03/19: Leono/Mogur, Mistico, Monterrey

Ovaciones says Leono beat Mogur in a 15 minute match to win his hair.

The Observer had an update about Mistico. Apparently, Rey Misterio Jr. found out WWE wasn’t going after them, and tried to convince them to change their minds. WWE is thinking about it again, but it’s “less than 50%”. WWE believes they can break Mistico out of his contract if they wanted to and took some time, but they figure they’d have to spend even more time having him learn the US style (and changing everything about him that made him a success in the first place) and they don’t seem to be interested in something that would take a while.

Luchas 2000 has the truth about Mistico, which is probably outdated by now.

indy (SUN) 03/18 Arena Coliseo Monterrey [RFC]
1) Burrito & Mini Burrito b Borrico & Tequilita
2) La Bella & La Bestia b Apostol & La Bandida
3) Angel Negro, Hollywood, Silver Star b Al Barone, Angel Negro, Mortal
4) Black Dragon, Huracan Ramirez Jr., Ultraman Jr. b Nygma, Picudo, Potro Jr.
5) Axel DQ Hijo de Espanto [FILL MIDDLE]
6) Konnan Big, Pancho Tequilla, Super Konnan b Casanova, Golden Boy, Humberto Garza Jr.

So Super Konnan’s not Konnan Big? I’m confused.

indy (TUE) 03/20 Arena Coliseo Monterrey Lineup [rfc]
1) Borrico, Mini Burrito vs Angel Negro, Mini Pancho Tequila
2) La Bella, La Bestia vs La Bandida, El Burrito
3) Huracan Ramirez Jr., Casanova, Black Dragon vs Al Barone, Pancho Tequila, Potro Jr.
4) Axxel, Super Konnan, Humberto Garza Jr. vs Picudo, Nygma, Sivler Cat
5) Konan Big vs Reglaito, Raton

AAA (SAT) 03/17 Arena Vidal, Chetumal Lineup [Diario Quintana Roo]
1) Coloso (Chetumal), Angel Silenciosos b Angel del Apocalipsis, Rey Azteca
2) Guerrero, Caballero Galactico b Neurosis, Monje Loco
3) Raul Vidal, Pantera Salvaje, Arlequin b Sombra Azul Jr., Gato Nocturnoa, Astro Flash
4) Cibernetico, Octagon b Abismo Negro, Antifaz

The reporter was annoyed with the (lack of) quality of the main event. They did the quickie mask match bit with Octagon and Antifaz, which didn’t help. Why does anyone do that bit?

CMLL (SAT) 03/17 Gimnasio Jesus Garcia Lopez [El Solitario Jr. @ El Martiente]
1) Pesadilla & Rey Sombra b Dragon de Fuego & Fly
2) Duende Jr. & Karisma b Cisne I & Cisne II
3) Misterio b Guardian del Espacio [hair]
4) Lizmark & Mictlan b Olímpico & Último Guerrero

CMLL (WED) 03/28 Centro de Convenciones, Madreo Lineup [u guerrero @ el martinete]
1) Dark Angel & Lady Apache vs Amapola & Princesa Sujei
2) Stuka Jr., Super Nova, Valiente vs Astro Boy, Danger, Leono
3) La Mascara, Maximo, Volador Jr. vs Loco Ray, Sangre Azteca, Skandalo
4) Alex Koslov, Dr. Wagner Jr., Marco Corelone vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
5) Mistico & Negro Casas vs Averno & Black Warrior [CMLL TAG]

Yea, those titles still do exist.

CMLL (THU) 03/15 Arena Isabel de Cuervanca Lineup [Dark Atlantis @ el Martinete]
1) Caballero de Fuego & Veneno (Cuervanca) b Comodin & Furia Azteca
2) Antaris & Turbo b Black Thunder & Vampiro Metalico
3) Damian 666, Halloween, Hooligan DQ Brazo de Platino, Maximo, Super Brazo
4) Alex Koslov, Heavy Metal, Marco Corelone DQ Mascara Ano 2000, Pierroth, Universo 2000

Super Brazo and Hooligan are feuding here and they’re building to a stip match.

Super Luchas #21 is about hardcore Mexican wrestling.

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03/18 AAA TV Results (Rey de Reyes)

previous: 02/23, 03/03, 03/10

AAA TV (SUN) 03/18 El Toreo De Naucalpan [ovaciones, KrisZ]
1) Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito b Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Chessman
2) Cuervo & Ozz b Crazy Boy & Joe Lider and Pegasso & Super Fly and Alan Stone & Zumbido [AAA TAG]
3) Gran Apache b Billy Boy [hair]
4) Alberije, Super Porky, Taiji Ishimori, Zorro b Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Kaoma Jr., Mr. Niebla
5) La Parka Jr. b Abismo Negro, Latin Lover, Rhyno, Octagón, Fuerza Guerrera [Rey de Reyes]
6) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico b Kenzo Suzuki, Mesias, Scott Steiner

Air Date (projected)
Mexico: 03/25
US: 04/14

Mesias (Messiah in English) is Ricky Banderas; we’ll see if that sticks around longer than Asesor Cibernetica. KrisZ says Cibernetico was put thru a flaming table, returned, and won the match when Mesias and Scott Steiner screwed up.

AAA announced a Hall of Fame, and immediately inducted Antonio Pena and Rey Misterio Jr. (who was there). They’ll be running a show in Japan this September as an anniversary special – KrisZ has this as on 9/3.

Upcoming:
* 03/19 (tonight! – here’s a article about it)
* 03/25

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Angel Azteca (1963-2007)

SuperLuchas is reporting (at least partially based on this box y lucha post): Angel Azteca passed away Sunday. He was 43.

Angel Azteca was wrestling in Campeche in 2007 in a trios match opposite former tag partner Atlantis. It sounds like he had a heart issue after the match, but I’m not clear on this at all.

Azteca started wrestling in 1980, though his original name(s) are unknown. He got the Azteca gimmick in 1988 and took off from there, with his biggest years in the early 90s. Azteca won the NWA Middleweight and Mexican Welterweight titles, won the Mexican Tag Team titles with Atlantis and Volador, and won the trios titles as part of an all star team up with Hijo de Santo and Super Muneco. Azteca was a number of wrestlers who left CMLL to join AAA, and was briefly regimmicked as Charro de Jalisco.

Azteca ended the high profile part of his career back in CMLL, feuding with Arkangel in lower card matches in 2003. Towards the end of the year, CMLL pushed the feud as more important, and Arkangel took Angel Azteca’s mask on the last major show of the year. Even though Angel Azteca was only 40 at the time and Arkangel isn’t much younger, it seemed like this was planned to be Azteca’s final big moment, and he was dropping his mask to a younger guy to put them over on his way out. Azteca wrestled only occasionally in 2004, and was switched to being a referee for the promotion, but the new occupation didn’t stick.

Azteca resurfaced in 2006, teaming with two sons (II and Jr.) – it’s not clear if these are authentic sons. The trios of Aztecas wrestled around the greater Mexico City area, including some work for AULL. Angel Azteca also worked at least one maestro match, teaming with Solar I against Negro Navarro and old rival Arkangel. I don’t have any records of Angel Azteca wrestling in 2007 before Sunday’s match.

indy (SUN) 03/18 Arena Pinkusky [Sharkane @ box y lucha]
1) Apolo Sureno b Espiritu Maya
2) Angel Celestial & Captian America b Eslabon & Sangre Latina
3) Cobraman & Gavilan b Halcon Rojo & Mecanico Infernal
4) Atlantis, Imperio Dorado, Rebelde Punk b Angel Azteca, Demonio Rojo, Pinkusky

The report didn’t notice anything about Angel Azteca. He signed autographs after the match.

Update: CMLL.com confirms Azteca has passed away.

03/18: Naucalpan, Merdia, Accion

IWRG (THU) 03/15 Arena Naucalpan
1) Celestial b Extrano
2) Aguila Oriental, Ave Fenix, Kid Tiger b Black Jaguar, Black Stone, Comando Gama
3) Kraneo, Trauma I, Trauma II b Freelance, Kai, Yamato
4) Dandy & Negro Navarro b Villano IV & Villano V
5) Bestia Salvaje, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Veneno b El Dandy, Esfinge, Villano III

Villanos turned rudo, with Villano III returning to attack El Dandy in the semimain and those two not working together in the main event. IWRG says the Traumas are on a 18 match winning streak, and it’s Sunday so I’m not doing the research.

AAA ARONJA (SUN) 03/18 Poliforum Zamna de Merida [El Mitomano]
1) Angel Infernal & Estrella de Fuego b Imperio Dorado & Imperio Maya
2) Halcon Rojo, Halcon Rojo Jr., Lobo Salvaje b Amenaza Roja, Cobraman, Coloso
3) Laredo Kid, Nemesis AAA, Rey Cometa b Alan, Decnnis, El Brazo
4) La Parkita, Martha Villalobos, Pimpinela b Mini Psicosis, Polvo de Estrellas, Tiffany
5) Gronda II, Intocable, Mascara Divina b Chris Stone, Hator, Scorpio Jr. [cage]

It’s always weird to see posts like (the actual) Hijo de Santo on leaving a message to listen to him on the radio, so you can hear his side of the CMLL fallout. Did anyone hear this? Is it different from what he said ?

Accion had

CMLL: Hector/Perro/Damian vs Alex/Marco/Shocker – Baby Richards is wearing Orange? Almost all High Society spots. Corelone does the hipswivel, and Perro fouls him. Seems fair enough.

AAA: Apache/Polvo/Fabi/Mini Chessman vs Billy/Pimpi/Sexi Star/Octagoncito from Tlaxcala. Octagon has a nice springboard tonillo. Funny how the skeletal replay shows a six sided ring – this week, they’re in a four corner one. Apache fouls Billy for the win, and that’s that.

Nothing on Santo, as far as I saw.

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03/30 Rey de Reyes Preview

I mentioned this in the comments of the Dos Leyenda lineup, but I’ll say it up here so everyone can read: Rey de Reyes is inarguably a better card. It’s not a talent gap, and I still believe CMLL has much better potential on it’s hands. (They haven’t been delivering on it, but that’s another post.) It’s almost all an effort gap. AAA cares much more about putting on a big event shows, and it shows. They’ve been building a number of angles for months, and they’ll actually be finishing them off. That should be the standard.

Match by match…

1) Mascarita Divina, Mascarita Sagrada, Octagoncito vs Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Charly Manson, Mini Chessman

Before Sagrada was hurt, it looked like they were setting up another Abismo/Mascarita title match, so they may just resume that direction here. I’d be fine with that. Obviously, you got six good->awesome minis here, so this could be a great match.

2) Crazy Boy & Joe Lider vs Cuervo & Ozz and Pegasso & Super Fly and Alan Stone & Zumbido [AAA TAG]

THE TAG TEAM TOURNAMENT. Seriously, I want someone to promise me that these things will be defending frequently and mean something for the foreseeable future, after the months of incoherent tournament matches it took to get here. If there’s any less than 3 title matches on TV the rest of the year, I will be complaining. They had plenty of time to devote to tag matches before the titles have been decided, so they ought to have some of that time after.

This all depends on what they’re planning to do next. (That’s another thing with AAA – they seem to be planning for the future much better.) If the Dark Family is going to end up as lead rudos on a weekly basis, with just random foreign legion cameos, they ought to get the titles to keep them strong. If Nicho, Kenzo, and Ricky are going to take over that top spot and Cuervo, Ozz, Scoria and Espiritu are headed to the midcard, then maybe it’s not so important.

I’d believe that these titles were created with the idea of Crazy and Lider holding them. They’re still Atomicos champs, so maybe they won’t get them yet. (OTOH, I can already see the magazine covers with them having two sets of belts.) If I got to pick, I’d probably pick with Alan Stone & Zumbido; you’ve got rudos as champs, so the first title matches can be about the tecnicos overcoming them (since the titles themselves won’t mean much), the Guapos don’t have much else to do right now and Alan & Zumbido should be a really fun team. I think there’s a lot more value in various combinations of the Air Force chasing the Guapos for the belts, rather them getting it right off the bat and barely surviving title defenses.

3) Billy Boy vs Gran Apache [hair]

Billy Boy should be getting his win back, but this is more about how the drama with Fabi and Marvin and Sexi Star and all that plays out. Not sure exactly where we’re heading here, because it’s all based on skits I haven’t seen, but they seem to be hinting a double turn.

4) Alberije, Super Porky, Zorro vs Antifaz del Norte, Histeria, Mr. Niebla

This is the one match on for no reason except to get some guys on. Vipers win to stay strong. There’s always rumors about Zorro turning, but I don’t think it’s happening

5) Abismo Negro vs Latin Lover, La Parka Jr., Rhyno, Octagón, Fuerza Guerrera [Rey de Reyes]

No Reyes de Reyes match has made sense since – 2005? I think that one worked right, but they’ve been doing trios with sometimes eliminations and sometimes captains and sometimes La Parka Jr. is just declared winner. I presume this will be the same thing. We’ve got an easy 3vs – Fuerza/Abismo/Rhyno vs Octagon/Latin/La Parka Jr – because they’ve got three rivalries (Parka’s the defender of AAA versus the TNA/Legion guy.)

I’m going to guess Abismo wins it this time.

6) Charly Manson, Chessman, Cibernetico vs ?, Kenzo Suzuki, Scott Steiner

Ricky Banderas is the mystery guy, unless they get worried about people figuring it out, stick someone random in there, and have Ricky run in later.

They really should keep interaction between Cibernetico (seemingly fragile) and Scott Steiner (seemingly uncaring about opponents) away from each other as much as humanly possible. In ring, Scott Steiner in AAA is a dangerous idea – he’s not much as a wrestler any more, he’s not particular careful with his opponents, and he’s not feeling too good himself. I hope he’s somehow a draw.

Hell Brothers are due a win back, but I think they’ll only get it by DQ if at all. Run ins galore.

03/17: Mexico, lineups, GdR

CMLL (FRI) 03/16 Arena Mexico [ova, superluchas, ESTO]
1) Polvora & Vaquero b Sombra de Plata & Super Nova
2) Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei b Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori
3) Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso Jr. b Felino, Lizmark Jr., Mictlan
4) Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000 b Heavy Metal, Sagrado, Volador Jr.
5) Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone, Shocker DQ Damian 666, Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Perro fouled Marco. Sounds like the Perros were cheered over the new tecnico group. Ocampo says they were NOT announced as High Society.

Lizmark Jr. filled in for Blue Panther in the tercera, and they teased a rudo turn after the loss.

CMLL.com says Averno, Mephisto and Ephisto want a shot at the CMLL trios titles. So, as you’d quite expect, the trios champs are teaming up next week to fight a completely different unit. Wait, no, that makes absolutely no sense.

Lineups

CMLL (TUE) 03/20 Arena Coliseo
1) Bracito de Oro & Mini Fantasy vs Mini Halloween & Mini Mr. Aguila
2) Danger, Sombra de Plata, Trueno vs Apocalipsis, Hooligan, Ramstein
3) India Sioux, Lady Apache, Marcela vs Amapola, La Nazi, Rosa Negra
4) La Mascara, Mictlan, Virus vs Eclipse, Misterioso II, Olimpico
5) Dr. Wagner Jr., Heavy Metal, Shocker vs Averno, Ephesto, Mephisto

I was wondering where Dr. Wagner went.

CMLL (FRI) 03/23 Arena Mexico
1) Mini Olimpico & Ultimo Dragoncito vs Mini Violencia & Pierrothito
2) Leono, Maximo, Sagrado vs Goto, Ohara, Okumura
3) Alex Koslov, Rey Bucanero, Volador Jr. vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso II
4) Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Ultimo Guerrero vs Hector Garza, Mr. Aguila, Perro Aguayo Jr.
5) Marco Corelone, Mistico, Shocker vs Black Warrior, Olimpico, Universo 2000

At least the main event builds up the big show, sorta. I was worried about that. This is the show that’s running against WWE in DF.

CMLL (SUN) 03/25 Arena Coliseo
1) Bracito de Oro & Shockercito vs Fire & Sombrita
2) Luna Magica, Marcela, Princesa Blanca vs Medusa, Mima Shimoda, Rosa Negra
3) Metro, Stuka Jr., Tony Rivera vs Jeque, Ohara, Okumura
4) Leono, Mascara Sagrada, Mictlan vs Damian 666, Halloween, Mr. Aguila
5) Dos Caras Jr., Marco Corelone, Mistico vs Hector Garza, Perro Aguayo Jr., Terrible

I wasn’t wondering what happened to Mascara Sagrada. Leono’s so winning tomorrow.

GdR has
feature: Ultimo Guerrero’s house (again)
03/11/07 Coliseo: el Hijo del Pierroth, Pierroth, Shigeo Okumura b La Máscara, Mictlan, Tigre Metalico
03/02/07 Mexico: Alex Koslov, Místico, Rey Bucanero b Averno, Black Warrior, Mephisto

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Santo and CMLL split

Some weeks, it doesn’t pay to get out of bed.

Big news out of Mexico is that EMLL President Paco Alonso has decided that he won’t work with Hijo del Santo anymore and has banned EMLL contracted wrestlers from working on any show that Hijo del Santo is on like the old Konnan rule. The reason for this is because supposedly Santo is aligning with some promoters in Monterrey who are planning to run around the country as a national group and Paco views this as competition.

CREDIT: KRIZ – world wide wrestling and box y lucha foro. Go read KrisZ’s post for the full story. Check the DVDVR thread too.

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03/16: Puebla, Dos Leyendas, Mexico preview

CMLL (THU) 03/15 Arena Puebla
1) Fenix & Kirvan b Ares & La Mafia
2) Bobby Jack, Karissman, Siki Osama Jr. b Centella de Oro, SWAT, Tigre Rojo
3) Dark Angel, Lady Apache, Marcela b Amapola, Hiroka, Nazi
4) Eclipse, Misterioso II, Sangre Azteca b Coco Blanco, Coco Rojo, Coco Verde
5) Dr. Wagner, Rey Bucanero, Shocker DQ Efesto, Olimpico, Ultimo Guerrero

Efesto replaced Tarzan Boy, who seems to miss Puebla every other week.

Lots of articles on CMLL’s 03/30 Dos Leyenda press conference
– They officially announced the High Society group that’s been talked about for a few weeks. Shocker, Bucanero, Corelone and Koslov are in the group. They hope to recruit every metrosexual wrestler. Is Maximo the new member?
– Universo and Marco talked trash. Usual experience vs youth.
– This will be the first Ticketmaster show (though they’re not up there yet, as far as I can see.)
– Perro Aguayo Jr. is going to be filming a reality show. I think this is what the documentary bit yesterday was about. He’ll be scaling back his non-Mexico City wrestling while he’s working on it.

Sources: CMLL, La Presna (what’s the deal with Shocker’s shirt?), La Jornada, ESTO (1 2), Ovaciones.

ESTO has a preview of tonight’s card. Nothing special. They’ve also got stories about the VIP show

Tonight’s lineup:

CMLL (FRI) 03/16 Arena Mexico
1) Sombra de Plata & Super Nova vs Polvora & Vaquero
2) Dark Angel, Luna Magica, Sahori vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Princesa Sujei
3) Blue Panther, Felino, Mictlan vs Ephesto, Mephisto, Misterioso Jr.
4) Heavy Metal, Sagrado, Volador Jr. vs Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Universo 2000
5) Alex Koslov, Marco Corleone, Shocker vs Damian 666, Hector Garza, Hijo del Perro Aguayo

Two weeks out, and the big push looks to be behind the new tecnico unit, which has nothing to do with the big show. They’re not really building anything for 03/30 here (though I’m sure Universo will distract Corelone in the main event or something), almost like someone completely different booked this card and the 03/30.

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03/30 Arena Mexico (Two Legends) Card Announced

That bit yesterday? SWERVE.

CMLL (FRI) 03/30 Arena Mexico Lineup
1) Dark Angel, Marcela, Lady Apache vs Hiroka, Mima Shimoda, Amapola
2) Sagrado, Volador Jr., Leono vs Misterioso II, Tarzan Boy, Black Warrior
3) Atlantis, Sangre Azteca, Olimpico vs Mr. Aguila, Damian 666, Halloween
4) Lizmark Jr., Dos Caras Jr., Rey Bucanero vs Averno, Mephisto, Ephesto
5) Mistico, Ultimo Guerrero vs Perro Aguayo Jr., Hector Garza [ri]
6) Marco Corelone vs Universo 2000

boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

day since (as of this PPV)
Marco lost his hair: 105 – last major show
Universo last lost his hair: 378 – same major show last year
Universo defended his title in Mexico City: 689
Universo defended his title in Arena Mexico: 1442 (or 206 weeks or 3.95 years, in an building they run every week)

Not that I’m thinking there’s any way where Marco/Universo is a suitable big show main event. But I could not care about Universo getting his head shaved, which obviously is happening. Maybe last time, you could sell it as the first time ever, but this just feels like the start of Universo dropping his hair each and every year for a payday.

That’s admittedly zany semifinal, but they seem to putting all their eggs in the Marco/Universo basket so far – maybe they’ll push the Ultimo/Mistico teamup in weeks to come? The only other ongoing is the women’s match, and I’m still not sure they’re going to end up doing anything with Apache/Amapola.

How about Black Warrior being in the segunda? With Leono? Leono’s not losing his hair. That has a chance to be a pretty good match. I’m not sold on anything besides it and the semifinal.

At six matches, it’s highly unlikely we’re getting a late addition. It is what it is.

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03/15: Naucalpan, Neza

Ovaciones: Black Warrior and his 17 year old son were driving up to an ATM, when another car pulled up beside them, and started hollering insults at him and his son – just mostly because Black Warrior is a rudo. There were three people in the other card – one was disabled – and in between yelling, they also managed to damage Black Warrior’s car. Warrior eventually got them to calm down, but is still hoping they’ll pay for the car damage.

IWRG (SUN) 03/18 Arena Naucalpan
0) Celestial vs Diablo Jr.
1) Samba & Venom vs Black Jaguar & Vampiro Metalico
2) Kai, Kid Tiger, Yamato vs Black Jaguar, Macho II, Supremo Jr.
3) Efinge, Freelance, Suicida vs Black Terry, Trauma II, Truama I
4) El Dandy vs Pierroth Jr., Cerebro Negro, Villano III, Veneno, Alex Koslov, Dr. Cerebro, Mascara Ano 2000 Jr., Fantasma de la Opera, Bestia Salvaje [MEX LH, mask, hair, IWRG IC WELTER]

That’s a ten way cage match. I meant to post this one in the news yesterday, but I wasn’t sure if Cerebro Negro was Welterweight or Middleweight champ, so I went to the wiki to check, and things fell off a cliff from there.

CMLL (SUN) 03/11 Arena Neza
1) Intrepid & Jaguar Doradgo b Cibelius & Guardian de la Noche
2) ChicoChe & Piel Roja b Black Danger & Black Heart
3) Chac-Mol, Eskar, Estrueno b Angel Negro, Destroyer, Samy Rivera
4) Rayo Tapatio II, Starman, Tony Rivera b Hooligan, Loco Max, Virus
5) Alex Koslov, Dos Caras Jr., La Mascara DQ Canek Jr., Olimpico, Ramstein

I presume Virus was filling in for someone, but they focused on a Virus/Rayo II rivalary. Olimpico yanked Dos’ mask, which ended the main event. Can’t believe el Rey de Neza lost again.

Zocalo is nearing a lucha strike still.

Super Luchas posted their Black Shadow obit. There’s also one in Figure 4, written by Steve Sims.

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