Hey everyone this is Sam and we need to breakdown what all happened or didn’t happen at Impact Wrestling Final Resolution on Saturday, December 12, 2020. Of course, there were all kinds of rumors that Kenny Omega was going to show. Well, no. If you had been reading Sports Obsessive then you knew Impact Wrestling taped this pay-per-view awhile ago. Plus Kenny Omega was in Mexico on December 12 to defend his AAA Mega Championship against the Laredo Kid.
This show is part of the Impact+ streaming service that has all of Impact Wrestling’s catalog of wrestling on it. Plus once a month they have a mini-PPV. A lot of times several storylines wrap up and several championships are on the line. I’m still not sure it is worth the monthly payment especially since they don’t offer other content about their wrestlers.
Josh Mathews and Madison Rayne are the announcers for this show. I always enjoy them together. Madison Rayne isn’t afraid to tell Josh Mathews like it is and I love it. Of course, it helps they are married in real life.
Old School Rules: Tommy Dreamer vs Larry D
This is one of the things I hate about Impact Wrestling. They term this as an old school rules match which means what? What is that? Weapons? Anything goes? Don’t change the name of the same kind of match. All it does is confuse new fans. Remember this about Larry D shooting John E. Bravo and admitting it in wrestlers’ court. Tommy Dreamer was the prosecutor and if he wins then Larry D gets turned into the police.
During the match, they use different weapons like trash can lids, chains, chairs and belts. Larry D seems to control the match from the start. He is pretty aggressive, but can anyone blame him? He doesn’t want to go to jail.
Larry D wraps a chain around Dreamer’s neck then whips Dreamer with a weightlifting belt. Then the babyface makes their comeback by taking the belt away and whips Larry D with it. This is probably the most exciting the match gets especially when Dreamer kicks a chair into Larry D’s face. Acey Romaro of XXXL who is Larry D’s tag team partner gets involved with setting up a table. I was beginning to wonder if John E. Bravo was even going to bother fighting the guy that shot him. One would think HE would be in the match against his shooter. Tommy Dreamer hits a DDT and wins the match, so Larry D is supposed to be going to jail. How does this affect XXXL now? Are they taking Larry D off TV or is his contract up? Where is this going now?
Winner: Tommy Dreamer
Impact Wrestling shows Kenny Omega’s bus outside of the arena.
Havok and Nevaeh vs The Sea Stars
The Sea Stars are relatively new to Impact Wrestling. I don’t know how long they have tagged together, but it seemed like they were unsure of their tags and teamwork. Havok was in control most of the match no matter which Sea Star was in the ring. Sometimes I wonder exactly what Nevaeh can do on her own. She is usually in the ring for 2-3 minutes at a time. However, in this match she is the one that ends up hitting the cutter for the win.
Winner: Havok and Nevaeh
Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb with a K vs Alisha and Eddie Edwards
I know I have told many of you before that it seems like Tenille Dashwood doesn’t really wrestle much. She relies on her tag team partner to do the work. Some of them like Jordynne Grace had problems with that. Kaleb with a K shouldn’t have an issue since he has been by her side the whole way. Plus Kaleb with a K has been playing Suicide in Impact Wrestling, so we know he can wrestle.
Eddie Edwards looks awful with his black eye that Sami Callihan gave him last week with his baseball bat. I love that Impact Wrestling doesn’t care about intergender wrestling. Girls can be in the ring with the guys. They don’t have to tag out. It’s refreshing. Alisha gets into it with Kaleb with a K, but gets distracted by Sami’s music and graphic on the screen. Tenille takes advantage of us to get the win. I can always give Tenille credit for taking advantage of opportunities.
Winner: Tenille Dashwood and Kaleb with a K
Both Edwards look around for Sami Callihan and he comes out from the ring. He attacks Eddie Edwards then he goes after Alisha. Refs came out and got Sami to leave. I was excited because the Sami/Eddie Edwards battle continues.
Impact Wrestling then goes out to Kenny Omega’s bus to ask if they can have an interview. Don Callis answers. He says that Kenny is on the bus, but that he will not be getting involved in Final Resolution because he is “visiting family.”
Hernandez vs Fallah Bahh with Kiera Hogan as the Guest Referee and Tasha Steelz as the Guest Announcer
Tasha Steelz comes out to be the guest announcer and I thought well she got the raw end of the deal until she started. Tasha stole this match by being on the mic making her comments about everything. Kiera Hogan came out as the Guest referee and of course she comes into play during the match. These two together are a trip and will be great for any promotion in the next ten years.
Hernandez was in control most of this match. Remember Fallah Bahh stole Hernandez’s money supposedly to help John E. Bravo with her wedding, but he never gave it to him. The girls (Kiera and Tasha) stole it from Fallah. Kiera starts playing games when Fallah Bahh hits a splash and tries a pin. He yells at her, “Stop being ratchet.” Hernandez while he is distracted hits a splash and wins.
Eric Young vs Rhino
Don’t ask me why we are having this match? Yes, Eric Young and Joe Dieting were walking by and beat on Rhino then beat up Heath. Does that constitute a program? Heath isn’t even healed, so it can’t be a real match. Eric Young took advantage of Joe Doering’s cheap shots to Rhino and used them. Rhino tried to come back, but it seemed like Young always had a counter. The ref ends up getting knocked down, so that Eric Young can hit a superkick then grabs his mask to hit Rhino.
The Deaners are coming out to help Rhino. What?!?!?! Why?!?!? Are The Deaners friends with Rhino or enemies of Eric Young? Ohhhhh, Cody Deaner started wrestler school where Young was and became his travel partner. He thinks Eric Young thinks he is nothing. Did Impact Wrestling hire a WWE writer for this storyline? Craziness.
Somehow Cody Deaner yells that he’s not nothing and turns around to hit Cousin Jake with Eric Young’s mask. Then Cody walks away. Eric Young beats Rhino.
Winner: Eric Young
X-Division Championship “Defeat Rohit” Challenge
I do enjoy this challenge. Yes, I know most promotions have this now, but it is how Rohit Raju acts every time he finds out about his challenger. Rohit makes his way to the ring to cut a promo about how he is one of the greatest wrestlers. Then Manik appears who is Rohit’s opponent tonight. Manik stays in control most of the match. Josh Mathews immediately calls out that Manik has the same tattoos and moveset as TJP. He points it out every 30 seconds. Rohit starts coming back and hits a front face suplex.
After back and forth between them, Manik hits a springboard DDT and Rohit starts yelling he knows who it is. He tries to take off his mask while yelling about TJP. Manik tries a submission move and Rohit counters. Manik rolls Rohit up for the win. Manik is the new X-Division Champion.
Rohit is upset and vows to get to the bottom of this. I’m sure when we will hear more about it Tuesday.
Moose cuts a promo. I love how he still has the confidence and the control your narrative power that EC3 gave him. He talked about how he is the only champion in Impact Wrestling as the TNA World Heavyweight Champion. He puts Chris Bey and Rich Swann on noticed no matter which wins.
Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo vs Rosemary
Of course, both of these ladies…well a demon too have to have someone with them. Kimber Lee is with Deonna Purrazzo and Taya Valkyrie is with Rosemary. Rosemary starts off in control. Deonna looks like she is a little thrown off because Rosemary is a demon like Su Yung. Rosemary hits Deonna’s head into the turnbuckle which seems to wake her up and get her in the game.
Deonna throws Rosemary outside the ring and runs her into the ring post. Then starts getting Rosemary into the armbar as Rosemary fights her off. Deonna has a serious focus about her after she realizes it is time to win. Rosemary ends up hitting a DDT, but can’t get the pin. Deonna gets several different submissions on. Eventually, Rosemary hits the Red Wedding, but Kimber Lee pulls the ref out if the ring. Deonna hits a pump kick then hits her Costa Nostra which is a pile driver for the win.
Winner: Deonna Purrazzo
I love both of these wrestlers and usually root for them. However, this match was awful. There wasn’t a storyline behind it. It was just made for this show. However, the thing that disappointed me the most is we didn’t see a story in the ring. There wasn’t any ring psychology to draw you in. This was a forgettable match, but shouldn’t have been between these two women.
Impact Wrestling shows Karl Anderson on the bus with Kenny Omega and Don Callis. All were in New Japan Pro Wrestling together while Omega and Anderson were in The Bullet Club together. Callis tells Machine Gun that it should take him about two minutes to beat Ethan Page.
Karl Anderson vs Ethan Page with Josh Alexander
Luke “Doc” Gallows isn’t by Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson’s side because Ethan Page put him out of commission for 4-6 weeks. Karl starts off wearing Ethan out with his quick punches. He completely takes over and shows Ethan Page that he is a veteran. Page hits a backbreaker and begins yelling at the ref. Eventually Anderson hits the Stun Gun on Page for the win.
Winner: Karl Anderson
After the match, Josh Alexander is clearly upset that Ethan Page couldn’t win which would have allowed them a tag team title match. Page tries to tells him that he has a plan to change things and everything will be ok. Of course, it isn’t. Ethan Page’s contract runs out December 31st and he wants to hear other promotions’ offers. I think this story proves that.
Impact World Championship: Rich Swann vs Chris Bey
I think most of you know that I don’t really like either of these wrestlers. They aren’t storytellers to me. I feel like this match was slow and boring. Both tried to do a new ground style with a lot of different holds and even Josh Mathews commented on it. Neither was doing their high flying style or selling each other’s moves. Honestly, I got bored. Maybe it was because it was the last match and my interest was waning.
They both ended up exchanging kicks to the face. Neither are selling them at all. If you get kicked in the face then it should hurt or maybe you shouldn’t be in the ring. Until the very end, neither man hit any big moves. Swann hit the Phoenix Splash for the win.
Winner: Rich Swann
After the match, Moose came out and had Rich Swann’s title. He handed Rich his title then stares at him and walks out. The first thing I saw on the internet was I can’t believe Kenny Omega didn’t come in. Again, in reality he was in Mexico and couldn’t. This was taped, but it has to be the reason Chris Bey didn’t get the title. He is getting pushed and should have gotten the title then. But maybe there will be a rematch on the next PPV.
What are your thoughts on the latest Impact Wrestling PPV? Who or what surprised you? Let us know in the comments below!