WWE Raw Results (12/21/20): The Nightmare After TLC

WWE Raw
December 21, 2020
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

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Transcription by Josh Lopez

Charlotte Flair, Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke Segment 

First Match: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke 

Asuka and Charlotte Flair joins the commentary team for this match. Shayna Baszler and Mandy Rose will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Baszler applies a front face lock. Wrist Lock Exchange. Baszler grapples around Rose. Rose applies a waist lock. Rose with a waist lock takedown. Standing Switch Exchange. Rose with a single leg takedown. Rose cartwheels around Baszler. Rose SuperKicks Baszler for a two count. Rose with clubbing shoulder blocks. Rose with a forearm smash. Rose tags in Brooke. Double Vertical Suplex. Baszler tags in Jax. Brooke ducks a clothesline from Jax. Brooke with forearm shivers. Jax HeadButts Brooke. Jax levels Brooke with a Body Avalanche. Jax delivers another headbutt. Jax is choking Brooke with her boot. Jax with a Big Biel Throw. Jax with a Body Avalanche. Rose sends Brooke to the corner. Brooke side steps Jax into the turnbuckles. Brooke with The HandSpring Back Elbow Smash. Brooke with a Tilt-A-Whirl HeadScissors TakeOver. Brooke tags in Rose.

Brooke with a chop block. Rose with a Running Knee Strike across the back of Jax’s neck. Brooke follows that with a Baseball Slide Dropkick to Baszler. Stereo Flying Crossbody Blocks off the ring apron. Rose rolls Jax back into the ring. Jax knocks Rose off the apron. Jax throws Rose into the ringside barricade. Baszler and Jax has complete control of the match during the commercial break. Jax applies a waist lock. Rose stomps on the right foot of Jax. Rose kicks the right knee of Jax. Rose with forearm shivers. Jax avoids The Pump Knee Strike. Jax drops Rose with a Body Block. Jax tags in Baszler. Baszler delivers a gut punch. Baszler punches Rose in the back. Baszler slams the right knee of Rose on the canvas. Baszler applies a leg lock. Baszler DDT’s the right leg of Rose. Baszler drags Rose to the corner. Baszler tags in Jax. Jax repeatedly stomps on the left knee of Rose. Jax uses the middle rope as a weapon. Jax toys around with Rose. Rose with forearm shivers across the midsection of Jax. Jax sends Rose to the corner. Rose kicks Jax in the face. Rose slaps Jax in the face. Jax clotheslines Rose.

Jax goes for The Running Leg Drop, but Rose ducks out of the way. Rose kicks Jax into the turnbuckles. Baszler tags herself in. Baszler knocks Brooke off the apron. Rose with a gut punch. Rose ducks a clothesline from Baszler. Rose with two running clotheslines. Rose with a Vertical Suplex. Baszler side steps Rose into the turnbuckles. Rose decks Baszler with a back elbow smash. Rose slams Baszler’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Rose is throwing haymakers at Baszler. Following a snap mare takeover, Brooke tags herself in. Rose hits The Pump Knee Strike. Brooke with The Twisting Splash for a two count. Brooke avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Brooke with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Brooke lands The Swanton Bomb for a one count. Jax pulls Brooke out of the ring. Jax sends Brooke back first into the barricade. Rose with a Flying Knee Strike off the apron. Brooke with a HandSpring Back Elbow Smash. Baszler responds with a Sliding Head Kick. Brooke with The Rolling Crucifix for a two count. Baszler ducks a clothesline from Brooke. Baszler connects with The Uranage BackBreaker. Brooke avoids The Elbow Stomp. Brooke throws Baszler into the turnbuckles. Brooke rolls Baszler over for a two count. Baszler makes Brooke tap out to The Kirifuda Clutch. After the match, Baszler and Jax tells Asuka and Charlotte to bring it. Rose dropkicks Baszler off the apron. Rose and Brooke dumps Jax over the top rope.

Winner: Shayna Baszler & Nia Jax via Submission 

The VIP Lounge With Special Guests: Matt Riddle & Jeff Hardy 

Second Match: Angel Garza vs. Drew Gulak 

Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Gulak backs Garza into the turnbuckles. The referee calls for a clean break. Garza throws his pants at Gulak. Garza with a running haymaker. Garza transitions into a ground and pound attack. Garza and Gulak are trading back and forth shots. Gulak with The Pendulum BackBreaker. Gulak with a gut punch. Garza answers with a knife edge chop. Garza blocks a boot from Gulak. Garza gets Gulak tied up in the ropes. Garza with a straight right hand. Garza with a Running Knee Strike for a one count.

Abdominal Stretch Exchange. Garza tugs on Gulak’s hair. Garza pulls Gulak down to the mat. Garza whips Gulak across the ring. Garza with The Hip Toss for a two count. Garza applies a waist lock. Gulak with two sharp elbow strikes. Gulak tees off on Garza. Gulak with the irish whip. Garza kicks Gulak in the face. Standing Switch Exchange. Gulak goes for The O’Connor Roll, but Garza holds onto the ropes. Garza SuperKicks Gulak. Garza connects with The Wing Clipper to pickup the victory.

Winner: Angel Garza via Pinfall 

Miz TV With Special Guest: AJ Styles, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, and Keith Lee 

The Miz: Welcome to the most must see WWE talk show in history, Miz TV! You know, in life, you’re not often presented with an opportunity to become WWE Champion. Last night, I had the opportunity to etch my name in the history books as a two-time WWE Champion, but I failed. I not only failed myself, but I failed my family and for that, I’m sorry.

John Morrison: But that’s not the only apology that needs to be delivered tonight.

The Miz: Correct, John. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome my guest at this time, “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles. AJ, I invited you to be a guest on the show because I want you to hear me explain, I want you to hear an explanation. Look, I’m usually not an impulsive man, but I think you’d done the same thing, I took advantage of an opportunity.

AJ Styles: You know what, i’ve heard enough. That, right there, i’ve heard enough. Just shut your mouth, Miz. Don’t you realize, you may be the biggest idiot on earth, that may be you? You’re selfish. And on top of that, you’re incompetent. You cost me the WWE Championship. And on top of that, in a ladder match, you cashed in your money in the bank contract. We both lost because of you.

The Miz: You don’t think I know that? You don’t think I know that, AJ? That contract was everything, everything. 10 years ago, I cashed in the money in the bank contract, I became WWE Champion, I went on to main event WrestleMania, and this was going to be the same this year. Do you understand, for 15 years, I have dedicated myself to gain the respect that I deserve, to be the poster child of WWE? And nobody respects me, nobody cares.

But if I’d cashed in at the right time, I became WWE Champion, maybe, just maybe, they would respect me, you would respect me, everyone would respect me as their WWE Champion, and I would’ve took Raw to new heights. But I can’t do anything about that, I can only make this right. So, from the bottom of my heart, my soul, with every ounce of dignity, I apologize. We both were robbed last night. I blew it. Look, it’s the holidays, right, time for giving and forgiving, so let me make this right. I’ll give you an early holiday gift. I would like to present you an opportunity to co-star in the new installment of The Marine.

AJ Styles: Wait a second, I’m tiny, you could barely see me in that.

John Morrison: Hey, I’m not even on the poster.

AJ Styles: Yeah, Morrison is not even on the poster.

John Morrison: Man, I thought you were my friend, come on.

Omos: Woah, woah, woah, don’t defend him, technically he cashed in the money in the bank contract.

John Morrison: Hey, you were on the floor, you knew you were going to lose anyway.

– Styles and Morrison starts bickering with each other.

The Miz: John, AJ, Omos is right. You cashed in the money in the bank contract, I am Mr. Money In The Bank, I am the only person that could cash in that contract. Do you understand what that means? I demand my money in the bank contract back, WWE Management, I don’t care who, right here, right now, I want my money in the bank contract back.

Drew McIntyre: Stop, stop, stop. Lads, we’ve got ourselves a 6-Man Holiday Street Fight later tonight, and if anyone is going to take you guys out, it’s not gonna be each other, it’s gonna be me, Drew McIntyre. Speaking of taking you guys out, after I defend my WWE Championship last night at TLC, I had myself a little celebration. AJ, I know you’re gonna remember that match for a long time because I left you a permanent reminder on your left cheek, right there. I had a celebration with the lads.

Sheamus, Keith Lee and myself had 1 to 10 pints, we had ourselves a little laugh, and we started to reminisce about last week when you put on that hilarious entertaining performance of “The Nightmare Before TLC.” And then I invited a few more friends, Mr. Jack Daniels, Mr. Jim Bean, Mr. Jameson, the creative juices got flowing and we had an idea for a sequel. I didn’t quite have time to get a leather book like you guys last week, but I did scribble it down on a napkin right here, so brace yourselves. We call this, The Nightmare After TLC. Twas The Nightmare After TLC, that Miz had no money in the bank.

Sheamus: And AJ Styles was left, title-less, with Drew McIntyre to thank.

Keith Lee: Both AJ and Miz whine, screaming, this isn’t fair.

Drew McIntyre: This truly was a phenomenal nightmare. Wait a minute, I know we had a big finish right here. Sheamus, do you remember the finish?

Sheamus: Don’t ask me, fella, everything after 3am is a blur.

Keith Lee: All right, that’s fine, I’ll tell you what, we can make a new finish in this holiday street fight.

Drew McIntyre: It’s a great idea, Keith, but we’ve all talked for so long, and we didn’t get all dressed up for nothing. Let’s give it to them, right now.

A pier six brawl ensues. McIntyre with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex. Sheamus kicks Miz in the gut. Sheamus with a knee lift. McIntyre clotheslines Miz. Lee tees off on Styles. Sheamus prepares for The Brogue Kick. Styles dropkicks Lee into Sheamus. McIntyre is trying to play peacemaker with Lee and Sheamus to close the segment.

Third Match: Ricochet vs. T-Bar w/RETRIBUTION 

Ricochet dropkicks T-Bar. Ricochet unloads a flurry of strikes. T-Bar slings Ricochet across the ring. Ricochet dropkicks the left knee of T-Bar. Ricochet nails T-Bar with The Pump Kick. T-Bar catches Ricochet in mid-air. T-Bar repeatedly drives his knee into Ricochet’s back. T-Bar launches Ricochet to the corner. T-Bar tees off on Ricochet. T-Bar with an Inside Out Lariat for a two count. T-Bar drives his knee into Ricochet’s back. T-Bar applies a rear chin lock. Ricochet gets back to a vertical base.

T-Bar punches Ricochet in the back. T-Bar whips Ricochet across the ring. Ricochet holds onto the ropes. Ricochet sends T-Bar tumbling to the floor. Ricochet dropkicks Slapjack off the ring apron. Ricochet ducks a clothesline from Mace. Ricochet drops Mace with The Triangle MoonSault. T-Bar responds with The Big Boot. T-Bar rolls Ricochet back into the ring. Mustafa Ali talks smack to Ricochet. Ricochet is throwing haymakers at Ali. T-Bar connects with Feast Your Eyes to pickup the victory. After the match, T-Bar tells Ricochet that RETRIBUTION is not his enemy, they are his ally. He’ll either join RETRIBUTION or he will end his existence.

Winner: T-Bar via Pinfall 

Fourth Match: Bobby Lashley & MVP w/The Hurt Business vs. Jeff Hardy & Matt Riddle 

Hardy attacks Lashley before the bell rings. Hardy with clubbing blows to Lashley’s back. Lashley shoves Hardy. Hardy with a running axe handle strike. Hardy is throwing haymakers at Lashley. Hardy tags in Riddle. Hardy hammers down on the back of Lashley’s neck. Riddle applies The Sleeper Hold. Lashley dumps Riddle back first on the canvas. Lashley clotheslines Riddle. Lashley sends Riddle face first into the top turnbuckle pad. Lashley tags in MVP. MPV with heavy bodyshots in the corner. MVP repeatedly stomps on Riddle’s chest. MVP drives his shoulder into the midsection of Riddle. MVP uppercuts Riddle. MVP is choking Riddle with his knee. MVP tags in Lashley. Lashley drops Riddle with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Lashley stops Riddle in his tracks. Riddle unloads Two Mid-Kicks. Lashley blocks a boot from Riddle. Riddle with a single leg dropkick. Riddle tags in Hardy.

Hardy tees off on Lashley. Lashley reverses out of the irish whip from Hardy. Hardy with a running haymaker. Hardy with an Inverted Atomic Drop. Split Legged Leg Drop/Basement Dropkick/Splash Combination for a one count. Hardy tags in Riddle. Double Irish Whip. Poetry In Motion. Lashley regroups on the outside. Hardy with another Inverted Atomic Drop. Assisted Corkscrew Senton. Hardy with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Riddle blasts MVP with The PK. The Hurt Business regains control of the match during the commercial break. Hardy with clubbing elbow smashes. Lashley reverses out of the irish whip from Hardy. Hardy decks Lashley with a back elbow smash. Lashley sends Hardy crashing to the outside. Hardy avoids the referee’s ten count. Lashley applies a wrist lock. Lashley with an arm-ringer. Lashley tags in MVP. MVP kicks Hardy in the face. MVP rams his elbow into the left shoulder of Hardy. MVP hooks the outside leg for a two count. MVP with the lateral press for a two count.

Hardy is displaying his fighting spirit. MVP with a knee smash. MVP hits The Balling Elbow for a two count. MVP transitions into a ground and pound attack. MVP sends Hardy to the corner. Hardy avoids The Helluva Kick. Hardy drops MVP with Whisper In The Wind. Hardy tags in Riddle. Riddle delivers his combination offense. Riddle ducks a clothesline from MVP. Riddle with an OverHead Kick. Riddle with Two Running Forearm Smashes. Riddle is distracted by Cedric Alexander. Riddle follows that with The Exploder Suplex. Riddle hits The BROTon. Riddle connects with The Fisherman’s Suplex for a two count. Lashley tags himself in. Lashley with The FlatLiner. Lashley goes for The Delayed Vertical Suplex, but Riddle lands back on his feet. Hardy punches Lashley from the ring apron. Hardy tags himself in. Riddle nails Lashley with The Pump Knee Strike. Riddle wipes out The Hurt Business with The Poetry In Motion. MVP runs interference. Hardy goes for The Swanton Bomb, but Lashley ducks out of the way. Hardy denies The Spear. Lashley negates The Twist Of Fate. Lashley makes Hardy tap out to The Hurt Lock.

Winner: Bobby Lashley & MVP via Submission 

Fifth Match: Jaxson Ryker w/Elias vs. Gran Metalik w/Lince Dorado 

Elias starts performing a mid-match concert on the top turnbuckle. Metalik side steps the collar and elbow tie up. Metalik thrust kicks the midsection of Ryker. Metalik with a knife edge chop. Ryker reverses out of the irish whip from Metalik. Ryker drops Metalik with a shoulder tackle. Ryker with clubbing axe handle strikes. Ryker with the irish whip. Metalik sends Ryker shoulder first into the steel ring post. Metalik slaps Elias in the chest. Metalik with The Top Rope FrankenSteiner. Metalik mocks Elias. Ryker with a running sledge. Ryker connects with The SitOut Choke Bomb to pickup the victory.

Winner: Jaxson Ryker via Pinfall 

Randy Orton & Alexa Bliss Segment

Randy Orton: In my entire life, I have been called many, many different things. Sick and twisted. Deranged and demented. And last night at TLC, I proved that I am each and every one of those things, when I burned The Fiend alive. A normal person would have regrets if they set another man on fire, but the fiend is no man and I most certainly am not normal. Last night, I enjoyed every single second as I stood by and watched the fiend, burn. As a matter of fact, this is exactly where it happened last night. And if I close my eyes, I could see it. If I close my eyes, I could smell it, because the stench of burning flesh has a tendency to linger.

Now, last night, I didn’t sleep because the voices in my head that I’ve grown accustomed to after all these years, which also enabled me to rest peacefully at night, almost as if they’re a lullaby. Those voices were gone. The voices in my head after last night don’t exist. The only thing I’m hearing right now in my head is the sound of The Fiend, gasping for his last breath. Gasping for his last breath as that fire grew hotter, as those flames grew higher. The Fiend is gone. The Fiend is no more. And I am the evil son of a bitch that took him out.

Alexa Bliss: Expecting someone else. He built this for me. For now we could call it, Alexa’s Playground. Come on, Randy, come play. I bet you’re wondering where he is. He could be at a tanning salon, he was looking a little pale or it’s pretty good weather right now in Florida, he could be at the beach, but I hope he doesn’t get sunburn or he could be at this favorite restaurant, eating his favorite food, barbeque. But you’re right, Randy, it was right here, right here where you can still see and smell what you did to his vetted flesh. I mean, he’s not here right now. It’s almost as if he absorbed into the mat, under the ground, under each layer of the earth. He’s home. But if he ever leaves home, he may come back to Alexa’s playground. And if he does, it’ll be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Sixth Match: Asuka & Charlotte Flair vs. Lacey Evans & Peyton Royce 

Asuka and Peyton Royce will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Asuka applies a side headlock. Royce whips Asuka across the ring. Asuka drops Royce with a shoulder tackle. Royce avoids The RoundHouse Kick. Standing Switch Exchange. Evans tags herself in. Royce goes for The O’Connor Roll, but Asuka counters with The Asuka Lock. Evans pulls Asuka to the center of the ring. Asuka sends Evans to the ring apron. Evans sweeps out the legs of Asuka. Asuka avoids The SlingShot Elbow Drop. Asuka thrust kicks the midsection of Evans. Evans tags in Royce. Asuka with The Running Hip Attack. Royce responds with The Spinning Leg Lariat for a two count. Evans and Royce has complete control of the match. Evans with The Delayed BroncoBuster. Royce tags herself in. Royce hooks the outside leg for a two count. Royce with clubbing blows to Asuka’s back. Royce ascends to the top turnbuckle. Evans tags herself in.

Evans with another leg sweep. Evans tells Royce to get down. Evans with The SlingShot Elbow Drop. Evans starts arguing with Royce. Royce stops Asuka in her tracks. Royce pie faces Asuka. Asuka blocks a boot from Royce. Asuka creates distance with The Release German Suplex. Asuka tags in Charlotte. Charlotte clotheslines Royce. Charlotte ducks a clothesline from Evans. Charlotte with a Belly to Back Suplex. Charlotte pops back on her feet. Charlotte unloads four knife edge chops. Royce reverses out of the irish whip from Charlotte. Charlotte with a BackBreaker. Charlotte drops Royce with The Big Boot. Evans runs interference. Charlotte hits The Exploder Suplex. Royce kicks the left knee of Charlotte. Royce applies the single crab. Evans pulls Asuka off the ring apron. Evans goes for The SlingShot Double Foot Stomp, but Asuka ducks out of the way. Asuka connects with The Shining Wizard. Asuka delivers The RoundHouse Kick. Charlotte with a double leg takedown. Royce rolls Charlotte over for a two count. Charlotte sweeps out the legs of Royce. Charlotte makes Royce tap out to The Figure Eight.

Winner: Asuka & Charlotte Flair via Submission 

Seventh Match: Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, and Keith Lee vs. AJ Styles, The Miz, and John Morrison w/Omos In A 6-Man Tag Team Street Fight 

Sheamus and John Morrison will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Sheamus applies a front face lock. Morrison with clubbing blows to Sheamus back. Morrison kicks the left hamstring of Sheamus. Sheamus kicks Morrison in the gut. Sheamus punches Morrison in the back. Sheamus delivers a gut punch. Morrison kicks Sheamus in the gut. Morrison with a forearm smash. Morrison with a back heel trip. Morrison drags Sheamus to the corner. Morrison applies The Heel Hook. Morrison tags in Miz. Miz repeatedly stomps on Sheamus chest. Miz is throwing haymakers at Sheamus. Miz uses the middle rope as a weapon. Morrison with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Miz tags in Styles. Styles kicks Sheamus in the gut. Styles with a straight right hand. Sheamus answers with heavy bodyshots. Sheamus clotheslines Styles. Styles with a forearm smash.

Styles buries his shoulder into the midsection of Sheamus. Miz applies The Sleeper Hold from the ring apron. Morrison tags himself in. Morrison with rapid fire bodyshots. Miz and Morrison gangs up on Sheamus. Morrison SuperKicks Sheamus. Sheamus denies the snap mare takeover. Sheamus targets the midsection of Morrison. Sheamus with a running sledge. Sheamus drags Morrison to the corner. Sheamus tags in McIntyre. Wish Bone Attack. McIntyre slams Morrison’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. McIntyre with a knife edge chop. McIntyre stomps on the left hand of Morrison. McIntyre goes for a Bodyslam, but Morrison lands back on his feet. Morrison kicks the left knee of McIntyre. Morrison with clubbing hamstring kicks. Morrison with a Dragon Screw Leg Whip. McIntyre HeadButts Morrison. McIntyre punches Morrison in the back. McIntyre applies a front face lock. McIntyre tags in Lee.

Double Vertical Toss. Lee applies a wrist lock. Lee tags in Sheamus. Double Irish Whip. Double Shoulder Tackle. Double Elbow Knockdown. Double Hip Toss to Styles. Sheamus and Lee aggressively pats each other on the chest. That leads us to a quick standoff in the center of the ring. McIntyre is trying to play peacemaker. Sheamus applies an arm-bar. Styles is throwing haymakers at Sheamus. Sheamus scores the elbow knockdown. Sheamus throws Miz into the ring. McIntyre launches Morrison over the top rope. Stereo Ten Beats Of The Bodhran. Lee catches Miz and Morrison in mid-air. Lee drives Miz and Morrison back first into the LED Board. Lee throws Morrison into the Christmas presents. Lee rolls Styles back into the ring. Sheamus applies a rear chin lock. Sheamus with clubbing blows to Styles chest. Sheamus with three knee drops. Sheamus is choking Styles with his knee. Sheamus with a straight right hand. Styles kicks Sheamus in the gut. Styles with a knife edge chop. Styles with forearm shivers. Morrison throws a present into the ring.

Sheamus reverses out of the irish whip from Styles. Styles sends Sheamus shoulder first into the steel ring post. Styles tags in Miz. Miz and Morrison gangs up on Sheamus. McIntyre joins the fray. Sheamus knocks Miz off the apron. Sheamus with The Rolling Senton. Sheamus ascends to the top turnbuckle. Styles runs interference. Morrison sends Sheamus crashing through the table on the outside. Lee checks on Sheamus. Morrison rolls Sheamus back into the ring. Morrison hooks the outside leg for a two count. Morrison tags in Miz. Double GutBuster. Miz with a Seated Senton. Miz fish hooks Sheamus. Miz applies a front face lock. Miz with clubbing blows to Sheamus back. Miz drops Sheamus with The DDT for a two count. Miz tags in Styles. Styles is putting the boots to Sheamus. Sheamus with two haymakers. Styles nails Sheamus with a throat thrust. Styles with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Styles knocks Lee off the apron. Sheamus hits The White Noise. McIntyre and Miz are tagged in.

McIntyre with two clotheslines. McIntyre whips Miz across the ring. McIntyre with Three OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex’s. McIntyre pops back on his feet. McIntyre with a running elbow smash. McIntyre with The Reverse Alabama Slam on top of Miz. Miz denies The Future Shock DDT. Miz kicks the left knee of McIntyre. McIntyre with The SpineBuster for a two count. Lee delivers The Pounce. Morrison with The SpringBoard Enzuigiri. Sheamus responds with The Irish Curse BackBreaker. Miz with The Big Boot. McIntyre clotheslines Miz over the top rope. Styles attacks McIntyre with a candy corn kendo stick. McIntyre throws Styles into the Christmas tree. All hell is breaking loose. McIntyre PowerBombs Styles through the dessert table. Kendo Stick Shot Exchange. McIntyre prepares for The ClayMore. Sheamus tags himself in. Sheamus is loading up The Brogue Kick. Lee tags himself in. Morrison runs interference. Omos puts Morrison through the table on the floor. Lee connects with The Spirit Bomb to pickup the victory. After the match, Sheamus plants Lee with The Brogue Kick.

Winner: Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, and Keith Lee via Pinfall 

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