02/01: Neza, Monterrey, Puebla, Tijuana

CMLL

CMLL (SUN) 01/28 Arena Neza Results [The Gladiatores]
1) Chamaco Badillo b Dr. Trauma
2) Dragon Chino, Rey Mariscal b Redentor, Vampiro Metalico
3) Chac-Mol, Rayo Tapatio I b Chamaco Davila, Kid Star
4) Bam Bam, Mini Fantasy, Shockercito b Fire, Mini Violencia, Pierrothito
5) Místico, Negro Casas b Atlantis, Eclipse

indy (TUE) 01/30 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results [rfc]
1) Marrullero Vence b Larry Miranda Jr.
2) La Pulga, Ricochet b Angel Negro, La Mancha
3) Burrito, Mini Burrito b Borriquito, Guerrero Griego
4) La Kalaka, Sky, Turbina b Enrique Vera, Red Flama, Vudu
5) Casanova, Dulce Poly, Humberto Garza Jr. b Pancho Tequila, Potro Jr., the Beast
6) Hijo de Espanto II, Konnan Big b Axxel, Mario Bezares

Mario Bezares is a ex-boxer/celebrity to fight Konnan Big this month.

CMLL (MON) 02/05 Arena Puebla Lineup [hugo999 @ box y lucha]
1) SWAT, King Jaguar vs Murcielago, Ares
2) Asturiano, Centella de Oro, the Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno, Fuerza Chicana, Siki Osama
3) Emilio Charles Jr., Okumura, Dr. X vs Mascara Purpura, El Valiente, Virus
4) Shocker, Negro Casas, Dos Caras Jr. vs Ultimo Guerrero, Alex Koslov, Atlantis
5) Texano Jr. vs Maniacop [hair]
6) Averno vs Volador Jr. [CMLL MIDDLE]

Main event is a one fall match.

BAJA STAR (SAT) 02/10 Auditorio de Tijuana Lineup [aledesp @ Satanico's Mansion]
1) Calavera, Kimura vs Duende, Clon
2) Pancho Cachondo, Angel Negro Jr. vs Ricochet, Super Rhino
3) Star Boy, Extassis vs Pierroth Jr., Enfermero Jr.
4) Rey Misterio Sr., Hijo de Rey Misterio, Super Astro vs TJ Boy, Principe Arandu, Mortiz
5) Latin Lover, LA Park vs Hector Garza, Super Parka

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02/09 AAA TV news

AAA (FRI) 02/09 La Plaza de Toros El Relicario Lineup
1) Octagoncito, La Parkita, Mascarita Divina vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Chessman, Mini Charly Manson
2) Alan Stone, Zumbido vs Escoria & Espiritu vs Alan, Decnnis vs Hator, Chris Stone [AAA TAG]
3) Billy Boy vs Gran Apache [bull terrier]
4) Juventued Guerrera, Psicosis II, Joe Lider, Crazy Boy vs Fuerza Guerrera, Pirata Morgan, Sangre Chicana, el Dandy
5) La Parka Jr., Octagon, Alebrije, Zorro vs Abismo Negro, Histeria, Mr. Niebla, Antifaz

Oh gosh, Mexican Powers vs Old, Angry Men is not a one off match, it’s a feud. They had to get LA Park back on TV so people would vote for him, but if he’s turning rudo and not just feuding with the Hell Brothers, he’d gotta cost his team the match here.

Espiritu/Scoria have already beaten Alan Stone/Zumdbio, so it’s either
Alan Stone & Zumbido vs Alan & Decnnis and Espiritu & Scoria vs Hator & Chris Stone
OR Alan Stone & Zumbido vs Hator & Chris Stone and Espiritu & Scoria vs Alan & Decnnis

I wonder if Intocable and Elegido are ever going to have their second match in this tournament.

The main event of the 02/05 show – Hellbrothers vs Dark Family – is a cage match.

Speaking of AAA, Ovaciones has an interview with Mr. Niebla. He talks about the six sided ring being an adjustment, but not much new otherwise.

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GdR #62

From 01/27. The usual.

I’m like an hour into the last pre-Best of AAA episodes (all three I plan to rush thru just to get the match info), but after missing out on the DVDVR minis tournament, I want to participate in the 2006 Best Of one, so recaps may still be slow in coming.

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02/03 Lucha Times

Chui’s roundup is here.

AAA: (wacky times here) first new show of ’07 is the last taping from ’06. See La Parka Jr. get suspended!

CAN52: So the weeks we don’t get Fabian, we get a women’s match. There’s no third alternative, that’s just how it is.

FSE: When in doubt, check the FSE Latin America listings. I like how they highlight Leono vs Loco Max – the main event with Mistico and Ultimo Guerrero is just an after thought.

Lucha Libre Mexicana: I’ll totally clip this and put on YouTube in all it’s awful quality next week so someone can ID it. (Maybe.)

CMLLMex:

AAAMex: The 01/25 taping, assuming the Super Bowl doesn’t take it’s place or something.

Random Question: Does Mexico have High Definition TV? It reads like it’s very barely exists, if at all, but I’ve been messing with HDTV all week and am curious. I believe CMLL, if not influenced by a television network, would be the last major promotion in the world to use HD; somedays I expect to see the shows in black and white.

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trolling for pictures

So I’m tooling around the luchawiki today, and after figuring out the difference between the side panels of the UWA and mid80s-mid90s NWA belts (the NWA ones were six sided, thanks for asking), I added an Ultimo Dragon pic to our Gallery of NWA Middleweight Champions. We’ve now got 20 title photos, representing 37 title reigns.

Anyone know of a good Great Sasuke site with lots of pictures? I’m trying to track down one of him as NWA Middleweight Champ, but the only one I’ve come up with that’s close is

which I lifted from his fan mySpace, and is too tiny to work unless I’m desperate. I just need a pointer towards picture sites, I’d sift thru them myself. I’ve looked thru the usual suspects but maybe there’s more out there that google isn’t telling me?

If there’s a good Mano Negra, La Fiera, or Satanico site – besides the obvious one – with a lot of pictures. And there’s gotta be a picture of El Samurai with the J-Crown somewhere.

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01/31: Coliseo, Universo

CMLL (TUE) 01/30 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Polvora, Vaquero b Espiritu Maligno, Karissma
2) Starman, Tigre Blanco, Tigre Metalico b Caligula, Mesala, Ramstein
3) Fabian el Gitano, Leono, Tony Rivera b Canek Jr., Dr. X, Okumura
4) Lizmark, Sagrado, Satanico DQ Eclipse, Ephesto, Misterioso II
5) Blue Panther, Dos Caras Jr., Shocker b Damian 666, Halloween, Terrible

Ovaciones has started explicitly spelling out the results, which I dearly appreciate. Anything to make me appear less stupid is stupendous.

AAA’s next to be announced TV Taping (after the one in Irapuato) will be in Puebla, and Ovaciones says Latin Lover will be involved. Given his comments about AAA and their comments back, that’ll be interesting.

Universo will be out three weeks more, due to Marco Corelone attacking his already hurt shoulder on Friday. Shocker takes his place on Friday’s card.

CMLL.com also notes Leobardo Magadan’s mother passed away on Tuesday.

indy (SUN) 02/04 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup[RFC]
1) Burrito, Borrico vs La Pulga, Ricochet
2) Nacho Libre, Potro Jr. vs Black Diamond, Guerrero Griego
3) Casanova, La Kalaka, Pancho Tequila vs La Bella, Corazon Adicto, Enrique Vera
4) Dulce Poly vs Simply Lusicous
5) Konan Big, Mr. Texas, Hijo de Espanto vs Axxel, Psicodelico Jr., Vudu

indy (SUN) 02/04 Arena Solidarida Lineup [RFC]
1) Coco Rayado, Hunter, Mini Mongol vs Venum, Aguila del Norte, Mini Tigre
2) Mitsunori, Gemelo Muerte I, Gemelo Muerte II vs Dranser, Eclipse (Monterrey), Scravos
3) Apolo Estrada Jr. vs Estrella Dorada Jr.
4) Vaquero Romo & Monje Negro Jr vs Diluvio Negro, Gato Volador [NORTH TAG, FILL WELTER, NUEVO LEON WELTER]
5) Nicho, Maniaco, Silver King vs Negro Casas, Diluvio Negro II, ?

El Sol de Acapluco sometimes publishes indy show results at the local Arena Coliseo, but bizarrely, they’re always cut off halfway thru. It’s so strange.

Weekly Noticas Oaxaca talks about the long and distinguished career of someone I’ve never heard of ever, including his CMLL teamups. In possibly the same vein, actor Alfredo Martinez talks about having wrestled for five years as the Dragon on Notiver.

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2006 Year In Review: December

the Big Story: Both promotions held major shows to close the end of the year.

AAA’s Guerra de Titanes show certainly trumped CMLL’s year end card for meaningful storyline conclusion. The company spent the last quarter of the year building up Muerte/Cibernetico and (lesser) Alan/Intocable/Scorpio/Porky feuds. AAA sort of paid off the undercard one – Porky lost his hair, but Alan vs Intocable didn’t get resolved – and saw Cibernetico get his revenge on Muerte by putting him in a casket, hammering it closed, carrying it to the ocean, setting in on fire, and dumping it in the water. (Muerte’s gone – for a few months.)

This was also Konnan’s last appearance before hip surgery, which was complicated by kidney’s issues. Konnan hip would be replaced in 2007, but he still needs a new kidney as I write this.

AAA ran one more TV taping in 2006, which didn’t air until 2007. On it, La Parka Jr. continued having problems with the newly tecnico Hellbrothers, since Cibernetico was his old rudo rival.

CMLL’s year end show was a PPV, just like the anniversary show. CMLL originally announced it for a 12/01 date, but when the annual Arena Mexico vacation was called off, the match was pushed back with the excuse of a Marco Corelone injury. Which was odd, because he was still wrestling his full schedule, but they pushed the idea he wasn’t 100% for a hair match.

The main event of the show, and the only major focus of the show, was a Kenzo Suzuki (w/Mima Shimoda) & Marco Corelone vs Universo 2000 & Shocker hair match of the heavyweights. The build up was based on Universo and Marco not getting along, which happened to be a real problem. The two guys from vastly different wrestling cultures apparently didn’t respect each other much, and got in cheap stiff shots for a couple weeks until they were isolated from each other. On the other hand, my favorite build up was Kenzo calling Universo the worst wrestler in the world, fantastic on many levels.

Mistico was announced in part of an undercard match, and another Guerreros/Perros CMLL Trios match was added just before the show.

The results from this show were pretty much we had figured, with the foreigners losing their hair and the Guerreros holding on the trios titles.

The big news from the undercard was a pending Averno/Volador Middleweight match, which was good and never aired. Of course. They have taken that match on the road, so maybe it’ll turn up someplace else eventually.

Lots of other singles feuds going around…

Rayo and Konnan Big: I think I’ve covering Monterrey that much; I think I could sum up it in bullet points
1) Konan Big inexplicitly gets in a feud with a star of a TV show on the same network Arena Monterrey shows air
2) Konan Big beats TV star in a match – sometimes for their hair
3) People care, but really only about the TV star, and eventually they run out of ones of those

In December, the twist was to do a program with Rayo de Jalisco Jr., who seemingly left CMLL earlier this year when no one was paying attention (and no one cared). Rayo put up his mask for Konan Big’s FULL Heavyweight Title, and unsurprisingly did not lose his mask. Konan Big got a return title match for putting up his hair, and I never saw a result, so I assumed Konan Big won the title back – but apparently I’m hearing now that didn’t happen? That’s a surprise.

Mistico vs Hijo del Diablo: After years of teasing mask matches, mostly with Hijo del Santo, Hijo del Diablo finally agreed to put it on the line versus Mistico, on December 1st in Tijuana. Mistico won in a match which was supposedly anywhere from below average to terrible, with people assuming Diablo of trying to expose Mistico. (Full results from that show.) That story got lost in the shuffle when Diablo claimed to Ovaciones that he was stiffed for pay. Diablo’s story was questionable, and he quickly changed his tune, perhaps having gotten extra pay out of it. Diablo, unmasked, has gotten a regular gig with IWRG and has debuted his son in that promotion.

Hiroka vs Lady Apache: Lady Apache was going to get her win back, and I probably shouldn’t have assumed total altruism. At first, it seemed like it would happen with Lady Apache defending her Mexican Women’s Title against Hiroka, despite Hiroka not actually being Mexican. Someone must’ve noticed this, because the match was changed to Apache vs La Nazi (who was working as an Argentinean, but apparently that’s okay?) This still didn’t solve the problem of Lady Apache’s win, and it wasn’t a big surprise when she got it by winning the CMLL title to become a two belt champion.

La Mascara vs Sangre Azteca: La Mascara had been a pretty protected midcarder in CMLL in 2006 – as Brazos tend to be – so when Sangre Azteca got a title shot, it seemed like Sangre would get a high profile match but was unlikely to win. Uh uh – new champ. Sangre was pretty ecstatic for his win.

CMLL vs AAA, finally: completely unannounced by either promotion going in, CMLL wrestlers faced AAA wrestlers on the Teleton itself. It was an hour focused on lucha, first with intra-promotion trios matches by each group and then a tease of a battle between the winning squads if only the people at home would donate enough money by the end of the hour.

As if there was any doubt that people would pay to see AAA vs CMLL, the Teleton easily hit their price, and the two trios squared off. Of course, charity or no charity, neither side was going to lose here, and the match ended with a double pin draw finish. CMLL’s front office would later complain about having to go along with this. If AAA acknowledged this match, I missed it.

Other: Nicho started telling his side of the Tijuana robbery , claiming the story was a fabirication and an extortion attempt…CMLL debuted Mictlan, a tecnico midcarder, and debate raged about who he might otherwise be; some people settled on a story that he was Vaquero and/or a stripper from Guadalajara, but that doesn’t seem to fit. The one thing we know for sure is he gets hurt a lot (or doesn’t bother letting the injuries heal). Mictlan’s had multiple scary neck injuries. His debut seemed to be a month behind schedule, so this may have been going on for some time and is still ongoing…Negro Casas, Perro Aguayo Jr., Hector Garza were suspended for a year in Tijuana for >crowd mooning related antics. Seriously.the finish to an Arena Coliseo main event went awry, when the referees lost track of who was the legal main and called the end to an match that should’ve been still going. The wrestlers fixed it, but the match was never shown.

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01/30: Puebla, Monterry

CMLL

CMLL (MON) 01/29 Arena Puebla Results [hugo999
1) Forajido, Super Star b La Mafia, Mr. Rafaga
2) Bobby Jack, Toro Bill, Toro Bill Jr. b Astro Boy, SWAT, Tigre Rojo
3) Maniacop, Nitro, Sangre Azteca b Maximo, Texano Jr., Valiente
4) Blue Panther, Heavy Metal, Ultimo Dragon b Alex Koslov, Atlantis, Olimpico
5) Mistico, Negro Casas, Volador Jr. b Averno, Mephisto, Ultimo Guerrero

Maniacop beat Texano Jr. in the tercera. They've been feuding for the last three weeks, and this sets up a hair match next week.

indy (SUN) 01/28 Gimnasio Nuevo Leon Results [RFC
1) Ejecutor, Koko Viper, Memo Valles b Golden Boy, Rey Demonio Jr., Simbolo
2) Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween b Mini Ol�mpico, �ltimo Dragoncito
3) Blue Panther, Rayman, Silver Star b Angel Blanco Jr., Satanico, Silver King

CMLL (SUN) 02/04 Gimnaio Nuevo Leon Lineup [RFC]
1) Oro Negro, Tacua, Cesar vs Galactar, Furor, Astro Negro Jr.
2) Rey Demonio Jr., Simbolo, Golden Boy vs Ejecutor, Memo Valles, Koko Viper
3) Mini Olimpico, Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Damian 666, Mini Halloween
4) Rey Bucanero, Shocker vs Averno, Mephisto

indy (SUN) 01/28 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Results [RFC]
5) Hijo de Senor Tormenta L Senor Tormenta and La Bestia and Humberto Garza Jr. [hair]
6) Konan Big b Pancho Tequila [FILL LH]

Son lost his hair to his father, if I have that right.

Magazines
- Box Y Lucha 2803 has Mistico vs Perro and Fuerza vs Octagon
- Guerreors del Ring has Dr. Wagner on the cover

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2006 Year In Review: November

the big story: the best known man to wear the Huracan Ramirez mask, Daniel Garcia, passed away on 11/01. He was 54.

There were a lot of obits covering Garcia’s life, and explaining the legal issues which led to him having to cede his gimmick. As one of the most famous men in the history of lucha libre, Huracan was on the cover of all the legal magazines., and Box Y Lucha pretty much dedicated the whole magazine to him.

Garcia’s son in law, Axxel, was very distraught about Huracan’s passing, as they were close. Huracan’s wife took solace in Huracan having being honored multiple times while he was alive. Unless I’m blanking on one, there hasn’t been an official tribute show for Huracan, but there was a remarkable old school AULL match decided to his memory.

Plenty of indy wrestlers kept using the Huracan Ramirez gimmick, with an uptick of business.

Averno has busy week: When Alex Koslov won a cibernetico to gain a Middleweight Title shot, it set up a pretty busy weekend for Averno with two title matches (though CMLL had a bit or a problem recalling Averno was Middleweight champion.)

The Friday Arena Mexico Tag Team title match was actually just CMLL getting a good Mistico win to promote the debut of the music video he was appearing in, so Averno had really no shot of winning two titles. However, he did keep the middleweight one with a good defense vs Koslov.

CMLL vs Indies: CMLL ran it’s teleton show on 11/20. The concept didn’t sound great, the lineup wasn’t great, and the show was run worse than usual for some reason. But, they drew good (holiday, people who aren’t usually in front of a big crowd) so it was nice for the charity.

AAA also used one of it’s normal TV taping into a teleton special, plugging the charity and asking for donations thru the show.

Safari -> Hombre Sin Nombre -> Efesto: After a year of being the man with no name, CMLL announced he was becoming Efesto (sometimes Ephesto) and starting a partnership with Averno & Mephisto. I still haven’t actually seen him in action, but I assume he’s the same Safari as always.

Other CMLL:
LA Park and Dr. Wagner were suspended in Leon for unauthorized crowd brawling in; LA Park blamed it on drunk fans…Shocker had kinda started and stalled turning tecnico during his return, and Shocker tries to explain it…CMLL ran a wrestlers only bodybuilding contest to encourage fitness among it’s wrestlers; my workplace just does weight loss contests…Negro Casas and Texano Jr. go to NJPW and win every match except the one that matters (best case scenario)..

Cibernetico starts the Hellbrothers: Things started picking up in AAA as they approached the year end show. Cibernetico returned, inviting Chessman to join his new Hellbrothers group. Charly Manson also joined – he was wearing the gear before the group even started. The group officially debuted the same taping Chessman and the Dark Family finally dropped the Atomicos titles to Mexicools. The Sect team had managed to keep the belts over Juvi’s team multiple times despite nearly self destructing as a team, but this time it all fell apart. Surprisingly, Cibernetico was scheduled to return on the TV taping before the Guerra de Titantes.

Other AAA: Gran Apache kidnapped his grandson, continuing the Apaches/Billy Boy feud from earlier this year, with Billy Boy and Fabi Apache starting to turn against each other when they couldn’t get their son back…the teased Intocable/Alan Stone and Scorpio Jr./Brazo de Plata hair matches were converted into one big four way hair match, and the only other noteworthy match announced for Guerra de Titanes was a mystery trio versus the top tecnicos, though it didn’t turn out to be much.

Other: AULL dropped from TV net AULL got dropped from a cable network – was this just a temporary thing? People are still seeing them at least on the other station they’re on…Fantasma de la Quebrada no-shows a mask match in Acapulco he was supposed to lose to Pirata Morgan, claiming money issues….Nicho was back working indies…TNA announced a spot show in Monterrey; the lineup didn’t include any AAA wrestlers, and they’d go back and forth about that…Parade!

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01/29: Coliseo, FPU, AULL, Tijuana, Magazies

CMLL (SUN) 01/28 Arena Coliseo Results
1) Molotov, Sombra de Plata b Polvora, Vaquero
2) Danger, Super Nova, Trueno b Apocalipsis, Ramstein, Super Comando
3) Leono, Metro II, Tony Rivera DQ Hooligan, Loco Max, Mr. México
4) Felino, Mictlan, Negro Casas b Ephesto, Misterioso II, Shigeo Okumura
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Místico, Volador Jr. b Atlantis, Olímpico, Último Guerrero

Clean finish in the main event.

Pop Matters has a long article about Lucha Libre in the US, including quotes from Keith of From Parts Unknown. I think there’s stuff that I’d quibble with if I was in a quibbling mood (and also if quibbling was a word), but it’s interesting read.

AULL (SAT) 01/27 Arena Lopez Mateos Results [El Halcon]
1) Angel de Fuego, El Conde, Siki Osama Jr. b Feniz, Mr. Potro, Yakuza
2) Rambo Jr., Supremo Jr. b Tortugullio Ninja II, Tortugullio Ninja III [AULL Tag, 2nd, torneo]
3) Astro Boy, Robin Maravilla b Dr. Karonte I, Dr. Karonte Jr. [AULL Tag, 2nd, torneo]
4) Coco Rojo, Coco Verde b Cerebro Negro, Fantasma de la Opera [AULL Tag, 2nd, torneo]
5) Mistico b Sepultuero [mask]
6) Olimpico, Rey Krimen, Sadico b Rey Bucanero, Terry 2000, Ultimo Gladiador

I’m thinking now that those are supposed to be the second part of the 1st round, not the 2nd round. We’ll see. As seems to be practice, Babe Richard was special referee for a Mistico mask match. Sepulturero had Mistico pinned and pulled him up a couple times; I’m surprised they’d be okay with that (but maybe he was kicking out anyway.) Sepulturero is Sergio Pancheco Hernandez. He’s 31, originally from Tlalnepantla (same city as the arena) and he’s been wrestling for 13 years.

I think the match order was switched due to people arriving late. People came for the mask match, and it sounds like people left before it finished. Rey Krimen got in a low blow on Terry 2000 and covered him for the win, setting up a Super Libre match for next week (and an AULL title match the week after?)

indy (FRI) 01/26 Auditorio de Tijuana Results [El Halcon]
1) Calabera b Hadez
2) Mr. Maldito, Voltio b Forastero, TG Power
3) Angel Negro Jr., Animaniac, Shamu b Hijo de Kendo, Kimura, Thunder Mask
4) Ninja, Ruby Gardenia, Super Astro b King Azteca, Pandillero I, Pandillero II
5) Espectro Jr., Inferno b Blue Demon Jr., Rayman

Espectro Jr. cheated to pin Blue Demon Jr. Setting up a rematch? Maybe? I dunno.

This Esto article talks about Los Dos Tigres plans for the future, if you go all the way down to the last paragraph. (Either a title shot or Dr. X vs Tigre Metalico, for some reason.) Slightly more newsworthy from Arena Mexico: Metro II got hurt, Sangre got in nothing before he yanked Dragon’s mask, and they don’t talk about Halloween’s injury either. Maybe it just looked more devastating on TV, because it looked like The End Of Halloween For All Time on TV.

El Manana talks about the beauty of masks.

Magazines
- Luchas 2000 353 speculates about a Corelone tecnico turn (I bet he’d still feud with Universo.) BTW, I believe Canek really went to the hospital, though not actually due to Mil and Rayo in LA/Chicago
- Super Luchas 197 headlines with Ricky Marvin winning in NOAH.

Lineups are below. Two notes
- Someone’s defending the UWF Middleweight Title. Or saying they are. Or whatever. Yay obscure titles.
- Mistico’s working three times on Sunday, which is three times more than any wrestler in the US is working on Sunday.

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