The John Report: AEW Dynamite 11/02/22 Review

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This week’s AEW Dynamite featured Orange Cassidy defending the All-Atlantic Title, Chris Jericho putting the ROH World Title on the line, Jon Moxley in action and more.

Last week’s AEW Dynamite ended with The Firm beating up their former “boss” MJF and putting him through the table. I ended my review last week wondering if it was just a ploy to get support for MJF and then he’s going to end up getting The Firm to help him win the AEW World Title from Jon Moxley at Full Gear. I don’t know if that’s the plan. I’m intrigued to see how they follow up on it. Full Gear is on Saturday, November 19th.

This was AEW Dynamite episode #161 at the Chesapeake Arena in Baltimore, Maryland. Check out the AEW PPV listing archive only on TJRWrestling as well. Follow me on Twitter @johnreport. Let’s get to it.

It’s Wednesday and you know what that means. Excalibur welcomed us to the show along with Taz and Tony Schiavone.

Darby Allin was up first without a skateboard and his ribs were taped up. Darby is 50-19-1 in his AEW career. Wrestling 70 matches in AEW in three years doesn’t seem like that much. Jay Lethal was out alone and they started brawling on the floor. Lethal threw Allin down at ringside, Allin fought back and they went into the ring to start the match.

Jay Lethal vs. Darby Allin

Allin hit a cross body block followed by a bump to the floor. Lethal’s buddies Satnam Singh and Sonjay Dutt walked out to ringside and Lethal got a cheap shot after Singh did a distraction. Lethal did a monkey flip into the steel steps. They went fighting into the crowd and Lethal applied a Figure Four Leglock while Allin was under the barricade. The referee Bryce Remsburg didn’t count them out of the ring, instead, he told them to go in the ring. Then the referee started counting. More illogical refereeing in AEW. Lethal stomped on the back of Allin’s left knee while on the apron. Lethal gave Allin a German Suplex onto the apron as Allin bumped to the floor leading to a break.


Lethal was in control, Allin did an eye gouge and a coffin splash off the middle rope. Lethal got the boots up to kick Allin in the back. Lethal flipped Allin around for a slam onto the mat. Lethal jumped off the top with an elbow, but Allin got a pin attempt and when Lethal tried the Lethal Injection off the ropes, Allin caught him with a rear naked choke. Allin jumped over Lethal and hit a flipping Stunner. Lethal left the ring to the floor, so Allin ran the ropes and did a suicide dive onto Singh, so Allin bounced off Singh and Allin bumped. The referee Remsburg ejected Singh and Dutt from Lethal while Taz complained about it. Somebody showed up in a Sting coat and mask and hit Allin with a baseball bat to the ribs. Lethal hit the Lethal Injection on Allin for the pinfall win. It went 10 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Jay Lethal

Analysis: ***1/4 A cheap win for Lethal. The match wasn’t as good as other matches they have had, but this was more about advancing the story with Lethal getting some help to win and cheating to beat Allin because Lethal was unable to beat Allin in the past.

After the match, the guy in the Sting mask hugged Lethal and Dutt. It was revealed to be Kole Carter from The Factory group, which got no reaction at all from the crowd.

Sting’s music hit and the wrestlers looked at the ramp, but Jeff Jarrett showed up with a guitar. Jeff smashed the guitar on Allin’s head. Excalibur mentioned Jeff’s history working with Lethal and Dutt without mentioning TNA/Impact Wrestling by name. Jarrett told Allin that Sting was his weakness. Jarrett said he had a message for everybody there while taking shots at the announcers, the production crew and the fans.

Jeff Jarrett did a promo saying his family got into the pro wrestling business in 1946 and said wherever his family went, they left an Impact. Jeff said he’s a two-time Hall of Famer, a 12-time World Champion and fans chanted “you still suck” at him. Jarrett said that from day one, his grandmother and his father’s parents have been all over AEW. Jeff said that by the time he’s done in AEW there will be full body bags. Jeff: “You can choke on that, Slapnuts.” That was it.

Analysis: It’s yet another new addition to AEW with Jeff Jarrett joining the mix. I assume he’s going to have a little group with Jay Lethal and friends. Jeff worked a lot with Jay and Sonjay when Jeff ran TNA Wrestling, so that’s where the history comes in. Maybe they’ll build to Jeff wrestling a few times a year as Sting does, so there’s another old guy to have on the roster. Jeff has been in a lot of different roles in wrestling and knows how to get heat as a heel, so I think it’s a smart addition to the AEW roster.

Jon Moxley did a promo talking about how Lee Moriarty gets a shot against him while adding that the Blackpool Combat Club didn’t think Lee was violent enough to join the BCC. Moxley said if you’ve got anger or angst deep down in your body, now would be the time to bring it to the surface. Moxley wants him to be mean, nasty and violent because Moxley doesn’t have time for anything else. That match was next.

A video was shown of The Elite winning the Trios Tag Team Titles at All Out on September 4th. After that, they showed a clip of Death Triangle winning the Tag Team Titles and some images were shown of how The Elite were removed from graphics. There was a project file called “Elite The Delete” that was shown as well.

Analysis: It seems to be building to The Elite’s return after being suspended for nearly two months.


Jon Moxley made his entrance as the AEW World Champion with William Regal by his side. The fans popped big for Moxley along with Mox going into the crowd because he’s the man of the people. The announcers talked about Moxley wrestling every week, so his body must be worn down. He used to wrestle four or five times a week for many years, but I guess we must pretend like five or six matches per month is a lot. Lee Moriarty entered with an 11-2 record. I don’t know how many of those wins are on TV. Maybe two. Ethan Page joined commentary to support Lee.

Jon Moxley vs. Lee Moriarty (w/Stokely Hathaway)

If Moriarty wins then he gets an AEW World Title match. Good luck with that. Moxley was in full control early on including some punches and some head biting. Moxley hit a suplex, Lee fought back with forearms and chops. Lee hit running forearms in the corner and Moxley came back with a clothesline. Lee avoided a charging Mox and Mox hit the turnbuckle. Lee got a single-arm takedown into the mat leading to a picture-in-picture break.


Moxley suplexed Lee into a slam on the mat. Moxley sent Lee into the turnbuckle, but Lee came back with a springboard clothesline. Lee with a suplex for a two count followed by some elbow strikes. Lee grabbed the hands while stomping on Moxley’s head. Moxley broke free leading to a running lariat for two. Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens and others walked in, so the fans were cheering for him. Thanks to Taz for explaining that. Moxley with some stomps, Lee with a hammerlock on the arm and Moxley hit a Cutter for two. They exchanged open hand strikes, Lee with a rising knee and a back suplex that Moxley no-sold and Moxley hit a German Suplex that Lee no-sold back. Moxley went for an armbar on the left arm, but Lee broke free and applied the Border City Stretch, then let go and applied the BCS again. Moxley elbows to the body looked better than the forearms that Lee did. Moxley did the armbar and pulling back on it with Lee tapping out. The match went ten minutes.

Winner by submission: Jon Moxley

Analysis: **3/4 A typical Moxley match against a guy with no chance where Lee got plenty of offense and the crowd barely reacted to his nearfalls or submissions. I understand wanting to give a guy like Lee a chance, but this is a match that should have been done in five minutes or less with Moxley winning strong.

Post match, Ethan Page ran into the ring and hit a running boot to Moxley’s head. That should set up a match.

Analysis: Moxley is in a group called the Blackpool Combat Club, but nobody tried to help him. Are they in catering or playing video games? Poor Mox.

Saraya was interviewed by Renee Paquette with Saraya talking about how long she’s been in wrestling and they trashed Britt Baker for not being there. Saraya said when she saw AEW she knew she wanted to be part of it and she felt like she can give more to the division. Renee asked if Saraya can wrestle. Saraya said she’s going to save this for next week because there’s one more doctor they want to consult on this.

Analysis: They advertised this as Saraya and Britt Baker being interviewed, but Britt wasn’t there because she’s a mean heel I guess. They’ll probably have Saraya announce she can wrestle again in an-ring promo rather than something backstage like that.


They showed great NFL QB Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens at ringside.

William Regal was interviewed by Tony Schiavone with Regal saying that MJF has a long way to go to be a true villain. Regal warned MJF about having to face Moxley.

Daddy Ass Birthday Bash

The Acclaimed made their entrance with Max Caster and Anthony Bowens with Caster doing a rap on his way to the ring while mentioning Elon Musk and rhymed “silly” with “Billy” at the end because it was Billy Gunn’s birthday. Billy’s birthday was on November 1 and he turned 59 years old. Billy had his hands taped up because Swerve Strickland tortured Gunn with some pliers.

Bowens talked about how now Gunn can’t do the “scissor me” gesture because of the injury. They revealed some foam fingers, so Billy put them on his hands and did the “scissor me” thing with Bowens. They got into catchphrase mode after that. Bowens asked who brought Daddy Ass a gift, then Bowens mentioned some signs and Caster wondered who had the best gift and it was some fan-made scissors. Caster gave the scissors to daddy as a birthday gift from that kid and everybody in Baltimore.

Bowens talked about Billy being in the business for 30 years, an 11-time tag team champion, he was part of a worst worked match in 2006 that was some reverse battle royal (hey TNA) and then Billy got a trophy saying he was the “World’s Greatest Daddy.” Bowens said that he had guests for Daddy Ass, but two of them canceled and the rest were upset he didn’t go to the reunion. Bowens talked about how Billy has been a mentor, and a father figure to them. Bowens had a piece of paper that said that Billy can adopt both of them. Billy: “I get to be your daddy?” Billy wanted to sign it.

The Gunn Club’s Austin and Colten made their entrance leading to “Ass Boys” chants. Austin wondered if their invitation got lost in the mail, then said they are his sons and Billy pointed at The Acclaimed. Colten said they got Billy a gift. It was W. Morrissey hitting Billy with a boot to the face. Morrissey knocked down The Acclaimed and then Gunn Club stomped on The Acclaimed. FTR made the save. When FTR got into the ring, the heels left the ring and FTR stopped the pursuit because wrestlers don’t like leaving the ring to pursue people. FTR picked up the AEW Tag Team Titles and handed them back to The Acclaimed leading to a staredown between the two teams.

Analysis: That was okay for some of it, but then it dragged on a lot after that. I like The Acclaimed as a team a lot and I get driving that they are putting over the “scissoring” thing heavily because it’s over. That’s fine. It just felt like it went on too long as a promo segment.

Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. and Jamie Hayter were interviewed by Tony Schiavone. Baker said she didn’t want to show up to their party because she has been dealing with conspiracies. Britt and Jamie said they wanted to wrestle together, so find them a tag team to wrestle on Rampage.

Analysis: Thrilling.

It was “Judas” time as the ROH World Champion Chris Jericho made his entrance with Jake Hager and Daniel Garcia while the fans sang the song. Ring announcer Bobby Cruise was there while Ian Riccaboni joined in on commentary as well.

Jericho did a promo saying that Claudio got a tainted victory over him last week, so that made him mad. Jericho said that he is having an open challenge against any ROH Champion in history saying it can be a World Champion, Tag Team Champion, Pure Champion, Women’s Champion – he didn’t care and he’ll even whip Lamar Jackson’s ass! The fans let out a big “oooohhhh” reaction as they showed Lamar at ringside again. Jericho fired off catchphrases and called out asking who is it going to be? It was Colt Cabana.

Colt Cabana made his entrance after a long time away from AEW. Colt is a former two-time Tag Team Champion in ROH. Colt got a decent reaction while the fans chanted “welcome back” for Colt.

Analysis: Colt was basically pushed out of AEW when CM Punk was hired in August 2021 because Punk’s friendship with Colt disintegrated badly (that happens a lot for Punk, I hear). Anyway, now that Punk is likely completely gone from AEW, we see Colt back so I don’t know if this means Colt will be on AEW shows again or if he’s just considered an ROH guy.

ROH World Championship: Chris Jericho (w/Jake Hager & Daniel Garcia) vs. Colt Cabana

They did a handshake with Colt driving Jericho into the turnbuckle. Colt had his right shoulder taped up. Colt ran over Jericho with two shoulder tackles along with punches while the fans chanted for Jericho as Excalibur screamed about future events on sale. Colt with a clothesline, Jericho didn’t bump out of the ring and instead slid out of the ring on the other side of the ring. They teased doing a spot off the turnbuckle, but then they fell to the floor leading to a break.


Colt was on offense with some hard chops to the chest. Colt got a knockdown with a punch along with a splash off the middle rope for two. Colt went up top, Jericho was back up and tripped him up on the top rope. Colt was on the shoulders leading to a victory roll for two. Colt kicked out of a hold and got an inside cradle for two. Jericho did an eye poke, Colt avoided a Judas Effect and Colt applied the Billy Goat Curse submission that looks really awkward, but Jericho managed to fight out of it. Colt ran off the ropes with a Superman pin attempt, but Hager was there to grab his hands to stop the pin. Colt hit a moonsault off the ropes onto Hager/Garcia that looked impressive. Colt hit the Flying Apple splash in the corner, Jericho didn’t sell it much and hit a Codebreaker for the pinfall win after about nine minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Chris Jericho

Analysis: *** The match was good with Jericho getting the win after Colt got plenty of offense. It was similar to the Moxley match in that way where you know the bigger name is going to win, but at least the other guy put up a fight. Colt hit some impressive moves including the moonsault after Hager broke up the pin attempt. Jericho usually doesn’t win with a Codebreaker anymore so at least it’s different than the Judas Effect ending. The fans were happy to see Colt back and I’m sure it felt good for Colt to be back in AEW. The story continues to be that Jericho cheats to win since Hager helped him in this match.

Post match, Matt Menard and Angelo Parker grabbed ring announcer Ian Riccaboni. Jericho broke Ian’s glasses. Claudio Castagnoli ran out for the save as he tackled Jericho. Bryan Danielson joined Claudio in the attack on Jericho, then Sammy Guevara showed up to go after Claudio. Wheeler Yuta was next to join the fight and the security guys broke up the groups.

Analysis: This should lead to Jericho-Claudio for the ROH World Title again or perhaps some tag team matches between the Jericho group and Blackpool guys.

The Death Triangle group was interviewed by Renee Paquette. Rey Fenix talked about becoming All-Atlantic Championship. Pac showed Fenix that the hammer can be his golden ticket, but the choice is his.


The winner of this match gets to defend the title against their “dream opponent” this Friday night on Rampage.

AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy vs. Luchasaurus (w/Christian Cage) vs. Rey Fenix (w/Alex Abrahantes)

Orange Cassidy carried the All-Atlantic Title in his backpack. I’m sure that pisses off people that take wrestling a little too seriously. Triple threat matches have no disqualifications and no countouts, so the inept refereeing can’t really ruin a match.

Fenix and Orange dropkicked Luchasaurus out of the ring. Orange did his comedy shin kicks, then Orange got an armdrag across the ring and Fenix did a kick off the top. Orange hit an impressive DDT spinning around on the shoulders of Fenix and getting a two count out of it. Fenix and Orange popped back up to their feet. Luchasaurus hit a double shoulder tackle to knock both guys down. Luchasaurus sent Fenix into a turnbuckle and a slam on Orange. Luchasaurus hit running back splashes on both guys along with a double clothesline leading to a PIP break.


Christian joined commentary at this point in the match as Orange hit a Stundog Millionaire and Fenix hit a superkick. Fenix with a spin kick on Luchasaurus, then Orange hit the Orange Punch on Luchasaurus, who pointed out of the ring. Luchasaurus stopped both guys from doing suicide dives onto him. Luchasaurus whipped Orange into the steel steps. Luchasaurus did a lefty Chokeslam that drove Fenix through the table at ringside. Orange and Luchasaurus were fighting by the entrance area with Luchasaurus hitting him with a headbutt. Jungle Boy showed up to hit Luchasaurus with two chair shots to the back. Christian caused a distraction, but Boy came back with a cross body block off the stage onto a tape that was below them. That was only a few feet under them, but still a good spot. Pac threw Orange into the ring and handed Fenix the hammer, which led to Fenix throwing the hammer down. Orange and Fenix exchanged pin attempts, Fenix with a kick, then Fenix jumped up and Orange hit the Orange Punch for the pinfall win after 10 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Orange Cassidy

Analysis: ***1/4 I enjoyed it because it was full of action. When a heel cheats to help a face win the announcers scream about it all the time, but when a face like Jungle Boy caused Luchasaurus to lose they barely make that point. That’s pro wrestling, my friends. Anyway, there were some cool sequences by Orange and Fenix as they showed they have a lot of chemistry together. Orange keeping the title made sense after Fenix refused to use the hammer that Pac gave him.

Post match, Pac went into the ring and beat up Orange with punches. Pac grabbed a hammer from ringside, but then there was a new song playing as Katsuyori Shibata from New Japan made his entrance joined by the Best Friends group. The fans seemed to know Shibata because they reacted to him. Pac left the ring. Excalibur mentioned Shibata saved Orange Cassidy at Forbidden Door earlier in the year. Orange held up his title and handed Shibata the contract, so Shibata signed it. It’s Orange Cassidy defending the All-Atlantic Championship against Shibata on Rampage.

Analysis: That’s cool. I really haven’t watched much NJPW in the last few years, but I am fairly familiar with Shibata and he is so talented. It’s a fresh matchup for Rampage too, so that’s good.

There was a backstage interview with Swerve Strickland standing by with Rick Ross and they had some champagne there. Keith Lee walked up to them with Ross saying they were keeping it positive and celebrating. Lee pointed out that Swerve cheated against Billy Gunn and furthermore, he wondered who was behind the camera when Swerve assaulted Billy Gunn. Swerve said that next week on Dynamite it’s going to be an eight-man tag with Swerve In Our Glory & Gunn Club vs. The Acclaimed & FTR. They did a toast together while Lee was reluctant about it.

Analysis: Rick Ross is full of energy and was really loud for the segment.

TBS Championship: Jade Cargill (w/Leila Grey) vs. Marina Shafir

This was a championship match even though Jade didn’t have her title. Nyla Rose, who stole the TBS Title, and Vickie Guerrero showed up after the bell rang. Rose did commentary on the microphone as Cargill kicked Shafir out of the ring. Cargill sent Shafir into the barricade while Rose and Vickie were annoying while talking on the ramp. Cargill sent Shafir into the ring, the referee was counting (sometimes they don’t in AEW) and Cargill ran back into the ring. They did some sloppy mat wrestling, then Jade hit a kick to the head and a pump kick connected for Cargill. That led to Cargill hitting the Jaded slam for the pinfall win after two minutes. Jade is 41-0 in AEW.

Winner by pinfall: Jade Cargill

Analysis: * A squash match. It was smart to keep it short with Shafir doing nothing in the match while Cargill was dominant.

After the match, Jade’s “baddie” friend Kiera Hogan tried to get the title from Rose, but Rose knocked her down. The director completely missed it and they didn’t bother to show a replay.

The ROH TV Title match was up next. They showed a brief video to set up the match.

A video aired featuring the House of Black group including Malakai Black, Brody King and Buddy Matthews. There was a narrator that said: “What has become of us? What have you all done? Have you all abandoned your faith?” Julia Hart was on there as well. The narrator added that it was time to “return to the ways of the old” and “worship death” while three bodies were laid to rest. While one body was set on fire, the other two were drowned and buried, respectively. Black’s voice was heard and some short clips shown as well.

Analysis: Welcome back to Malakai Black, who is back after two months away.


This Friday (happy birthday to me) on Rampage from Atlantic City:

* AEW All-Atlantic Championship: Orange Cassidy vs. Katsuyori Shibata

* Dr. Britt Baker D.M.D. & Jamie Hayter vs. Madison Rayne & Skye Blue

* Mike Tyson is there.

Next Wednesday on AEW Dynamite:

* The Acclaimed & FTR vs. Swerve In Our Glory & Gunn Club

It’s official for Full Gear with Toni Storm defending the AEW Interim Women’s Title against Jamie Hayter. A video aired with Toni saying they were best friends that lived together during the pandemic, then Toni came to AEW where Jamie has changed and Jamie talked about how she didn’t change. It was a way to try to make us think it’s a personal rivalry now.

Brian Cage was up first with Prince Nana to barely any reaction. Samoa Joe was next as the ROH TV Champion with the fans chanting “Joe” during his entrance.

ROH TV Championship: Samoa Joe vs. Brian Cage (w/Prince Nana)

Joe with a shoulder tackle that didn’t work, so then Joe tried it again and he ran over Cage with a shoulder tackle. Joe with chops and punches, Cage with punches, Joe with a chop and Joe hit a corner splash along with an enziguri kick to the head. Joe with a snapmare leading to a slap to the back, kick and an elbow drop. Joe was distracted by Nana, so Cage hit a standing dropkick. Cage choked Joe across the top rope followed by kicks to the midsection that looked very light along with a jumping kick. Cage with a leaping clothesline, Cage with an elbow, a jumping kick and Cage hit a German Suplex. That led to a PIP break.


The show returned with a Cage hitting a somersault dive over the top onto Joe on the floor. Joe came back with an atomic drop, a kick to the head and a senton splash for two. Joe sent Cage into the corner leading to a powerslam for two. Cage came back with a jumping knee, then a superkick and Cage hit a 619 kick while Joe was against the ropes. Cage jumped off the top with an elbow drop for two. Cage hit a pumphandle slam where he spun Joe around for a rough landing leading to Cage getting a two count. Cage went for the discus lariat, Joe caught him and Cage hit an Angle Slam. Cage hit a discus clothesline for two. Cage tried a lift, Joe slipped out of it and Joe slapped on the rear naked choke with the legs grapevined around the waist. Cage tapped out to give Joe the win. It went 11 minutes.

Winner by submission: Samoa Joe

Analysis: ***1/4 The match was very physical the whole way with Cage getting a lot of offense to show off his athleticism and power while Joe found ways to keep coming back. I thought the finish was done well with Joe countering the power move, slipping behind Cage and locking on the submission choke for the win. I didn’t expect a title change here.

Post match, The Embassy group showed up to attack Joe. Wardlow, the TNT Champion, made his entrance for the save. The Embassy left the ring and Wardlow didn’t chase after them because like I said earlier, wrestlers don’t chase out of the ring much. Powerhouse Hobbs grabbed Wardlow from behind and Hobbs hit Wardlow with a spinebuster. Hobbs held up the TNT Title just like he did on Rampage. Hobbs posed with the TNT Title over a fallen Wardlow and that was the end of the show.

Analysis: That’s the second straight show where Hobbs attacked Wardlow and held up the TNT Title, so that’s a title match to look forward to. Keep in mind that Hobbs lost the blowoff match to Ricky Starks, who hasn’t been on TV for a while yet Hobbs is here beating up the TNT Champion to get a title shot. I thought wins are supposed to matter in AEW? Anyway, Wardlow-Hobbs should be interesting whenever it happens – Full Gear makes sense for that.

Three Stars of the Show

  1. Orange Cassidy, Rey Fenix & Luchasaurus
  2. Chris Jericho-Colt Cabana
  3. Samoa Joe

The Scoreboard

This Week: 7 out of 10

Last Week: 8.25

Final Thoughts

It was a good episode in terms of in-ring action and some of the stories they are building, but not really that great overall. Last week was better. The wins by Jon Moxley, Samoa Joe, Jade Cargill and Chris Jericho were all very obvious, so it was hard to get into the matches. Colt Cabana was back so he can put over Jericho. The triple threat for the All-Atlantic Title was the best match although none of them were really that long.

The Jay Lethal-Darby Allin match wasn’t as good as they have done in the past, but it was more about putting over Lethal as a heel that needed help to win. That led to Jeff Jarrett making his AEW debut (he has a backstage role too) to align with Jay Lethal’s group. Double J sure gets around in the wrasslin’ business. They also teased The Elite (Kenny Omega & Young Bucks) returning soon while House of Black also looks to be coming back too.

MJF wasn’t on this show since he was selling the attack from last week. He was missed because his weekly promos are usually among the best parts of the show every week. Meanwhile, the women’s division only got two minutes of in-ring action. That’s brutal.

The next AEW pay-per-view is Full Gear on Saturday, November 16th. Here’s what we know so far.

* AEW World Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs. Maxwell Jacob Friedman

* AEW Tag Team Championships: The Acclaimed (Anthony Bowens and Max Caster) (c) vs. Swerve In Our Glory (Keith Lee and Swerve Strickland)

* AEW Interim Women’s Championship: Toni Storm (c) vs. Jamie Hayter

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John Canton


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