BFG Series at Hardcore Justice. Tenay noted each of the three matches will contain 20 points. And, the stipulations are... Ladder Match for Styles-Angle-Daniels-Joe. Falls Count Anywhere for Anderson-RVD-Pope-Magnus. Tables match for Hardy-Storm-Ray-Robbie E. The announcers then broke down the BFG Series Standings, focusing on Bully Ray ahead of his match.
Impact Zone: Bully Ray sent out a tweet on the way to the ring while also yelling at the announcers. Once in the ring, Ray yelled at Christy Hemme, then took the mic and called out James Storm over "You Suck" chants. Bully said he doesn't trust Storm, even after six years. So, later on tonight, he's going to stand ringside during Storm's match against Kurt Angle. Robbie E. then came out to face Bully.
2 -- BULLY RAY vs. ROBBIE E. (w/Rob Terry) -- BFG Series match
As the referee was occupied with Robbie, Terry blasted Ray from behind, then Robbie tried to make a quick pin. This being TNA, the ref called for the opening bell despite the unfair start and counted a two count for Robbie. Ray quickly recovered from the attack, landed a few chops to the chest, and dropped Robbie with an Ace Crusher. Ray with the pin in less than a minute.
WINNER: Ray at 0:56 to earn 7 points in the BFG Series.
[Q4] Earlier Today: Earl Hebner delivered presents to Madison Rayne, who said she doesn't need gifts, just Earl's affection. Gail Kim then walked into the conversation, sending Earl away. Gail tried to talk to Madison, who said Earl would never screw anyone out of a match tonight. She noted Earl will call the match (four-way #1 contenders match to Knockouts Title) right down the middle. Gail wasn't convinced as Madison walked away.
3 -- MADISON RAYNE vs. TARA vs. GAIL KIM vs. MICKIE JAMES -- four-way #1 contender match to Knockouts Title
Back live, Christy Hemme introduced KO champion Miss Tessmacher to join the announcers for commentary on the match. And, it appears that, yes, "Conflict of Interest" Earl Hebner has been assigned this match. After each Knockout received a ring introduction, Impact cut to break before the bell sounded.
The bell sounded back from break as all of the Knockouts acted weary of Earl Hebner's role in this match. Madison tried talking to Earl, who tried to do his job officiating the match.
[Q5 -- second hour] Each nearfall drew a questionable look from the Knockouts other than Madison, still concerned about Earl. After Mickie and Gail moved their fight to the outside, Tara and Madison were left in the ring. Tara rolled up Madison and scored a three count, but Earl counted Tara's shoulders down, giving Madison the win to become new #1 contender. Earl sold believing in his decision while Tara sold frustration being screwed out of the title shot.
WINNER: Madison at 7:26 to become #1 contender to the KO Title. So, in the storyline, where's Brooke Hogan to straighten things out and ensure there's fair play in the Knockouts matches?
Earlier Tonight: Kurt Angle questioned James Storm. ... Backstage: Bobby Roode talked about finally convincing people of Storm's true motives. Roode said he's going to show up in the main event to watch Angle-Storm tonight. The camera then swung around to Austin Aries, who said if Roode's going to be ringside for the main event, then he'll be there, too.
Backstage Office: Sting was shown talking to Brooke Hogan. He said he's known Hulk Hogan for a long time, but he wants to know from her how Hulk is really doing after Aces & Eights took him out. Brooke said he's never seen him like that and it was the first time she had to take care of Hulk. Sting sat down and said he will get to the bottom of things with Hulk, but he needs to know if Brooke can handle the Knockouts right now. (Clearly not based on the shenanigans with Earl Hebner.) Brooke said she can stand on her own and she can handle the pressure. A stagehand then entered the shot with a manila envelope and handed it to Brooke. She opened it up to reveal an Aces & Eights deck of cards. Brooke sold anger by removing her mic and storming out of the office. Sting called out after Brooke, but she departed the scene. Sting sold frustration.
Backstage: ODB and Eric Young talked about being the "Knocked Up champions," and ODB noted Brooke Hogan has been on her to defend the titles since they haven't defended the titles in two months. Brooke also has a problem with EY being a man and being a Knockouts tag champ. EY changed the subject to his new fishing show debuting this weekend. He then took one of the belts, leaving ODB with the other belt so they can never defend the titles because the belts will never be in the same place at the same time. EY ran away, leaving ODB to question his brains.
[Q6] Impact Zone: Kid Kash came out with Gunner to face Chavo Guerrero in a grudge match following Chavo's TNA debut last week. Chavo and Hernandez then came out for Chavo's TNA in-ring debut. Chavo took his time entering the ring, posing with the fans ringside, selling that he's a big star. TNA cut to a shot of the Spanish announce table for a look at Hector Guerrero, then to a shot of Chavo's grandmother sitting ringside.
4 -- CHAVO GUERRERO (w/Hernandez) vs. KID KASH (w/Gunner)
Chavo and Kash traded control early on before Kash took control and landed right hand blows and elbows. The ref finally had enough of Kash not breaking on his count and reprimanded him, which gave Chavo an opening to make a comeback. But, Kash quickly cut off Chavo and regained control. Kash then tried a double-jump moonsault, but apparently Chavo got his knees up to block. Chavo landed some forearms, then a clothesline, followed by a dropkick for a two count.
Chavo did the Guerrero chest-shake, then Gunner got on the ring apron to distract Chavo. Hernandez got up on the other side of the ring to jaw with Gunner, then Chavo brushed the distraction aside and re-took control with... (Continues on next page)