Rey Escorpion was out due to a stinger. That was a bad translation. Rey Escorpion is out of action due to being stung by a manta ray. A) How does that even happen? B) Dragon Rojo needs to convince some tecnico to switch to a Manta Ray gimmick ASAP.

AAA’s annual pilgrimage to the Basílica de Guadalupe will take place August 13th, the Wednesday prior to TripleMania. The recent El Rayo, Vida de Lucha on that SLP’s promotion own pilgrimage was pretty good.

There’s a legends show tonight in Arena Queretaro with Los Dinamitas taking on Fantasma, Canek and Villano IV. The press conference include discussion from the original Rey Cometa and Furia Dorada about returning to those name for the night; they became Dragon de Oriente I and II in 1989.

LuchaWorld has a KrisZ’s news update.

Segunda Caida reviews a disappointing match with big names from a DragonMania. My description does not narrow it down.

Princesa Blanca & Seductora talk about their careers before their double apuesta match.

Lucha Libre In Japan

07/10 Stardom: Dr. Wagner Jr. [O], Mayu Iwatani, Kairi Hojo b Black Tiger [X], Takmui Iroha, Koguma

Lineups

IWRG (WED) 07/16/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star
2) Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo vs Anubis Black & Matrix Jr.
3) Imposible & Metaleon vs Rayan & Spartan
4) Diva Salvaje, Golden Magic, Relámpago vs Canis Lupus, Danny Casas, Eterno
5) Fuerza Guerrera vs Veneno, Dr. Cerebro, Apolo Estrada Jr.

Main event is a four way.

indy (FRI) 07/25/2014 Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
1) Brillante & William Rock vs Demonio Rojo & Évola
2) Mystique & Princesa Ahy Leen vs Estrella Explosiva & Star Fire
3) Leo & Omar Brunetti vs Jocker & Sádico
4) Sky Kid & Smaker vs Demonio Maya & Ráfaga
5) Gallo, Solar I, Super Astro vs Cavernario, Cesar Dantes, Scorpio Jr.
6) Hijo De Dos Caras, Mil Mascaras, Sicodelico Sr. vs Canek, Negro Navarro, Rey Bucanero

The lineup for the Mil Mascaras show. Hijo de Dos is close to a third the age of his partners. Dos Caras, Rayo de Jalisco Sr., Tony Benetto and Ringo Mendoza will also appear.

CMLL Guerreros del Ring on 52MX: 2014-06-21

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taped 2014-06-10 @ Arena Coliseo Guadalajara
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07/11-12 lucha times

box.

Still no sign of any CMLL show on TV Mexiquense.

== AAA ==

AAA-Televisa: Part 1 from Xalapa. No official preview yet, so I’ll guess minis, mixed trios, and Angelico/Electroshock/Fenix vs Fantasma/Mascara/Pentagon. That actually looks decent when I look at the match order but not when I look at who’s in them. Alas.

== CMLL ==

FOX2: moved to 9:30 AM on Sunday, a slot no one expecting the show will be able to find it unless they scroll thru the programming guide to find it. This is by far the least reliable schedule show in CMLL’s array of shows and yet the one where all the angles intended to draw big crowds are put. It makes no sense, especially now that it’s a Fox Sports 2 show. The Friday night shows really should be airing on Cadena3, unless that would require CMLL Production giving up control (announcing and otherwise) and that doesn’t seem in the cards. They’d still do better by putting the Friday night matches on 52MX and leave the random GDL matches too this show.

If you can find it, this show will air Indeseables versus Niebla, Caas, Shocker, Guerreros vs Atlantis, Titan, Valiente and Terrible vs Blue Panther.

52MX: the Malefico/Stuka title match, a Ultimo Guerrero vs Atlantis match, and a match with Negro Navarro, Solar and Gran Guerrero.

Claro: build to the Arena Coliseo Tag title match, build to Volador/Dragon Rojo

C3: Atlantis, Rey Cometa, Valiente vs Dragon Rojo, Euforia, Polvora

TVC Deportes (Puebla):

Lucha Azteca: En Busca de un Idolo cibernetico, Indeseables & UG vs Atlantis, Niebla, Shocker

Terra Sunday: the Arena Coliseo Tag title match, Volador/Dragon Rojo

== Other ==

Noches de Coliseo: More Mr. Nice.

IWRG (LAS/AYM): Seems like the Myzteziz show is not airing, and this will be Sunday’s show with Hijo del Dos vs Hijo de Mascara.

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AAA on Televisa: 2014-06-21

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taped 2014-06-07 @ Plaza de Toros La Concordia, Orizaba, Veracruz
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top six stories of the last two weeks

  1. CMLL announced the Negro Casas vs Rush hair match would finally take place on 08/01. There’s also a women’s double apuesta match, but it’s the men’s match which should draw one of the bigger crowd of the year.
  2. El Rey’s AAA lucha libre show will debut on Wednesday, October 8th
  3. The first of three AAA tapings took place in Queretaro on the 27th. One match was announced for TripleMania: Daga putting his Cruiserweight championship on the line against Aerostar, Bengala, Fenix (who’s own Fusion championship will be unified out of existence) and Daga’s usual allies of Steve Pain and Eterno. Jeff Jarrett and Electroshock battled in the main event and have talked up the possibility of a hair match for TripleMania, for some reason.
  4. TripleMania will be on iPPV – maybe. The TripleManiaTV.com website is advertising the iPPV. It’s being done by a company with no known iPPV history, and AAA hasn’t promoted the iPPV. The price of the iPPV is also ever changing – it’s gone from $8 to $1 to $15 to $13.
  5. Meanwhile, CMLL and/or Terra quietely canceled the Friday night broadcasts. The braodcasts came to end right after the annual internet-exclusive En Busca de un Idolo tournament concluded, which suggests it might have in the works for a while. Despite that, neither CMLL nor Terra actually said anything about the show being canceled until CMLL was questioned about it the following week. (CMLL promoted a new television show as a sort of replacement, but it doesn’t seem to actually exist yet.)
  6. AAA’s second taping took place in Xalapa, and added Taya Valkyrie vs Faby Apache for Faby’s Reina de Reinas championship for TripleMania. (It’ll be the first women’s title match ever at TripleMania.)
  • CMLL’s main feud continues to be centered around the Indeserables (or the Ingobernables if you’re Sombra) versus Shocker, Mr. Niebla and Negro Casas, part of the Rush/Casas rivalary. Atlantis & Ultimo Guerrero continue to feud as a tease to being the Anniversary main event, but it’s still uncertain if/when it’ll happen.
  • After Dragon Rojo beat Rey Escorpion in an everyone versus everyone cibernetico, Escorpion and Polvora turned on Rojo in their matches. Rojo has decided to switch to the tecnico side. This was a lot quicker transition than usual, so much so that they still have Rojo main eventing as a rudo this Sunday.
  • AAA ran a third TV taping as part of resort weekend vacation package. Nothing of note happened on the show. AAA’s since announced they’re taking the next two weekend off from taping, returning on 07/27. That show will have to set up the TripleMania matches for the top guys, since many of them have nothing and the card will be announced prior to the next taping.
  • Puebla regular Asturiano defeated Pequeno Black Warrior in Arena Puebla. Warrior announced he was leaving CMLL after the match.
  • People who won titles: Dr. Cerebro, Malefico
  • People who kept titles: Estrellita

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AAA to debut on El Rey on October 8

Not kidding.

El Rey held a press conference as part of the summer Television Critics Association press tour. Among the announcements was a new Wednesday night of “original unscripted content”, to start on October 8th. AAA is one of two hours of programming.

The title of the show is “Lucha: Uprising”, though it’s noted in the press release to be a working title. (It’s not far off the name Pro Wrestling Revolution uses for their TV show.) There’s no mention of how many episodes, while the companion show (about eccentric barbers) is listed for an eight episode run. Here’s the blurb in that press release

Long a fan of Lucha Libre, a Mexican franchise that has an 85% market share on television, El Rey is banking on American television viewers being drawn in by the high-flying antics and colorful world of freestyle wrestling.  Each week “Lucha: Uprising” (WT) will bring drama, excitement and action as the masked heroes and villains battle it out in the ring for wrestling supremacy.  The weekly, one-hour series from the producers One Three Media serves as a foundation for a new sports entertainment business, with which Burnett has partnered with El Rey Network, its founder, Robert Rodriguez, Lucha Libre AAA, FactoryMade Ventures and Antonio Cue Sanchez-Navarro.

I don’t know where 85% of market share comes from but I really would like to know.

There’s not much else new here, not even an air time. Still, finally getting a start date for the show is a pretty big deal. This seems to point even stronger towards AAA will starting taping on this show right after TripleMania. AAA won’t need to tape again in Mexico for nearly a month and they’ll be able to completely focus on the US. (Some may suggest they’ve already pretty much been focusing on the US and that’s why the Mexico product has been doing a lot of coasting this year.)

Being on Wednesday is pretty important too. There’s wrestling programs on every other day week, but this gives AAA a night to themselves. That’s a good start.

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IWRG, Steve Pain, Pequeno Warrior

IWRG (WED) 07/09/2014 Arena Naucalpan [IWRG Facebook]
1) Electro Boy b Vampiro Metálico II
2) Hijo De La Bestia & Zurdog b Capitán Muerte & Matrix Jr.
3) Rayan & Spartan b Payaso De Plata & Payaso Extremo
main show debuts for the Payasos, who promptly lost in straight falls.
4) Alan Extreme, Golden Magic, Metaleon DQ Apolo Estrada Jr., Avisman, El Hijo del Diablo
Tecnicos took 2/3. Dibalo fouled Golden Magic in the third, which went undetected by one referee but was belatedly caught by the other.
5) Diva Salvaje, Dr. Cerebro, Veneno DQ Canis Lupus, Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera [lumberjack strap]
Apolo ran in and fouled Veneno, but again a ref figured it out after the fact.

Way to run the same surprise finish twice in a row.

Steve Pain says he’s going to win the Cruiserweight championship at TripleMania if he gets a chance, figuring it’s all good as long as the the title stays with a member of Anarquia. (Daga’s plan to add his buddies was really kind of dumb.) Pain mentions in the interview that it’s possible more luchadors will be added to that match.

Pequeno Warrior was interviewed on Tercera Caida, looking for indy bookings. The after the show video is here. Pequeno Warrior mentions he’s available to be booked as Mini Psicosis or Mini Winners too. We’ve never heard him being associated with the later name before. There was a Mini Winners in 1992-1993 AAA who never made TV, though Pequeno Warrior has said he only started wrestling in 1995. That name popped back up in 2006 (when he was just about done with AAA) and 2008 (when he was starting in CMLL.)

LuchaWorld has a recap of this week’s CMLL Informa (which you can see here) and KrisZ’s news update. In addition to the press conference info, CMLL Informa mentioned that the plan is to start uploading the non-televised Tuesday lightning matches and link to it on CMLL’s video page, and JCR said Thunder was still with CMLL but recovering from an undisclosed injury in Australia. Even if that’s not a cover story, I would be surprised if Thunder’s seen again.

Segunda Caida adds the En Busca de un Idolo trios to their best of the year list.

Dragon Azteca, a luchador for Salamanca, is in a coma after banging his head on the floor. The promotion is running a benefit for his hospital expensive. The link includes a clip of the incident.

Ohtani’s Jacket watches some recent lucha.

Lineups

IWRG (SUN) 07/13/2014 Arena Naucalpan
1) Ciclon Black & Sky Ángel vs Atomic Star & Electro Boy
2) Látigo & Metaleon vs Anubis Black & Hijo De La Bestia
3) Oficial 911, Oficial AK47, Veneno vs Relámpago, Trauma I, Trauma II
4) Diva Salvaje, Súper Nova, Toscano vs Eterno, Fuerza Guerrera, X-Fly
5) Hijo De Dos Caras & Máscara Sagrada vs Demon Clown & Hijo de Máscara Año 2000

So they are running Sunday, but not with any match I’d like to see. And I have no idea what’s going on in the tercera. Is Veneno a rudo? Is Relampago?

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