A Review by Kevin Wilson
The WAVE V*PARADISE shows are generally my favorite Joshi shows to watch. Part of that is because I like a lot of the wrestlers on the WAVE roster, which helps of course. Also even though I don't like clipped matches, it doesn't annoy me as much on a show that has matches that cover multiple events as it means they can pack in a lot more matches. Here the matches on this DVD:
May 3rd, 2015
- Catch The WAVE: “Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Hikaru Shida
- Catch The WAVE: Misaki Ohata vs. Ryo Mizunami
- Hiroe Nagahama and Konami vs. Mio Shirai and Tsukasa Fujimoto
May 10th, 2015
- Catch The WAVE: Cherry vs. Ryo Mizunami
- Catch The WAVE: “Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Misaki Ohata
- Catch The WAVE: Mika Iida vs. Yumi Ohka
May 20th, 2015
- Catch The WAVE: Hikaru Shida vs. Rina Yamashita
- Catch The WAVE: Kaho Kobayashi vs. Yumi Ohka
- Catch The WAVE: Cherry vs. Misaki Ohata
- Catch The WAVE: Mika Iida vs. Ryo Mizunami
May 29th, 2015
- Catch The WAVE Young OH! OH!: Hiroe Nagahama vs. Maya Yukihi
- Catch The WAVE Young OH! OH!: Meiko Tanaka vs. Yako Fujigasaki
May 24th, 2015
- Catch The WAVE 2015: “Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Ryo Mizunami
Lots of matches, let’s get to it.
“Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Hikaru Shida
This match is part of the Catch The WAVE Tournament. Shida throws Hirota to the mat but Hirota hits an armdrag. Shida returns the favor but Hirota hits a bodyscissors into a face crusher. Shida throws Hirota to the mat and she hits a hard knee to the ribs. Running knee against the ropes by Shida but Hirota rolls her up for a two count. Running knee by Shida, she picks up Hirota and she delivers the Falcon Arrow, cover by Shida but it gets two. Shida picks up Hirota and hits an enzuigiri, but Hirota lands on top of her for two. Shida puts Hirota on the top turnbuckle, Hirota slides away but Shida puts her in the ropes and hits a knee to the chest. Running knee to the back by Shida and she picks up Hirota, but Hirota wiggles away and hits the Oil Check. Shida hits a footstomp to Hirota’s back and applies the Stretch Muffler. Hirota gets out of it and hits a hurricanrana, but it gets a two count. Backfists by Hirota and she covers Shida, getting another two. Back up they trade strikes, backbreaker by Shida but it gets another two count. Three Count by Shida, but Hirota somehow gets a shoulder up. Shida goes for a brainbuster, but Hirota rolls her up for the sudden three count! This was short and Hirota isn’t great, but it was a watchable match since they kept the pace up. Didn’t love Hirota kicking out of Shida’s bigger moves, the roll-up win made perfect sense in a tournament setting but I didn’t see the benefit of her surviving Shida’s best moves in the process. Come for the Shida but don’t expect too much.
Misaki Ohata vs. Ryo Mizunami
This match is part of the Catch The WAVE Tournament. They jockey to start trading holds until Mizunami knocks Ohata to the mat. Shoulderblock by Mizunami but Ohata twists her in the ropes and delivers a dropkick. Ohata gets on the second turnbuckle and applies a hanging headscissors, she goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick. Waistlock by Ohata but Mizunami elbows out of it and hits a wheelbarrow suplex. Running leg lariat by Mizunami and she hits a series of leg drops for a two count. Spear by Mizunami and she puts Ohata on the top turnbuckle, but Ohata slides away and hits a powerbomb for two. Ohata goes up top and hits a diving body press, picking up a two count. German suplex hold by Ohata but Mizunami kicks out, back up Mizunami stomps Ohata and they trade elbows. Mizunami gets the better of the exchange but Ohata fires back, Ohata goes off the ropes but Mizunami hits an overhead belly to belly suplex. Elevated leg lariat by Mizunami, she picks up Ohata but Ohata gets out of the suplex and hits a crucifix hold for a two count. Fisherman buster by Ohata, but Mizunami barely kicks out. Backfist by Ohata but Mizunami levels her with a lariat. Dragon suplex hold by Mizunami, but Ohata kicks out at two. Mizunami picks up Ohata but Ohata gets away only to eat a lariat. Ohata gets back up and she goes for the Blue Clutch, but Mizunami rolls through it and holds down Ohata for the three count! Like the last match, since this was a tournament match you tend to see more of those roll-up type endings. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but isn’t as exciting. Slightly clipped but it wasn’t excessively, and it was an exciting match from start to finish. The shortness hurt it a bit but still fun. Mildly Recommended
Hiroe Nagahama and Konami vs. Mio Shirai and Tsukasa Fujimoto
Shirai begins the match with Nagahama, Nagahama elbows Shirai but Shirai kicks her back. Nagahama blocks the big boot but Shirai elbows her as Fujimoto comes into the ring. Fujimoto and Shirai attack Nagahama in the corner and then both hit boots. Konami kicks Shirai from the apron to help out, and Nagahama tags in Konami. Kicks to the chest by Konami and she covers Shirai for two. Konami goes for the cross armbreaker but Shirai gets out of it, they trade kick attempts until Konami finally hits one. Konami goes off the ropes but Shirai hits a big boot for a two count. Konami and Nagahama are put in the ropes by their opponents and both are hit with running strikes. Konami gets away from Fujimoto and tags in Nagahama, dropkicks by Nagahama but Fujimoto dropkicks her back. Kicks to the back by Fujimoto but Nagahama ducks the PK. Scoop slam by Nagahama and she throws Fujimoto to the corner, but Fujimoto reverses it and dropkicks her. Another dropkick by Fujimoto and she hits a scoop slam for a two count. Fujimoto tags in Shirai, running kick by Shirai and she hits a tiger feint kick with Fujimoto. Kick to the head by Shirai to Nagahama, but it gets a two count. Nagahama comes back with a pair of scoop slams, and she covers Shirai for two. Nagahama picks up Shirai and she hits a pair of dropkicks, but Shirai hits a vertical suplex. Necklock by Shirai, but it is quickly broken up by Konami. Shirai picks up Nagahama, Irish whip, but Nagahama applies a bodyscissors into a roll-up for two. Big boot by Shirai to Nagahama, but Nagahama barely gets a shoulder up. Double underhook facebuster by Shirai and she hits the Egukeri, finally picking up the three count. My main complaint here is not enough Konami, but a few minutes were clipped so maybe they just skipped her portion. This seemed to be more about Nagahama’s growth since she is the Wave affiliated wrestler, so she got a chance to hit some moves and show some fighting spirit before Shirai pinned her. Not a bad opener but not enough Konami for my tastes.
The next few matches I already reviewed as the full Oz Academy 5/10 event was released. So I will just copy and paste what I said from that review, please keep in mind on this Wave release the matches were slightly clipped.
Cherry vs. Ryo Mizunami
This match is part of the CATCH THE WAVE 2015 Tournament. Mizunami hits a spear right off the bat, she then hits a leg lariat but it gets a two count. Mizunami picks up Cherry and she hits a lariat, but Cherry fights back and hits a STO. Mizunami hits a back bodydrop followed by a pair of leg drops but Cherry avoids the third. Dragon sleeper by Cherry and she hits a Final Cut for two. Cherry goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick, she picks up Mizunami and she hits an armdrag. Northern Lights Suplex hold by Cherry but it gets a two count. Elbows by Mizunami and she hits a spear for a two count. Cherry goes off the ropes and she kicks Mizunami in the head, powerslam by Mizunami but Cherry rolls her up for a two count. Mizunami gets Cherry up on her shoulders and she hits the Argentine Facebuster, but Cherry rebounds and hits a series of chops. Lariat by Mizunami and she hits a dragon suplex hold for two. Diving Guillotine Leg Drop by Mizunami and she picks up the three count! I won’t say this was a great match but a sprint was the right way to go. Cherry doesn’t do much for me and if this was 15 minutes it wouldn’t have worked. Mizunami is really good though and her moves were really on point. Too short to get excited about but still solid.
“Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Misaki Ohata
This match is part of the CATCH THE WAVE 2015 Tournament. Hirota and Ohata shake hands to start, they go to the mat but neither can get an advantage. Back up they lock knuckles and Ohata flings Hirota to the mat. Ohata boots Hirota in the corner but Hirota applies a grounded necklock. Crab hold by Ohata and she gives Hirota a curb stomp for a two count. Irish whip by Ohata but Hirota hits a back splash off the ropes, wristlock by Hirota but Ohata shrugs her off. Small package by Hirota but it gets two. Face crusher by Hirota, she grabs Ohata’s arm and walks the ropes and hits a springboard armdrag. Ohata goes off the ropes and hits a crossbody, back elbow by Ohata and she hits a running crossbody in the corner. Ohata goes up top and she hits a diving crossbody. Waistlock by Ohata but Hirota rolls her up for a two count. Ohata elbows Hirota but Hirota hits a lariat. Hirota and Ohata trade elbows but Hirota applies a small package for two. Irish whip by Hirota and she hits a rebound elbow strike. Hirota kicks Ohata, she picks her up and Ohata hits a series of elbows. Release German by Ohata and she hits a second one. Another one by Ohata, she goes for a crucifix roll-up but Hirota blocks it. Hirota goes to the ropes and hits a quebrada, but it only gets a two count. Hirota goes up top and does a handstand but Ohata powerbombs her. Ohata gets Hirota’s back and hits a crucifix bomb, but it gets a two count. Ohata grabs Hirota and hits a fisherman buster, but Hirota barely gets a shoulder up. Hirota trips Ohata and she hits an Oil Check, La Magistral by Hirota but it gets two. Ohata picks up Hirota but Hirota hits a one arm suplex hold for two. Hirota goes off the ropes, Ohata goes for a fisherman buster but Hirota cuts it back and rolls up Hirota for the three count! This is probably the best Hirota singles match I’ve seen, Ohata is great. Hirota still had her silly moments and I don’t think she is a good wrestler, but Ohata controlled this one very well. I liked the ending, cutbacks are a good way for underdogs to win and Hirota got in enough offense that it didn't seem fluky. Solid match, better than I expected. Mildly Recommended
Mika Iida vs. Yumi Ohka
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. Iida rolls up Ohka right from the start but Ohka hits a big boot in the corner. Ohka chokes Iida in the corner but Iida avoids the next one and snaps Ohka’s leg over the top rope. Iida goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick for a two count. Iida jumps down on Ohka’s leg and slams her knee into the mat. Iida goes for a dropkick but Ohka moves, but Iida avoids the big boot again and kicks Ohka in the leg. Side Russian leg sweep by Iida and she applies a submission hold on the mat. Ohka slams Iida to the mat and she boots her against the ropes. Ohka goes out to the apron and boots Iida again, she goes up top and she hits a diving crossbody for two. Crossface by Ohka but Iida gets out of it and goes back to the leg. Ohka gets to the ropes but Iida dropkicks her and hits a fisherman suplex hold for two. Iida throws Ohka to the mat and she hits an uppercut. Dropkick to the knee by Iida and she hits a running uppercut for two. Ohka slams Iida to the mat but Iida applies an ankle hold. Ohka stomps out of it and she hits a big boot, but Iida kicks out. Heel drop by Ohka but Iida barely gets a shoulder up. Ohka goes for a chokebomb but Iida rolls her up for two. Kick by Ohka and she hits a big boot, Ohka picks up Iida and she nails a brainbuster. Iida barely kicks out of the pin but Ohka hits a final big boot, getting the three count. I am glad this one didn't go too long as Ohka is a bit limited. They just went to the sprint with Ohka just having too many big moves for the smaller Iida. I wouldn’t call it good but it was short enough that it wasn’t offensive.
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Hikaru Shida vs. Rina Yamashita
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. Yamashita scoop slams Shida but Shida kicks her and returns the favor. Shida goes for a hip attack but Yamashita catches her and slams Shida into the corner. Elbows by Yamashita and she stomps down Shida in the corner but Shida comes back with a knee to the midsection. Shida drags Yamashita over the apron and goes out of the ring to hit a running knee lift. Jumping knee by Shida in the corner but Yamashita fires back with a shoulderblock. Running elbow by Yamashita and she lariats Shida out onto the ramp. Out on the ramp Shida goes for a jumping knee but Yamashita catches her and lariats Shida back into the ring. Shida applies a guillotine and she hits a vertical suplex, Yamashita goes off the ropes but Shida hits a jumping knee. Shida charges Yamashita, Yamashita spins her around but Shida applies a short armbar. Yamashita gets to the ropes and back up Yamashita hits a shoulderblock. Backdrop suplex by Yamashita, cover, but it gets two. Yamashita waits for Shida to get up and hits a lariat, but Shida kicks out of the pin. Yamashita applies a sleeper but Shida makes it to the ropes. Shida goes off the ropes and goes for a kick, but Yamashita ducks it. Shida goes off the ropes again and she hits a running knee, she goes for a Falcon Arrow but Yamashita reverses it into a roll-up. Shida gets Yamashita back up and this time she hits the Falcon Arrow, Shida goes off the ropes and she nails the Three Count for the victory! This was a pretty good match, mostly because of Shida. Yamashita did her part when needed but didn’t really do anything to elevate the match. There were a few good sequences though and the benefit of short and slightly clipped matches is they tend to be mostly action. Solid but unspectacular. Mildly Recommended
Kaho Kobayashi vs. Yumi Ohka
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. Kobayashi immediately hits a hurricanrana to start the match and then a few other quick pins, but Ohka kicks out of everything. Ohka boots Kobayashi and stomps on her by the ropes, Irish whip by Ohka and she hits a big boot in the corner. Ohka goes up top but Kobayashi joins her and they trade elbows. Ohka elbows Kobayashi off and she applies a cross arm submission hanging over the top rope. Kobayashi slides out to the apron and goes for a dropkick, but Ohka moves and hits a double knee drop while Kobayashi is lying on the apron. Ohka scoop slams Kobayashi outside on the floor, she slides her back in and hits a diving body press for a two count. Ohka hits a double knee drop near the ropes, Ohka charges Kobayashi but Kobayashi slides out to the apron and snaps Ohka’s leg in the ropes. Kobayashi kicks Ohka over the top turnbuckle and goes for a missile dropkick, but Ohka moves out of the way. Back up they trade elbows, hard elbow by Kobayashi and she goes for the fisherman suplex, but Ohka blocks it and hits her own suplex. Ohka goes for a PK but Kobayashi ducks it, dropkick by Kobayashi and she dropkicks Ohka again while she is against the ropes. Kobayashi goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick, fisherman suplex hold by Kobayashi but Ohka kicks out. Kobayashi hits a pair of sentons, but again it gets a two count. Knee by Ohka but Kobayashi trips her and sneaks in La Magistral for a two count. Ohka kicks Kobayashi’s arm and she hits a running boot against the ropes. Suplex by Ohka and she hits a boot for a near fall. Ohka chokes Kobayashi and tosses her over her head, scissors kick by Ohka but Kobayashi kicks out of the corner. Big boot by Ohka, and she gets the three count! Ohka is a bit limited but I adore Kobayashi and her underdog style so I still liked the match. Kobayashi made Ohka’s offense look killer and she had a lot of believable near falls so it never felt like Ohka was dominating her. Not long but fun. Mildly Recommended
Cherry vs. Misaki Ohata
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. They avoid each other’s attacks to start, until Ohata pushes Cherry to the and hits a running crossbody. Ohata throws Cherry into the corner and hits another crossbody, she goes up top and delivers the diving crossbody for a two count. German suplex hold by Ohata but that gets a two count as well, Ohata goes for another suplex but Cherry reverses it into a swinging neckbreaker. Ohata elbows Cherry, Irish whip, but Cherry kicks her to the mat. Knee by Cherry and she hits a Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Cherry picks up Ohata but Ohata elbows her off, armdrag by Cherry and she catches Ohata with a bridging exploder suplex for a two count. Cherry goes up top and goes for a senton, but Ohata rolls out of the way. Ohata tries a few quick pins with no luck, Cherry goes off the ropes but Ohata catches her with a quick cover for two. Ohata hits a spinning backfist followed by the fisherman buster for another two count. Ohata goes off the ropes but Cherry trips her, backfist by Ohata but Cherry returns the favor. Cherry goes off the ropes and hits a spinning headscissors but Ohata rolls out of it and applies the Sorarina for the three count! I know I have said other matches were short but this one was really short. Not a lot of substance here as there were a lot of quick pins and things like that, but it was smooth and easy to watch. Felt more like filler though than anything else, a 'standard' tournament match.
Mika Iida vs. Ryo Mizunami
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. Iida starts the match with a dropkick but Mizunami promptly spears her and hits a jumping leg lariat for two. Iida tries a quick pin but Mizunami catches her with a wheelbarrow suplex. Lariat by Mizunami in the corner and she hits a quartet of leg drops for a two count cover. Back up they trade elbows until Mizunami floors Iida with a jumping elbow. Mizunami charges Iida in the corner but Iida slides out to the apron and snaps Mizunami’s arm over the top rope. Iida goes up top but Mizunami tosses her off, she goes for a lariat but Iida catches her arm. Iida kicks Mizunami in the arm, and mm rolls out of the ring. Iida goes out to the apron and kicks Mizunami in the arm, but Mizunami clubs her legs out from under her. Mizunami throws Iida into the ring post, she goes for a lariat but Iida moves and Mizunami hits the lariat. Iida slams Mizunami’s arm into the post before rolling her back into the ring, she goes up top and hits a missile dropkick. Iida hits another one, cover, but it gets two. Seated armbar by Iida and she goes for a cross armbreaker but Mizunami slams Iida to get out of it. Armbreaker by Iida, but Mizunami get into the ropes. Running dropkick by Iida, she picks up Mizunami and hits an elbow. Lariat by Mizunami and she plants Iida with a powerslam. Lariat by Mizunami, cover, but it gets two. Spear by Mizunami, she picks up Iida and puts her on her shoulders, but Iida rolls off and applies a cross armbreaker. Mizunami gets a foot on the ropes, Iida goes off the ropes but Mizunami gets Iida on her shoulders and hits an inverted Samoan Driver for a two count. Lariat by Mizunami, she goes for a lariat but Iida blocks it and hits Mizunami in the arm. Uppercuts by Iida but Mizunami levels her with a lariat. Another lariat by Mizunami, cover, but Iida barely gets a shoulder up. Mizunami hits another inverted Samoan Driver, she goes up top but Iida rolls out of the way of the guillotine leg drop. Iida goes back to the arm but Mizunami gets out of it, they trade roll-up attempts and Mizunami hits a lariat. Mizunami goes for another lariat but Iida quickly applies the Gannosuke Clutch, and she picks up the three count! This may end up being the best match on this DVD, as it got a bit more time shown and had two quality wrestlers. It wasn’t perfect as I think Mizunami was a bit too repetitive with her moves but Iida’s attention to the arm was good and it played a constant role in the match. Good pace and no noticeable miscommunications, and overall it was quite enjoyable to watch. Recommended
Hiroe Nagahama vs. Maya Yukihi
This match is part of the Catch The WAVE Young OH! OH Tournament. Nagahama dropkicks Yukihi five times right off the bat and she covers her for two. Nagahama picks up Yukihi but Yukihi hits a scoop slam. Back up they trade elbows, Yukihi gets Nagahama to the mat and she applies a headscissors. Nagahama throws Yukihi into the corner and hits a dropkick, she goes off the ropes and hits another one for a two count. Nagahama catapults Yukihi and holds on to apply a crab hold, then she runs on Yukihi’s back. Irish whip by Nagahama but Yukihi avoids the dropkick and hits a dropkick of her own. Yukihi goes for Nagahama’s ankle and applies a leg submission into a stretch hold but after a moment she lets go. They trade elbows again, scoop slam by Yukihi and she goes up top, but Nagahama avoids the senton bomb. Small packages by Nagahama get two counts as does Yukihi’s schoolboy, Nagahama charges Yukihi and she applies the Kasadora for a three count! This wasn’t particularly good. Nagahama does lots of dropkicks but not overly well, she doesn’t get a ton of height on them, and while Yukihi is easy on the eyes she is still a bit awkward wrestling-wise. Yukihi stretching Nagahama was really the only good moment, otherwise it was lacking. They are young so it’s not the end of the world, but not a great showing by either.
Meiko Tanaka vs. Yako Fujigasaki
This match is part of the Catch The WAVE Young OH! OH Tournament. A rare Meiko Tanaka sighting! Tanaka misses a roll-up to start but Fujigasaki sells it anyway which isn’t very smooth. They trade pin attempts with no luck and Tanaka dropkicks Fujigasaki in the corner. Hard elbow by Tanaka but Fujigasaki returns fire, Irish whip by Tanaka and she delivers a dropkick. Footstomps by Tanaka, she gets on the second turnbuckle and hits a missile dropkick. She gets on the second turnbuckle again but this time Fujigasaki throws her off and hits a dropkick. Another dropkick by Fujigasaki and she hits a third for a two count cover. Fujigasaki goes up top and she hits a missile dropkick. She goes up top again and she hits a diving body press, but Tanaka kicks out of the pin. Fujigasaki picks up Tanaka but Tanaka headbutts her, Tanaka goes off the ropes and she hits a spear. Cover, but it gets a two count. Tanaka picks up Fujigasaki, Irish whip, but Fujigasaki sneaks in a backslide for two. Jackknife hold by Tanaka but that gets a two as well. Fujigasaki goes off the ropes but Tanaka catches her with a spear, and she picks up the three count! This was even worse than the last match, the downside of having rookie vs. rookie matches is that there isn’t anyone there to control the match. It was also really short which is probably a good thing. Just too awkward to enjoy and generally lacked excitement, hopefully as they progress they will get better.
“Kyusei” Sakura Hirota vs. Ryo Mizunami
This match is part of the Catch The Wave 2015 Tournament. They circle to start, Mizunami pushes Hirota into the ropes and she elbows her before hitting a few shoulderblocks. Cover by Mizunami but it gets two. Hirota stomps Mizunami, she gets her arm and she hops up the corner so she can walk the ropes. She springboards in the ring with an armdrag, but Mizunami just looks annoyed. Kicks by Mizunami but Hirota hits a springboard back elbow. Mizunami elbows Hirota into the corner and she hits a lariat, Irish whip by Mizunami and she hits another one in the far corner. Leg drop to the back of the head by Mizunami, but it gets a two count. Hirota applies a seated armbar but Mizunami quickly gets to the ropes and hits a lariat. Powerslam by Mizunami, but Hirota kicks out of the cover. Spear by Mizunami, she picks up Hirota and she hits another lariat, but it only gets two. Mizunami goes off the ropes but Hirota connects with the backfist, she hits a quebrada followed by a half nelson suplex hold for a two count. Hirota picks up Mizunami and slaps her, but Mizunami catches her with a German suplex hold for two. Mizunami goes up top but Hirota avoids the guillotine leg drop. Overhead belly to belly suplex by Mizunami, she goes up top again but Hirota recovers and joins her. Hirota goes for the Frankensteiner but Mizunami blocks it and hits the guillotine leg drop. Hirota responds with a roll-up which Mizunami kicks out of, elbow by Mizunami but Hirota lands on top of her for two. Elbows by Mizunami but Hirota kicks her, Hirota goes for a suplex but Mizunami blocks it. Short armbar by Hirota but Mizunami gets into the ropes for a break. Hurricanrana by Hirota but Mizunami fires back with a lariat for a two count. Dragon suplex hold by Mizunami, but Hirota barely kicks out. Mizunami goes up top and she nails the guillotine leg drop, and this time she picks up the three count! This was only limited because Hirota isn’t great at this point, but an A+ for effort. Some small things I didn’t like, such as Hirota rolling up Mizunami after being successfully hit by the guillotine leg drop and she did occasionally throw in comedy spots, but I thought in general it was fun to watch. A solid way to end the DVD. Mildly Recommended
This was a step down from the other WAVE combo events I have watched. It was just missing anything special like a title match, or a fun Kana match. Most of the matches were solid but almost all were short and many were clipped on top of that. As a casual watch it is fine as there are a lot of matches here so you will probably find something you like, but it lacked any one match that I can recommend going out of your way to see.
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