RVD nicked Ray with a side thrust kick to the face. After escaping a pin, Ray slid to the floor to regroup. RVD then dropkicked Ray through the ropes to send Ray flying across the floor. RVD followed with a flip-dive to the outside and both men sold on the mat.
Back in the ring, RVD went for a top-rope move, but Ray crotched Van Dam with a desperation dive. Ray hung up RVD in the ropes, then started targeting the left leg. Ray then picked up an argument with referee Earl Hebner, who backed Ray into a corner screaming at him. The distraction allowed RVD to smash Ray with a desperation leg whip when Ray charged at him. RVD made a full comeback, no-selling the injured leg, then bounced off the ropes for Rolling Thunder.
RVD followed with a monkey-flip taking Ray across the ring before coming off the second rope with a turnaround splash for a two count. RVD tried to follow with a springboard thrust kick, but Ray avoided, RVD sold the leg injury, and Ray dropped him for a two count only. Ray then airballed a corner Vader Bomb and RVD followed with a springboard kick. Van Dam then went up-top for the Five-Star Frogsplash, but he paused to do his usual posing that leads to losses. In this case, Ray sprung to his feet and intercepted RVD with a mid-air Bubba Cutter. Ray pinned RVD for the win.
WINNER: Ray at 8:54 to earn 7 BFG Series points. Ray advances to the Final Four of the BFG Series.
Post-match: Tenay reviewed the final BFG Series Standings, including the Final Four of Storm with 73 points, Joe with 68 points, Ray with 62 points, and Hardy with 59 points.
Backstage: Austin Aries was with the random dude from Aces & Eights. Aries held out a piece of paper reading that he is Mike from New York and he's a freelance gripper. Aries said Aces & Eights clearly doesn't care about him since they're not here to back him up. Aries vowed to get some answers from Mike from New York. Mike from New York remained silent, though. Aries then took off his jacket and slapped him around a bit. Aries pulled out some pliers and asked Mike from New York if he's familiar with what the pliers can do. Aries teased putting the pliers in Aries's mouth before Hulk Hogan walked in and slowed down Aries. Hogan said that wasn't the deal. He said he was supposed to get a piece, so Hogan slapped around Mike from New York. Hogan noted Mike from New York messed with his family, so now he's going to get it.
[Q6] Suddenly, Hogan's phone rang. It was the "VP of Aces & Eights." Hogan asked what he wants. Apparently the person wants Mike from New York back. Hogan said they will do a fair trade: Mike from New York in exchange for the Arm-breaker. He said the other part of the deal is Aries gets the Arm-breaker this Sunday at No Surrender. Hogan finished the proposal, then told Aries to let the guy live until the end of the show until the deal goes down.
Impact Zone: Back live, James Storm's music played to bring out the BFG Series regular season winner to select his BFG Series semi-final opponent. In the ring, Storm waited out a "Cowboy" chant before noting this last year has been quite the roller-coaster for him. Storm recapped going through his journey of self-doubt before realizing that when he got back in the ring, he was back home. Storm noted he ended Crimson's streak, got back in the BFG Series, and did exactly what he said he would do: he won the BFG Series.
Storm called out the three other wrestlers in the Final Four to come out on-stage so he can select his opponent at No Surrender. Bully Ray walked out first, followed by an injured Samoa Joe, and a tired Jeff Hardy in cut-off jeans and no shirt. Storm first addressed Joe, calling him one of the toughest men to ever set foot in a wrestling ring. He name-dropped Hardy, which drew a reaction. He then picked Bully Ray as his No Surrender opponent. So, it's Storm vs. Ray and Hardy vs. Joe in a re-match from tonight in the semi-finals.
Ray marched to the ring to go face-to-face with Storm, who noted that he proved Ray wrong as the leader of Aces & Eights. Storm said Ray ended his shot at glory last year, but he's ending his shot this year. Storm said he knows exactly who Ray is, but this Sunday, Ray finds out exactly who he is. As Storm's music played and the jawing began, TNA cut to the stage to show Hardy and Joe going face-to-face to set up the other semi-final.
Backstage: TNA showed Mike from New York coughing and gasping for air. ... Elsewhere backstage, Daniels and Kaz were shown pacing around awaiting their Tag Title opponents tonight. Well, more like Kaz was pacing and Daniels was calmly sipping a martini.
Backstage: Hemme caught up with RVD to discuss his loss tonight that cost him the Final Four of the BFG Series. Magnus interrupted and said the old RVD wouldn't have fallen at the final hurdle. He said he grew up watching RVD and maybe now RVD can't reach the bar he set back in the day. RVD continued to look off into the distance before Magnus pressed one too many buttons by saying perhaps he's not the man he once was. RVD finally turned around and popped Magnus, setting off a brawl until officials and refs broke it up and separated the two men.
[Q7] Impact Zone: The music played for the Tag champs to bring out Daniels and Kazarian, as introduced by Jeremy Borash. Taz said he doesn't think Kaz and Daniels should be so cocky since they don't know they're facing tonight.
TNA cut backstage to show Hogan in the middle of a phone conversation before addressing the Robbies and Hernandez & Chavo. Hogan propped up both teams, noted he just got off the phone, and selected Chavo & Hernandez for the title shot. Robbie asked Hogan what he's talking about. Chavo and Hernandez then made their way out to challenge for the belts.
4 -- TNA tag champions KAZARIAN & DANIELS vs. CHAVO GUERRERO & HERNANDEZ -- TNA Tag Title match
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