November 25, 2008
WWE: Viva La Raza – The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero – Disc Two
Chris Jericho – Latino Heat: Jericho did what he couldn’t do with Chyna and that’s make their relationship entertaining. He remembers a story about Eddie taking a water bottle cap and making a monocle out of it. No reason to it, but Jericho loves that memory because he feels it sums up the spirit of who Eddie Guerrero really was.
WWF European Champion Chris Jericho (w/Chyna) vs. Eddie Guerrero – (WWF Raw is War – 4/3/2000)
This is the night after WrestleMania 2000 where Jericho won the European title. Eddie’s still a member of the Radicalz group and is about to break away and transform into the Latino Heat character. Guerrero’s on the stick during his entrance. Chyna wants some Latino Heat! “I mean, last night at WrestleMania, you were coming out of your pants just at the sight of me.” Yeah, her pants ripped. Anyways, Eddie’s here to make all his ancestors from Spain proud by winning the European title. Slugfest to start, but Eddie quickly gets launched off into the corner and then launched into the air! Guerrero sunset flips out of a powerbomb and catches Jericho with a clothesline. He takes a second to pose for Chyna – trying to be all seductive. Eddie grabs a sleeper, but Jericho escapes with a back suplex. To the floor they go as the camera cuts away to what appears to be Stephanie McMahon’s dressing room (?). They go back to live action REAL quick (somebody fell back on a lever perhaps?). Eddie’s running away from Jericho’s chops and then turns around to poke Jericho in the eyes. Back in, Eddie hits a Brainbuster, winks at Chyna, and heads up top for the FROG SPLASH. Jericho moves and Eddie rolls through, but runs into a powerslam. Jericho gets the running face slam for two. Eddie takes a drop toehold into the ref which puts Tim White on the floor. Double Powerbomb by Jericho! LIONSAULT connects! No ref. Chyna goes over to check on the ref. Since he’s out of it, she crawls in the ring and counts 1-2-3. Uhh, that doesn’t count. Chyna raises Jericho’s arm in victory…and then pulls him in for a DDT! Eddie covers as Chyna throws Time White in the ring to count 1-2-3. (5:38) We’ve got a NEW European champion. Thus begins the Latino Heat era for Eddie Guerrero. More angle importance than anything that went on in the five minutes before Chyna turned on Jericho. **
Matt Hardy – Master of Psychology: Eddie was brilliant at improvisation by working off the crowd. Hardy felt it was an honor being in the ring with Eddie Guerrero.
WWF European Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Matt Hardy – King of the Ring Qualifying Match – (WWF Smackdown! – 6/8/2000)
Feeling-out process to start. Eddie tries a flying mare to escape a hammerlock, but Hardy rolls through that and still has hold of the hammerlock. Cool stuff. Hardy snaps off a Japanese armdrag and a tilt-a-whirl side slam. Matt kind of botches hoisting Eddie up in the air. TWIST OF FATE is countered into a backslide for two. Eddie delivers a hurracanrana into a pin which triggers a nice rollup sequence. Eddie stops all that with a reverse neckbreaker and heads up top, but gets caught and taken down to the mat with a superplex. Slow cover by Matt gets two. Eddie pops up with a release Northern Lights suplex and goes to the top again for the FROG SPLASH. Matt moves away and Eddie rolls through. He charges at Matt and gets launched and lands face-first onto the top turnbuckle. Matt runs into an elbow and receives a twisting hurracanrana into a pin for 1-2-3. (4:09) Fun fast-paced action. Eddie advances to meet Chyna and BEATS her, but winds up losing to Val Venis at the King of the Ring PPV. **¼
Jerry “The King” Lawler – Frogsplash: Lawler remembers wrestling Eddie’s brother Hector (not his uncle, Jerry) back in his Memphis days. When he saw Eddie Guerrero come down the aisle, it was seeing a mirror image of Hector. He just thought Eddie was such a great showman. He hypes the Backlash match by calling it a work of art and the battle of the frog splashes. It was a memorable match that he’ll never forget.
WWF Intercontinental Champion Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero – (WWF Backlash – 4/21/2002)
It’s Intercontinental title time! RVD controls to start with a barrage of punches and a monkey flip. Spin kick gets two, but Eddie stops another kick with a leg whip. Eddie avoids the back flip into a shoulderblock and kicks RVD down in the corner. RVD comes back with kicks of his own and a standing moonsault gets two. Jackhammer by RVD gets two. RVD attempts the FIVE-STAR FROG SPLASH way too early and gets crotched for a possible superplex, but RVD takes Eddie with him and drops his throat across the top rope. Flying Martial Arts Kick knocks Eddie down to set up the cartwheel into the moonsault for two. Eddie refuses to take a suplex and instead gets kicked out to the floor. RVD follows him out with a moonsault press off the apron. That just looked ugly. RVD drapes Eddie on the barricade for the spin kick from the apron. Back in, RVD covers for two. Rolling Thunder hits knees and begins Eddie’s breakdown of RVD’s lower back. Tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a back suplex gets two. Eddie applies a surfboard stretch on RVD and then cranks back on an inverted facelock. The crowd gets RVD going as he punches out of that. Eddie doesn’t let that take him off his game plan and puts RVD in a Gory Special. RVD flips out into a rollup, but then Guerrero levels him with a clothesline. Running dropkick and a Hilo earns a nearfall for Eddie. Guerrero follows up with the run up the ropes rana for 1-2-NO! Brainbuster followed by a back suplex gets another nearfall. Eddie gets crotched up top, but smashes RVD’s face into the top turnbuckle for the Sunset Flip Powerbomb for 1-2-NO! RVD comes back with the step over heel kick that puts Eddie on the floor. He grabs the IC belt and goes to crack RVD’s skull with it, but RVD kicks Eddie and rips the belt away from him only to swing back and hit the ref Tim White by accident. Reverse Neckbreaker on the belt by Eddie! He disposes of the belt, heads up top, and gives RVD the FROG SPLASH! Cover, 1-2-3. (11:44) A little sloppy at times, but overall a good match. They would do much better in the upcoming weeks. ***¼
Jeff Hardy – The Perfect Wrestler: He considers Eddie a role model, but being able to work with him was amazing. Eddie could do everything in the ring and that’s what makes the perfect wrestler. He could go out there and have a good match every night because he was just that good.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Jeff Hardy – (WWE Raw – 4/29/2002)
Jeff is still tagging with his brother at this point, but looking to start his singles run pretty soon. Jeff unloads with a bunch of armdrags to start. Eddie fires back, but runs into a neckbreaker clothesline for two. JR hypes a Hogan/Regal match for the Raw main event. That just sounds so odd. Headscissors out of the corner by Hardy puts Guerrero on the floor. Eddie tries to cheapshot him, but Jeff turns around just in time…to take a dropkick to the knee! BWAH HAHAHA! Eddie dishes out some European forearms in the corner and then hits a running dropkick. He follows up with a back suplex to set up a Hilo, but Jeff moves and trips him up for the double legdrop into a pin for two. Eddie gets caught up top after a Brainbuster and taken down with a superplex. Jeff is too hurt to cover, but manages a sitout jawbreaker. Hardy delivers the double legdrop to the groin and takes to the top turnbuckle, but gets caught. He shoves off a superplex and sends Eddie ROLLING to the other side of the ring. Crazy! Jeff tries a SWANTON on a charging Eddie Guerrero (??). He pops up and runs past Eddie for a Whisper in the Wind that hits both Eddie and ref Charles Robinson. Cover, but no ref. Eddie knocks Jeff down and grabs the IC belt. Hardy kicks Eddie back down on the floor, but leaps out into a belt shot to the face. Eddie rolls Jeff into the ring and connects with the FROG SPLASH for the win. (6:50) Another good little match. I’m guessing this is here to show Eddie against WWE’s top stars today? **½
Edge – The Conclusion: Edge loved his series of matches with Eddie during this time period. He calls the no holds barred match one of his favorite matches of his career and for good reason – it’s an incredible match. Edge recalls Eddie receiving a standing ovation even though he was the antagonist which is really rare, but because of what he went through in that match, you can’t help but acknowledge the greatness.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Edge – No-DQ Match – (WWE Smackdown! – 9/26/2002)
The Eddie/Edge feud just kept getting better and better with matches at SummerSlam and Unforgiven, but here they had the ultimate opportunity to outshine those two other great matches. I remember this being one of the all-time best episodes of Smackdown too. Not only did it have this match, but also the Benoit/Angle/Rey triple-threat match in the main event. Edge monkey flips Eddie, but gets backed into the corner as Eddie takes over. Eddie uses the ropes to cover Edge after a hotshot. He can, because it’s NO HOLDS BARRED! Eddie enziguris out of an armbar and hits a suplex for two. Edge elbows out of a chinlock and hits a powerslam. Eddie meets him at the top and gives him a superplex! Slow cover, 1-2-NO! Eddie tries to rana Edge, but he’s caught up on his shoulders and dropped down throat-first on the ropes. Clothesline puts Eddie out on the floor. Edge follows him out and whips out a ladder from underneath the ring. This is NO HOLDS BARRED! He tries to ram Eddie with it, but Eddie ducks and the ref gets creamed. That’s what the ref gets for being out on the floor. Eddie grabs a chair and smacks Edge in the back with it. Back in, he brings the chair with him to beat on Edge’s ribs. Eddie’s feelin’ froggy, but Edge moves out of the way as we go to commercial. During the break, Edge got a nearfall after a spear as a new ref ran down to count. After the break, Eddie controls with a sleeper. Edge breaks loose and hits a half-nelson bulldog for two. Edge heads up to the middle rope, but Eddie ranas him down for two. Eddie walks the ropes and tries to spring off for another rana, but Edge counters with a powerbomb. Edge brings the ladder into the ring and Eddie dropkicks it back in his face. Now Eddie brings a second ladder into the ring and ladder sandwiches Edge for a Hilo! Both guys obviously hurting – Eddie takes too long to cover and only gets two. Eddie sets up a ladder in the corner and looks to FROG SPLASH Edge off it, but Edge meets him at the top. Eddie starts slamming Edge’s face into the top of ladder and then delivers a SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Another slow cover gets 1-2-NO! Eddie props Edge onto the ladder in the corner and charges, but Edge backdrops him into the ladder! Edge sets up the other ladder in the corner and climbs up, but Eddie meets him at the top again. Edge slugs at Eddie and slams his face on the top of the ladder before giving Eddie an EDGECUTION OFF THE LADDER! Cover, 1-2-3! (16:44) Holy crap. How can you not love this match? ****¼
Chavo Guerrero – Los Guerreros: Definitely a highlight of Chavo’s career, inside and out of the ring. After the Lie Cheat and Steal vignettes, everybody fell in love with their characters.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Angle vs. Los Guerreros – (WWE Backlash – 4/27/2003)
Team Angle (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) have a portrait of Kurt Angle to show just how far they are willing to go to dedicate this match to their hero since he’s out of action with an injured neck. I like it, I like it. Eddie outclasses Haas on the mat to start. The crowd chants for “Eddie” so he tries to get them excited for “Chavo” and tags him in. Tag to Benjamin on the other side. Lots of okay mat stuff leads to another stalemate. Los Guerreros work the arm until Chavo runs into a knee from the apron. Somebody’s been watching Hart Foundation matches! Eddie returns the favor to Benjamin. Although they are the babyfaces, Eddie draws Haas in so Chavo can choke Benjamin in the corner with the tag rope. And now for more heelish activities, Chavo throws Benjamin out to the floor for Eddie to romp and stomp him. Back in, Chavo gets a two off a back suplex. Tag to Eddie, he delivers a Hilo for another two-count. Eddie lets Benjamin tag Haas, but Haas gets the better of Eddie with a backdrop and then kicks him back into his corner so that Benjamin can now choke Eddie with the tag rope. Now Benjamin fake tags Haas and tosses him to the floor for Haas to do some damage. Back in, Team Angle delivers the Leapfrog Backbreaker for 1-2-NO! Haas grabs a chinlock, but Eddie escapes with a back suplex. He dives at Chavo for a tag, but Haas cuts him off and slams him back down for two. Team Angle switches and Benjamin grabs another chinlock. Eddie comes out with a jawbreaker, but another tag is cut off. T-BONE SUPLEX by Benjamin gets 1-2-NO! Back to the chinlock. Eddie doesn’t escape this time and he’s stuck in the wrong part of town. Tag to Haas, he applies a backbreaker. Eddie starts to knee his way out and snaps off a headscissors. Eddie dives again and this time Haas can’t catch him! HOT TAG TO CHAVO! Dropkicks and backdrops for the bad guys! Brainbuster gets two on Haas, but then Shelton catches Chavo with a powerbomb! Here comes Eddie off the top with a Missile Dropkick to Benjamin. Three Amigos from Eddie to Haas! Chavo covers for 1-2-NO! After a dropkick from Chavo, Eddie climbs to the top and gives Haas the FROG SPLASH! Chavo covers again for 1-2-NO! Shelton pulls him off his partner. In kind of a dopey finish, Chavo lifts Haas up for a back suplex near the ropes, but Benjamin trips him up from the floor and holds Chavo’s foot down for 1-2-3. (15:04) Champs retain. This match really proves just how vital Eddie Guerrero was to any success Chavo would have in his career because God knows there’s no way the guy can get over on his own. Decent formula tag, but it felt like a house show match with all the stalling in the beginning and some of those chinlocks. Team Angle celebrate with their Kurt Angle portrait afterwards until Eddie launches Chavo out on top of them. During all that, Los Guerreros walk out with the belts. Team Angle stole the victory so Los Guerreros stole the belts. ***
John Cena – Low Rider: Cena loved rapping on them back in 2003. He learned a lot about ring psychology from Eddie in their matches. He had never seen a car on hydraulics in real life until he came to the WWE even though he was always into that sort of thing. Really?
Eddie Guerrero vs. John Cena – Parking Lot Brawl – (WWE Smackdown – 9/11/2003)
Back when Cena was AMAZING on the mic. Here’s his pre-brawl promo:
“Yo yo yo, chill chill chill.
So Eddie Guerrero wants to challenge me to a street fight.
He’s gonna butcher me? He can’t even beat his meat right.
I’m gonna Rock him so hard, he’s gonna think my name was Maivia.
I’ll force feed him gorditas until he explodes from diarrhea.
It’s your last chance, Eddie. Back out, save your pride.
I’m gonna steal his shine quicker than I stole his ride.
I’m a Jedi Knight. I was a stunt double for Anakin.
I fight with my light saber, his is for backdoor shenanigans.
You got no hydraulics in your car, you’ve got a sexual sickness.
His car bounces up and down because he sits on the stick shift.
Come on out, boy. WHAT! “
Okay, so the parking lot brawl is essentially where cars line up into a tight circle and two guys fight in the middle. Random wrestlers (lower mid card Smackdown wrestlers) hang around to watch the fight presumably because its their cars that are parked to make up the circle. Eddie’s the recently revived US champ, but it’s not on the line here. They smash each other’s faces off car hoods to start. To pick things up a bit, Cena gives Eddie a suplex on the roof of a car. With Eddie down, Cena goes over and brings out a push mower from the back of a van. He starts it up and tries to run it into Eddie, but Eddie sidesteps and kicks Cena. Wonder why the Mexicools never tried that! They wouldn’t have only won matches, but they would have eliminated talent as well. Cena finds a shovel but of course these weapons are too out there to ever be used on WWE TV. Cena gets launched onto a Subaru. Eddie fits a seatbelt over Cena’s throat to choke him down, which leaves him wide open for punches to the face. Eddie gets put into a trunk, but pops out and hits Cena in the face with the lid to get out. Cena manages to throw Eddie onto a windshield to make it shatter. Cover on the roof of the car gets two. Eddie gets the door slammed on him, but that only gets a two-count. Eddie avoids a door getting kicked and slammed on his head and then smashes Cena’s face through a car window! When that doesn’t get the three-count, Eddie receives the same. Cover, 1-2-NO! Cena appears to attempt to drive away, but Eddie hops in the passenger seat and beats his head against the horn on the steering wheel. Eddie pulls out the cigarette lighter and jabs it in Cena’s chest! Well that doesn’t really make sense. Cena gets out of the car and backdrops Eddie onto another car. Eddie blocks an F-U on a car and hiptosses Cena onto it instead. Chavo makes his return and smashes a hubcap over Cena’s head to KO him for the FROG SPLASH OFF THE MINIVAN! Cover, 1-2-3. (8:11) Entertaining little gimmick match. **
Chavo Guerrero Sr. – Family Rivalry: Everyone in the Guerrero family strived to be the best. That’s just how their dad raised them. Chavo says he was good, but Eddie was perfect.
Eddie Guerrero vs. Chavo Guerrero (w/Chavo Guerrero Sr.) – (WWE Royal Rumble – 1/25/2004)
With Eddie’s popularity came along Chavo’s jealousy which triggered the heel turn for Chavo. Looking at him here and now in 2008, you’d never know he had a character change in between. Real tight tie-up to start. Chavo slaps Eddie back and Eddie just stares back at him. Eddie finally backs him off into the corner and cocks his fist back, but doesn’t unload on his nephew. He lets him go. Eddie takes it to the mat with a chinlock. Chavo stands up out of it and backs Eddie into the corner for a chop. Eddie returns the favor with a chop of his own. Chavo levels Eddie with a couple shoulderblocks and then gets the middle finger from his uncle. Chavo wins a chop battle, but gets a thumb to the eye. Chavo escapes a knucklelock on the mat with a headscissors that puts them both on the floor. Chavo slides back in the ring, but Chavo Sr. trips Eddie up on the steel steps. Chavo smashes Eddie’s face on the announce table and brings him back in the ring. He mounts Eddie and unloads on him. Once Eddie turns it around on him, he can’t bring himself to pound the daylights out of Chavo, so he stands up off him. Chavo does his own version of the Three Amigos, but Eddie flips out of the third suplex. Eddie blocks the TORNADO DDT and hits the Three Amigos of his own. FROG SPLASH! And it’s over? (8:04) Real disappointing match, but it’s Chavo on his own we’re talking about here. Eddie nails Chavo Sr. and starts to leave, but then decides to punch the crap out of Chavo instead. Chavo gets busted open and everything. **
Vickie Guerrero – Champion: At No Way Out, Eddie was honored to be champion and felt like he finally reached his goal. The first thing he did when he got home was show his family the belt.
WWE Champion Brock Lesnar vs. Eddie Guerrero – (WWE No Way Out – 2/15/2004)
Eddie won a 15-man Royal Rumble match on Smackdown a few weeks prior to set up this match. Champ enters first, because San Francisco LOVES them some Eddie Guerrero. Lesnar overpowers Eddie and yells “You ain’t nothing, Eddie!” I’m only guessing the University of Minnesota doesn’t have a strong English program. Brock’s mind games doesn’t seem to bother Eddie, so Lesnar takes action and kicks him down in the corner. The “Eddie” chants get him going for a moment, but Lesnar buries a knee and takes back control. Brock runs into a boot in the corner and Eddie tries a rana, but Brock catches him for a modified giant swing. Lesnar delivers a pair of Release Belly-to-Belly Suplexes and hits Eddie with a running knee in the corner. Cole and Tazz have already given up on Eddie five minutes into this thing. Another Release Belly-to-Belly Suplex puts Eddie out on the floor to gain a breather. Brock keeps knocking Eddie off the apron until Eddie goes low and hotshots him so he can wrap Lesnar’s leg around the post. Eddie breaks the count, but rolls back out and gets yanked into the ringpost. Back in, a delayed fisherman buster gets 1-2-NO! Brock grabs a rear naked choke + body scissors. Eddie manages to jawbreaker out and then slips out of a guerilla press to dropkick Brock in the knee. Oh! Just like that, Brock drills Eddie with a clothesline. Lesnar hits a release German and goes to work on the mid-section in the corner. Lesnar goes for another running knee in the corner, but this time Eddie moves out of the way! That causes Lesnar to go flying out to the floor! Eddie uses almost all of his energy for a pescado on Brock. Both guys barely make it back in at the nine-count. Eddie kicks away at the knee and then delivers a back suplex. Eddie charges at Brock, but gets launched into the air for a hotshot. Slow cover gets two for Brock. He then sits on top of Eddie and continues with the trash talking, so Eddie grabs a leg and starts twisting until he locks into an STF. Holy crap that was great. Brock powers out, but Eddie stays on the knee. He tries a figure-four, but Brock’s legs are too big! Brock kicks him off after a few more attempts and then gives Eddie another Release Belly-to-Belly. Eddie flips out of a suplex and hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors. He dropkicks the knee and finally gets that figure-four locked in. Brock makes the ropes, but my gosh Eddie is persistent with breaking down the knee. He hooks on a deathlock and then changes over to the STF again! Once Eddie lets Brock get to his feet, he explodes with another release German. Eddie runs into a spinebuster for two. Brock reverts to the rear naked choke + body scissors hold. Eddie makes it to his feet and crashes Brock’s face into the middle turnbuckle to escape the choke. He heads up top and tries a missile dropkick, but Brock completely avoids it. He follows up with a suplex and screams “Just die, Eddie!” Sad. Brock grabs a gutwrench on the mat and once Eddie’s to his feet again, he tosses him away. Back to the gutwrench. Eddie talks to God and gets out of the gutwrench! He dropkicks Brock in the knee and then the head. Another tilt-a-whirl headscissors connects. Lesnar misses a corner charge – setting up the Three Amigos! Eddie calls for the FROG SPLASH and comes off the top, but there’s nobody home. Uh oh, F-5! Lucky for Eddie, the ref got kicked in the head during the move. The crowd looks to the entrance ramp and expects Goldberg to do something. Lesnar grabs his belt and HERE COMES GOLDBERG! Spear! Have a great night, Bill. The crowd feels a title change is imminent. Eddie slowly covers for 1-2-NO! With the ref still kind of out of it, Eddie grabs the belt to nail Lesnar, but he ducks and hoists Eddie up for the F-5! No! Eddie counters and DDT’s Lesnar on the belt! Sort of! Eddie gets rid of the belt and climbs up top for the FROG SPLASH! The ref wakes up again and counts 1-2-3! Eddie wins his one and only WWE championship. (29:52) The most gratifying moments in wrestling that keep you watching is when you see your favorites get their due and this was definitely one of those moments. I don’t even feel like the Goldberg interference ruined anything because it didn’t lead directly to the finish, yet it was booked perfectly to pay off the earlier confrontation in the night and continues a major feud right into WrestleMania. It’s simple thinking ahead booking. Excellent match with a great finish to boot. ****½
Los Guerreros “Lie, Cheat & Steal” Vignettes
Baby Carriage – They con some lady into thinking she’s on Baywatch, call her baby cute, and then walk away saying that the baby was the ugliest thing. Chavo ~ “That baby could steal the shine right off my rims!” Next thing you know, Eddie pulls out the lady’s purse, watch and keys. All Chavo could take was the baby’s bottle.
Pool – They show up at some old lady’s house to “fix her pool”. By that, they mean have a party with some mamacitas. When the lady asks if they’re about done while they are clearly not doing anything they said they would do for her, Chavo asks about checking out the bedrooms.
Low Rider – They’re driving around in a ritzy white neighborhood, scare some preppy dudes money out of their wallets, and steal their girlfriends away from them.
Golf – Chavo and Eddie Mexicanize a golf cart and pester some businessmen types. After the golfers tell them to go back to the kitchen, Eddie and Chavo threaten them with fists and three-irons to the face. The golfers suggest a foursome and Eddie takes that completely the wrong way. Chavo doesn’t know anything about kinky foursomes, but he makes them a wager that they’ll beat the white dudes. Turns out everybody here sucks at golf (Chavo takes the Happy Gilmore swing!), so Los Guerreros have no choice but to cheat like crazy. Los Guerreros win after one of the golfers misses one yard away from the hole. Wow. When Chavo said “winner takes all” he meant watches, wallets – everything but their clothes. Definitely my favorite one.
Valet – They are in Miami and it’s going to be hot. Basically they show you how to steal a car and pick up chicks. They go up to a valet and rough him up when he calls them “ese”. What happens is, Eddie grabs him by his jacket. When the guy freaks out and runs off, Eddie now has the valet’s jacket to wear. Some guy in a new Jaguar drives up and swears he knows Eddie and Chavo from TV, but Chavo says Mexicans all look the same. And there you go. They have their got hot car and somehow they have the guy’s wallet too.
Outtakes – Just another name for a blooper reel.
Final Thoughts: Disc two is a step down simply because some of the matches are shorter and don’t have the chance to shine, but it’s still an entertaining watch. The final disc is next!
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