We begin with a brawl erupting from backstage and into the arena between Aries & Roode and King & Ion. They trade and Roode slams King into the steps as Aries takes it to Ion. The bell rings and we are officially underway.
Aries hits a side suplex on Ion after Roode hesitates to make the tag. King and Aries give Ion a double airplane spin and simultaneous chops to the chest. King drops a springboard leg drop for 2. Aries slingshots in with an elbowdrop to Ion across King's knees. Aries gets 2 on Ion.
King tags back in and they keep Ion in their corner. King is caught in the corner but resumes with shoulderblocks and makes a cover for 2. Aries tags back in who leaps in with a twist over the top and tags King back in. King goes to the ropes and is kneed in the back by Roode. Ion accidentally clotheslines Roode off the apron. Roode pulls King out of the ring and drives his back into the apron. Ion launches over the top and front flips onto King on the outside. Roode puts the boots to King and sends him back in where Ion gets 2.
Roode tags in and continues the assault complete with spitting in the face of Aries on the apron. Roode keeps King down and executes a nice suplex and a knee to the face. Roode punches Aries in the face on the apron. Ion tags in and takes it to King, keeping the ring cut-off.
King fights Ion off the corner ropes, Roode pushes King off and to the floor. Roode brings King in and continues with strikes and stomps. Roode tags Ion. Ion stomps on King's arm. King hits a cradle suplex and they both reach for the tag. Roode tags in but the ref doesn't see Aries make the tag also.
Roode drags King to their corner and stomps on King with Ion behind Earl's back.
King fights out of the corner and hits an Enzuigiri on Ion but Roode breaks the cover. Aries comes off the top and connects with a dropkick on Roode. Aries dives on Roode on the outside. King drops Ion in the ring for the win.
Winners by pin: Austin Aries & Kenny King
-Aces & 8's recap video
-Sting says he's going to call someone out to the ring to find out who's behind this.
Sting makes his way to the ring. He says there are lots of questions but not a lot of answers. He wants to hear it from the horse's mouth and calls out James Storm.
Sting says he didn't believe Roode when he accused Storm of being behind Aces & 8's but he wants to show some footage. A video runs of how Aces & 8's never touched Storm last week. Storm says he's been asked that question all week. He says he doesn't need anyone to fight his battles. He says 9 months ago he was jumped by Kurt Angle but he didn't cry about it. Angle's music hits and he comes to the ring.
Angle says he and Storm have been through a lot in the past year. He says he was attacked by Aces & 8's right before his match with Storm and Storm benefited from it. He wants to know Storm's motivation. He says 8 men ran from one man, Storm. Angle begs any member of the group to interfere in his match tonight. He says it will be an a** kicking party.
Sting says he's glad Angle said 'party' because he will be at ringside tonight. Angle tells Storm he will make him tap out and he leaves. Storm says, we'll see.
-AJ tweets from Australia
Daniels and Kazarian make fun of AJ in Australia. They are going to throw Claire a baby shower.
Taz and Tenay say there will be 3 four-way matches at Hardcore Justice worth 20 points in the BFG Series: Ladder Match between AJ, Angle, Daniels, & Joe; Falls Count Anywhere between Anderson, RVD, Pope, & Magnus; and a Tables Match between Hardy, Storm, Bully, & Robbie E.
Bully Ray comes to the ring and says he never trusted James Storm. He says he will also be at ringside tonight during Storm's match.
BFG Series: Bully Ray vs. Robbie E. w/ Robbie T.
Robbie T. attacks Bully from behind before the bell and Robbie E. takes advantage as he jumps all over Bully. Bully battles back with chops from his knees and hits a neckbreaker for the quick win.
Winner of 7 points by pin: Bully Ray
-Madison Rayne accepts candy, flowers, and a teddy-bear from Earl Hebner backstage. She says she cares about him and doesn't need gifts. Gail Kim interrupts and asks what all this is and questions Earl's call from last week.
-Tara and Mickie stretch in the locker room, separately.
-Miss Tessmacher joins commentary.
Tara goes at it with Gail and Madison takes it to Mickie. Mickie hits a hurricanrana on Madison. Tara comes in and takes out both Gail and Madison but she can't beat the numbers game. Madison gets 2 on Tara. Mickie pulls Gail out of the ring but Gail sends her into the steps.
Tara goes for a cover on Madison but Gail breaks the count. Gail and Madison double-team Tara. Madison hits a faceplant on Tara but Mickie breaks the count. Madison hits a boot on Mickie but Mickie hits a neckbreaker and Gail breaks the pin. Gail hits a backbreaker on Mickie, Tara drops Gail across the ropes and springs in with a leg drop across her throat.
Tara slams Gail and goes up top but Madison stops her. Mickie pulls Madison down and hits a clothesline. Gail hits a superplex on Tara and all four women are down. Gail makes the cover on Tara but Earl is distracted by Madison to make the count.
Gail asks Madison what is going on. Mickie tosses Gail out and hits a flurry on Madison. Gail pushes Mickie off the top. Tara hits the Widow's Peak on Gail. Madison rolls Tara up and they both think they have the pin but Earl gives it to Madison, like last week.
Winner by pin: Madison Rayne
-Recap from the earlier in the night regarding Angle and Storm
Roode is backstage. He says he will also be at ringside tonight and he will prove Storm is behind Aces & 8's. Aries says he will be there also.
-Sting talks to Brooke Hogan in the office. He asks for an update on Hogan. Brooke says he's not as good as he would admit. Sting asks Brooke if she can stand the pressure of her job. She says she will try but she is worried. Someone delivers an envelope to Brooke with Aces and 8's playing cards inside. Brooke tears her mic off and leaves.
-Chavo Guerrero warms up backstage.
Eric Young and ODB talk about the Knockouts Tag Titles and Young's new show in the back.
Chavo's uncle, Hector, is on Spanish commentary and his grandmother is in the crowd. Kash goes right at Chavo takes his shirt off. Kash hits a shoulderblock and Chavo answers with an armdrag. Chavo hits a couple of European Uppercuts but Kash gains offense.
Kash does some ground-and-pound and drops Chavo on the back of his head. Kash gets 1. Kash hits a bodyslam and goes up top for a moonsault but Chavo gets his knees up. Chavo hits a flurry of offense for 2. Chavo slingshots off the apron for a Senton Splash. Gunner comes on the apron and distracts Chavo, Kash hits a punch and a kick to Chavo.
Chavo counters a suplex and hits a 3 Amigos and a splash off the top for the win.
Winner by pin: Chavo Guerrero
-Dixie Carter comments on the AJ/Claire situation. She says it is past time for AJ to set the record straight.
-Daniels & Kazarian carry gifts toward the arena.
Angle talks to Wes Briscoe in the back and he wants Angle to put in a good word for him. Devon and Garett Bischoff show up and they want a piece of Aces & 8's. Kurt tells them to watch his back.
Daniels & Kazarian are in the ring with gifts set up in the ring. They make fun of AJ being in Australia and say he's probably impregnating someone. They call Claire to the ring, who is at ringside but still somehow seems surprised. They sit her down and open gifts for her. They give her diapers, AJ action figures, pictures, and toy belts. They also give her a baby doll dressed as AJ. The crowd boo's. Claire looks into the camera and obnoxiously screams at AJ like a head-case to do the right thing for their baby and leaves.
-Storm vs. Angle is next
Joseph Park is on the phone. He wants leaves a message for the head of TNA's Legal Dept. He tells the interviewer that his firm has been retained by a couple of superstars. He sees Sting and is somewhat star-struck to meet him. He says, "I don't want to kayfabe you…" He says he's been retained and asks if Sting needs representation. Sting says he's covered. Park takes a picture of he and Sting and says he is going to tweet it.
-BFG Series Leaderboard
-Next week in the Series: RVD vs. Pope, Angle vs. AJ, and Bully vs. Storm
James Storm is introduced, followed by Angle.
BFG Series: James Storm vs. Kurt Angle
They go back and forth and pause to regroup. They put on a clinic. Sting comes to the ring. Angle hits a shoulderblock and Storm answers with two armdrags into an armbar. Devon and Garett come to the ring. Storm hits a Thesz Press. Angle blocks the Last Call and puts the boots to Storm in the corner. Storm turns things around but Angle hits a belly-to-belly. Bully comes to the ring.
Storm hits a Randy Orton-style DDT. Roode comes to the ring. Aries makes his way down the ramp. Storm drops Angle across the ropes and drills him in the back of the head with a kick. Angle does his trifecta of suplexes. Storm counters the Angle Slam with an armdrag. Angle ducks a clothesline and hits a boot to the head. Storm kicks out. Angle pulls the straps down. Storm hits an Angle Slam for 2. Angle applies the Angle Lock and Storm stays in it longer than anyone I can remember. Storm turns it around and kicks Angle in the head and hits the Last Call for the win.
Winner of 7 points by pin: James Storm
The ref helps Storm up. Angle shakes his hand. They give Storm a mic and he calls Aces & 8's out. Roode tells Storm that they are not here because he won tonight and doesn't need them. Storm and Bully go at it. Aries and Roode mix it up as Angle watches.
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