Smartest Wrestler NXT Superstar Xavier Woods Helping Against Bullying

NXT superstar Xavier Woods talks about being a part of his first WWE Be A Star rally talking about bullying, getting his Masters degree and working on his PhD, the recent comments about him from JBL on Raw, when we might see him on the show and more.

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UFC To Run 35 Events in 2014, Three Events Announced

2013 still has a little more than two months left, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for 2014. UFC President Dana White announced last night on Fox Sports Live that the UFC will be running 35 events in 2014, up two events from the 33 that will be run this year. White also announced three events that will be taking place in early 2014.

UFC on Fox 10 will be taking place on Saturday, January 25 from the United Center in Chicago. This will be the third straight year the UFC does a Fox show in Chicago in January. White also announced UFC 169 will take place on Saturday, February 1 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This card will coincide with the Super Bowl taking place the next day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The final event announced by White was that UFC 170 be taking place on Saturday, February 22 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

No fights were announced for the three announced cards.

White also stated that there will be 14 cards on FOX Sports 1 including two Ultimate Fighter Finales, 13 on pay-per-view, and four apiece on the FOX network and FOX Sports 2.

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OPINION: Triple H Insulted Daniel Bryan on Raw, and That’s Okay

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The most recent edition of Monday Night Draw sent the internet into a fury over a closing angle involving Daniel Bryan and Triple H. During the segment, Triple H told Bryan that he isn’t the one, and while he might be very talented and very popular, so were people like Chris Jericho, Edge, and Rob Van Dam. He went on to say that if any of those guys had been “the one,” they’d all be working for Ted Turner right now. [Read more...]

WWE Monday Night Raw Ratings Down From Last Week

The ratings for Monday’s edition of WWE Monday Night Raw were released. The show had a 2.71 rating with an average of 3.83 million viewers. That is down from last week as that show scored a 2.88 rating with an average of 3.99 million viewers.

The first hour of this week’s Raw averaged 3.91 million viewers, hour two averaged 3.80 million viewers and the third hour averaged 3.76 million viewers. Raw competed with ESPN’s Monday Night Football game with the New York Giants vs Minnesota Vikings had 13.24 million viewers and their were games in Major League Baseball.

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WWE Smackdown Spoilers For Friday October 25, 2013

The WWE held their Smackdown tapings last night in Birmingham, Alabama. The show will air on Friday night on the SyFy channel starting at 8 p.m. ET. Here is what happened at last night’s tapings.

- The show opened with Michael Cole interviewing Triple H in the ring. They were seated in chairs for the sit-down interview. Triple H said six people were fired for setting up the production for Big Show. He noted that Show filed a lawsuit. He said Show is irrelevant and he remains fired and he can’t comment further.

- They spoke briefly of the Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena match and moved onto Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels. Hunter said Michaels will do the right thing. Daniel Bryan’s music hit. Hunter stayed in his seat. Bryan cut a promo saying he will prove Hunter wrong at Hell in a Cell. Bryan had a staredown and Triple H left to yes chants

- The Uso Brothers defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (w/Bray Wyatt). Miz was at ringside and kicked Wyatt. Rowan chased Miz, and the Uso’s double teamed Harper and got the three count.

- A.J. Lee (w/Tamina Snuka) beat Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella). A.J. picked up the win with the Black Widow in three minutes.

- Los Matadores defeated Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre. Zeb Colter and The Real Americans watched the match from the stage. A quick win for Los Matadores. They are kinda over with the crowd. Zeb cut promo saying the Americans will prevail at Hell in a Cell.

- Backstage, The Wyatt Family had Miz chained up in a dark cage with “liar” painted on his stomach.

- Ryback and Paul Heyman defeated C.M. Skunk in a No DQ handicap match. Yeah, that’s right C.M. Skunk, a local jobber with skunk hair. The crowd really popped when Punk’s music hit, but it was merely a squash match for Heyman and Ryback. Afterward, Heyman cut promo on Punk, saying he is Best in the World. He absolutely had the most heat of the night thus far.

- Big E Langston told Vickie Guerrero that he wants in the main event match now that Miz is out. She agreed after he told her that she is nothing like Brad Maddox.

- Alberto Del Rio delivered a promo on the stage. Pretty standard mic work from Del Rio.

- The Great Khali (w/Natalya) fought Fandango (w/Summer Rae) to an apparent no-contest. Summer Rae slapped Natalya and they fought inside the ring, which led to the apparent no-contest. Khali chopped Fandango to end the segment.

- Daniel Bryan, Big E Langston, Cody Rhodes, and Goldust defeated Randy Orton, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose in an eight-man tag. Bryan pinned Orton to win the match. A standard eight-man tag with near falls. Overall, a good match live.

Results from ProWrestling.net.

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WWE Main Event Spoilers For Tonight’s Show

Before the Smackdown tapings take place, the WWE films “Main Event” that will air on ION Television tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET. The tapings took place in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is what took place on WWE Main Event.

- Seth Rollins (w/Roman Reigns) defeated Goldust (w/Cody Rhodes) in roughly five minutes. Huge pops for Goldust and Cody. The Shield received an okay pop too. Back and forth action and the crowd was really into Goldust. Rollins won with a rollup after Goldust was distracted by Cody and Reigns brawling at ringside.

- A John Cena video promo was shown and the crowd really booed him.

- The Real Americans defeated The Prime Time Players. The Real Americans came out to not much heat. The Players were next they didn’t get the reaction I expected. The Real Americans were in control to begin. A “We The People” chant started and then the crowd had a small pop for the hot tag to Titus O’Neil, but he got caught in Antonio’s spin before Swagger put him away with the Patriot lock in about seven minutes.

- Cameron and Naomi defeated Alicia Fox and Aksana. A typical Divas match with Cameron pinning Aksana in four minutes.

- Damien Sandow defeated Dolph Ziggler. Dolph received a huge pop and Sandow got a lot of hate. In fact, it was the most heat of the night. Back and forth action from both guys with Sandow picking up the win in about five minutes.

Results from ProWrestling.net.

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Cheap Pops! Podcast: Walking Dead, Star Trek, 24 and the Movies – October 22, 2013

the-walking-dead-s04-e02-2Rather than just doing a Walking Dead podcast, Brian and Michael talk some pop culture including this week’s episode of Dead entitled “Infected” and where the show looks to be headed, Star Trek movies and which ones they enjoy the most, 24 coming back next year, movies to see in IMAX, each of them seeing ‘The Passion of the Christ” years ago and their viewing experience from that and more.

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Chris Jericho in New Comedy Web Series “But I’m Chris Jericho”

But-Im-Chris-JerichoChris Jericho continues to stay business outside of professional wrestling.  Today, it was officially announced that he will star in a weekly web series titled “But I’m Chris Jericho” that will debut on Tuesday, October 29.

Here is the official trailer for the show:

Here is the press release regarding the show:

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UFC 166 Medical Suspensions: Junior Dos Santos Suspended Indefinitely

UFC 166 took place this Saturday night in Houston, Texas with Cain Velasquez defeating Junior Dos Santos in the trilogy fight to retain the UFC heavyweight title in the main event.

BetweenTheRopes.com requested and was able to receive the post-fight medical suspensions from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Their were three fighters who received indefinite suspensions, including Dos Santos. The former champion will require clearance from an ear, nose and throat doctor for a potential nasal fracture prior to his return.

Velasquez who was suspended six months until April 18th for a possible broken jaw, but get clearance from a doctor to return earlier.

Here are the medical suspensions from UFC 166:

- Junior dos Santos: Suspended indefinitely pending clearance from an ear, nose and throat doctor
- Shawn Jordan: Suspended indefinitely pending clearance from an ear, nose and throat doctor
- Tim Boetsch: Suspended indefinitely pending clearance from an ophthalmologist
- Cain Velasquez: Suspended until April 18 due to possible broken jaw
- Diego Sanchez: Suspended until Jan. 18 due to cuts
- Darrell Montague: Suspended until Jan. 18 for precautionary reasons
- T.J. Waldburger: Suspended until Jan. 18 for precautionary reasons
- Nate Marquardt: Suspended until Dec. 19 for precautionary reasons
- Andre Fili: Suspended until Dec. 19 due to cuts
- George Sotiropoulos: Suspended until Dec. 4 due to cuts
- Gilbert Melendez: Suspended until Nov. 19 for precautionary reasons
- C.B. Dollaway: Suspended until Nov. 19 due to cuts
- Dustin Pague: Suspended until Nov. 19 for precautionary reasons
- Daniel Cormier: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- Roy Nelson: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- Jessica Eye: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- Sarah Kaufman: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- K.J. Noons: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- Jeremy Larsen: Suspended until Oct. 29 for precautionary reasons
- Gabriel Gonzaga: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- John Dodson: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- Hector Lombard: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- Adlan Amagov: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- Mike Rio: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- Tony Ferguson: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons
- Kyoji Horiguchi: Suspended until Oct. 27 for precautionary reasons

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WWE Hell In A Cell 2013 Updated Lineup

WWE Hell In A Cell takes place this Sunday from the American Airlines in Miami, Florida. The main event will feature Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for vacant WWE title with Shawn Michaels as the special guest referee inside the Hell In A Cell.

A couple of matches were made last night on the show, bringing the total to six matches. Here is the updated lineup for WWE Hell in a Cell.

- Daniel Bryan vs Randy Orton for the vacant WWE title with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee (Hell In A Cell)
- Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena for the World Heavyweight Championship
- Paul Heyman and Ryback vs CM Punk (Hell In A Cell)
- Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns vs The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles
- AJ Lee vs Brie Bella for the WWE Divas Titles
- Curtis Axel vs Big E Langston for the Intercontinental Title

More matches can be added as the event doesn’t take place for five days. With this lineup, will you be buying the show?

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TNA Bound Main Event Rematch Takes Place Thursday on Impact Wrestling

TNA President Dixie Carter announced that the TNA world champion AJ Styles will defend his title against former TNA world champion Bully Ray in a rematch this Thursday on Impact Wrestling.

Carter made the announcement in the video above after the Bound For Glory pay-per-view on Sunday after Styles defeated Ray for the title.

Impact Wrestling will take place on Thursday from Salt Lake City, Utah starting at 9 p.m. ET on Spike TV.

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Chris Jericho Says “Bye Bye WWE” In Response To Triple H Promo

Triple H cut controversial promo on Daniel Bryan in the main event segment on Raw when he compared Bryan to Chris Jericho, Edge and Rob Van Dam.

Triple H said they are all talented and very popular, but they were never the one. He then said no one wants to say it, but it’s a fact that if any of those guys had been the face of WWE back in the day, they would all be working for Ted Turner right now.

One of those responded and that was Chris Jericho. Jericho was talking to someone on Twitter when he tweeted this.

Jericho then put up this tweet, but he later deleted it.

“Time to move on guys. Bye bye @wwe! Now time for more important things…any doubt that #DayInTheLife is the best @thebeatles song ever??”

The former WWE champion hasn’t been seen on television since an episode on Friday Night Smackdown when he was brutally attacked by Ryback and a took a sabbatical to tour with his band Fozzy.

With these comments by Jericho, do you think he will return to the WWE?

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Between The Ropes WWE Raw Podcast: You’re Not the One – October 22, 2013

Brian and Steve recap WWE Raw from Monday night including the buildup to Sunday’s Hell in a Cell PPV, the finishing segment with the Triple H promo, who looks to be upset about something he said, getting back to a formula on Raw, why Norv Fernum should have been on the show and much more.  Plus, they talk about TNA going with a rematch between AJ Styles and Bully on Impact this week and the entire angle.

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Dana White Announces Chael Sonnen And Wanderlei Silva To Coach The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3

We have been waiting to see Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva finally settle their feud in the octagon. We are one step closer to that happening as UFC President Dana White announced on Fox Sports Live in front of Sonnen telling him that him and Silva will be the coaches on the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3.

“I told everybody we wouldn’t release it until sometime late November. I guess we’ll do it here. The coaches of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil are Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen,” White announced.

“That one’s going to piss off a lot of people. It’s happening. Then those two will fight. You two will coach The Ultimate Fighter, you will have a ton of security down there with you, and it should be a fun season.”

“You two will coach The Ultimate Fighter. You will have a ton of security down there with you, and it should be a fun season,” White said to Sonnen.

The feud between Silva and Sonnen has gone on for well more than a year now as Sonnen has made disparaging remarks about Brazilian fighters including Silva. “The Axe Murderer” came back by making crude remarks on social media and in various You Tube videos.

The feud reached a boiling point when Sonnen was at the Mr.Olympia convention in Las Vegas a few weeks doing an autograph signing when Silva approached Silva wanting a fight and they both had to be separated.

The filming of season will be starting in the next couple of months. White didn’t announce when the season will air on television and when Silva and Sonnen would fight, which presumable will happen sometime in 2014.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast – UFC 166 Recap, Cain is the Man

Brian and Steve look back at UFC 166 from over the weekend including Cain Velasquez retaining the heavyweight championship with a dominating win against Junior dos Santos, the all-time classic between Gilbert Melendez and Diego Sanchez and the rest of the card, who could be next for Velasquez, Daniel Cormier moving to light heavyweight and the upcoming UFC Fight Night show headlined by Mark Munoz vs. Lyoto Machida.

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UFC Announces “20 Days To UFC 167″ Tour

UFC 167 takes place on Saturday, November 16th from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The card is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre defending his title against Johny Hendricks. The co-main event will feature three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen facing former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans.

The show is being touted as the 20th anniversary show of the UFC. In the lead up to the card, the UFC is having a “20 Days To UFC 167″ tour, in which fighters will going to various cities around the United States leading into UFC 167.

The tour will begin in Denver, Colo., the site of UFC 1, on Oct. 28, and make stops in nearly two dozen cities. Current and past UFC competitors such as Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes and Forrest Griffin are just some of the many stars set to participate. The tour will feature a mixture of fan, media and sponsor events, as well as a social media scavenger hunt spanning the globe.

“We built an incredible card for our 20th anniversary and now we’re hitting the road to celebrate with our fans and the media all across North America,” said UFC president Dana White. “We’re going to cities that held historic UFC events and to locations we hope to bring the Octagon to soon.”

The 20 Days to UFC 167 Tour will also feature the launch of UFC’s new OCTAGON apparel line. UFC legends Liddell, Hughes and Griffin will be wearing this new apparel at each stop, as UFC showcases the “Evolution of Training” gear.

Here is the schedule for the “20 Days To UFC 167″ Tour:

- Monday, Oct. 28 – Denver, Colo. – UFC 167 lightweight star Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and rising women’s star Cat Zingano conduct a media tour in Denver, the site of UFC 1. They’ll also visit DISH Network headquarters for a meet-and-greet with staff, as well as pose for photos at the site of UFC 1, formerly McNichols Sports Arena. Later in the day, Cerrone will host a live social media chat from the MusclePharm facilities.
Monday, Oct. 28 – Montreal, Quebec, Canada – Georges St-Pierre, UFC welterweight champion and UFC 167 main event star, will participate in a media day at Tristar Gym. Press only.
- Monday, Oct. 28 – Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas – UFC welterweight contender and UFC 167 main event star Johny Hendricks will participate in a media day at his gym in Pantego. Press only.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Philadelphia, Pa. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as visit the Comcast Headquarters for a meet-and-greet with employees.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Chicago, Ill. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Chicago. Hughes will also meet with members of the Chicago Bears.
- Tuesday, Oct. 29 – Washington, D.C. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in the nation’s capital.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Atlanta, Ga. – UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will conduct a press tour in Atlanta and visit the COX Communications corporate offices for a social media promotion. He’ll also visit the Hooters corporate headquarters.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Cleveland, Ohio – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will conduct a press tour across Cleveland, alongside UFC heavyweight star and Cleveland native Stipe Miocic. The fighters will also meet with members of the Cleveland Browns.
- Wednesday, Oct. 30 – Baltimore, Md. – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will conduct a press tour in Baltimore and visit his brother, Baltimore Ravens’ star Arthur Jones, and the rest of the city’s Super Bowl champion team.
- Thursday, Oct. 31 – Detroit, Mich. – Red-hot UFC welterweight star Matt “The Immortal” Brown will conduct a press tour in Detroit.
- Friday, Nov. 1 – Raleigh, N.C. – UFC heavyweight star Brendan Schaub, a former professional football player, will speak to the N.C. State football team prior to the team’s game against rival UNC. He’ll also sound the Carolina Hurricanes’ Warning Siren before the team’s game against Tampa Bay at PNC Arena.
- Saturday, Nov. 2 – Concord, Calif. – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and middleweight star Luke Rockhold will sign autographs from 1-3 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Concord.
- Sunday, Nov. 3 – Rosemead, Calif. – UFC middleweight star Michael Bisping will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Rosemead.
- Monday, Nov. 4 – San Francisco, Calif. – UFC 167 welterweight star Josh Koscheck will conduct a press tour in San Francisco.
- Monday, Nov. 4 – Bay Area, Calif. – UFC lightweight star Gilbert Melendez will visit the campuses of YouTube and Twitter and meet with staff.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC 167 welterweight star Tyron Woodley, a St. Louis native, will conduct a press tour in his hometown. He’ll also meet with members of his hometown St. Louis Rams.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – St. Louis, Mo. – UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes will visit the headquarters of longtime UFC partner Anheuser-Busch. While at Anheuser-Busch Headquarters, Matt will be guided through a behind-the-scenes tour of the Brew House and Packaging Line, sampling from the fermentation and finishing tanks.
- Tuesday, Nov. 5 – FOX Sports 1 – 9 p.m. ET – FIGHTING FOR A GENERATION: 20 YEARS OF THE UFC premieres
- Wednesday, Nov. 6 – New Orleans, La. – UFC heavyweight star and Louisiana native Daniel Cormier will conduct a press tour in New Orleans. He’ll also meet with members of the New Orleans Saints.
- Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Fort Campbell, Ky. – UFC Fight for the Troops event on FOX Sports 1
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – San Antonio, Texas – UFC heavyweight star Daniel Cormier and Mexican bantamweight star Erik Perez will be in town for a variety of events.
- Thursday, Nov. 7 – State College, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star and 2008 National Champion from Penn State Phil Davis visits State College for a press tour.
- Friday, Nov. 8 – Pittsburgh, Pa. – UFC light heavyweight star Phil Davis will conduct a press tour in Pittsburgh, Pa. and meet with members of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 – Torrance, Calif. – UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell will sign autographs from 3-5 p.m. PT at the UFC Gym in Torrance.
- Saturday, Nov. 9 – Goiania, Brazil – UFC FIGHT NIGHT: BELFORT vs. HENDERSON on FOX Sports 1
- Sunday, Nov. 10 – The UFC will release its 20 greatest knockouts of all time at UFC.com. Visit the official website of the UFC to watch them all for free!
- Monday, Nov. 11 – Los Angeles, Calif. – UFC 167 star Chael Sonnen will conduct a press tour in Los Angeles.
- Monday, Nov. 11 – New York, N.Y. – UFC 167 star Rashad Evans will conduct a press tour in New York.
- Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Phoenix, Ariz. – UFC will conduct a press tour in Phoenix. Talent to be named shortly.
- Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC stars past and present will participate in a community event at Three Square.
- Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Open Workouts. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
- Thursday, Nov. 14 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC Press Conference. Location TBA. Free and open to the public.
- Friday, Nov. 15 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167 Weigh-ins at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Free and open to the public.
- Saturday, Nov. 16 – Las Vegas, Nev. – UFC 167, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT, live on Pay-Per-View

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UFC 166: Cain Velasquez vs Junior Dos Santos 3 Video Highlights

UFC 166 took place on Saturday night from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. In the main event, Cain Velasquez retained the UFC heavyweight championship defeating Junior Dos Santos by unanimous decision in the trilogy fight between the two. In the co-main event Daniel Cormier defeated Roy Nelson by unanimous decision in a heavyweight bout.

Here are the video highlights above of Velasquez vs Dos Santos.

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Between The Ropes Video – TNA Bound for Glory 2013 Recap

Brian, Michael and Steve recap the wacky, overbooked TNA Bound for Glory 2013 PPV including the main event between Bully Ray and AJ Styles for the heavyweight championship, the Kurt Angle vs. Bobby Roode match as well as Sting vs. Magnus.  Plus, the talk about where the company is right where, Hulk Hogan who was not on the show and more.

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