side-stepped and hit a Pele Kick.
Suddenly, the Aces & Eights group stormed the ring and took out Styles, then Earl Hebner. They also took out security trying to hit the ring. Storm had his back to these events recovering in the corner following the Pele Kick. TNA suddenly went to break with no decision on the BFG Series match.
WINNER: No Decision at 10:25. Storm and Styles were off early on, but really delivered a strong conclusion before the non-finish to continue playing up Roode's claim that Storm is behind the A&E group.
Back live, Tenay noted the Storm-Styles match was ruled a No Contest, so each man gets two points.
Backstage: The unidentified backstage interviewer caught up with James Storm, noting the Aces & Eights attacked everyone except Storm out in the ring. Storm had enough of the line of the questioning and said no one knows him. Storm threw Jason Hervey against the wall and said the next time he wants to accuse him of something, he better know the truth. Storm stormed off.
[Q6] Impact Zone: JB was with the judges in the ring. Borash then brought in Sam Shaw to ask him if he offered his best performance tonight. Sam said he showed the intensity and determination to be one of the best. JB then cued up the dramatic music and lighting with his voice before polling the judges. Snow took the mic and told Sam that because of some jackass, he really didn't get to see Sam, then referenced Joey Ryan by name and said he's going to have to say no. Prichard talked next. He said that while Snow was busy getting punched out by Joey Ryan, he got to see Shaw. Prichard claimed Sam did a hell of a job, so his answer is yes. Sam then took the mic and tried to kiss up to Taz to get an answer from him. Taz asked for quiet from the crowd, then told Sam that he likes his athleticism and energy, but he took his eye off the ball during the match. But, his answer is still yes. Sam went nuts hugging everyone as JB congratulated him. It seems like the "yes" decision was to give Joey Ryan new material for his anti-TNA heel program since there's no way anyone in their right mind would give Shaw a contract if this were a shoot. Sam continued to celebrate and parade around the ring as JB wrapped up the segment.
X Division office: Austin Aries wrote down qualities and traits about the remaining X Division title contenders - Dutt, King, and Darsow. Dutt continued to blame Ion's hairspray for preventing him from becoming X Division champion. King said he has the size, speed, charisma, and good looks. King said he's like Emmitt Smith because he can run with the ball. Darsow said he goes out there and dominates, and it's not flashy or pretty. Aries said the X Division is sometimes about flash and being pretty, and he doesn't think Darsow's head is in the right place. He cut Darsow, who stomped off. Aries told Darsow to tell his dad hello before offering an inside joke about his dad's repo business doing good. Aries told Dutt and King he'll make his decision on them later.
Impact Zone: Christy Hemme introduced the X Division Title match of the night. So, "later" is right now. Out first was Zema Ion to defend the title. TNA then cut backstage to show Aries with Kenny King and Sonjay Dutt. Suddenly, Bruce Prichard walked into the shot, then walked off. Aries chose to ignore Prichard's accidental appearance, then told Dutt he can't put him in the match because the doctor has concerns (so, why didn't Aries cut Dutt initially?) and Dutt has been here for six years, so King gets the opportunity tonight. Aries looked into the camera and said it was time to hit King's music.
4 -- X Division champion ZEMA ION vs. KENNY KING -- X Division Title match
Ion needed an early hair adjustment using his hairspray, which frustrated King.
[Q7] Ion knocked King to the outside and landed a flying splash. Ion, now with blood in his mouth, shouted that his move should be Impact of the Night. Back in the ring, Ion worked over King, but took his eye off the ball by flaunting too much. King teased a comeback, but Ion cut him off and landed a bodyslam for a close two count. King had enough of Ion and landed a kick to the back of the head followed by a Taz-style suplex. King hit another windmill kick, which knocked Ion to the outside. King followed with a twisting splash on the outside, which decked Ion.
As King was about to return to the ring, the camera cheated slightly to indicate someone was going to interfere. It was Bobby Roode, who yanked King off the ring apron before slamming him into the ringpost. Roode rolled King into the ring and Ion hit a moonsault for the pin and the win. Taz wondered why Roode was involved and why he returned to the Impact Zone after claiming he was leaving.
WINNER: Ion at 6:05 to retain the X Division Title.
Post-match: TNA stayed in the ring for a while before showing a replay of the high points from the match. Roode talked trash to the cameraman before Austin Aries ran down and attacked him from behind. Aries threw Roode into the ringpost, then TNA cut backstage. That appeared to be this week's hype for Aries-Roode for the TNA Title at Hardcore Justice in a few weeks.
Backstage: Bully Ray was shown pacing around. He was asked if he's concerned about the Aces & Eights. Ray said they would have to be stupid to come after him. As for Kurt Angle, his opponent tonight, he has a lot of respect for Angle. Ray said he's the one guy who can go right through him, though. Ray said he's the toughest guy in pro wrestling and he's getting seven points tonight.
Video package: Austin Aries's TNA Title victory over Bobby Roode at Destination X earlier this month. ... Back live, Taz and Tenay noted it's Aries vs. Roode in the re-match at Hardcore Justice. Next week, it's Aries & King vs. Roode & Ion based on events that just occurred.
Impact Zone: After a review of the BFG Series standings, TNA cut to Christy... (Continues on next page)