down the middle. Tessmacher then took advantage of a distracted Rayne for the pin and the win to regain the Knockouts Title.
WINNER: Tessmacher at 4:02 to re-capture the Knockouts Title.
Up Next: Jeff Hardy vs. Bully Ray. TNA showed the two men walking toward the entrance area on a split-screen.
Earlier Tonight: Aces & Eights cornered Brooke Hogan in the ring before the locker room made the save. Sting then challenged A&E to meet him and his pack in the ring at the top of the show next week.
Video message: In another recorded message, Aces & Eights said that's just the invitation they were looking for from Sting. A&E confirmed they will meet Sting and his pack at the top of the show next week. Another A&E dude reminded the spokesperson that they have unfinished business tonight.
Impact Zone: Back in the arena, Bully Ray was introduced first for the main event BFG Series match. Hardy was out second leading into the eighth quarter-hour for a singles version of the Hardys vs. Dudleys WWE feud.
4 -- BULLY RAY vs. JEFF HARDY -- BFG Series match
Ray and Hardy slowly locked up, nearly knocking over ref Earl Hebner in the process. Ray then ducked under the ropes to avoid Hardy. James Storm then slowly walked out to ringside 45 seconds into the match. "Where your boys at, huh?!" Ray shouted at Storm, who said he has no boys. Ray turned his attention back to Hardy and landed right hand blows before jawing with Hebner. Ray then left the ring to argue with Storm before shoving him in the chest. Storm ripped off his jacket to fight, then Hardy dropkicked a distracted Ray through the ropes. Hardy followed with a splash and they returned to the ring as Impact went to break.
Back live, Ray was in control trying to score pinfalls, but to no avail. Also, Storm was shown looking around the arena trying to keep an eye out for Aces & Eights. Ray continued the attack on Hardy, who finally fought back with boots to the gut. Hardy made his standard comeback before delivering a dropkick to the chest for a two count. Ray came back with a lift-up uranage throw, but Hardy kicked out of a pin. Ray then pulled up Hardy by his hair and wanted a Bubba Bomb, but Hardy countered with a back kick to the gut. Hardy followed with a clothesline before removing his t-shirt and climbing up top for a Swanton Bomb. Hardy covered, but Ray kicked out in-time.
At 11:00, Ray rolled to the floor near James Storm, who backed away and noted he has nothing to do with this. Hardy then wanted a plancha on Ray, but Ray yanked Storm in the way, so Hardy crashed into Storm. The announcers completely missed the call, stuck in the middle of a Hogan & Sting plug for the top of the show next week. After a reset, Ray and Hardy returned to the ring, where Hardy nailed a splash. Two Aces & Eights members then hit the ring and measured Ray. Suddenly, Styles, Aries, Angle, and Sting stormed ringside to chase away A&E.
The match continued with Ray pulling himself to his feet and stalking Hardy. Hardy then nailed the Twist of Fate out of nowhere and Ray fell down into Hardy, who rolled up Ray for a quick three count.
WINNER: Hardy at 12:50 to earn 7 BFG Series points. Solid TV match with good chemistry between a fan favorite like Hardy and top heel like Ray.
Post-match: Ray popped to his feet and smashed Hardy with a clothesline. Ray, angry, looked around the arena before locking eyes with Storm, who decided to enter the ring at this point. Storm and Ray argued as Hardy recovered in the background. Storm then tried a superkick on Ray, but Ray moved and Hardy ate the superkick. Ray angrily accused Storm of being behind the A&E group, then left the ring. The announcers then played dumb saying Ray is exactly right about Storm.
Suddenly, four members of A&E hit the ring and started applauding Storm. The announcers continued to play dumb, then one of the A&E members clotheslined Storm. This led to another indy-looking beat down on Storm as the announcers jumped to the next conclusion that Storm was framed all along. The beat down continued as Impact signed off one minute past the top of the hour.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Yet another solid, very good show...dragged down by the final minute of Impact. The announcers produced to play dumb when it was clear that Storm was set up combined with another awful-looking beat down by the Aces & Eights group was a poor end to an otherwise very good show.