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    This Or That (8/6/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Who has had more great matches in WWE?

    Brock Lesnar – 67%, Undertaker – 33%

    More unlikeable on-screen couple?

    Dolph Ziggler and Lana – 88%, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H – 12%

    Which show will be better?

    Ultima Lucha – 76%, NXT TakeOver Brooklyn – 24%

    Which is better?

    Peanut butter – 58%, Jelly – 42%

    Who needs a win more at Summerslam: Brock Lesnar or Seth Rollins?

    Summerslam.

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    Tim:

    I’d prefer both of these people win their matches at Summerslam but Seth Rollins can take the loss and eventually bounce back. His character needs to evolve some anyway. Being the dominant beast who beat the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak is such a huge part of Lesnar’s character that that having The Undertaker get his win back from Brock Lesnar would be such a huge goof-up.

    I always thought the big conclusion to Lesnar’s WWE run would be a young star making his name by being the one who brought down the man who broke the streak and ran roughshod over everyone he faced afterwards. Wasting this potential moment on The Undertaker seems nearsighted and dull. The Undertaker doesn’t need the win and the match won’t be anything to talk about. You’re killing the very special momentum of one of your biggest attractions for nothing.

    Brock Lesnar

    Joey:

    While it would be damaging to Seth Rollins if he loses multiple times to John Cena and has his title reign end at Summerslam, I think Brock Lesnar needs the win more. If Rollins loses the match and the title, what really changes for him? Regardless, he will be the #1 heel in the company. If Lesnar loses, part of the magic of his rare appearances will be gone. It started when he defeated Undertaker and it would end if he loses back. Brock is the coolest thing WWE has had in years and you can’t sacrifice ruining that in this scenario.

    Brock Lesnar

    Tom:

    I’d like to play the contrarian here but Brock losing to old man Undertaker would be a colossal bummer. Seth’s run so far has already had a fair amount of nonsense so I don’t think a Cena loss is going to hurt him too badly, though obviously it’d be nice if he retains. However, if Brock loses to your dad… man, that’ll look pretty ridiculous for everyone.

    Brock Lesnar

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    This Or That (7/30/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Who do you side with in their podcast wars?

    Steve Austin – 74%, Roddy Piper – 26%

    Better WWE reality show?

    Tough Talk – 61%, Total Divas – 39%

    Better Hulk Hogan Funko Pop? (Well, this is awkward!)

    Hollywood nWo – 71%, Hulkamania – 29%

    Better Fast and the Furious star?

    Vin Diesel – 80%, Tyrese – 20%

    Who has had more great matches in WWE: Undertaker or Brock Lesnar?

    Has ‘Taker’s long run or Brock’s short run produced more great matches?

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    Tim:

    There are way less Undertaker matches that I like than Brock Lesnar matches. The few matches that I think are classics are on a whole other level though and I don’t think Lesnar’s best matches can even be compared to those Undertaker matches. I do think Lesnar has had more high-caliber matches though. A lot of Undertaker’s catalogue is pretty boring. When Brock wrestles it is special and almost always hits a memorable level.

    Brock Lesnar

    Joey:

    Despite Undertaker having literally hundreds of more matches, I strongly believe Brock Lesnar has had more great ones. In his first run, I recall many classics vs. Kurt Angle, The Rock, Undertaker himself, Eddie Guerrero and others. In his recent run, he probably has another 5-7 truly GREAT matches. Sure, it seems like ‘Taker would have more but really remember the style of matches he used to have before the Wrestlemania streak became a big deal in the mid 2000s and how disappointing a lot of his non-WM matches were. Give me Brock’s library over the Deadman’s.

    Brock Lesnar

    Tom:

    When I got back into wrestling, it was probably the worst time to be re-exposed to The Undertaker – it was a few months after Wrestlemania XV and his matches were mostly a chore. Also, to a 14 year old, he just seemed like an older, less interesting Kane (which seems crazy to say now, but back off trolls, Kane was GOOD AS FUCK back then).

    This continued for… god, a solid three or four years, maybe? It was only around 2001/02 that he seemed to get back into the swing of things and started having some memorable matches. Realistically though, I think all his truly great matches were from feuds with Bret and Shawn around ’97 and then the latter half of The Streak – the rest of it is predominantly shuffling around with The Great Khali and that. His great matches could be REALLY fucking great though.

    So, even though Brock is my favourite guy to watch currently and his (admittedly smaller) catalogue of matches is of a much higher overall quality, I still don’t think he’s had as many great ones as ‘Taker. Hopefully he’ll get there though! Never leave, Brock.

    The Undertaker

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    This Or That (7/9/2015)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    More likely to leave Summerslam as WWE Champ?

    Seth Rollins – 76%, Roman Reigns – 24%

    Which WWE reality show is better?

    Swerved – 73%, Tough Enough – 27%

    Better tag team?

    Best Friends – 68%, RPG Vice– 32%

    Which summer movie will be worse?

    Pixels – 78%, Fantastic Four – 22%

    Better choice for Wrestler of the Year: John Cena or Roderick Strong?

    Who is the Wrestler of the Half Year?

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    Tim:

    I’ve always been on the Roddy train but for the last couple of years he hasn’t delivering like we knew he could. This year has been awesome seeing him raise the bar. I can’t possibly say anyone is having the year Cena is having though. Week after week his US Open Challenge matches are the reason to watch Raw and then add the Owens feud to that and it cements his spot at the top of 2015 so far. I do wish he would talk less or talk like a normal person sometimes…

    John Cena

    Joey:

    John Cena is definitely the better choice. Cena has been having superb matches on a weekly basis ever since winning the United States Championship and his matches often create a “Wrestlemania atmosphere” in having fans feel like its must see. Roderick Strong has been killing it but some of his PWG matches have been boring to a high level. Cena also was in my favorite match of the year vs. Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar so the WOTY iiiiiiiiis here.

    John Cena

    Tom:

    I’m still not entirely onboard with the Roddy renaissance – he’s been very good (and he was fantastic when I saw him live at the PROGRESS Super Strong Style 16 tournament) but I haven’t seen enough of his truly great matches to consider him even in the same bracket as John Cena, who’s had some of the greatest matches of his career in the span of the last 6 months or so. It’s been really refreshing to see him compete with a more varied group of guys during his tenure as US Champ, and I hope it continues!

    John Cena

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    Dirt Sheet History: October 2008

    Take a trip back to a memorable timeline in sports entertainment with the most important stories reported as fact in the journalistic world of pro wrestling dirt sheets.

    Following the timeline of the last Dirt Sheet History looking back at September 2008, we get a glimpse into the top scoops from October of 2008 as we read Dirt Sheet History.

    Reminder that you can find all past editions of Dirt Sheet History looking at 2004 through 2007 right here. Now enjoy October 2008.

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    10/1/2008

    * Undertaker was noticeably limping in the ring during certain spots in his matches on the overseas tour last week as one of his knees is bothering him. Taker had arthroscopic surgery during his time off and his knee was in worse shape than first thought. Additionally, he’s in the beginning stages of arthritis.

    Following surgery, the expectation was that he’d be ready to return for good at his Hell in a Cell match with Edge at SummerSlam, but he took a few more weeks off from doing anything physical. Despite the lingering injury, he’s still being booked on house shows in tag matches and his TV taping dark matches are usually kept short. It’s been noted that he’s often in tremendous pain backstage, but never complains about it and usually doesn’t show it in the ring.

    10/2/2008

    * WWE found out that a woman who works for their company was dating Ric Flair from a video that recently surfaced on TMZ.com. The woman had lots of heat on her within the company for dating a wrestler that is no long affiliated WWE, or rather, one that left on bad terms.

    Some people in WWE were upset that Flair decided to bolt after being pushed as the focal point of WrestleMania and building so much nostalgia marketing around him (Ric Flair month on WWE 24/7, the Ric Flair DVD, the Starrcade DVD, WWE 24/7 Online). In some people’s eyes in WWE, you’re either with them or against them and anything less than 100% loyalty is disloyalty.

    10/3/2008

    * A fan in attendance at last Monday’s WWE Raw taping in Minneapolis was ejected for holding up a sign that read “Butt Clown.” This was the same person we reported about last week who brought signs such as “Urine Sample Please” (during Batista‘s match), “Make It Look Real,” and “Kick his ass, Sea Bass.” Security warned the fan that be kicked out if he kept holding up controversial signs. He also held up “Cup Check That Chick” during a Beth Phoenix segment, but the “Butt Clown” sign was the straw that broke the camel’s back in getting ejected by security.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Week

    We are here to show the world how to name The Sexy Wrestler of The Week!

    The votes have been counted so hard. I counted the votes like I have never counted before. I kicked out my roommate and decided it was time I got serious about this. I counted every vote four times to make sure this was all done right so here we are. LET’S DO THIS.

    SWOTWDolph

    Dolph Ziggler is The Sexy Wrestler of The Week. He is no stranger to this prize. He has climbed the ladder to your hearts before and this proves he is still within us all. Speaking of ladders, Dolph Ziggler will be in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania. He has had quite the history with ladders. We should take a quick look.

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    Dolph Ziggler has cut promos atop ladders. Bravery.

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    Dolph Ziggler has won Money In The Bank by climbing a ladder. Power.

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    Dolph Ziggler has won the Intercontinental Championship in a ladder match. Persistence.

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    Dolph Ziggler has carried an open ladder on his head during his entrance. Balance.

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    Plus, he has a pretty sweet French braid. That is a French braid, right? I’m pretty sure it is. He may be awful at Twitter but he sure is a great pick for this week. Good job to all of you. I’m proud to be apart of this momentous occasion.

    This Or That (9/16/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlargh will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Which wrestler are you more excited to see return from time off?

    Daniel Bryan  – 82%, Dean Ambrose – 18%

    Which TNA free agent would you rather see return to WWE?

    Kurt Angle – 76%, Bully Ray – 24%

    Cooler Young Bucks move?

    More Bang For Your Buck – 59%, Meltzer Driver – 41%

    Better fall clothing item?

    Hoodie – 91%, Scarf – 9%

    Who will have more WWE World Heavyweight title reigns in 2015: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins COMBINED or Roman Reigns?

    Is the future The Roman Empire or do the other Shield members have a chance to pass Reigns?

    shield

    Tim:

    As much as I like to hope WWE won’t stay the course with Reigns, I really think they are going to stick to it. Reigns will win the title at Wrestlemania 30 and hold the belt once or twice throughout the course of 2015. I am willing to bet that Rollins and Ambrose will never once hold the gold in 2015. My faith in WWE creative may be at or near an all-time low recently. Hell, we may even get a Big Show or Kane feud against Reigns. Exciting times ahead…

    Roman Reigns

    Joey:

    My expectations are for plans to stay in motion and Roman Reigns will defeat Brock Lesnar to win the title at Wrestlemania. Rollins will try to cash in right after the match as his sell being that he wants “the Wrestlemania moment” over his ex partner but Roman will also defeat him to start his reign. (Pun intended.)

    If anyone beats Reigns eventually afterwards, it will probably be Cena or Bryan. Those three and Brock are the four that will be title holders in 2015 as I see Ambrose moving down the card a little after his feud with Rollins ends and the same happening to Rollins eventually though both will have big roles. Sorry, Ambrosebuds. It’s sadly The Roman Empire in 2015.

    Roman Reigns

    Tom:

    It’s really tough to imagine Reigns being given a long run as champ. If I had to guess, I think he’ll have it from around Wrestlemania to Summerslam, at which point the crowd will have turned on him to the point that he’ll drop it to Daniel Bryan (assuming he’s healthy), and then maybe we’ll get Bryan feuding with Rollins and Ambrose to make post-Summerslam WWE worth a damn for once. This is all dumb fantasy booking though, so shut the fuck up, Tom.

    I dunno, man. It seems inevitable that Rollins will get a run once he cashes in the briefcase, but I really can’t picture him holding it for long or Ambrose being the one to take it from him. I’m desperately trying to find a way to say Rollins and Ambrose here! It seems unlikely, but you know what? I’m just gonna DARE TO DREAM TO BELIEVE that those precious darlings will find a way to overcome The Roman Empire.

    Rollins and Ambrose

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    This Or That (5/13/2014)

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over four questions, @TimWelcomed, @JoeySplashwater and @TomBlackett will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation!

    Before we start, here’s last week‘s results:

    Which continuing feud do you dislike more?

    Daniel Bryan vs. Kane – 80%, John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt – 20%

    Which English champion loses their title first?

    Tie! Bad News Barrett – 50%, Paige– 50%

    Bigger bust?

    Sin Cara’s WWE career – 68%, Batista’s Return – 32%

    Better source of cartoons in your lifetime?

    Cartoon Network – 53%, Nickelodeon – 47%

    More likely to be the next WWE World Champ: John Cena or the field (anyone else)?

    Who seems more likely to be the next champ with the recent turn of events regarding Daniel Bryan?

    cena-vs-field

    Tim:

    I would love to see someone else get it that isn’t Cena, Orton, Miz (lol), or Ryback (lolol) for a little while but I guess I can’t really go against Cena getting it. It’s just how things have been and will be until he decides to hang it up. So, yeah… Cena.

    John Cena

    Joey:

    The Daniel Bryan injury is huge if he’s out for a while and for that reason, I think WWE will go for stability in having Cena winning the title as he is old reliable. Looking at the roster, no one is really in the position to be champ. The close calls are Bray Wyatt, Cesaro and Roman Reigns but none of them are in the place WWE wants them to be when winning the big one for the first time but would make a good surprise.

    Triple H and Brock Lesnar are also possible for the short term but of all those names, Cena is the only one that seems fairly realistic. This is all of course if Bryan actually has to drop the title. If he doesn’t, I still expected Cena to be the one to take the belt off of Bryan at Summerslam leading to a Brock Lesnar vs. Cena Wrestlemania 31 main event.

    John Cena

    Tom:

    Man. I mean, I really can’t imagine who else it could be. There’s still plenty of juice in a Bryan/Cena feud that they could take advantage of by having it go back on Cena, and I also get the feeling that the WWE is close to going into panic mode, which generally involves Cena getting the belt back. It’d be cool if it was someone COMPLETELY new and different, but I really don’t see that happening.

    John Cena

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    Seven Things: 7 Wrestling Trades

    Welcome to Seven Things, a list that will run weekly and consist of very eclectic topics. These are of my opinions and doesn’t express the views of others on WrestlingOnEarth.

    One of the most interesting concepts in sports is trades. The ability to see athletes switch teams when both parties believe they are better from swapping players. Always a curiosity of mine, I frequently imagine a world where wrestling promotions make trades of talent.

    In the past, we’ve seen an unofficial trade of “one night only” appearances by WWE and TNA. Ric Flair was allowed to appear at the WWE Hall of Fame despite being a member of the TNA roster and WWE active star Christian Cage appeared on a TNA PPV to cut a promo & introduce a highlight video package that celebrated TNA’s anniversary on the apropos named event Slammiversary.

    That “trade” did not work out so well as Flair didn’t live up to his word to TNA (Ric Flair being unprofessional? Who knew?!) and certain parties being unhappy (TNA getting embarrassed? Who knew?!?! x 2) so obviously trades would realistically be problematic. Given money, contracts and many more factors, there is a sea of reasons that will prevent it from ever happening but it’s quite the fun topic to discuss. The criteria for these trades are simple. Sometimes wrestlers get stale or have been in a company so long, sometimes they just are not being used well, sometimes they seem to be a better fit to another company.

    The top 7 trades should be based off some of these, if not all. Without further ado, here are my 7 Wrestling Trades in today’s wrestling climate.

    Reminder: If you have any suggestions for future lists, feel free to share them in the comments or send them to me on Twitter: @typicalROHfan.

    7. Jeff Hardy (to WWE) for Batista (to TNA)

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    While it may only be two months in, I think even the most diehard WWE supporters can admit the Dave Batista return did not work out the way WWE intended. Brought back as a face meant to spark Wrestlemania and somewhat fill the void of what The Rock has brought to the road to Wrestlemania last few years, Batista was greeted with utter disdain by the WWE faithful. A mix of liking their babyface stars at the time more than him, WWE severely overrating the legacy of Batista and just poor booking led to Batista having to turn heel and basically be a 2nd tier player in his own Wrestlemania program.

    Meanwhile, Jeff Hardy is in TNA. As Willow. It doesn’t take much to put 2+2 together and see that Jeff is behind this idea. TNA’s last “legacy” asset, Hardy sells more tix than anyone else on their roster, a facet that TNA is struggling with. Without being able to offer as many things as WWE, TNA’s biggest pro would be to offer Hardy some creative respect and allow him to do something like Willow. The problem? Willow is crazy. And not good crazy.

    Flipping these two would improve both of their uses. Hardy still can go when motivated and I believe fans would gravitate towards him more than Batista. For all his faults, Hardy is still a likeable dude and Batista still seems like the biggest douchebag on the planet. Batista just doesn’t fit well in today’s WWE and strange to say, would be better off working his style in TNA. Plus the Guardians of the Galaxy buzz is doubtful to be a big help to WWE as you can barely tell it’s even him in that movie. A promotion like TNA is more starved for the promoting that would be minimal in a WWE bubble but massive for TNA.

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    Sexy Wrestler of The Year

    Welcome to the grandest event in the history of pro wrestling.

    You voted and we, being the lovers of democracy that we are, listened. We are gathered here to name out first ever Sexy Wrestler of The Year. Not The Sexy Wrestler of The Week, not The Sexy Wrestler of The Month, and definitely not The Sexy Wrestler of The Season. This is going to change the world and we hope that you are ready for it.

    Let’s count down the participants and their votes!

    Roderick Strong
    1 vote / 2%

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    This Or That: 11/04/2013

    Everybody loves binary decisions, especially wrestling fans! In This Or That, we’ve forced ourselves to choose between two options that relate to wrestling.

    Over five questions, @TimWelcomed@typicalROHfan and @TomBlackett will have to choose one of two options and give their reasoning on each of their choices. You can then vote on which one you’d choose, giving you the false impression that you’re somehow involved and we care about your opinion chance to join the conversation! #BRANDING

    More likely to get a singles match at Wrestlemania 30: Dolph Ziggler or Hulk Hogan?

    Despite being in his physical prime, Ziggler’s mostly been buried on the undercard after a (very) brief World Heavyweight Title run. Meanwhile, while The Hulkster might be barely able to move, he’s still making noise about a WWE return. Who is more likely to get a singles match at Wrestlemania 30?

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    Tim:

    I will put a little faith out there and say that Dolph Ziggler will, at the most, be on the Wrestlemania pre-show. Hogan, however, will most likely be on the main card in some capacity. I’ll even say he’s more likely to wrestle a match on the main card than Dolph Ziggler.

    Best case scenario, I’m completely wrong and Hogan will just be a special guest referee that calls it down the middle in the rumored title unification match and Ziggler will have a match against someone worthwhile. This is way better.

    Hulk Hogan

    typicalROHfan:

    Fans discussing wrestling online tend to confuse the term “buried” with “the wrestler I like lost a match” often but when it comes to Dolph Ziggler, this instance DOES seem like a case of someone being buried. Based off the way they’ve booked him even when he was being pushed vs. Cena in early 2013, Ziggler just never seemed to be a guy WWE believes in. One month in, newcomer Big E. Langston was presented as being of equal stature of Ziggler. That said a lot to me about WWE’s outlook of what Ziggler is.

    On the the other end, this is Wrestlemania 30 so the show has to be even more special than usual. There’s no doubt in my mind WWE wants Hogan on the show in some capacity. I think the safe bet is he beats up some heels in a non match setting making the save for someone shades of Wrestlemania 21 but if I had to pick one of the two, I’d think Hulk Hogan is much more likely to get a singles match than Ziggler.

    I do think Ziggler will be in a multi-person match or on the pre-show but can’t see him getting a singles angle going into Wrestlemania at all.

    Hulk Hogan

    Tom:

    Yeah, short of Ziggler getting a complete reboot or saving a member of the McMahon-Levesque clan from some kind of a natural disaster, I can’t imagine he’ll be in anything other than the multi-man tag match at Wrestlemania.

    Hogan’s a trickier one. It seems like a safe assumption that he wants back with the WWE, and I’m sure WWE would want to have him involved to (if the price is right). I’m not sure if he’s capable of having a match, but…. well, that’s probably not enough to stop him from trying. I assume his opponent would end up being someone like Heath Slater, picking up from where he left off from Raw 1,000 and continuing his streak of jobbing to legends.

    You never know though, given Ziggler’s current career trajectory, it could be him that goes down to the big boot in two and a half minutes at ‘Mania, rendering this question completely pointless!

    Hulk Hogan

    Who is more likely to get a singles match at Wrestlemania 30?

    • Dolph Ziggler (59%, 17 Votes)
    • Hulk Hogan (41%, 12 Votes)

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