Sunday, July 16, 2017

Weekend 3 Count 7/16/17

By Brandon Albright, @B_Rock1978

Wrestling Lockup with Brandon, brought to you by Triple Threat CLE brings you the Weekend 3 Count. W3C brings you wrestling news, rumors and recaps from around the wrestling world. You'll find news rumors and recaps involving WWE, NXT, GFW, ROH, Lucha Underground, NJPW, House of Hardcore, NWA, ICW, CZW, FIP, PWG, AAW, EVOLVE, PROGRESS, SHINE, SHIMMER and any Indy promotion that I find an interesting story or a cool discovery in. Be sure to check out the W3C every Sunday afternoon at @TripleThreatCLE

** Theme Song Of The Week **
This week I'm hitting you with a throw back theme song. I'm taking you back to the ECW days and demanding RESPECT! This week's theme is Rob Van Dam's entrance theme from ECW. "Walk" by Pantera.

*** WWE ***

- The Kurt Angle Scandal: It was announced this past week on RAW that we will finally find out who is behind the Kurt Angle text messages that have been sent to him the past month and a half. Angle has said that when he goes public with this secret tomorrow on RAW it could ruin his family and his general manager job on RAW. Rumors have said that it could be a possible affair angle with Stephanie McMahon which will set up Kurt Angle vs. Triple H at SummerSlam. Another rumor is Angle is having an affair with ex TNA President Dixie Carter and she will be on RAW. Guess we'll have to tune in to RAW to find out.

- Triple H Sends Out Another Invite: This week following the Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather press conference, Triple H sent out another invite to both fighters to make a RAW appearance and talk things out about their up coming fight.

- Talking Smack Cancelled: WWE announced this week that they have cancelled the 20 minute Talking Smack TV show after Smackdown Live every Tuesday. What was even bad is they cancelled the show but never told hosts Renee Young and Daniel Bryan. Both found out while on Twitter.

- Mae Young Classic Tournament News: WWE announced this week that they've signed Kay Lee Ray and Ayesha Raymond to compete in this summer's Mae Young Classic Tournament.

The following is the now completed roster for the Mae Young Classic Tournament.

* Dakota Kai - New Zealand
* Serena Deeb - United States
* Vanessa Borne - United States
* Xia Li - China
* Rachel Evers - United States
* Sage Beckett - United States
* Kay Lee Ray - Scotland
* Tessa Blanchard - United States
* Toni Storm - Australia
* Marti Belle - Dominican Republic
* Lacey Evans - United States
* Santana Garrett - United States
* Nicole Savoy - United States
* Ayesha Raymond - England
* Reina Gonzalez - United States
* Shayna Baszler - United States
* Piper Niven - Scotland
* Zeda - China
* Rhea Ripley - Australia
* Kavita Devi - India
* Sarah Logan - United States
* Bianca Belair - United States
* Abbey Laith - United States
* Candice LeRae - United States
* Mia Yim - South Korea
* Miranda Salinas - United States
* Renee Michelle - United States
* Princesa Sugehit - Mexico
* Mercedes Martinez - United States
* Jazzy Gabert - Germany
* Taynara Conti - Brazil
* Kairi Sane - Japan

- Ronda Rousey At Mae Young Classic Tournament: Sources have said that former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey was in attendance during the first round tournament matches in the Mae Young Classic Tournament during taping.

- Nikki Bella Return: According to sources, there is a chance that we might see a Nikki Bella return soon. Nikki has reported that she would love to compete at WWE SummerSlam. Nikki retired after Wrestlemania 33 after suffering from returning neck problem issues.

** 205 Live Recap **
This week's main event saw Cedric Alexander battle Noam Dar in an I Quit Match.

- Backstage, Titus O'Neil promises Akira Tozawa that he'll get him a rematch for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Ariya Daivari interrupts and tells Tozawa his career is being mismanaged by Titus. Daivari dedicates his match to Iranian wrestler Hassan Yasdani.

- Akira Tozawa vs. Ariya Daivari: The match closes out with Neville knocking Tozawa off the top rope going for his senton finisher, DQ'ing Daivari.
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by DQ.

- After the match, Neville beats down Tozawa and tosses him into the barricade. Neville lands a kick and traps Tozawa in the Rings of Saturn submission.

- A video plays of Drew Gulak and he apologizes for jumping off the top rope two weeks ago breaking his No Fly Zone rule. Drew Gulak then challenges Mustafa Ali to a 2 Out of 3 Falls Match next week. 

- Rich Swann vs. Mario Connors: The match closes out with Swann taking control of the match and hitting the top rope Phoenix Splash for the pinfall.
Winner: Rich Swann, by pinfall.

- After the match, TJ Perkins tells Swann that he's not impressed with Swann's victory and he could've beaten Connors in half of the time that Swann did. Perkins challenges Connors and claims to be able to beat him in Swann's time, in under 3:49 seconds.

- TJ Perkins vs. Mario Connors: The match closes out with Connors countering the knee bar submission and getting a near fall rollup. Perkins hits the Detonation Kick on Connors and scores the pinfall in 28 seconds.
Winner: TJ Perkins, by pinfall.

- Brian Kendrick Promo: Brian Kendrick came out dressed as Jack Gallagher and mocks Gallagher's clothing and voice. Kendrick calls Gallagher a third rate William Regal and names a list of things that Kendrick had to do to get back to the WWE. Gallagher interrupts and informs Kendrick that he's been working hard in the UK since he was a teenager, Kendrick squandered his first run in WWE and should have looked at it as a pleasure. Kendrick and Gallagher begin brawling, with Kendrick grabbing Gallagher's umbrella and using it on him. WWE Officials hit the ring and finally separate both men.

- "I Quit Match": Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar: The match closes out with Alexander trapping Dar's hand in between a chair and stomping on it repeatedly. Dar at first refuses to quit, but eventually does as Alexander continues to stomp on the hand.
Winner: Cedric Alexander.

- After the match, Noam Dar stuns Alicia Fox by dumping her, stating he was never into her. Dar says he used Alicia and she's dumber than she looks. Dar says he doesn't need Alicia because he has women all over the world. Dar tells Alicia that she never meant anything to him. Dar walks out as Alicia is left in the ring crying to end the show.

*** NXT ***

- Bobby Fish's TV Debut: This past week on NXT, former ROH wrestler Bobby Fish officially made his NXT debut as he battled Aleister Black.

- Kyle O'Reilly Debuts: Former ROH World Heavyweight Champion Kyle O'Reilly made his official NXT debut during TV tapings this week. O'Reilly should be appearing sometime on NXT TV in July.

- Lei'D Tapa Debuts: Former TNA Knockout and TNA Gut Check winner Lei'D Tapa worked this week's NXT TV tapings in a match against Ember Moon.

- Thea Trinidad's NXT Name: Former TNA Knockout Thea Trinidad recently got a name change. Thea is now using the name Zolita Vega. She will be working as the valet for Andrade "Cien" Almas.

*** GFW ***

** GFW Impact Recap **
This week's main event saw GFW Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron team up with Bobby Lashley to battle LAX.

- While riding in the Parkmobile, Joseph Park tells Grado that he needs to marry a Knockout quick or else he'll be deported back to the UK.

- LAX Promo: Konnan announces Alberto El Patron as the newest member of LAX and El Patron comes to the ring. El Patron talks about his history with Konnan, but never once agreed to what they pulled last week. Konnan rips GFW and says everyone has always been against them because they're Mexican. Konnan tells El Patron to open his eyes, not listen to the higher ups or the fans and join LAX. El Patron refuses to join and says he doesn't need anyone's help. LAX suddenly jump El Patron and beat him down. Bobby Lashley hits the ring, destroys LAX and helps El Patron to his feet.

- A video from an ESPN interview with DeAngelo Williams is shown. Williams says his match at GFW Slammiversary was a one time thing and he has no interest in wrestling more at this time.

- "Super X Cup Tournament Match": ACH vs. Andrew Everett: The match closes out with Everett hitting a Pele Kick and then Mount Everett on ACH for the near fall. Everett misses a moonsault, but lands on his feet and eats a kick from ACH. ACH plants Everett with a brain buster and scores the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: ACH, by pinfall.

- Gail Kim Promo: Gail thanks all her friends, family and the GFW roster for the great memories. Gail officially announces that she will retire at the end of 2017, but promises to go out on top.

- Chris Adonis heads to the ring, but confronts Andy and Freddie from the Pop TV show Swole Mates who are in the crowd. Adonis dares them to step in the ring. Andy and Freddie knock over the barricade and head to the ring. All three men begin flexing at each other until Eli Drake hits the ring. GFW Officials hit the ring next and separate all four men.

- "International Mini's Match": Octagoncito vs. Demus: The match closes out with Octagoncito hitting a hurricanrana and a moonsault on Demus. Octagoncito then hits a snapping hurricanrana into a rollup for the pinfall.
Winner: Octagoncito, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Grado tries asking out the Knockouts, but gets shot down by all of them. Joseph Park tells Grado to not give up and gives him champagne and chocolates to give to the next knockout.

- "GFW Grand Championship Match": Moose (c) vs. Naomichi Marufuji: Ethan Carter comes out for commentary for this match. Round one goes to Moose 29-28. Round two goes to goes to Marufuji 29-28. The match closes out in Round three with Marufuji countering the Game Changer and unloads kicks on Moose. Ethan Carter grabs the Grand Championship and hits Marufuji with it, getting Moose DQ'ed on purpose.
Winner: Naomichi Marufuji, by DQ. Moose retains the GFW Grand Championship.

After the match, Moose chases EC3 backstage.

- At LAX's Hideout, Konnan wants LAX to send Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley a message. Konnan wants both men carried out of the arena on stretchers later tonight.

- Trevor Lee Promo: Lee still has the GFW X Division Championship he stole from Sonjay Dutt. Lee announces himself as the champion, says he's a fighting champion and runs down all the accomplishments his opponent has had in his career. Lee refuses to take off the title to wrestle and instead leaves it on.

- Trevor Lee vs. William Weeks: The match closes out with Sonjay Dutt being shown being held back by GFW Security as Lee hits his double foot stomp finisher on Weeks to score the pinfall.
Winner: Trevor Lee, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sonjay Dutt finally hits the ring and attacks Trevor Lee. Dutt tries to get his title back, but Lee escapes with it still in his possession.

- Laurel Van Ness vs. Ava Storie: The match closes out with both ladies brawling outside and then back into the ring. Laurel nails a hangman's DDT on Ava then follows up with a Curb Stomp for the pinfall.
Winner: Laurel Van Ness, by pinfall.

- After the match, Grado arrives with the champagne and chocolates. Grado flirts with Laurel and hits her with compliments on how she looks and how he feels about her. Laurel looks like she's about to agree to a date with Grado, when suddenly Kongo Kong hits the ring and chases off Grado.

- Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley vs. LAX: The match closes out with El Patron getting a near fall Backstabber. Lashley is in and delivers a spinebuster on Ortiz. El Patron and Lashley toss Ortiz outside and then hit an assisted double foot stomp together on Santana to score the pinfall.
Winners: Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley, by pinfall.

- After the match, Alberto El Patron and Bobby Lashley show respect towards each other and shake hands. Lashley starts to leave heading up the ramp, but El Patron suddenly gets jumped from behind inside the ring by LAX. El Patron gets beat down, laid out and the Mexican flag draped over his body by LAX as Lashley stayed on the stage and laughed at El Patron to end the show.

- Alberto El Patron Involved In Domestic Dispute: GFW announced this week that GFW World Heavyweight Champion Alberto El Patron was involved in a domestic violence dispute at the Orlando airport on Sunday. TMZ reports that Patron allegedly "roughed up a female companion", but didn't give the name of the female. Sources have said that his girlfriend Paige was with Patron and his family in Orlando this weekend. Witnesses reported to TMZ that Paige was with Alberto at the airport that same day of the incident. TMZ also noted that Patron and the woman were arguing in the terminal and cops were called once things escalated.

- Paige's Official Statement: Paige posted the following official statement about the airport incident with Alberto El Patron.

"Alberto didn't want me to say the full story because he didn't want people to know and I didn't want people to know that I threw a drink on him. But the full story is, I had a phone call saying my uncle is in a bad way. I'm crying outside the restaurant. I go in, alberto is hugging me. I'm a little sensitive and we start bickering about something so small. I say I'm leaving and he says something that I won't write on here but it wasn't nice and I, even though I shouldn't gave done it. I threw a drink in his face because I was so angry. Again. Shouldn't have done it. It was in front of a lot of people. I walk out. He follows me a few seconds later and gets the cops and security and a crazy lady decides to leave whatever she's doing to follow us and invade our privacy in the completely low way. Only low life people would do. Anyways. It was ME who was being held for battery charges because I threw a drink on him. No. he never touched me and no I never hit him with a glass 3 times like the internet in all their glory is making out. It's completely ridiculous how one story can spiral out of control. Oh and guess what internet. He smelt like beer BECAUSE I THREW A BEER ON HIM. Nothing more. Nothing less. No one got arrested. There's no mug shots. There's no charges. Nothing. The horrible, disgusting human being of lady decided she wanted to make money out of our misfortune. I wish, WISH people would give us the privacy we deserve. I know we won't get it. But I WISH that would happen."

- GFW Suspends Alberto El Patron: Jeff Jarrett announced this week that Alberto El Patron has been suspended indefinitely from GFW until his current issues with his Domestic Violence charge is resolved.

- Jeff Jarrett Announces Future Travel Dates For Pay Per Views: Jeff Jarrett announced this week that he's planning on using the GFW Slammiversary and GFW Bound For Glory pay per view's as an opportunity to travel to different arenas again to get GFW out there more. Jarrett also announced that he plans on adding a third pay per view to the promotion some time in 2018.


** ROH TV Recap **
This week's main event saw War Machine battle The Motor City Machine Guns in tag team action.

- ROH World Heavyweight Champion Cody Rhodes says he's upset that Christopher Daniels ruined his championship party last week. Cody announces he will have another party next week with Daniels banned from the arena this time.

- "Six Man Tag Team Match": Dalton Castle and The Boys vs. Flip Gordon and Coast To Coast: The match closes out with LSG in control of Castle. LSG attempts an aerial assault, but Castle catches LSG, hits the Bang A Rang and scores the pinfall.
Winners: Dalton Castle and The Boys, by pinfall.

- A video of Silas Young is shown stating that Jay Lethal won the match, but Young won the war as Young stood outside in front of the hospital that Lethal was taken too after Best In the World, courtesy of Silas Young.

- Matt Taven vs. Ultimo Guerrero: The match closes out with Taven escaping a Stretch Muffler submission, low blowing Guerrero and hitting the Climax for the pinfall.
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall.

- Backstage, Silas Young makes it clear that as long as he's in Ring of Honor, Jay Lethal will never be safe.

- War Machine vs. Motor City Machine Guns: The match closes out with The Guns hitting double thrust kicks on Rowe. The Guns then suicide dive on to Hanson outside. The Guns hit the Made In Detroit double team finisher and score the pinfall.
Winners: Motor City Machine Guns, by pinfall. 

- Kevin Kelly Leaving: This past week, ROH commentator Kevin Kelly announced that he will be leaving ROH so he can dedicate more time to New Japan Pro Wrestling.

*** Lucha Underground ***

** Lucha Underground TV Recap **
This week, round two of the Cueto Cup Tournament began.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament, Second Round Match": Taya vs. Jeremiah Crane: The match closes out with Sexy Star arriving and distracting Taya. Crane hits a kick and a Buckle Bomb on Taya for a near fall. Crane shuts down a Taya comeback and hits Cranial Contusion for the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Jeremiah Crane, by pinfall.

- After the match, Sexy Star reveals brass knuckles and nails Taya with them, laying her out.

- Backstage, Fenix and Aerostar talk about Drago turning on them. Fenix thinks Drago will come to his senses, but Aerostar doesn't think so.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Mil Muertes vs. Paul London: The match closes out The Rabbit Tribe trying to interfere to help London, but they get laid out. London hits two Shooting Star Presses on Muertes, but he still kicks out at two and a half. Muertes hits a spear and then the Flatliner on London to score the pinfall, to advance in the tournament.
Winner: Mil Muertes, by pinfall.

- After the match, Catrina gives London the Lick of Death.

- Somewhere in a bar, Texano meets Brenda. Brenda takes shots and says she's truthful when drunk. Brenda says Texano is boring, which forces Texano to break a bottle with his bare hand. Brenda calms Texano down and says he needs a woman's touch. Famous B is spotted in the background, plotting a trick on Texano.

- "The Cueto Cup Tournament Second Round Match": Marty The Moth Martinez vs. Fenix: Before the match, Marty brings out a lunch box and tries to force feed Mariposa. The match closes out with Mariposa trying to interfere with Marty's lunch box. Ring announcer Melissa Santos stops Mariposa, distracting Marty. Fenix hits a bridging cradle on Marty and scores the pinfall, to advance to the next round. 
Winner: Fenix, by pinfall. 

- After the match, Marty hits Fenix with his lunch box. Marty grabs a fork out of the lunch box and stabs Fenix in the head repeatedly. Mariposa makes Melissa Santos watch as Marty eats the skin and blood of Fenix and then tells Melissa that he loves her to end the show.

*** EVOLVE ***

** EVOLVE 88 **

- EVOLVE 88 was live in my current hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The main event of the show saw EVOLVE World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defend his title against former EVOLVE World Champion Timothy Thatcher.

- Jason Kincaid defeated Caleb Konley, by pinfall.

- ACH vs. Austin Theory was a no contest. ACH came out for the match and refused to fight because a man with his talent deserves to be farther up on the card. After ACH walked out, Ethan Case arrived and accepted the match with Austin Theory.

- Austin Theory defeated Ethan Case, by pinfall. Case was able to hit two Ace Crushers on Theory during the match, but couldn't put Theory away. Theory hits the TKO on Case and scores the pinfall.

- Keith Lee defeated Ethan Page, by pinfall. Page was unable to put Lee away with the RKEgo on the apron. Lee regained control and finished Page off with his finisher.

- After the match, Keith Lee called out Stokely Hathaway and Hot Sauce Tracy Williams. Williams arrives and he and Lee brawl throughout the arena. Lee grabs Hathaway and attempts to lay him out, however, Timothy Thatcher hits the ring and attacks Lee. Thatcher and Williams beat down Lee until Darby Allin hits the ring and makes the save, leading into Williams vs. Darby next.

- Hot Sauce Tracy Williams defeated Darby Allin, by submission. Williams worked over Allin's arm throughout the match which paid off as Williams made Allin tap out to the Crossface submission.

- Fred Yehi announced that his match for his #1 Contendership contract against Gabe was called off, due to Gabe having an elbow infection. Yehi issued an open challenge to anyone to face him in Gabe's place. ACH answers the challenge and demands the match right now.

- Fred Yehi defeated ACH, by submission. ACH misses the 450 Splash on Yehi, allowing Yehi to get the tap out win on ACH with the Koji Clutch submission.

- "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship Match": Anthony Henry and James Drake defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka (c), by pinfall, to win the EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship. Drake hit Dickinson with the Drill Bit to score the pinfall.

- "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Timothy Thatcher, by submission, to retain his title. Thatcher locked Sabre in an arm bar submission, but Sabre found a way to escape. Sabre catches Thatcher and traps him in the Octopus Stretch submission and gets the tap out win.

** EVOLVE 89 **

The main event of the show saw Zack Sabre Jr. defend his EVOLVE World Championship against Fred Yehi.

- Timothy Thatcher defeated Darby Allin, by pinfall, with a crucifix pin.

- ACH defeated Ethan Page, by pinfall, with a rollup pinfall.

- Jason Kincaid defeated Jon Davis, by pinfall, with the double foot stomp.

- Keith Lee vs. Hot Sauce Tracy Williams went to a no contest. Lee and Williams brawled all over the arena and eventually knocked out the referee. Lee and Williams continued brawling until the EVOLVE locker room emptied out and tried to separate both men.

- "EVOLVE World Tag Team Championship, Triple Threat Match": Anthony Henry and James Drake (c) defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka and Lance Lude and Rob Killjoy, by pinfall, to retain their titles. Drake hits a diving moonsault on Lude to score the pinfall.

- Austin Theory defeated Trent Baretta, by pinfall, with the TKO.

- "EVOLVE World Championship Match": Zack Sabre Jr. (c) defeated Fred Yehi, by pinfall, to retain his title, with the European Clutch Slam.

- Champions Profile: ANTHONY HENRY: Henry teamed up with James Drake at EVOLVE 88 this week and defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka to become the new EVOLVE World Tag Team Champions.

- Anthony Henry made his pro wrestling debut in 2002 and was trained by Sal Rinauro and Todd Sexton.

- Anthony Henry has competed in EVOLVE, FIP, CZW, NWA and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 1 Time APW World Tag Team Champion.
** 3 Time APW North Georgia Champion.
** 2 Time NWA Southern States Champion.
** 2 Time NWA North Georgia Champion. 
** 5 Time NWA Anarchy Young Lions Champion.
** 1 Time NWA Anarchy Tag Team Champion.
** 1 Time EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.

- PWI ranked Anthony Henry #484 in the PWI 500 of top male wrestlers of 2016.

- Champions Profile: JAMES DRAKE:

Drake teamed up with Anthony Henry at EVOLVE 88 this week and defeated Chris Dickinson and Jaka to become the new EVOLVE World Tag Team Champions.

- James Drake made his professional wrestling debut in 2010 over in the United Kingdom.

- James Drake has competed with EVOLVE and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** FSW Adrenaline Champion.
** FSW Tag Team Champion.
** GPW Heavyweight Champion.
** BWP Tag Team Champion.
** EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.

*** PWG ***

** Pushin' Forward Back Recap **
The main event of the show saw saw PWG World Champion Zack Sabre Jr. defend his title against Chuck Taylor.

- Sammy Guevara defeated Rey Horus, by pinfall, with a 630 Senton Splash.

- Michael Elgin and Brian Cage defeated The Young Bucks, by pinfall, after Elgin hit the Elgin Bomb on Matt Jackson.

- "Triple Threat Match": Keith Lee defeated Lio Rush and Trent, by pinfall, with an Attitude Adjustment into a slam.

- "Fatal Four Way Match": Dezmond Xavier defeated Dave Crist, Sami Callihan and Jake Crist, by pinfall, with the spiral tap on Dave.

- Ricochet defeated Trevor Lee, by pinfall, with the Benadryller.

- "PWG World Championship Match": Chuck Taylor defeated Zack Sabre Jr. (c), by pinfall, with the Awful Waffle, to win the title.

** Champions Profile: CHUCK TAYLOR

Chuck Taylor defeated Zack Sabre Jr. at PWG Pushin' Forward Back to become the new PWG World Champion.

- Chuck Taylor made his professional wrestling debut in 2002 and was trained by Brandon Walker. Taylor is currently an assistant trainer at The Wrestle Factory.

- Chuck Taylor has worked for CHIKARA, ROH, CZW, EVOLVE, PWG and other Indy Promotions.

- Top Titles Won:
** 2 Time CPW Global Champion.
** 2 Time CHIKARA Campeonatos de Parejas.
** 1 Time CZW Junior Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time DDT Pro-Wrestling
Ironman Heavymetalweight Champion.
** 1 Time EVOLVE World Tag Team Champion.
** 2 Time IWA Mid-South Heavyweight Champion.
** 2 Time IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time IWA Mid-South Women's Champion.
** 1 Time IPW Junior Heavyweight Champion.
** 1 Time OSW Cruiserweight Champion.
** 1 Time PWG World Champion.
** 1 Time USWO World Tag Team Champion.

- PWI ranked Taylor #127 of the 500 best singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2012.

And that's this week's W3C! Join me every Sunday afternoon as I bring you news, recaps and rumors all around the wrestling world!

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