WWE RAW Triple H
Live from the Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, April 2 2012
A Wrestlemania recap video plays
Highlights include John Morrison winning Money In The Bank, Wade Barrett’s historic streak ending victory over The Undertaker and the Unified World title match between CM Punk and John Cena controversially ending in a draw.
We immediately go to a backstage segment where Triple H, the chairman of the board is behind his desk.
: Ladies & gentleman last night was a great night for wrestling, a night of impossibles becoming possible and new stars being born on the grandest stage of them all. But thats just the beginning. Tonight we will kick off the new wrestling year with the new general manager being named. Are you ready?
Triple H rises from his desk and looks deep into the camera.Triple H
: I said ARE YOU READY!!!
Aint No Make Believe beams out as the Raw video then plays without any announcementMichael Cole
Raw pyros erupt
: Good evening everybody and welcome to live Monday night Raw from the Staples Centre, Los Angeles, California. I'm Michael Cole and with me tonight is my co-commentator Tazz one night removed from one of the greatest nights in WWE history
: Thanks Cole. I cant wait for tonight to get going after the electric Wrestlemania we had last night.
: Yeah last night was incredible, we saw groundbreaking moments to be remembered forever. Wade Barrett became the first superstar to defeat The Undertaker at Wrestlemania and also ended his career.
: And the end to that world title match was intriguing to say the least.
: Unbelievable would be my take on it Tazz. Both John Cena and CM Punk having their shoulders pinned down simultaneously.
: I wonder what Triple H is going to do tonight.
Triple Hs music plays and he appears to loud cheersMichael Cole
: Well we are about to find out Tazz
: I aint here to blabber on so I’ll cut to the chase, I promised you an announcement and here it is......the new general manager of the WWE is ................................................the heartbreak kid Shawn Michaels
Crowd erupts as HBK returns and Triple H leaves hugging HBK as they passMichael Cole
: Oh my god Tazz its HBK
: The showstopper
: It could have been someone better in my opinion
: Hello LLLLLLLLL......AAAAAAAAA!
Big pop for HBK as the LA crowd continue to go wildHBK
: The heartbreak kid, the showstopper is back and running the show. Its been a while since I’ve been here but its great to be back
CM Punks music hits and the WWE champion and Nexus leader makes his way to the ring to boos flanked by David Otunga and the WWE tag team champions Mason Ryan and Skip Sheffield.CM Punk:
So Shawn Michaels has decided to come back. Well sorry to interrupt your little homecoming parade but I think there’s something you need to address before you carry on and that’s to hand me my other world title that John Cena decided to steal last night.
HBK looks on thinking, the delay sending Punk ballisticCM Punk
: I’m not messing Shawn, you better give me my title or else.
The Nexus start to move in on HBK until The Champ is Here plays and World Champion John Cena makes his way to the ring.
: Woah woah woah woah woah, your title, I think you will find its my title and that you are holding mine. And if you want this title CM SPUNK!!!! then I think you should come get it
With that Cena launches himself at Otunga knocking him to the ground. Ryan and Sheffield try to grab Cena but he deters them with forehands and then they get hit by a double clothesline over the top rope. Punk bails and Otunga staggers to his feet only for HBK to wallop him with the sweet chin music. The Nexus retreat leaving Otunga flat out in the ring as HBK picks up Punk’s title that was dropped in the melee.HBK
: Now where was I, oh yeah, I was going to make an announcement regarding the state of the world title until I was rudely interrupted. As of this moment both world titles are vacant.
An irate Punk is held back as he goes ballistic at HBK, Cena doesn’t look happy either.HBK
: Starting tonight, the road to night of champions. Right here in Boston John Cena will take on Wade Barrett in the first round of the World title tournament.
Crowd go wild as HBK asks Cena to hand over the world title which Cena reluctantly does still shaking his head at the outcome.Michael Cole
: Wow Tazz what just happened here. I cant believe that HBK just did that
: I know Cole, both champs stripped of their belts, I didn’t see that coming
: And starting tonight the tournament that will crown the new champion. With former champion John Cena taking on the streak ender Wade Barrett. I can only see one outcome in that match, a resounding win for Wade Barrett
: Are you kidding me Cole. John Cena is every bit the equal to Wade Barrett and that is going to be one hell of a match.
: Whatever Tazz, if that makes you happy then keep saying it.
VIDEO PACKAGE HYPING THE DVD RELEASE OF THE UNDERTAKERS WRESTLEMANIA RUN PLAYSMichael Cole
As we come back to the ring we have 4 unknown superstars standing in the ring ready for tag action.
: Tazz im not too sure who these guys in the ring are but you say you worked with them before, can you tell the me who they are.
: Well Cole on one side you have the Buck brothers Max and Jeremy collectively known as The Young Bucks and on the other side you have Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin, better known as The Motor City Machine Guns. I can see a very good match coming up.
: Better be or I’ll hold you responsible Tazz
Tag Team Match
Motor City Machine Guns v The Young Bucks
We start with Shelley and Jeremy and they lock up, Shelley hitting a fireman’s carry on Jeremy followed by an elbow and goes for a flying roundhouse kick but Jeremy rolls out of the way and tags his partner in. Max gets a quick dig at Shelley's ribs but Shelley fights back misses a clothesline and Max hits a dropkick. Wristlock on Shelley and a tag to Jeremy who comes in with a gut kick and a snap DDT and covers for a 2 fall. The Bucks start to take charge as they double team Shelley. Tag to Max and double hip toss followed by a double dropkick to the seated Shelley and another close fall as Shelley just manages to kick out. Shelley looks isolated in there and needs the tag badly. Double suplex coming up but Shelley blocks it fights the Bucks off, ducks a double clothesline, off the ropes and hits a double clothesline of his own all 3 men down on the mat now. Sabin and the crowd encouraging Shelley to make the tag, Shelley nearly there, Max grabs a leg but Shelley with the enziguiri and the hot tag, crowd go wild as Sabin explodes into the ring and nails a clothesline on Max a dropkick on Jeremy, Shelley fights with Max in the corner, Sabin backdrops Jeremy over the rope, Shelley with a super kick on Max, CRADLE SHOCK on Max. Shelley knocks Jeremy back off the apron as Sabin covers Max for the 1....2.......3.
Result: Motor City Machine Guns defeated The Young Bucks by pinfall (7:34)
What a match Cole, a brilliant advertisement for good old tag team wrestling.
: Meh!! Ive seen better, like the tag champs for starts.
Sabin and Shelley celebrate in the ring as the camera cuts backstage. We see David Otunga and the WWE World tag team champions Mason Ryan and Skip Sheffield watching the Guns on the television monitor.David Otunga:
Dont worry about them, they got nothing on you guys.
Just like last night then eh????
CM Punk emerges into the picture with a disappointed look upon his face.
Last night wasn’t a very good night for the Nexus, I in theory lost my hard earned WWE title without even being defeated. This is a travesty of justice. That loser Shawn Michaels and that thug John Cena will have whats coming to them dont worry. This can not be left unvisited. We have to make sure that the title returns to me and parity is restored in the world. Tonight guys you have a rematch against Evan Bourne and Brian Kendrick and David you are not to get involved. The Nexus need to send out a message tonight. And send a message we shall.
CM Punk leaves and Otunga shrugs his shoulders before following as Ryan and Sheffield talk between themselves.
Back in the arena and Drew McIntyres music hits and he begins to make his way to the ring when Cody Rhodes assaults him from behind. Rhodes with a big kick to the abdomen of McIntyre and Rhodes sends McIntyre into the barricade and hits an armbreaker on the outside floor.Tazz
: What a cheapshot by Cody.
: The mans just trying to get to the next round, hes showing initiative.
WWE World Title Tournament First Round Singles MatchTazz
Drew McIntyre v 'Dashing' Cody Rhodes
Rhodes takes advantage of the ambush and chucks McIntyre into the ring post shoulder first. Rhodes rolls in and out of the ring to stop the count and menacingly chucks McIntyre into the steel ring steps. The crowd are roaring boos at Rhodes as he continues this assault. McIntyre rolled in and Rhodes hits an armbreaker, an elbow over the injured arm as it balanced on the bottom rope. Rhodes whips McIntyre into the corner but McIntyre stops before hitting the turnbuckle. Rhodes dashes but McIntyre avoids and gut kick FUTURE SHOCK, McIntyre goes for the cover 1.....2.....no the ref spots Rhodes foot under the bottom rope. McIntyre feeling his arm after that move. McIntyre goes for the suplex but the weight won’t be supported and Rhodes capitalises on the arm and smacks McIntyre with the CROSSRHODES. Rhodes covers and 1..2......3. Rhodes wins the match
Result: Cody Rhodes defeated Drew McIntyre by pinfall (6:54)
: That was uncalled for Cole, why did Cody have to do that, ruined a good match.
: Hey the guy is just doing what has to be done to get the win. Even you have been there Tazz
Well with the world title gold the stake then I guess we will have competitors trying to win by any means possible and none more so than Wade Barrett and John Cena who will go one on one in tonight’s main event, a match made by the new WWE General Manager, Shawn Michaels.
: Well like I said earlier I dont think John Cena has a chance in hell of beating Wade Barrett later on tonight.
Well we will find out later tonight Cole. And speaking of John Cena. He’s standing backstage now with Scott Stanford.
Camera pans backstage to where Scott Stanford is standing with John CenaScott Stanford:
John Cena, tonight you go one on one with Wade Barrett in the first round of the WWE World Title tournament in your quest to regain the gold stripped of you tonight by new General Manager Shawn Michaels. The WWE fans would like to hear your thoughts on the situation.
The crowd pop as Cena begins to speakJohn Cena:
Well Scott, my thoughts are simple, with regards to Shawn Michaels and what he did tonight I can fully understand what he did as he had a difficult decision to make, but my focus is still the same, I will treat each match as a title match, defeat no option and with my CeNation behind me I will try to beat 5 other guys on my way to the gold. Because if I cant do that then I dont deserve to be champion.
You wont even beat one.
Wade Barrett appears with his lackeys Heath Slater and Justin GabrielWade Barrett:
You see John, last night, I did something never ever achieved before, I defeated the Undertaker at Wrestlemania. I ended the streak. Big Show, Edge, Randy Orton, Shawn Michaels, Ric Flair, Kane, Triple H couldnt get the job done and some of them had twice the opportunity. They tried, they failed. I never. Its because Im the best. the future of this company and its people like you, the average, that need to move aside because the Corre is taking over.
Cena squares up to Barrett and Slater but Gabriel gets in a cheap shot and The Corre begin to beat down on Cena but he fights back and hits an ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT on Gabriel, ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT ON Slater. Barrett sees its 1 on 1 so flees but Cena pursues only for Ezekiel Jackson to come out of nowhere with a monstrous clothesline. Barrett orders Jackson to finish him and he obliges, SPINEBUSTER on the concrete. Barrett leans down into Cenas face
Thats just the start Cena, if you know whats good for you you will stay out of my way and forget about any plans to win tonight.
Barrett with a chairshot to Cenas ankle before leaving as the referees help Cena.
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R-Truth is in the ring waiting for his opponent.Tazz:
The Corre's music hits as Ezekiel Jackson comes to the ring alone.
Another dastardly action from a competitor in the title tournament before the break Cole
: Nothing wrong with eliminating the competition Tazz, only the strongest will survive.
Well im surprised Big Zeke has decided to come out here alone.
A guy the size of Jackson doesn’t need backup Tazz
Ezekiel Jackson v R-Truth
The bell rings and Truth flies at Jackson trying to get the early offence in and hammers away at Jackson in the corner, Truth with a whip but Jackson reverses it and pulls Truth in for a clothesline but Truth ducks comes off the ropes into a shoulder block from Jackson. Jackson takes his time picking shots at Truth, suplex by Jackson followed by a whip and powerslam. Cover and truth kicks out at 2. Jackson getting peeved.Jackson whips Truth into the corner, puts Truth up on the turnbuckle, Jackson goes for a suplex but Truth pushes him off and the crowd get behind him as he hits a missile dropkick. Truth pumped now and hits a clothesline, then a droptoe hold. Truth signals and goes for THE AXE KICK but Jackson moves and Truth spins into a SPINEBUSTER and Jackson pins for the 3 count.
Result: Ezekiel Jackson defeated R-Truth by pinfall (5:48)
Wow an impressive performance from Big Zeke there
I expected nothing less than a win for Jackson
Backstage we see Cody Rhodes walking into the locker room where Randy Orton is seated and then looking into a mirror at his reflection, he continually strokes his hair and face.Cody Rhodes:
Hey Randy, looks like we are due to meet in the next round
It would seem so
: Maybe you should consider not bothering to show up as I'd only beat you senseless
Is that so
Indeed it is!
How about I rearrange that pretty boy face for you right now
Crowd cheer as Orton stands from his seat
Easy Randy boy, no need to get hostile, you aint even through yet, maybe you should reserve your energy for that
Orton gets up close to Cody
Just worry about yourself Cody
Orton walks off as Cody reverts back to his reflection.
An interesting confrontation there between the 2 former members of The Legacy, Rhodes showing a complete lack of respect.
Lack of respect Tazz, who the hell does Randy Orton think he is, Cody Rhodes is the future of this company, the best next generation superstar to ever grace the WWE squared circle.
I doubt that very much Cole.
Carlitos music plays as he makes his way down to the ring to a chorus of boos.Tazz:
Well this match is the 2nd of 4 world title tournament matchups and Carlito would love to advance here.
I love Carlito but I dont think he can go all the way, there are better competitiors in this tournament than him.
Abyss music plays as the arena darkens and Abyss recieves a mixed reaction.Tazz:
WWE World Title Tournament First Round Singles Match
Abyss v Carlito
Carlito doesnt look too happy about facing Abyss and Abyss just looks on as carlito trash talks to him before spitting his apple in his face. Abyss goes nuts and grips Carlito by the throat, Carlito gut kick and clothesline but Abyss doesnt budge, tries again but Abyss just stands still, and again and this time Abyss stumbles so Carlito comes off the ropes again but straight into a BLACK HOLE SLAM and this match is over 1...2 ....3.
Result: Abyss defeated Carlito by pinfall (1.34)
Abyss looks on at Carlito and pushes the ref off as he tries to raise his arm.
Brutal from the monster Abyss
Im surprised, Carlito was despatched with ease.
Abyss could be a dark horse in this tournament he looks unmovable.
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Natalya and Madison Rayne are in the ring ready to face off.HBK:
HBKs music plays.
Hey ladies, now im aware that at the present time there is no womens champion. Not by the end of the night though will that still be true. You see right now we are going to have a womens battle royal where the winner will be crowned the new WWE Womens Champion.
HBK leaves as Rayne and Natalya smile.Tazz:
Wow Cole a title match right here tonight, thank you HBK.
The competitors start to make their way to the ring to different reactionsMichael Cole:
Gail Kim(pop), Velvet Sky(pop), Angelina Love(boo), Victoria(boo), Beth Phoenix(pop), Katie Burchill(boo), Melina(pop), Kelly Kelly(pop), Eve(pop), Layla and Michelle Mccool(loud boo), the Bella twins(mixed) and then Mickie James(loud pop) all enter the ring.
Awesome Kongs music then hits as she towers to the ring.
Look at the size of Kong Tazz.
If anyone wants that title their going to have to take Kong out , which is no mean feat.
WWE Womens Title Battle Royal
The bell rings and immediately all 15 women go after Kong and try to attack her but she launches an arm out and waves them all back. Kong sends both Bellas over quickly followed by Eve. As the crowd fight off Kong , Laycool pull Kelly out of the crowd and chuck her over. As Kelly looks back Laycool taunt her but Mccool betrays Layla and lifts her over and out. Mccool says it just business as shes duly chucked over by Natalya to the delight of Layla. Kong continues her rampage as she sends both Gail Kim and Velvet Sky over and then proceeds to show inhumane strength in body pressing Madison Rayne over onto Kim and Sky. Just 8 left in now as Kong is fighting with Mickie and Beth, Angelina and Natlaya battle in the corner and Victoria and Katie double team Melina. Kong swats Phoenix away and powerbombs James but James holds onto Kong and levers towards the ropes. Kong tries to release the hold but fails and Phoenix finishes it by shoving Kong over as Mickie lands on the apron. Natalya backdrops Angelina over as a rushing Katie pushes Beth into Mickie knocking her off. Beth goes right after Katie as Victoria and Natalya fight while Melina is recovering in the corner. Natalya locks in the sharpshooter on Victoria but you cant eliminate by submission. Katie with an eye gouge to Beth and then breaks up the sharpshooter. Katie lobs Natalya over the rope onto the apron but Beth then charges and inadvertently knocks Natlaya off. Beth backdrops Katie over and Victoria sends Beth over but Beth holds on, Victoria goes for a big boot but Beth pulls the rope down and Victoria flies over, Phoenix looks on as Victoria scowls back but Beth is knocked off the apron by Melina and Melina is the new WWE Womens champion as a shocked Beth looks on.
Result: Melina wins the battle royal to become the NEW Womens Champion (8:56)Tazz:
Well done Melina, new womens champion
A pointless match Tazz, who really cares about the WWE Womens division
Lots of people Cole, HBK for one
What does he know, moving on we have John Cena v Wade Barrett still to come plus the new Money in The Bank winner John Morrison takes on Ted Dibiase.
Backstage and Ted Dibiase is entering the locker room. His opponent John Morrison is getting ready and has his Money In The Bank briefcase alongside him.Ted Dibiase:
Hey John, Im going to come right out and say it, how much money would it take to buy that briefcase. Name your price
: Not for sale sorry
Everybody has a price
World title glory - priceless.
Morrison leaves for the ring
A VIDEO IS PLAYED HYPING THE NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS
John Morrison’s music plays to a massive cheerTazz:
A video recap is shown of the money in the bank matchup
John Morrison, The Shaman of Sexy, coming out with the briefcase that guarantees him a world title shot any place any time.
Only a coward would want that briefcase, using it to sneak up on the champ to take their hard earned gold. Like something John Cena would do
If Morrison is such a coward Cole then why is he trying to win this tournament
Just a charade Tazz
Ted Dibiase’s music plays to a boo from the crowd
The audacity of Dibiase trying to buy the briefcase off Morrison
Give the guy a break Tazz, he’s just trying to enhance his title chances
You just said it was wrong to use the case. Now you’re saying its ok
Maybe I just dont like John Morrison, maybe I love Ted Dibiase or maybe I just say what I want because I can.
WWE World Title Tournament First Round Singles MatchTazz:
John Morrison v Ted Dibiase
Lock up and Morrison with a hip toss into an armbar. Dibiase wriggles out and tries to get an offense in but Morrison avoids and counters with a dropkick. Morrison whips Dibiase into the corner. Dibiase hides beneath the rope and the ref has to get involved to restrain Morrison and Dibiase siezes the chance with a cheap shot. Headlock by Dibiase grounds Morrison and Dibiase has to release as Morrison reaches the ropes. The crowd start a 'here we go Morrison here we go' chant as Dibiase stomps away at Morrison. Dibiase goes for DREAM STREET but Morrison counters and hits the flying chuck. No Dibiase ducked and hit DREAM STREET. Cover and Morrison kicks out with a a near fall. Dibiase riled picks Morrison up and sends him into the corner, dibiase charges, misses and is flat out under the turnbuckle and Morrison hits STARSHIP PAIN only for the knees to come up and Dibiase locks in THE MILLION DOLLAR DREAM and Morrison looks donw here as he starts to wane, Morrison pulls Dibiase over to the corner, kicks off the turnbuckle and lands on Dibiase for the 1....2.......3 and Morrison advances.
Result: John Morrison defeated Ted Dibiase by pinfall (6:12)
Yes a great result by John Morrison
He cheated, did you see him use the turnbuckle for leverage, a rotten cheat.
Alls fair in the squared circle Cole
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As we come back Evan Bourne and Brian Kendrick are on their way to the ring when David Otunga appears. Bourne and Kendrick get aggressive after he cost them the tag team titles last night.
Hold on a minute guys, no worries, im not here for trouble. The champs just wanted to tell you that tonight’s match is a tornado tag match.
Whatever man we don’t care
Bourne and Kendrick go off as Otunga looks onTazz:
Nexus music plays as Skip Sheffield and Mason Ryan, the WWE Tag Team Champions, make their way to the ring to a chorus of boos.
this match certainly promises to be a great one if last nights is anything to go by
Last nights performance was a fluke from Bourne and Kendrick, the fancy boys have nothing on the powerhouse men of Ryan and Sheffield. Look at them, the muscular physique, the height, the strength, unstoppable is the term.
I see what you mean Cole but the best counter for strength is speed which Kendrick and Bourne have in abundance.
Brian Kendricks music plays as he makes his way into the ring to a good pop.Tazz:
Ryan and Sheffield immediately surround and attack Kendrick and he tries to fight off but is overpowered.
Evan Bournes music plays to a huge cheer but nobody appears to the disappointment of the crowd
Backstage Bourne is shown laid out with a Nexus 'N' sprayed across his back.
This doesnt look good for Kendrick, Cole. Is this the message that CM Punk was talking about earlier tonight
your damn right it was, CM Punk and his Nexus sending out a message that they are not to be messed with.
Ryan and Sheffield continue the assault as they hit a double flapjack on Kendrick and then chuck him to the outside. Ryan sets up a table as Sheffield stands on the apron. Ryan lifts Kendrick up onto Sheffield who hits a powerbomb off the apron through the table. They then leave the lifeless Kendrick on the floor as they walk up the ramp.Tazz:
Uncalled for, I hope Kendrick and Bourne are ok.
Like I said, if they want to play with the men then they better prepare to be hurt
A VIDEO PLAYS RECAPPING BOTH JOHN CENA V CM PUNK & WADE BARRETT V THE UNDERTAKERMichael Cole:
Time for the main event Tazz and I hear John Cena won’t even make it to the ring.
You obviously don’t know John Cena that well Cole
Wade Barretts music plays to a huge jeer from the crowd as he neters the ring he grabs a mic.Wade Barrett:
It appears that John Cena is unable to compete tonight and I shall recieve a bye into the next round
See Tazz I told you John Cena was a coward
Barrett poses in the ring until John Cenas music hits.
Barrett stunned as Cena limps to the ring after the attack earlier tonight.Tazz:
Coward eh Cole.
Stupid more like it
WWE World Title Tournament First Round Singles Match
John Cena v Wade Barrett
Cena goes right at Barrett but his ankle lets him down and Barrett sees this and goes right for the leg. Barrett locks in a varified ankle lock and Cena yelps in agony as he tries to reach the ropes, he finally does but Barrett relentlessly attacks the leg with a couple of stomps and a legbreaker. Barrett hits a suplex followed by a knee drop on the injured ankle. Barrett with more strikes to the ankle as the crowd look on in anguish trying to revive Cena, Barrett applies a leg lock and screams at Cena to quit but he wont, Cena gets a strike in, and another Cena to his feet, Cena with a backdrop, Cena goes for 5-knuckle but his leg gives way and he keels over in pain. Barrett wastes no time, hoists Cena up and hits WASTELAND. The lights go outMichael Cole:
An eerie music plays as a video starts on the titantron. Barrett looks confused
What the hell is this, get it off, Barrett has a match to win
Words appear on the video
'ONCE FALLEN FROM GRACE'
'HE SHALL FLY ONCE MORE'
Barrett is bamboozled as he turns round and Cena rolls him up for the 3 count.
Result : John Cena defeated Wade Barrett by pinfall (7:12)Tazz:
Yes Cole, Yes, Cena did it, against all odds.
Barrett is pissed off and goes right at Cena and the rest of The Corre are summoned and help to beat down Cena. Barrett barks orders, first he tells Big Zeke to do it and he hits Cena with another SPINEBUSTER, Gabriel then scales the turnbuckle 450 SPLASH and Cena is dismantled but Barrett isnt finished and sends Slater to fetch a chair and a mic.Wade Barrett:
Now Cena Im going to make sure you never mess with me and The Corre ever again.
Barrett wraps the chair around Cenas injured ankle and orders Slater to the middle rope, he orders Zeke to hold Cena down and Gabriel to hold the chair. He then gets right down in Cenas face.Wade Barrett
: Do it!!!!
Slater jumps and lands on the chair crashing it through John Cenas ankle and the EMTs rush down to ringside as The Corre stand side by side hands raised.Tazz:
I cant believe what im seeing, they’ve destroyed Cena
Just like they said they would, bye bye Cena
Your sick Cole, just like Barrett
Put a lid on it Tazz
The commentators continue to bicker as Cena is showed being seen to as the show ends.