Storm said he has nothing to do with them. Anderson said if he happens to be their next victim, they're going to have another discussion, but it will be a little different. Anderson walked off, then Storm sold inner anger ready to explode.
Backstage: Austin Aries was on the phone talking to someone about Bobby Roode's contractual legal threats. Aries hung up, then the roving cameraman asked Aries about the language of the contract for their title match. Aries said he's not a lawyer and wants to make sure Roode is comfortable with their title match on Sunday, so they're going to handle it like men.
[Q6] Impact Zone: Christy Hemme introduced Gail Kim for a Knockouts match. KO champion Miss Tessmacher came out to face Gail, who tried to attack her mid-ring entrance to jumpstart the match.
4 -- KO champion MISS TESSMACHER vs. GAIL KIM -- non-title match
Gail controlled early on after the pre-match attack. Tessmacher then made a comeback and won with a bulldog out of the corner for the pin and the win. "Conflict of Interest" Earl Hebner raised Tessmacher's hand in victory after the tune-up win, then Madison Rayne's music played to bring out Tess's PPV opponent on Sunday. Madison kissed Earl to indicate to Tessmacher that the deck is stacked against her with the ref in her corner. Wouldn't the simple solution be not to have Earl as the ref for their title match on Sunday?
WINNER: Tessmacher at 3:30.
Backstage: Joseph Park was shown talking to no one in particular. Park said everyone has been asking him about the legal issue between Roode and Aries. He went back to a "case" from 2003 that involved similar issues. He said this could be intense. Park spotted a potential client off-camera and went running off.
Backstage: Aries and Roode were shown on a split-screen preparing for their contract signing.
Impact last week: Austin Aries and Kenny King beat Bobby Roode and Zema Ion in tag action when King pinned X champ Ion. ... Video package: Kenny King talked about taking the "biggest risk of my career" coming to TNA to compete against the best. King said he wants to climb to the top of the X Division. He said he envisions being announced new X Champ to help him focus during training.
[Q7] Impact Zone: Sting's music played to bring out the interim authority figure dressed in jeans and a red Sting t-shirt sans facepaint. In the ring, Sting paced around a black contract table before calling out Aces & Eights to come meet him in the ring. But, as for the business at hand, Sting called out Roode and Aries to come sign a contract for Hardcore Justice.
Out first was Bobby Roode, who slowly made his way to the ring before Aries's music played to bring out the TNA World champ. Aries promptly sat down at his end of the table before Roode stood up and paced around the ring. Sting asked Roode what's with the attitude, then Roode asked Sting if he's stupid or something. He said the contests of the contract is his problem. Roode said in the contract, if he somehow loses to Aries, then he don't get another title shot as long as Aries is champ. Roode said he isn't signing that because Sting has had a problem with him since Day One. Roode demanded the terms of the contract be changed or Sting won't have a main event on Sunday.
Aries screamed that he's had enough. He said Roode needs some cheese to go with his whine. Aries said it's funny how concerned Roode is about a re-match clause if he thinks Aries's victory last month was a fluke. He noted Roode knows he has his number. Aries said if the clause is a problem for Roode, then they can scratch it and they'll have a verbal agreement. Aries said when he beats Roode on Sunday, Roode can't get a re-match, but if Roode were to fluke into a win, Aries will waive his re-match clause. So, it's Winner Take All with no re-matches. Roode screamed at Aries that he's a fluke, ignoring the proposition. Roode then shook hands with Sting, Sting shook with Aries, and Sting announced they have a match for Sunday. Sting said one walks out champ and the other doesn't get a re-match.
Roode and Aries ripped off their jackets, then started over-turning chairs to sell they're fired up about the match in three days. Roode loosened up his tie, then extended his hand and Aries shook. Aries held his title belt in the air before Roode took a swig of water and threw the rest of the water bottle contents in Aries's face. Roode bailed from the ring as Sting held back an angry World champ to conclude the segment. Strong set-up for their title match on Sunday. Well done.
Backstage: Storm and Bully Ray were shown on split-screens preparing for their BFG Series main event up next.
Video package: Hype for Chavo Guerrero & Hernandez vs. Kid Kash & Gunner tag match at Hardcore Justice on Sunday. ... Tenay and Taz broke down the Hardcore Justice PPV line-up, then reviewed the BFG Series Standings, which still has Samoa Joe's incorrect score.
[Q8] Impact Zone: Bully Ray was introduced for the main event. After Bully tried to intimidate Christy Hemme in the ring, Storm was introduced to face Ray. Storm looked around the arena before entering the ring, apparently trying to spot the Aces & Eights group in the arena.
5 -- BULLY RAY vs. JAMES STORM -- BFG Series match
Ray tossed Storm out of the ring to the floor early on and they cut to break.
Storm made a comeback back from break, but Ray cut off Storm with a uranage and scored a nearfall. Frustrated, Ray tried to follow up with a Bubba Bomb, but Storm blocked and went up top. Storm connected with a top-rope cross-body splash, but Ray kicked out in time. Storm went for another top-rope move, but airballed an elbow drop. Ray followed with a Bubba Bomb, but Storm kicked out of a pin attempt. Storm and Ray then nearly ran into the ref, which caused confusion for Storm. Ray then hit a Bubba Cutter for the pin and the... (Continues on next page)