WWE Raw Report CALDWELL'S WWE RAW RESULTS 10/13: Complete "virtual-time" coverage of Raw vs. NFL Week 6 - Cena vs. Ambrose PPV give-away, Big Show vs. Rusev, long matches
Oct 13, 2014 - 10:08:24 PM
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WWE Raw TV Results
October 13, 2014 - Episode #1,115
Live in Atlanta, Ga.
Report by James Caldwell (@JCTorch), PWTorch assistant editor
- The Card: Big Show vs. Rusev, U.S. champion Sheamus vs. The Miz in a non-title match, a reality TV personality NeNe Leakes guest-starring, and Hell in a Cell hype.
Live Raw on USA Network
Raw opened with Dean Ambrose's theme music playing to a strong reaction. Ambrose came out waving his arms like Shinsuke Nakamura and was apparently dressed to wrestle. Although, there isn't much difference between his ring gear and street clothes.
In the ring, Ambrose continued to move around like Nakamura to get over his unstable character, then opened the show noting he can't wait to get Seth Rollins inside the Hell in a Cell structure in two weeks. But, before that, he has to deal with the 15-time champion, the Face of WWE, John Cena. Ambrose said he gets what The Authority is trying to do - have them tear each other apart to protect Rollins.
Ambrose calmed down and said he decided there's only one thing to do - rip down the contract, rip off the pole, and smash Cena with it. Then, smash Rollins inside the HIAC. And there's nothing The Authority or Cena can do about it.
Cue up Cena's music for a rebuttal. Cena slid into the ring, stared down Ambrose as he crouched down in the corner, and did his usual ring entrance. Ambrose then stood up for another confrontation with Cena. Cena smiled, shouted out to "Hotlanta," and told Ambrose to calm down because HIAC is two weeks away. He tried to get a crowd reaction for their PPV match in the opening segment in front of a fresh crowd, saying this is the match the audience wants to see. (A cover for the weak reaction last Monday when the PPV match announcement was made in front of a tired, disinterested crowd at the end of the show. Also, foreshadowing for later on trying to get people interested in the match tonight.)
Cena told Ambrose to shut up, relax, and get ready for their match in two weeks because he's going to bring it at the PPV. Cena started to leave, but Ambrose called him back, sarcastically thanking "big brotha" for the advice. Ambrose said he has been waiting to kick his ass for years and he was born ready. Cena shouted back to pipe down and get ready before he blows his chance at the PPV.
Triple H's music interrupted to bring out Hunter and Stephanie McMahon on-stage. Hunter reminded them they have two weeks until the PPV. And repeated the match info on WWE Network. For $9.99. As for tonight, Steph said they want to see them in tag action for their own personal amusement. Hunter and Steph play-mocked the promo from Cena and Ambrose, then Steph announced a tag match. Their opponents will be the Usos and WWE tag champs Goldust & Stardust in a three-team match.
Goldust & Stardust were conveniently ready to compete at that very moment, as their music played and the WWE tag champs came out as the first opponents. The Usos were also conveniently stretched, dressed, and ready for tag action. All three teams stood their ground in the ring heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:13]
1 -- JOHN CENA & DEAN AMBROSE vs. WWE tag champs RHODES BROS. (GOLDUST & "STARDUST" CODY RHODES) vs. THE USOS (JIMMY USO & JEY USO) -- three-team tag match
Back from break, the bell sounded and Michael Cole called this an "impromptu tag match." No further explanation of how the tag champs and Usos were ready to wrestle on zero notice. The story early on was Cena and Ambrose working together on an Uso, exchanging clean tags in the process. The Usos cut off Cena and isolated him for a while as Dean called out for a tag. The crowd then picked up a "We Want Stardust" chant since they're in Cody Rhodes's home area. It also captured the audience not playing along with the Rhodes Bros.'s heel act and investing in the match.
Ambrose tagged in at 5:00 and ran over the Usos before Stardust yanked Uso out of the ring and tossed him over the guardrail in front of timekeeper Justin Roberts. Stardust worked on Uso heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 8:22]
Back from break, Stardust was working on an Uso. The match then focused on the Usos vs. Rhodes Bros. feud as Cena and Ambrose stood in their corner watching the other teams fight. Uso then willingly tagged himself out of the match to Cena, who came in hot on Stardust. Cena tried an AA to Stardust, but he escaped and Goldust snapped off a powerslam on Cena.
The Usos re-entered the picture by knocking the Rhodes Bros. to the floor before delivering flying splashes on the outside. Cena then climbed to the top turnbuckle and splashed all four men on the floor. Big reaction, then Ambrose decided he wasn't going to be one-upped by Cena, so he splashed all five men on the floor, popping the crowd.
Back in the ring, Cena and Ambrose hit simultaneous Dirty Deeds and AA on the Rhodes Bros. Cena then pinned Stardust for the pin and the win.
WINNERS: Cena & Ambrose at 14:30. Collision of two stories Cena-Ambrose and Usos-Rhodes Bros. that seemed to water down both trying to deliver a relaxed, house show-style main event to kick off the show.
[Q3] After the match, Triple H's music played. Hunter and Stephanie walked back on-stage for Hunter to admit that Steph won the standard bet. For $1. Hunter said he hates to lose, and maybe they lacked the proper motivation. Maybe they should find out who gets the shot at Rollins tonight. He said the PPV match is happening - Cena vs. Ambrose with a contract on a pole. Rip flesh, tear bones, he doesn't care. Hunter said it happens tonight. On commentary, JBL said he can't believe they're throwing away the PPV match tonight. Moments later, JBL changed his tone to say it's great.
In-ring: Divas champion A.J. Lee was introduced for a Divas tag match. She has a new partner after walking out on Emma last week.
[Commercial Break at 8:36]
2 -- Divas champion PAIGE & LAYLA vs. PAIGE & ALICIA FOX
Back from break, Layla was posing on the ring ropes before WWE cut to an inset promo of A.J. picking Layla as her tag partner earlier tonight. A.J. said she just needs someone to get along with for one night and she dislikes Layla the least. Back in the arena, Paige and A. Fox came out to face Team A.J. The match turned into A.J. chasing Paige around the ring to lure A.J. into a Fox Trap. A.J. escaped and smashed Fox with a Shining Wizard for the pin and the win.
Post-match, A.J. chased down Layla on the entrance ramp and chucked her into the steel. A.J. then bashed Layla around ringside while Fox and Paige regrouped in the ring. A.J. clutched her title belt and skipped away to end the segment.
WINNERS: Team A.J. at 1:46.
[Q4] Video Recap: Big Show yanked down the Russian flag two weeks ago, prompting a fake apology from WWE (since they keep replaying it). Show has gone through sensitivity training and now faces Rusev tonight.
Still to come: Ambrose vs. Cena in a PPV give-away.
[Commercial Break at 8:46]
Authority's Office: Randy Orton walked in to talk to Hunter and Stephanie. WWE didn't bother to announce Orton against Dolph Ziggler for tonight, so Orton talked about the match as if everyone knew the match was happening, then addressed Seth Rollins. Orton said he wants a match at Hell in a Cell. He said he wants to face whichever guy (Ambrose or Cena) doesn't face Rollins ... in the main event of Hell in a Cell. The implication was Orton thinks his match will be a bigger deal than Rollins's match. Hunter and Stephanie agreed, saying they like competition. On commentary, JBL made it sound like there will be two HIAC matches at the PPV.
Suddenly, the Wyatt theme interrupted. It was Bray Wyatt's story of fixing Erick Rowan.
After the Wyatt vignette aired, Dolph Ziggler's music played back in the arena. Apparently the PPV-quality singles match between Ziggler and Orton is happening now without advanced notice to build anticipation. It's incredibly inefficient and defines down both singles stars who need to be protected.
[Commercial Break at 8:54]
Back from break, Cesaro was on commentary for Ziggler vs. Orton, who was introduced as Cesaro talked about his feud with Ziggler. Orton took his time entering the ring before posing for the crowd while making Ziggler sweat.
3 -- IC champion DOLPH ZIGGLER vs. RANDY ORTON -- non-title match
The cold match started with a clean lock-up to start the feeling-out process. Meanwhile, Cesaro claimed that Ziggler is afraid to defend the IC Title against him. Cole responded by saying that Ziggler is a fighting champion.
[Q5 -- second hour] Orton slowed the pace before the match spilled to the outside, where Ziggler tossed Orton shoulder-first into the barricade. Ziggler then rolled Orton back into the ring for a two count on a pin attempt. Ziggler tried to follow with a corner attack, but Orton reversed and posted Ziggler. Orton then played to the crowd before trying a second-rope DDT, but Ziggler slipped out and dropkicked Orton off the ring apron to the floor.
As Orton recovered on the floor, Seth Rollins casually walked out on-stage holding his MITB briefcase. There did not appear to be a count being administered by the referee despite Orton still standing around on the outside as Rollins slowly walked down the ramp. Raw cut to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:05]
"Things have gotten mighty interesting," Cole said as Raw returned. No, Orton did not get counted out during the break. Instead, he was working on a side headlock in the ring. Meanwhile, Rollins was standing around ringside and Cesaro was still on commentary. Back in the ring, Orton and Ziggler had a long battle on the top turnbuckle. Orton eventually won the battle with a superplex. Ziggler came back with a leaping elbow drop, but Orton responded with a snap powerslam.
[Q6] Orton wanted the RKO, but Ziggler ducked and rolled up Orton for a close two count. Ziggler followed with a standing sidekick for another nearfall. Ziggler wanted to follow with the Zig-Zag or Fameasser, but Orton shoved Ziggler off the ropes, then caught Ziggler, tossed him into the air, and dropped him with a trademark mid-air RKO. Orton covered Ziggler for the win as Rollins watched unmoved ringside.
Post-match, Rollins entered the ring to confront Orton. Or, approach Ziggler to give him a Curb Stomp in front of Orton. The crowd booed Rollins. Not necessarily because he cheap-shotted Ziggler, but because he showed off in front of Orton (another heel).
WINNER: Orton at 18:22. WWE had to re-heat Orton with a clean win over a noteworthy singles star since they're thrusting him into one of the top two PPV matches in two weeks. It's just unfortunate to see a mid-card champion (Sheamus, Ziggler, A.J., or the Rhodes Bros.) lose every week on TV. Meanwhile, are they setting up Orton for a face turn being squeezed out of The Authority by Rollins?
Still to come: Cena vs. Ambrose.
[Commercial Break at 9:20]
In-ring: Back from break, Seth Rollins was still in the ring. WWE replayed Rollins giving Dolph Ziggler the Curb Stomp after Orton beat Ziggler, then the Real Americans theme played. Out came Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter, for singles action. Of note, Swagger got a haircut. Before the bell sounded, Cole plugged Stone Cold's podcast.
4 -- SETH ROLLINS vs. JACK SWAGGER (w/Zeb Colter)
As the match started, Cole hyped Rollins's MITB briefcase. Cole noted Rollins can cash in the briefcase anytime for a WWE World Title shot and even mentioned "what happened at Night of Champions," but did not mention the WWE champion, Brock Lesnar, by name. That was clearly intentional talking about everything in the title picture except the champ.
[Q7] The match moved to the floor and Orton came out for a closer look at Rollins's match. Rollins suicide-splashed Swagger, then noticed Orton standing ringside. Orton sold being taken a-back by Rollins staring him down. What, me? Raw cut to break with Orton telling Rollins to stop focusing on him and get back to the match.
[Commercial Break at 9:32]
Back from break, Rollins continued to show off in front of Orton by picking apart Swagger. Rollins continued to slow the pace before Swagger responded with a big overhead German release suplex from the corner. Swagger followed with a Swagger Bomb for a nearfall. He wanted to end it, but Rollins caught Swagger with a kick to the face. Rollins then pulled himself up, tried the Curb Stomp, Swagger ducked, and Swagger slapped on the Patriot Lock. But, Rollins grabbed the bottom rope to break the hold. Rollins then rolled up Swagger with a handful of tights to surprise Swagger for the pin and the win.
Post-match, Orton ran into the ring, spun around Swagger as he argued with ref, and dropped Swagger with the RKO. Orton and Rollins then came face-to-face to argue about their tit-for-tat exchange tonight. The crowd cheered, apparently wanting to see the heels explode on each other. But, they eventually backed down and Rollins left the ring to boos.
WINNER: Rollins at 15:12. More seeds planted for Rollins and Orton exploding on each other. The market research tonight shows the audience more behind Orton than Rollins if forced to choose sides. And, well, Swagger looked more confident tonight in the face role with a haircut.
WWE Network plug: The Cruiserweights finally get spotlighted in the Monday Night War series this week.
[Commercial Break at 9:43]
[Q8] Announcers: Cole, Lawler, and JBL hyped WWE Network back from break. Cole then sent it to Renee Young backstage.
Backstage: Renee brought in Dean Ambrose to discuss his match against John Cena tonight. Ambrose said what not to expect is him being a nice guy or nice to John Cena. And everyone is on the Highway to Hell.
Locker Room: Tom Phillips brought in Big Show to address his match against Rusev tonight. Asked how he feels about representing 300+ million Americans tonight, Show said Tom forgot to note that he's already knocked out Rusev. And he plans to shatter his face tonight. No offense to Mark Henry, but if someone has to carry millions of Americans and Hotlanta, then put that weight on his shoulders. Show said he will show Rusev exactly what he learned in sensitivity training. That sounded like they're back to the plotline of Show thinks he's better than Henry.
In-ring: Rusev and Lana walked down to the ring for the match with Show. Rusev did his pre-match stretching and calisthenics in the ring heading to break.
[Commercial Break at 9:52]
Back from break, Rusev was wildly swinging his Russian flag back and forth in the ring. Lana then spoke about Columbus Day. She said the Indians were banished to a reservation, where they built a casino. She then heeled on Indians, saying they are stubborn and lose money faster than the Atlanta Braves lose baseball games. Big boos insulting the Braves. (Will WWE issue an "apology" to Native Americans this week?)
Rusev took the mic and shouted some insults off-camera. The Atlanta crowd then broke into the Braves's signature tomahawk chop cheer. Lana eventually took the mic back and told the crowd to "ShuTup." Rusev waited his turn and vowed to rip out Big Show's spine. He heeled on Mark Henry, then told Show he will be crushed. As the NFL game hit Halftime, Show was introduced to the ring as a surrogate for The Rock facing Rusev.
[Q9 -- third hour]
5 -- BIG SHOW vs. RUSEV (w/Lana)
Show quickly sent Rusev flying to the outside, where he bounced Rusev off the announce table. Show bounced Rusev back into the ring, then bounced him right back out of the ring. Lana sold concern as Rusev looked helpless taking an extended beating from Show. Back in the ring, Show continued to destroy Rusev. No offense from Lana's client. Meanwhile, the crowd broke into the Braves's tomahawk chop chant. It wouldn't be October without a Braves chant, even if they're not in the Playoffs this year. Show then turned his signature frying pan-like chop into a tomahawk chop to the chest, popping the crowd.
At 4:03, Rusev got his first offense with a surprise dropkick after Show bounced off the ropes. Rusev then knocked Show out of the floor, prompting JBL to yell at Show not to let down America. Raw cut to break with Show selling on the floor.
[Commercial Break at 10:05]
Back from break, Rusev was still in control of Big Show as Cole hyped this as America vs. Russia. JBL implored Show not to lose like Mark Henry did. Show then fought out of a side headlock and delivered a headbutt to get separation. Show decided to try a second-rope elbow smash, but Rusev easily moved and Show crashed hard to the mat.
Rusev went back to a front facelock to keep Show grounded, but Show got up and broke free. He bodyslammed Rusev to the mat to fully escape, then called for the KO Punch. Rusev ducked, though, and kicked Show in the mid-section. Rusev wanted The Accolade submission as Mark Henry jogged down to ringside. Henry shouted at Show to fight the hold. Fight. Fight. Henry got on the ring apron, causing Rusev to release the hold and knock Henry off the ring apron. Rusev then re-applied The Accolade, but Henry entered the ring and attacked Rusev, causing a DQ.
WINNER: Rusev via DQ at 14:08. Another solid long-form singles match. Decent work before WWE planted seeds for more issues between Show and Henry on the slow burn...
Post-match, Rusev recovered on the outside as Henry checked on Show. JBL said he doesn't think Show ever would have tapped out. Henry then helped up Show, who winced in pain. Henry said he was just looking out for him, then Show acted upset about Henry coming down to the ring. Show got angry, then calmed down. He patted Henry on the shoulder to say "my bad," then the Russian flag dropped down from the ceiling right behind Show.
[Q10] Show and Henry opted not to yank down the flag, then left the ring to corner Rusev. It was Henry on the right and Show on the left. Rusev charged Henry and they brawled until Rusev turned around and took a KO Punch from Show. Henry and Show then stood together over Rusev as Show's music played. Lana yelled at them from a safe distance as JBL hyped Show knocking out Rusev (ignoring Show losing the match). JBL then calmed down and noted Show lost the match. Henry helped Show up the stage to the back as JBL described the scene as "two losers."
Backstage: Renee Young caught up with U.S. champion Sheamus, who vowed to give The Miz two Brogue Kicks tonight.
[Commercial Break at 10:18]
Announcers: Back from break, Michael Cole introduced another of the endless USA Network plugs for "Chrisley Knows Best." Back live, WWE showed Todd Chrisley and his two sons on the front row.
In-ring: U.S. champion Sheamus was introduced to the ring. Tom Phillips then then approached the Chrisleys at ringside to talk about Raw and their USA show. The Miz, along with Damien Sandow, was out next to face Sheamus.
6 -- U.S. champion SHEAMUS vs. THE MIZ (w/Damien Sandow) -- non-title match
Sandow was still doing the bit of pretending to wrestle at ringside. Sheamus then chucked Miz through the ropes onto Sandow, sending both men sprawling to the floor. Miz then charged back into the ring and Sandow went back to imitating Miz's moves in most cumbersome fashion. Some of the vocal males chanted "We Want Mizdow" as Miz continued to work on a basic mathold in the ring. Meanwhile, Cole evaluated Sandow's performance imitating Miz's offense.
[Q11] Sheamus eventually knocked Miz to the outside, where Sandow dropped down to the mat selling Miz's leg. The crowd laughed. Miz then tried to run away under the ring, so Sandow tried to run away, too. In the process, Miz ran back into the ring and Sheamus was counted out. Cole continued to laugh it up, saying Miz has two in a row because of his stunt double.
WINNER: Miz via count-out at 5:17. So, what was this supposed to accomplish? No heat on Miz since his "stunt double" is a distraction, Sandow played the role for laughs, and the announcers evaluated Sandow's performance instead of drawing attention to the heels trying to distract Sheamus to get a cheap win. All of WWE's booking flaws - uncool faces outsmarted, heels going for laughs or a "cool performance," and checked-out announcers - all in one match.
Backstage: Default babyface Divas approached a backstage door. Out came guest star Nene Leakes, who asked what they're doing tonight. Default heels, led by Cameron, then walked in to confront the faces and Leakes. Cameron and Leakes had an exchange, then Cameron stomped off. The face Divas noted to Leakes, who towered over all of them, that they have to deal with this every day.
[Commercial Break at 10:34]
7 -- NIKKI BELLA & CAMERON & SUMMER RAE vs. BRIE BELLA & NATALYA & NAOMI (w/Rosa Mendes and NeNe Leakes) -- six-Divas tag match
The heel trio was already in the ring back from break. The Total Divas theme brought out the face trio. Justin Roberts then gave a formal introduction for NeNe Leakes, who jogged down to the ring to stand next to Rosa in the face corner as Cole read a long list of Leakes's business ventures. Once the match started, the heels isolated Natalya, prompting Leakes and Rosa to try to rally the crowd. The action completely broke down before it came down to the Bella sisters. Brie got the best of Nikki and pinned her for the win. Leakes and the face Divas then celebrated in the ring.
WINNERS: Team Leakes at 3:34. The Brie-Nikki issue seemed to be watered down lumped in with the generic Total Divas theme when WWE just wants to put together a multi-Diva tag match.
Still to come: Cena vs. Ambrose in the main event.
[Q12] [Commercial Break at 10:45]
This Friday: Sheamus & The Usos vs. Miz & Rhodes Bros. in a six-man tag match on Smackdown.
Backstage: Renee Young brought in John Cena for a promo ahead of his match against Dean Ambrose tonight. Cena hyped this as a huge match, then talked about his issue with Ambrose. But, he's the only man with the guts to stand face-to-face with him in the middle of the ring. Cena said tonight is not about hot dog carts, $1 bets, or Miz TV. He said it's about the man who runs this place against the hottest young star in the business. The promo seemed superfluous.
Suddenly, the Wyatt theme interrupted. It was a new Bray Wyatt vignette. Bray said he used to be afraid, but then she came into his life, whispered in his ear, and told him that he will never be alone. He said this woman told him he will be guided by a spirit. And all he shall leave behind is smoke, desolation, and damnation. "It's coming," Bray said in his rocking chair. Smoke filled the empty barn where he rocked before Bray talked in tongues. On commentary, Cole said Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are on the loose, while Bray is apparently coming.
Arena: Triple H's music played to bring out Triple H and Stephanie McMahon smiling as they walked down to the ring hand-in-hand. WWE zoomed in on a clipboard containing a contract hanging on a pole before cutting to break.
[Commercial Break at 10:52]
Back from break, WWE showed The Authority sitting ringside for the main event. Triple H had a look of consternation on his face. John Cena was out first, followed by Dean Ambrose. Jest before the bell sounded, Seth Rollins's music played to bring out Rollins for a closer look at the main event. And then Randy Orton's music played for him to get a closer look at the loser of the match. And then Kane's music played to bring out Jacob Goodnight for a closer look at the action. Orton, Kane, and Rollins sauntered down to ringside as the bell finally sounded.
8 -- JOHN CENA vs. DEAN AMBROSE -- Contract on a Pole match -- Winner faces Seth Rollins at the HIAC PPV
Ambrose and Cena quickly tried to climb the corner turnbuckle to grab the contract, but they knocked each other down.
[Q13 -- over-run] The crowd picked up a dueling chant for and against Cena as The Authority members applauded Cena and Ambrose beating each other up. Cena went for a bulldog, but Ambrose chucked him out of the ring. Ambrose could have just turned around and climbed the pole, but he opted to leave the ring and attack Cena, defying logic, which JBL pointed out. Cole tried to cover for Ambrose by saying he has something to prove to Cena. Which is more important than getting his hands on Rollins?
Ambrose eventually returned to the ring, but Cena ran back into the ring to grab him and drop him with an electric chair. Cena followed with an STF, but Ambrose bit his way out of the hold like a dog. JBL went for a four-months-too-late Luis Suarez reference, then Ambrose knocked Cena out of the ring and delivered a suicide dive instead of grabbing the contract.
Ambrose eventually picked a fight with The Authority ringside, drawing over Cena, who chucked Ambrose into Kane, Orton, and Rollins. Suddenly, Orton hit the ring as Cena tried to grab the contract. Bodies started flying, then Cena dropped Kane with an Attitude Adjustment. Meanwhile, Ambrose climbed the pole and got his hand on the contract. You Can't See Me wave toward Cena, who sold dejection as Ambrose pulled down the clipboard. (They missed the show of Ambrose pulling down the contract.)
Post-match, Cena applauded Ambrose, then stalked Orton, who hit the ring apron to glare toward Cena, who tried to act excited to fight Orton at HIAC as part of his consolation prize. Ambrose then glared toward Rollins, who remained standing on the stage. Hunter and Steph eventually joined Rollins on the stage to glare toward Ambrose to close Raw eight minutes past the top of the hour.
WINNER: Ambrose at 6:28. Ambrose had to win this match after being booked to look foolish by not grabbing the contract earlier in the match. Ambrose vs. Rollins should feel like a huge match on PPV in two weeks, but WWE complicated the path, then suddenly gave away Step 1 of the destination tonight. It came across rushed and hastily put together, but at least they have one more week to try to re-create the Ambrose vs. Rollins magic heading into the PPV. And finally, there's ... well ... another Cena vs. Orton match.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Much better flow to this show, removing pretty much all of the filler and gunk that weighed down the show the last several weeks. The trade-off is WWE continues to over-expose their top stars (Cena, Ambrose, Rollins, and Orton in multiple matches and segments), making them less special ahead of a PPV in two weeks. The key is developing and building and protecting the middle of the show. Things like putting a mid-card champ like Dolph Ziggler in a singles match without advanced notice makes WWE's job even more difficult for themselves.
Lastly, no Ric Flair tonight. Good decision if they didn't have anything for him. Like main roster star Roman Reigns, it's best to keep him off TV until WWE has something important to make his appearances mean something.
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