NJPW G1 Climax 28: Night 1
July 14, 2018
Ota General Gymnasium
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
Here’s the official reference sheet for The G1 Climax 28
Block A (Hiroshi Tanahshi, Togi Makabe, Michael Elgin, Kazuchika Okada, Jay White, Yoshi Hashi, Bad Luck Fale, Hangman Page, EVIL and Minoru Suzuki)
First Match: Hirooki Goto & Jado vs. Toa Henare & Ren Narita
Jado and Henare will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Henare backs Jado into the ropes. Jado shoves Henare. Jado kicks Henare in the gut. Jado unloads multiple knife edge chops. Jado repeatedly slams Henare’s head on the turnbuckle pad. Henare is pissed. Henare kicks Jado in the gut. Henare with a series of HeadButts to Jado. Jado falls down. Henare applies a front facelock. Henare tags in Narita. Narita with Forearm Shivers to Jado. Jado drops Narita with a Shoulder Tackle. Goto knocks Henare off the ring apron. Goto sends Henare crashing into the steel guard rail. Jado with Stiff Forearm Shots across the back of Narita. Jado tags in Goto.
Goto kicks Narita in the gut. Jado levels Narita with a Big Boot. Following a snap mare takeover, Goto with a Leaping Elbow Drop. Chaos does their signature pose in the center of the ring. Narita fires back with open hand chops. Narita reverses out of the irish whip from Goto. Goto kicks Narita in the jaw. Narita dropkicks Goto. Narita tags in Henare. Henare knocks Jado off the ring apron. Henare is throwing haymakers at Goto. Henare with a Flying Shoulder Block.
Henare bodyslams Goto. Henare connects with a Tomahawk Chop for a two count. Henare tags in Narita. Narita unloads more forearm shivers in the corner. Narita with a Running Back Elbow Strike to Goto. Henare follows that with a Samoan Drop. Narita with the lateral press for a two count. Jado whips Henare into the steel guard rail. Goto goes for The Ushigoroshi, but Narita rolls him over for a two count. Goto and Narita are trading back and forth shots. Goto HeadButts Narita. Goto plants Narita with The Ushigoroshi to pickup the victory.
Winner: Hirooki Goto & Jado via Pinfall
Second Match: Tomohiro Ishii & Sho vs. Toru Yano & Yoh
Sho and Yoh will start things off. Test of Strength. Following a long grappling exchange, Yoh rolls Sho over for a two count. Sho shakes hands with Yoh. Sho blocks a boot from Yoh. Yoh with elbow smashes across the jaw of Sho. Sho leapfrogs over Yoh. Sho dropkicks Yoh. Sho bounces Yoh’s head on the turnbuckle pad. Sho tags in Ishii. Sho and Ishii with a Double Shoulder Tackle. Ishii kicks Yoh in the back. Sho follows that with a Sliding Dropkick. Ishii HeadButts Yoh. Ishii blasts Yoh with a Forearm Smash. Ishii with an Axe Handle Strike across the back of Yoh. Ishii delivers multiple knife edge chops. Ishii talks smack to Yano. Ishii repeatedly kicks Yoh in the back. Ishii wants Yoh to bring it.
Yoh fires up with open hand chops. Ishii drops Yoh with a Big Haymaker. Ishii lightly kicks Yoh in the head. Ishii and Yoh are trading clubbing forearms. Ishii side steps the basement dropkick from Yoh. Ishii goes for a Big Boot, but Yoh counters with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Yoh tags in Yano. Sho prevents Yano from ripping off the turnbuckle pad. Following a long forearm exchange, Yano rakes the eyes of Ishii. Yano rips off the turnbuckle pad. Ishii whips Yano into the exposed steel. Yano hits an Inverted Atomic Drop. Yano catapults Ishii into the exposed steel in the corner.
Ishii ducks a clothesline from Yano. Yano applies a waist lock. Yano with a Fireman’s Carry TakeOver. Yano follows that with a Vertical Brain Buster. Yano tags in Yoh. Yoh with Forearm Shivers to Ishii. Yoh with a Leaping Back Elbow Strike. Yoh side steps Ishii into the turnbuckle pad. Yoh hits The 619. Yoh with a SlingShot Double Foot Stomp. Sho kicks Yoh in the gut. Yoh responds with a shoulder block. Yoh slips over Sho’s back. Yoh ducks a clothesline from Sho. Yoh drops Sho with a Flying Forearm Smash. Ishii goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Yoh lands back on his feet.
Ishii rocks Yoh with a Clubbing Haymaker. Yoh fires back with a Back/Neck Breaker Combination. Yoh goes for a SuperKick, but Ishii counters with a Forearm Smash. Yano kicks Ishii in the back. Sho dropkicks Yano off the ring apron. Yoh creates distance with Multiple SuperKicks. Yoh goes for a HeadScissors TakeOver, but Sho counters with a PowerBomb. Sho and Ishii continues to double team Yoh. Sho connects with a BackStabber. Ishii plants Yoh with The Vertical Brain Buster to pickup the victory.
Winner: Tomohiro Ishii & Sho via Pinfall
Third Match: The Guerrillas Of Destiny vs. Juice Robinson & David Finlay
Loa and Finlay will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Loa backs Finlay into the turnbuckles. Loa with clubbing bodyshots to Finlay. Loa repeatedly stomps on Finlay’s chest. Loa talks smack to the referee. Loa with a Corner Clothesline to Finlay. Loa says that’s Bullet Club. Loa goes for a Running PowerSlam, but Finlay lands back on his feet. Finlay ducks a clothesline from Loa. Finlay drops Loa with a Running European Uppercut. Finlay follows that with Two Running Back Elbow Strikes. Loa drives Finlay into the turnbuckle pad. Tonga lands a Stinger Splash. Loa knocks Robinson off the ring apron. Loa PowerSlams Finlay. Loa applies a front facelock. Loa tags in Tonga.
Tonga punches Finlay in the gut. Tonga dropkicks Finlay. Tonga with a disrespectful cover for a one count. Tonga is putting the boots to Finlay on the bottom rope. Tonga is choking Finlay with his boot. Tonga bodyslams Finlay. Tonga tags in Loa. Loa with a SlingShot Senton for a two count. GOD are cutting the ring in half. Loa HeadButts Finlay. Tonga is distracted by Robinson. Finlay HeadButts Tonga. Tonga goes for a Back Body Drop, but Finlay lands back on his feet. Finlay creates distance with a Belly to Back Suplex. Finlay tags in Robinson.
Robinson goes for a shoulder tackle, but Loa stands still. Robinson ducks a clothesline from Loa. Robinson drops Loa with a Leg Lariat. Robinson with a series of Juice Jabs. Loa reverses out of the irish whip from Robinson. Robinson with a Leaping Lariat to Loa. Tonga goes for a SuperMan Punch, but Robinson ducks out of the way. Robinson swings and misses on the leg lariat. Loa clotheslines Robinson.
Loa is putting the boots to Robinson in the corner. Loa tags in Tonga. Robinson side steps The Stinger Splash from Tonga. Robinson with a SpineBuster to Loa. Robinson tags in Finlay. Robinson and Finlay with a Double FlapJack for a two count. Loa tosses Robinson out of the ring. Finlay clotheslines Loa over the top rope. Finlay decks Tonga with a Back Elbow Smash. Finlay goes for a Flying European Uppercut, but Tonga counters with Gun Stun to pickup the victory.
Winner: The Guerrillas Of Destiny via Pinfall
Fourth Match: Kota Ibushi & Yujiro Takahashi vs. Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku
Ibushi and Sabre will start things off. Chain grappling exchange in the center of the ring. Sabre rolls Ibushi over for a one count. Sabre applies a front facelock. Ibushi backs Sabre into the ropes. The referee calls for the clean break. Ibushi pats Sabre on the chest. Sabre pie faces Ibushi. Sabre avoids a RoundHouse Kick from Ibushi. Sabre applies a wrist lock. Test of strength. Sabre with a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex to Ibushi. Ibushi has wrist control. Ibushi monkey flips to Sabre. Sabre fights out of the greco roman knuckle lock.
Sabre uppercuts Ibushi. Ibushi responds with his lighting quick offense. Ibushi drops Sabre with a Buzzsaw Kick. Ibushi and Sabre are trading back and forth shots. Sabre with a Over Head Kick to Ibushi. Sabre tags in Michinoku. Michinoku applies a wrist lock. Ibushi creates distance with a big haymaker. Ibushi tags in Takahashi. Ibushi with a Hip Toss to Michinoku. Takahashi follows that with a Running Boot. Ibushi lands a Standing MoonSault. Ibushi with another buzzsaw kick to Sabre. Takahashi with a Leaping Leg Drop.
Michinoku kicks Takahashi in the jaw. Takahashi responds with forearm shivers. Michinoku rakes the eyes of Takahashi. Michinoku dropkicks Takahashi. Michinoku tags in Sabre. Sabre with Two Uppercuts to Takahashi. Takahashi with a Reverse DDT for a two count. Ibushi fires off a SpringBoard Dropkick. Ibushi takes out Michinoku with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Takahashi goes for Pimp Juice, but Sabre counters with The Octopus Hold. Sabre plants Takahashi with The Zack Driver to pickup the victory.
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr & Taka Michinoku via Pinfall
Fifth Match: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada vs. Kenny Omega & Chase Owens
Omega and Naito will start things off. Omega mocks Naito. Omega shoves Naito. Sanada and Owens charges into the ring. Owens kicks Sanada in the gut. Sanada leapfrogs over Owens. Sanada goes for a dropkick, but Owens holds onto the ropes. Omega goes for a Back Body Drop, but Sanada lands back on his feet. Sanada shoves Omega into Owens. Sanada dropkicks Omega. Sanada with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Sanada rolls Omega back into the ring. Naito works on the back of Omega. Naito applies a chin lock on the middle rope. Naito transitions into a Cravate. Owens trips Naito from the outside. Omega attacks Naito from behind. Omega with a Belly to Back Suplex. Omega tags in Owens.
Omega and Owens are double teaming Naito. Owens tags in Omega. Omega with a SpringBoard Axe Handle Strike. Omega with a clubbing blow to the back of Naito. Omega drives Naito into the turnbuckle pad. Omega tags in Owens. Owens with a BackBreaker for a two count. Owens has a hard time applying The Paradise Lock. Naito with a Hip Toss to Owens. Naito follows that with a Basement Dropkick. Naito tags in Sanada. Sanada dropkicks Owens. Sanada with a Elbow Knockdown to Omega.
Owens goes for a Big Boot, but Sanada counters with The Paradise Lock. Omega attacks Sanada from behind. Omega dives over Naito. Omega with a Standing FrankenSteiner. Sanada kicks Omega in the gut. Sanada with a SpringBoard Missile Dropkick. Sanada kicks Owens in the gut. Omega and Owens counters with Stereo SuperKicks. Omega/Owens hits their Kotaro Krusher/FlatLiner Combination. Naito takes out Omega with a Satellite DDT. Naito fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Naito decks Owens with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Sanada locks in Skull End which forces Owens to tap out.
Winner: Tetsuya Naito & Sanada via Submission
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Sixth Match: (0) Togi Makabe vs. (0) Yoshi Hashi in A Block Competition In The G1 Climax 28 Tournament
Hashi and Makabe are trading forearm shivers. Makabe ducks a clothesline from Hashi. Makabe drops Hashi with a Shoulder Tackle. Makabe sends Hashi to the corner. Makabe with a Corner Clothesline to Hashi. Hashi negates the corner mount. Makabe and Hashi are brawling on the floor. Hashi whips Makabe into the steel guard rail. Hashi rolls Makabe back into the ring. Hashi repeatedly stomps on Makabe’s chest. Makabe with a Forearm Smash to Hashi. Hashi responds with a running knife edge chop. Hashi with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. Hashi kicks the back of Makabe’s head. Hashi tells Makabe to bring it.
Makabe wants more punishment. Hashi is throwing forearms at Makabe. Makabe fires up with clubbing haymakers. Hashi with a Right Hand Chop to Makabe. Makabe responds with a PowerSlam. Hashi continues to light up Makabe’s chest. Makabe with a Corner Clothesline to Hashi. Makabe transitions into a Corner Mount. Makabe with a Bridging Northern Lights Suplex for a two count. Makabe applies a waist lock. Makabe attacks the injured tricep of Hashi. Makabe and Hashi are trading back and forth shots.
Hashi slaps Makabe in the face. Makabe drops Hashi with a Western Lariat. Makabe follows that with another Corner Clothesline. Makabe goes for The Spider German Suplex, but Hashi blocks it. Hashi with a Running SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Hashi is trying to wear down Makabe. Hashi with a Wester Lariat of his own. Hashi connects with a Running Meteora. Hashi applies The Butterfly Lock. Hashi fights out of the fireman’s carry position. Hashi with a BackStabber to Makabe. Hashi goes back to The Butterfly Lock.
Makabe crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. Hashi with a Flying Head Hunter for a two count. Hashi goes for Karma, but Makabe counters with clubbing elbow smashes. Makabe eats a boot from Hashi. Makabe with a German Suplex. Hashi immediately gets back on his feet. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline. Makabe with a Lariat across the back of Hashi’s neck. Makabe slams Hashi’s head on the steel ring post. Makabe connects with The Spider German Suplex. Makabe lands a King Kong Knee Drop to pickup the victory.
Winner: Togi Makabe via Pinfall
Seventh Match: (0) Hangman Page vs. (0) Bad Luck Fale in A Block Competition In The G1 Climax 28 Tournament
Fale attacks Page before the bell rings. Fale with a clubbing blow to the back of Page. Fale rolls Page back into the ring. Page lands a Suicide Dive. Page transitions into a ground and pound attack. Page and Fale starts brawling in the crowd. Fale launches Page into a collection of chairs. The referee admonishes Fale. Page gets back into the ring at the count of seven. Fale steps on Page’s ribs. Fale repeatedly stomps on Page’s back. Page fires back with multiple haymakers. Page ducks a clothesline from Fale. Page with Two Running Clotheslines. Fale negates the sunset flip.
Fale goes for a Elbow Drop, but Page ducks out of the way. Page with a Standing Shooting Star Press for a two count. Page finally takes off his vest. Page is distracted by Tanga Loa. Fale goes for a BodySlam, but Page lands back on his feet. Page applies a waist lock. Fale backs Page into the turnbuckle. Fale with a Body Avalanche to Page. Fale follows that with a Running Splash for a two count. Fale goes for The Grenade, but Page rolls him over for a two count. Page clotheslines Fale over the top rope.
Tanga Loa drags Page out of the ring. Page ducks a clothesline from Loa. Page SuperKicks Loa. Page delivers a Hesitation Dropkick. Page takes out Fale and Loa with a Double MoonSault. Page hits The Buckshot Lariat for a two count. Page goes for The Rite Of Passage, but Tama Tonga counters with a ChopBlock which cause the disqualification. After the match, Tama Tonga transitions into a ground and pound attack. The Firing Squad continues to beat down Page. Kenny Omega, Kota Ibushi and Chase Owens storms into the ring to make the save.
Winner: Hangman Page via Disqualification
Eight Match: (0) Michael Elgin vs. (0) EVIL in A Block Competition In The G1 Climax 28 Tournament
EVIL kicks Elgin in the gut. EVIL applies a side headlock. EVIL goes for a shoulder tackle, but Elgin stands still. Elgin blasts EVIL with a knife edge chop. Elgin applies a side headlock. Elgin drops EVIL with a shoulder tackle. EVIL is trying to regain his composure on the outside. Elgin whips EVIL into the steel guard rail. Elgin delivers multiple knife edge chops. EVIL side steps a clothesline from Elgin. EVIL attacks the injured right shoulder of Elgin. EVIL wraps a folding chair around Elgin’s shoulder. EVIL drives the chair into the steel ring post. Elgin gets back into the ring at the count of thirteen.
EVIL continues to attack the injured shoulder of Elgin. Elgin with shots to the midsection of EVIL. EVIL with a Swinging Arm-Ringer. EVIL follows that with a Senton Splash for a two count. EVIL applies a Bow and Arrow Stretch. Elgin finally breaks free of this devastating hold. Elgin with a Belly to Back Suplex. Elgin with Two Elbow Knockdowns. EVIL rolls himself out of the ring. Elgin lands a Suicide Dive. Elgin rolls EVIL back into the ring. Elgin with a SlingShot Double Foot Stomp to EVIL. Elgin with a Bridging German Suplex for a two count. Elgin goes for a Vertical Suplex, but EVIL lands back on his feet. EVIL kicks Elgin in the face. Elgin responds with a series of Corner Clotheslines.
Elgin gets EVIL in a Military Press Position. EVIL thrust kicks the right hamstring of Elgin. EVIL with a Corner Clothesline to Elgin. EVIL follows that with a Running Bulldog for a two count. EVIL applies a Modified Fujiwara Arm-Bar. Roll through counter by Elgin. Elgin dumps EVIL in the corner. Elgin with a Bicycle Kick to EVIL. EVIL launches Elgin to the ring apron. EVIL kicks Elgin in the chest. EVIL with an Arm-Ringer across the top rope. EVIL sends Elgin crashing shoulder first into the steel ring post.
Elgin gets back in the ring at the count of sixteen. EVIL hits The Bronco Buster for a two count. EVIL gets Elgin trapped in the Banshee Muzzle. EVIL and Elgin charges into each other. EVIL goes for a Rolling Lariat, but Elgin counters with a German Suplex. EVIL with Darkness Falls for a two count. EVIL goes for The STO, but Elgin counters with a Falcon Arrow. Elgin and EVIL are trading back and forth shots.
Elgin rocks EVIL with Two Forearm Smashes. EVIL explodes out of the corner with an Inside Out Lariat. Elgin negates The STO. Elgin SuperKicks EVIL. Elgin goes for a Lariat, but EVIL counters with a German Suplex. Elgin responds with an Inside Out Lariat of his own. Elgin with a SuperPlex for a two count. Elgin Buckle Bombs EVIL. Elgin goes for Burning Hammer, but EVIL lands back on his feet. Elgin connects with Razor Edge. Elgin plants EVIL with The Elgin Bomb to pickup the victory.
Winner: Michael Elgin via Pinfall
Ninth Match: (0) Hiroshi Tanahashi vs. (0) Minoru Suzuki in A Block Competition In The G1 Climax 28 Tournament
Suzuki starts things off with clubbing palm strikes. Suzuki with Forearm Shivers to Tanahashi. Tanahashi backs Suzuki into the ropes. Tanahashi slaps Suzuki in the chest. Tanahashi dodges a Big Boot from Suzuki. Suzuki swings and misses with The PK. Tanahashi goes for a SlingBlade, but Suzuki counters with a Rear Naked Choke. Tanahashi with a Hip Lock TakeOver to Suzuki. Tanahashi slaps Suzuki in the face. Suzuki responds with a low dropkick. Suzuki locks in The Heel Hook. Suzuki transitions into an Ankle Lock. Suzuki follows that with another Heel Hook. Suzuki with a Single Leg Boston Crab to Tanahashi. Suzuki locks in the Heel Hook for the third time in this match. Tanahashi finally crawls to the bottom rope to create separation.
Suzuki is surveying the damage he caused. Suzuki delivers clubbing forearm smashes. Suzuki repeatedly slaps Tanahashi in the face. Tanahashi fires back with haymakers. Suzuki kicks the injured leg of Tanahashi. Tanahashi drops Suzuki with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Tanahashi with a Corner Dropkick to Suzuki. Tanahashi with a Running Forearm Smash. Tanahashi brings Suzuki to the corner. Tanahashi bodyslams Suzuki. Tanahashi goes for a SomerSault Senton, but Suzuki ducks out of the way. Suzuki hits The PK for a two count. Suzuki applies a Figure Four Leg Lock. Suzuki starts toying with Tanahashi. Suzuki and Tanahashi are trading back and forth shots.
Suzuki levels Tanahashi with Pancreas Slaps. Suzuki applies a Sleeper Hold. Suzuki goes for The Gotch Style PileDriver, but Tanahashi blocks it. Suzuki drives his knee into the midsection of Tanahashi. Tanahashi rolls Suzuki over for a near fall. Suzuki goes for a Big Boot, but Tanahashi counters with a Crucifix Cover for a two count. Suzuki ducks a clothesline from Tanahashi. Suzuki has Tanahashi in position for The Gotch Style PileDriver. Tanahashi escapes with another Dragon Screw Leg Whip. Suzuki is favoring his right knee. Tanahashi hits The SlingBlade for a two count. Tanahashi plants Suzuki with The High Fly Flow to pickup the victory.
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi via Pinfall
Tenth Match: (0) Kazuchika Okada w/Gedo vs. (0) Jay White in A Block Competition In The G1 Climax 28 Tournament
White wants to shake hands with Okada. White immediately goes for a Blade Runner, but Okada blocks it. White dodges The Rain Maker. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. White backs Okada into the ropes. Okada rubs the head of White. White unloads three knife edge chops. White applies a side headlock. Okada side steps the running shoulder tackle from White. Okada with a Side HeadLock TakeOver. White with shots to the midsection of Okada. White whips Okada to the corner. Okada launches White to the ring apron. White creates distance with a Forearm Smash. Okada has White perched on the top turnbuckle. Okada dumps White face first on the canvas.
Okada with a Seated Dropkick to White. Okada kicks White in the gut. Okada whips White shoulder first to the steel guard rail. Okada delivers a Helluva Kick. White avoids a Flying Elbow Drop from Okada. Okada and White continues to brawl around the ringside area. Okada with Forearm Smashes across the shoulder blades of White. Okada drives White’s shoulder into the steel ring post. White with a Saito Suplex on the floor. White repeatedly whips Okada into the steel barricades.
Okada is throwing haymakers at White. White rocks Okada with a right hand chop. White with a Running European Uppercut. White follows that with a Turnbuckle Butterfly Suplex for a two count. White slams Okada’s head on the apron. White starts choking Okada with the ring skirts. White with the cover for a two count. White applies a Seated Abdominal Stretch. Okada is trying to create separation. White thrust kicks the midsection of Okada. White with a Hair Whip. White connects with a PumpHandle BackBreaker for a two count.
White slaps the back of Okada’s head. White applies a Modified Muta Lock. Okada crawls to the bottom rope to create separation. White talks smack to Gedo. White grabs Okada by his hair. Following a snap mare takeover, White kicks Okada in the back. Okada is pissed. Okada delivers two forearm smashes. White side steps Okada into the turnbuckle pad. White goes for a Back Body Drop, but Okada lands back on his feet. Okada drops White with a DDT. Okada nips up. Okada with a Elbow/Forearm Combination to White. Okada ducks a clothesline from White. Okada with a Running Back Elbow Strike. White decks Okada with a Back Elbow Smash. Okada responds with a FlapJack for a two count.
Okada with a Flying Crossbody Block for a two count. Okada goes for The Reverse NeckBreaker, but White blocks it. White applies a waist lock. White unloads another Saito Suplex. White connects with a Twisting Brain Buster for a two count. Okada locks in The Cobra Clutch. White is down to one knee. White reverses the hold. Okada refuses to quit. Okada places his boot on the bottom rope. Okada fights out of the Head & Arm Suplex.
Okada with a Reverse NeckBreaker to White. Okada blasts White with a ShotGun Dropkick. Okada bodyslams White. Okada follows that with a Top Rope Elbow Drop. Okada does his signature Rain Maker Pose. Okada goes for a Rain Maker, but White counters with a FlatLiner. White with a Bridging German Suplex for a two count. White is lighting up Okada’s chest. Okada responds with three uppercuts. White with an Inside Out Lariat for a two count. White bring his combination offense to Okada.
White with a Saito Suplex over the top rope. White follows that with his Guard Rail Suplex. White talks smack to Jushin Thunder Liger. White grabs a folding chair. White shoves the referee. Okado with Two Dropkicks. Okada connects with The Tombstone PileDriver. White blasts Red Shoe with a Spinning Back Fist. Okada lands The Rain Maker. Okada goes for another TombStone PileDriver, but White counters with a Low Blow. White throws the chair at Okada. White plants Okada with The Blade Runner to pickup the victory.
Winner: Jay White via Pinfall
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