PWF Vast Energy USA 11/10/2002
Written by: Bob Colling
Premiere Wrestling Federation presents Vast Energy USA
From: Pottstown, PA
Rapid Fire Maldonado and Chi Chi Cruz come out to kickoff the show. Maldonado talks about titles and wanting a title shot before bringing out the former tag champions SAT. Cruz says that the SAT have this match tonight and they leave the ring as the Hit Squad comes out.
Opening Contest: Da Hit Squad (Maff & Mack) vs. The SAT (Joel & Jose): Mack and Joel kickoff the tag match. Mack has wrist control to start the contest, but Joel takes Mack down to the mat quickly. Joel controls Mack with a hammerlock on the mat, but Mack rolls through and they have a standoff. Mack shoulder blocks Joel and runs the ropes leading to a powerslam. Jose enters to go after Maff and is met with a shoulder block. Maff blocks a hip toss and delivers a back elbow. Jose kicks Maff and avoids an elbow drop. Maff kicks Jose followed by a big boot and hits an elbow drop sending Jose to the floor. Joel returns to the match and is chopped in the corner. Mack splashes Jose in the corner, but Jose comes back with a kick. Maff kicks Jose in the corner and tosses Jose overhead into the corner. Jose rolls to the floor. Joel hits a top rope crossbody for a two count on Mack followed by a hurricanrana. Mack runs over Joel with a clothesline and Jose dropkicks Mack to the floor. Maff is kicked by Joel after missing a clothesline. Joel connects with a top rope moonsault for a two count. Joel keeps a chin lock on Maff and delivers a boot scrape. Jose beats on Maff with right hands and a seated dropkick for a near fall.
Maff and Jose trade strikes with Jose getting the better of the exchange and chokes Maff over the middle rope. Joel tags back in and hammers away on Maff in the corner with stomps. Chi Chi chokes Maff while the referee is distracted. Jose hits a leg drop after a drop toe hold for a two count. SAT double team Maff with a couple of elbow drops and Joel taunts the crowd. Joel connects with a running forearm in the corner, but misses a splash. Maff powerbombs Jose onto Joel, who was hanging over the middle rope. Mack gets the tag and cleans house on the SAT. Mack dropkicks Jose followed by an overhead belly to belly suplex. Mack powerslams both SAT after Joel failed to leapfrog onto his partner. Joel runs into a spinebuster by Mack. Maff grabs Jose after ducking a clothesline and tries for the Burning Hammer. Maff lets go and Cruz low blows Jose. Maff tosses Cruz with a dragon suplex. Mack hits a frog splash off the top onto Jose for the win. (**3/4. Hit Squad have some excellent moves that look forceful on smaller opponents and I’d be in favor seeing them compete for the tag titles. Them against Corino/CW would be a lot of fun and stiff as hell, I’d imagine. SAT didn’t come across as standing a chance in hell here and weren’t really presented as an equal team.)
Second Contest: Josh Daniels vs. Billy Bax: Early on, Bax controls Daniels for a second on the mat and they trade a few holds on the canvas. Bax elbows Daniels on the mat to beak free from him. They are keeping a slow pace with mat wrestling as we see Jack Victory and Lou E. Dangerously watching the match on the aisle for some reason. Daniels takes Bax over with a snap suplex and a northern lights suplex for a two count. Daniels takes Bax over with a dragon suplex for a two count. Daniels hits a diving headbutt off the top managing a two count as Bax got his foot on the bottom rope. Bax takes Daniels over with a German suplex for a near fall. Bax takes Daniels over with a head scissors and a clothesline. Daniels chops Bax several times and tries for a gut wrench, but Bax counters with a dropkick. Bax tosses Daniels with an overhead suplex for a two count. Bax goes to the top rope and misses a moonsault.
Daniels decks Bax with a clothesline and a running forearm shot. Daniels connects with a bridging German suplex for a two count. Bax hooks Daniels for a belly to belly, but Daniels counters. Bax hits a full nelson suplex for a near fall. Bax heads to the top rope, but Daniels tosses Bax with an overhead suplex. Daniels goes to the top again and misses a diving headbutt. Bax hits a belly to belly suplex to win the match. (*1/2. Well, Bax isn’t very good and was far behind Daniels in terms of skill, so the decision here was a bit head scratching. The crowd didn’t even react to the match or the finish. Bax isn’t over and Daniels is a much more talented wrestler. Daniels tried to carry Bax and it just wasn’t happening tonight.)
Third Contest: Michael Shane & Joey Matthews vs. Samoa Joe & Christopher Daniels: Matthews and Joe kickoff the tag match with Matthews quickly bailing to the floor to avoid Joe. Matthews returns to the ring and wants to wrestle Joe so they shake hands. Joe forearms Matthews followed by a chop and a forearm strike. Matthews avoids a right hand but not an eye poke in the corner. Joe gives Matthews a nipple twist and a big boot. Shane enters and is backdropped. Daniels and Joe deck Shane with right hands. Joe stops a crawling Shane by exposing his ass and Daniels kicks Shane’s ass. Shane rolls to the outside and regroups with Matthews. Daniels is in the match now and Shane wants revenge for his ass getting literally kicked. Shane works over Daniels with strikes in the corner and taunts him. Shane hip tosses Daniels followed by an arm drag. Shane shoulder blocks Daniels, but Daniels comes back with a head scissors and a dropkick. Joe is tagged in and Shane is double teamed in the corner. Shane is met with a double hip toss coming off the ropes. Joe drop toe holds Shane and delivers a knee drop to the neck for a near fall. Joe chops a seated Shane on the back and a strike to the chest for a near fall. Daniels enters the match and plants Shane with a back suplex for a two count. Daniels keeps arm control on the mat.
Shane eye rakes Daniels and Matthews is met with a hip toss for a two count. Joe enters the match and uppercuts Matthews. Joe hooks Matthews and hits a delayed vertical suplex for a two count. Daniels enters and holds Matthews for Joe to deliver a strike. Daniels heel kicks Matthews for a two count. Shane knee lifts Daniels from the apron and Daniels is sent to the floor where Matthews jabs Daniels with a chair. Shane decks Daniels with a leaping forearm smash for a two count. Shane spits at Joe in the corner while Matthews chokes Daniels. Daniels is met with a knee lift to the midsection. Matthews and Shane take Daniels over with a suplex and Matthews continues with a knee drop for a two count. Daniels jabs Matthews a few times and Matthews hits a side Russian leg sweep for a near fall. Shane delivers a few strikes to keep Daniels on the canvas. Matthews clotheslines Shane on accident and Daniels hits an STO on Matthews. Joe gets the hot tag and delivers a few headbutts. Joe splashes Shane in the corner. Joe misses a splash in the corner and is met with a double flapjack. Joe is clotheslined over the top to the floor. Daniels pulls Matthews to the floor while Shane takes Joe out with a somersault dive. Daniels takes Shane out with a moonsault to the floor. Matthews accidentally hits Shane with a suicide dive. Joe takes everyone out with a twisting dive over the top to the floor!
Joe plants Shane with a side suplex for a near fall. Shane elbows Joe in the corner and tries for a tornado DDT, but switches to a superkick for a near fall. Matthews beats on Daniels but Daniels hits a leg sweep. Daniels hits the BME for a two count. Daniels elbows Matthews in the corner, but Matthews hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Matthews plants Daniels with a reverse DDT. Shane leaps off the top, but Joe hit a cutter in midair for a near fall. Joe spikes Matthews with a Death Valley Driver. Shane comes off the ropes to nail Daniels with a tornado DDT for a near fall. Joe nails Shane with a kick to the head. Daniels connects with Angel Wings on Shane for the win. (***. That was a quality match even with the closing sequence being a little clunky. Matthews and Shane worked well as a heel duo and all four men worked fine enough to hold interest. The Pottstown crowd sure seems difficult to get a reaction out of tonight, though. PWF has some nice depth to their roster if these four continue to appear.)
Fourth Contest: PWF United States Champion Chris Divine vs. Jack Victory: Early on, Victory has arm control on Divine, but that doesn’t last long. Divine works over the left arm of Victory with strikes of his own. Victory jabs Divine several times and taunts the crowd. Victory misses a splash in the corner and Divine fires back with right hands to send Victory to the floor. Victory returns to the ring and hammers away on Divine before putting a headlock on. Victory sends Divine over the top to the floor. Victory stomps on Divine on the apron. Victory delivers a strike to the chest and knocks Divine off the apron to the floor. Victory rams Divine into the corner face first and taunts the referee. Victory connects with a vertical suplex for a near fall. Victory drops Divine with a clothesline for a two count. Victory keeps control with a strike to the face but runs into a boot in the corner. Divine slides to the floor and trips Victory. Divine rolls Victory back into the ring and heads to the top hitting a missile dropkick. Divine shoulder blocks Victory and delivers a few strikes against the ropes. Victory dumps Divine over the top to the floor. Victory gets a two count after right hands on the mat. Victory decks the referee and they shoved each other. Victory sends Divine over the top to the floor. Divine goes for a sunset flip and Victory held the ropes, but the new referee kicks him free. Divine clotheslines Victory and is tripped by Dangerously. Dangerously holds Divine to allow Victory to hit an elbow drop and wins the title. Wait a minute, the original referee has disqualified Victory for punching him. (1/2*. I was going to be worried that PWF was turning into Corino’s buddies win all the titles kind of deal. The action here was awful and Victory isn’t that great in the ring. Actually, Divine isn’t that good either.) After the match, Simply Luscious attacks Trinity and Daniels attacks Divine. Daniels throws the title on Divine saying he’s going to take the title from him.
Fifth Contest: PWF Light Heavyweight Champion Quiet Storm vs. Reckless Youth vs. American Dragon: Dragon and Youth go at it and Storm gets involved to take Dragon down to the mat. Dragon clubs on Storm from behind. Youth tries for leg control and is kicked by Dragon leading to a three way standoff. Youth and Dragon double team Storm on the mat and Dragon gets a headlock on Youth. They are constantly doing spots where all three men are tangled up and that leads to another standoff. Storm decks Dragon several times and delivers an arm drag. Youth arm drags Storm a few times and is decked by Dragon with uppercuts. Dragon delivers a backbreaker to Youth and a headbutt. Dragon drives Storm down with a backbreaker and another one for Youth. Dragon hits another backbreaker on Storm and trades more strikes with Youth. Storm clotheslines Youth and gets a two count. Storm takes Youth over with a snap suplex for a two count. Dragon forearms Storm for a near fall. Dragon lays Storm over the middle rope and chokes the champ. Youth nails Dragon with a springboard moonsault and a couple of knee drops for a two count. Youth slams Storm and goes to the top hitting a knee strike. Youth locks in a submission on Storm, but Dragon nails Youth with a boot to the face.
Dragon tosses Storm across the ring by his hair. Dragon continues with a few uppercuts and Storm fights back only for Dragon to hit a seated dropkick to the back for a near fall. Dragon chops Youth in the corner to keep control of the contest. Youth hammers away on Dragon followed by stomps in the corner. Youth twists Dragon down by his leg and Storm beats on Youth with a few kicks followed by a double under hook suplex for a near fall. Dragon wants to team with Storm to beat on Youth. They proceed to forearm Youth several times. Dragon slaps Storm and they trade strikes. Dragon tosses Storm overhead. They both attempt discuss forearms and Storm has an arm bar on Dragon until Youth hits a frog splash off the top! Youth has Storm on the middle rope, but Dragon comes over and hooks Youth only to be shoved off. Storm slaps Youth and hits a hurricanrana, but Youth rolled through. They trade several rollup attempts and Dragon nails Storm with a German suplex for a two count. Dragon chops Storm in the corner and Youth tried for a tornado DDT, but Storm hit a forearm on Dragon. Youth plants Dragon with a DDT for a two count. Youth yanks Storm down by the hair and hits a swinging neckbreaker for a near fall. Storm has Youth over the shoulder to hit a neckbreaker. Dragon uppercuts Storm in the corner several times. Dragon forearms Storm and hits a full nelson suplex for a two count. Dragon locks in the Cattle Mutilation, but Youth breaks the hold. Youth decks Dragon with a lariat for a two count, knocking Dragon’s boot off in the process. Dragon forearms Youth followed by a bridging suplex for a near fall.
Dragon crotches Youth on the top turnbuckle, but Storm comes over and low blows Dragon. Storm has Dragon on his shoulders and hits the Storm Cradle Driver while Youth is upside down in the corner. Storm manages to pin Dragon to retain the title. (***1/4. That was a good, solid three way match. The start was a bit repetitive, but I thought they used the match type well and executed everything in an entertaining manner. I was not expecting Storm to pin Dragon here, at all. The finish made sense and is a big win for Storm.)
Rob Dimenson comes out and thanks the fans and the Japanese guys from Zero-One for all their help. He also announces that PWF will be on TV starting on December 6th at midnight. Rob doesn’t think anything could spoil tonight and naturally that brings out Gino Giovanni. Giovanni tells Dimenson to shut his mouth and enters the ring. Gino calls Rob a piece of trash and puts over the talent saying the show is for them and not for Rob. Gino decks Rob with a slap. Gino doesn’t believe anyone can stop him and Gullotine LeGrande comes out. LeGrande decks Gino with a clothesline and tosses him to the floor. LeGrande pats the microphone several times and says that he can’t stand a big mouth like Gino. LeGrande gives Rob credit for an action packed show. LeGrande mentions that he’s retired from wrestling. LeGrande wants to give the PWF Television Championship back to the company.
Sixth Contest: Rapid Fire Maldonado & Chi Chi Cruz vs. Rockin’ Rebel & Striker: Rebel and Striker clothesline Rapid and Cruz over the top to the floor to start the contest. Rebel knows they are scared to wrestle them straight up and insults their manhood. Striker and Cruz legally start the match. Striker ducks a few wild rights and decks Cruz. Striker press slams Cruz, but Cruz eye rakes Striker and delivers a backstabber. Cruz connects with a leg drop for a two count. Striker arm drags Cruz and takes Cruz over with a head scissors. Rebel is tagged in and Rapid has entered the match, as well. Rapid scoop slams Rebel, but Rebel comes back with one of his own only to miss an elbow drop. Rebel decks Rapid with a clothesline. Rebel hits a powerslam for a two count. Rebel goes after Rapid and Cruz on the floor and sends Rapid into the post. Striker handles Cruz with strikes. Rapid boots Rebel off the apron onto the guard railing. Cruz beats on Rebel with strikes around ringside. Rapid and Rebel trade chops in the corner. Rapid heel kicks Rebel coming out of the corner for a two count. Rebel hammers away on Rapid, but Rebel plants Rebel with a side slam for a near fall.
Cruz enters the match and hammers on Rebel in the corner. Rebel gets a rollup on Cruz for a two count and Cruz drops Rebel with a clothesline. Rapid returns to the match and kicks Rebel over the back followed by a knee drop. Rapid sends Rebel through the ropes to the floor. Rapid gets out of a rollup and clotheslines Rebel to repeat the same spot Cruz had just done. Rebel continues to be worked over by Cruz and boots Rebel in the corner. Cruz leaps off the middle rope to hit a dropkick on Rebel for a two count. Cruz goes to the top and is crotched by Rebel. Rebel brings Cruz off the top with a superplex. Rapid clotheslines Cruz on accident and Striker gets the hot tag to clean house. Striker drops Cruz with a superkick and chops in the corner. Striker pummels Cruz with right hands in the corner and chops Rapid several times. Striker and Cruz are sent into each other and Rebel leg drops Cruz for a two count. Striker boots Rapid over the top to the floor. Striker nails Cruz with the Overdrive for the win. After the match, Rapid attacks Striker and the SAT come out to get cheap shots in as well. Rebel helps out but is nailed by a superkick. Rapid, Cruz and SAT stand tall keeping the faces down. Rapid counts a fall for Cruz on Striker, though that doesn’t count obviously. (*. Boring and stale match with these guys doing repetitive spots over and over. Rapid bores me to death and Rebel just isn’t good, at all.)
Seventh Contest: Zero-One International Junior Heavyweight Champion Low Ki vs. Amazing Red: Red tries to start a kicking war and that’s never a good idea with Ki, but they have a standoff. Ki blocks several strikes and takes Red down. Red arm drags Ki and misses a few kick attempts. Ki misses a couple of stomps and a kick in the corner. Red takes Red down and they have a standoff. Ki forearms Red in the corner a few times, but Red delivers a couple of kicks. Ki sends Red into the corner and delivers a dragon screw leg whip followed by kicks to the chest. Red avoids a kick and tries for a standing shooting star, but Ki gots an arm bar on Red for a moment before Red reaches the ropes. Ki staggers Red with a chop and uppercut against the ropes. Ki comes off the ropes to elbow drop Red for a two count. Ki keeps a head scissors on Red, but doesn’t get a submission. Red manages to reach the ropes to break the hold. Ki beats on Red with chops against the ropes. Ki hits an overhead suplex and keeps a front face lock on Red. Ki staggers Red with a few headbutts. They trade chops with Ki not selling for Red at all. Ki yanks Red down by his hair leading to another near fall.
Ki uppercuts Red and chops Red against the ropes. Red comes off the ropes to hit a tornado DDT. Red plants Ki with the Code Red for a near fall. Ki misses an attack in the corner and Red hits a dropkick from behind. Ki blocks a hurricanrana and nails Red with a somersault kick and a running kick in the corner. Ki continues to beat on Red against the ropes. Red head scissors Ki into the top turnbuckle head first. Red is kicked on the top rope and crotched. Ki puts Red in a tree of woe with a dragon sleeper locked in, but has to let go. Red elbows and kicks Ki off and hits a swinging Flatliner for a two count. Ki uppercuts Red in the corner a few times. Red tries for another Code Red, but Ki manages to fling Red back first into the corner. Ki delivers a few chops and is met with a kick by Red. Red goes for the cover, but Ki kicks out at two. Red kicks Ki in the ribs and tries for a 619, but Ki blocks that. Ki nails Red with a handspring kick in the corner and locks in a dragon sleeper for the win. (**. I must say, this was a complete disappointment. Ki and Red had a compettive and fun match in TNA a few months before this. However, this was mostly Ki beating Red up and not doing a lot of selling for Red’s offense. Sure, Red got a few near falls towards the end, but Ki didn’t do him any favors. This could have been great, but this was rather tame and average.)
Quiet Storm comes out and grabs Ki’s belt and looks at his belt before tossing the belt down and walks out of the ring. Ki stares down Storm and calls him a punk. Ki pulls Red to the middle of the ring and they shake hands.
Eighth Contest: PWF Universal Heavyweight Champion Chris Hamrick vs. Jay Briscoe: They run the ropes and collide on stereo baseball slide attempts and they have an awkward moment. Hamrick arm drags Briscoe to keep control of the contest. Briscoe arm drags Hamrick, and they trade a few of them leading to a standoff. Hamrick fakes a handshake and kicks Briscoe. Briscoe knocks Hamrick down with a dropkick and counters a suplex with a front slam. Briscoe superkicks Hamrick to the floor. Hamrick has had enough and threatens to go backstage with the championship. Briscoe heel kicks Hamrick and gets a two count. Briscoe rams Hamirick into the corner and delivers a spear. Briscoe misses a second spear and hits the post. Hamrick delivers a kick from the apron. Hamrick slaps Briscoe to the mat and taunts the crowd. The referee is distracted by Dangerously and his phone. Hamrick chops Briscoe in the corner a few times followed by a right hand. Hamrick monkey flips Briscoe out of the corner and misses a running big boot. Briscoe is dumped to the apron and kicks Hamrick. Briscoe goes to the top, but Hamrick crotches Briscoe. Hamrick punts Briscoe off the top turnbuckle. Hamrick misses a moonsault and is met with a boot to the face on the floor.
Briscoe goes to the top rope and misses a senton splash. Hamrick drops Briscoe down with a gut buster. Briscoe connects with a Falcon Arrow, but misses a clothesline. Briscoe ducks under and collides with Hamrick on a clothesline. Briscoe pummels Hamrick with right hands. Hamrick boots Briscoe in the corner, but Briscoe hits a Death Valley Driver for a two count. Hamrick hits a slingshot stunner suplex for a near fall. Briscoe powerbombs Hamrick and gets a two count. Briscoe boots Hamrick in the corner and gets crotched by Hamrick on the top. Hamrick messes up a suplex and Briscoe puts Hamrick on the top. Briscoe hits a superplex. Dangerously is distracting the referee with his phone. Briscoe sits Hamrick on the top and Jack Victory enters to low blow Briscoe. Hamrick hits a sloppy middle rope pedigree to win the match. (*1/2. They were really sloppy and lost the crowd as a result. The finish was poorly executed and the whole match was just not done well. The finish is weak and is repetitive to other matches on the show. I had hopes for this as Hamrick is usually fun and Briscoe is solid at this point. Another disappointment.)
Main Event: PWF Universal Tag Team Champions Steve Corino & CW Anderson vs. Masato Tanaka & Shinjiro Otani: Corino and Otani kickoff the main event. Otani gets control with a go behind, but Corino breaks free quickly. They have a standoff moments later. Otani backs Corino against the ropes and cleanly breaks away. Otani keeps Corino on the mat with a toe hold and switches to a leg lock. Corino counters with an STF, but Otani bites his hand. Tanaka tags in and Anderson enters to works over Tanaka with strikes in the corner. Tanaka doesn’t budge on a shoulder block and neither does Anderson. Tanaka dropkicks Anderson to the mat and puts a sleeper on Anderson. Tanaka stomps on Anderson and tags in Otani. Tanaka elbow drops Anderson after a drop toe hold. Otani dropkicks CW while he’s in a chin lock. Otani puts Anderson in a tree of woe and delivers another dropkick. Anderson back elbows Otani for a two count. Corino returns to the match and works over Otani with strikes and a nerve hold. Corino keeps Otani on the mat with a head scissors for a moment. Tanaka returns to the match and yanks on Corino’s leg before stomping on the left knee. Tanaka knee drops Corino’s leg and wrenches the leg, but doesn’t get a submission. Tanaka locks in a figure four.
Anderson tags in and pummels Tanaka with strikes and stomps in the corner. Anderson keeps a headlock on Tanaka and switches to an arm bar on the mat. Corino returns to the match and stomps on Tanaka. Corino and Tanaka trade chops in the middle of the ring with Corino getting the better of the exchange. Corino chokes Tanaka in the corner and tags in Anderson. Tanaka tries to fight back with chops, but Anderson cuts him off and forearms Otani on the apron. Anderson dumps Tanaka to the floor where Corino delivers a few strikes. Corino sends Tanaka into the ring post. Corino rolls Tanaka into the ring and legally enters the match to beat on Tanaka with strikes and an abdominal stretch. Tanaka hip tosses free, but Corino prevents a tag. Anderson tags in and Tanaka gets a near fall with a sunset flip. Anderson keeps Tanaka on the mat with an under hook submission. Corino tags in and stomps on Tanaka. Corino drops Tanaka with a heel kick for a near fall.
Tanaka hits a DDT/stunner combo and tags in Otani. Otani beats on Corino in the corner with face washes. Otani gets a running start to deliver two more. Otani nails Corino with a running yakuza kick, but Anderson nails Otani with a left hand. Corino takes Otani down with a vertical suplex and Anderson gets a near fall. Anderson hooks Otani with a fisherman suplex for a near fall. Anderson delivers an arm breaker to Otani and keeps control with stomps in the corner. Anderson chops Otani in the corner and runs into a drop toe hold. Tanaka tags in and hits a missile dropkick. Tanaka boots Anderson in the corner and spikes Anderson with a tornado DDT. Corino helps CW by attacking Tanaka. Tanaka ducks a clothesline and takes them both down with a DDT. Tanaka forearms Anderson followed by a clothesline. Anderson tosses Tanaka with a suplex for a two count. Anderson drops Tanaka with a front slam. Corino goes after Otani on the floor with strikes. Tanaka forearms Anderson and hits a clothesline for a two count as Corino made the save. Anderson catapults Tanaka into a superkick from Corino for a near fall. Otani nails Corino with several strikes and sends him into the ring post. Anderson hits the spinebuster on Tanaka for a near fall. Otani nails Anderson with a springboard dropkick from behind. Corino hammers away on Otani in the corner. Corino hits Anderson on accident and Otani kicks Corino to the floor. Tanaka plants Anderson with the flip stunner in the corner. Anderson delivers a superkick, but Tanaka comes back with a roaring elbow to the win the titles. (**1/4. A decent main event, but again nothing all that incredible. They went with a formula, standard match that would be expected from these two teams. Tanaka and Otani going over had to be expected, and I doubt they will be back to actually defend and lose the titles. I’m hoping for Hit Squad to get a run with the titles should there be a tournament.)
The final three matches were rather disappointing and left me with a sour taste in my mouth. There was some quality action on the undercard, but to have the final three matches fail to deliver much entertainment, I’m going to give this an average rating.
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