Impact Wrestling Final Resolution 2020
December 12, 2020
Old Schools Match
Tommy Dreamer vs Larry D - 4/10
This match came about as a result to the whole "Who shot John E. Bravo storyline", where Lawrence D, Larry D's alter ego, was found guilty for shooting Bravo. The result is that Dreamer and D are now wrestling, and if D can win the match, he'll be free of all allegations.
This was weak. Weapons matches don’t tend to be exciting without fans being loud for the spots, and in silence, the time spent setting up spots feels longer than they should. Dreamer hit the DDT and win the match. The wrong person won and now Larry D has to go to jail. At one point, Dreamer chanted his own “You still got it” chant, it was sad but funny.
Weeks ago, XXXL were getting a push, now they’re likely going to extend Dreamer’s comedy stories.
Opening announcement + Omega tease - Josh Matthews and Madison Rayne running down the card and just announced that indeed, Kenny Omega and Don Callis are outside the venue.
Sea Stars vs Havok & Nevaeh - 5/10
There's really no story behind this match. Sea Stars debuted for Impact a couple of weeks back for the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament, in a losing effort to Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz. Havok and Nevaeh however, find themselves in the semi finals of the tournament, going up against the team of Jordynne Grace & Jazz.
This was a squash match with a couple of hope spots for the Sea Stars. Nevaeh got the pin on Exo after a Wheelbarrow assisted cutter. Ok match, Sea Stars have a lot of charisma.
Hogan/Steelz skit - Backstage, Hogan and Steelz talked about what they would do with the stolen Hernandez money. They’re trying to come up with a plan to keep the money.
Eddie and Alisha Edwards vs Tenille Dashwood & Kaleb with a K - 6.5/10
Story behind this started in the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament, where Edwards and Dashwood teamed up for the first time. Even in defeat, they decided to stick together, but when Sami Callihan attacked Eddie Edwards some weeks ago, Alisha's focused changed to her husband, and Dashwood didn't take it lightly that has was second in priority to Edwards, so now the Edwards tag together to deal with Alisha's problem.
A tale of two stories. The work between Kaleb and Eddie was really good, even with some comedy added as Kaleb has to pretend he is a geek; on the other hand, we had Alisha and Dashwood, which wasn’t as great while Alisha had the upper hand. Story of the match saw Dashwood and Kaleb cut off Alisha after Kaleb tripped her on and on again. At the end, Eddie got the hot tag and dealt with Kaleb, but as Alisha was getting ready to take them out with a top rope splash, Sami Callihan interrupted them with his hacking skills, allowing Dashwood the opening to take out Alisha and get the pin.
Fun match overall. Dashwood’s heel work was fantastic, her cheap shots on Eddie Edwards, checking her makeup after every big spot, taking selfies during the match, and going after Alisha’s hair.
Post-match - Sami Callihan snuck out from underneath the ring, attacked Eddie with a bat and a package piledriver. He went for a second one on Alisha Edwards, but security and referees made the save. This Callihan vs Edwards feud will continue and maybe this time they'll put their careers on the line.
Miller tries to interview Omega - Gia Miller tried to get an interview from Omega’s bus. Don Callis came out. Miller asked if Omega was planning to get involved in tonight’s show, but Callis said that obviously no and that Omega was only visiting family.
Fallah Bahh vs Hernandez - 6/10
This one goes far back when Bahh was John E. Bravo's best man and stole money from Hernandez to pay for the wedding. After many shenanigans and money stealing, Kiera Hogan and Tasha Steelz stole the money from Bahh, but Hernandez still thinks Bahh has it. Kiera Hogan is the special guest referee for this match, while Tasha Steelz will serve as the special ring announcer. Kiera Hogan is the special guest referee for this match, while Tasha Steelz will serve as the special ring announcer. Hernandez was corpsing at Steelz announcing him "right off the cook-out and he thinks he’s cool because he has Chuck Taylors."
This was a hoss fight, and a good one at that. A low bar, but this was the best that Hernadez has looked in months, doing springboard shoulder tackles and pescados. Superman splash for the win by Hernandez after Bahh distracted himself with Hogan.
Post- match - Hogan and Steelz didn’t have the money that Hernandez had just won, and so Hernandez threatened them with a weapon and they ran away.
Eric Young (w/ Joe Doering) vs Rhino - 6.5/10
For weeks now since Turning Point, Eric Young and Joe Doering have been attacking people, among them, Rhino and his friend Heath. Last week, Young and Doering took out The Deaners, and would had been worse if not for Rhino who made the save, and thus today we have this match.
As fantastic as EY is, all I’m thinking about is a Doering vs Rhino match right now. Story of the match was that Rhino had the power advantage over EY and dominated as such, but every time that Rhino started to gain momentum, Doering would distract Rhino, allowing EY to cut him off. Young focused on Rhino’s head, working towards the piledriver.
The big angle saw The Deaners come out to make sure that Eric Young wouldn’t attack Rhino with his own mask, but suddenly, Cody Deaner turned heel, attacking Cousin Jake with Young’s mask. Young took the mask afterwards, finishing off Rhino for the win. Young seems to be building his new stable and Cody Deaner is the new member.
D'Amore/Anderson skit - Scott D’Amore berated Omega’s security when Karl Anderson walked up and happened to be in Omega’s list, hence the ‘family reunion’ that Callis teased.
X Division Championship Match
Manik vs Rohit Raju (C) - 8/10
Rohit Raju has announced that this will be the final Defeat Rohit Challenge after successfully defending against names like TJP, Crazzy Steve, Jordynne Grace, and others. This challenge is opened to anyone except TJP, but as we've seen before, TJP has hinted at using other methods to get to Raju.
Raju cut a promo before the match, calling out his challenger and talking about proving that he was the best X Division champion of this lifetime. Manik came out for the challenge, and we all know that Manik is in canon, none other than TJP. Plus we can see the tattoos.
This was the best match so far, it was just action packed and fast paced. Manik brought the submission and high flying work, while Rohit had the big impact moves and the striking. They went back and forward all the time, even Raju's heat segments were shot and full of Manik trying to get back on track. Manik won with a snap roll up to win the title. He didn't unmask here, so maybe he'll have to reign as Manik.
Moose Interview - Miller interviewed Moose about taking out Willie Mack and what his purpose was for tonight’s show without competition. Moose said that the Swann’s belt is only the second most important title in the promotion, as his TNA title was the most important. Moose said that he’ll challenge whoever wins tonight between Swann and Bey.
Knockouts Championship Match
Deonna Purrazzo (C) (w/ Kimber Lee) vs Rosemary (w/ Taya) - 7/10
Purrazzo has been feuding with Sue Yung and the whole Undead Realm package, and so when Rosemary got a pin on the team of Purrazzo and Lee in the Knockouts Tag Team Championship Tournament, Scott D'Amore decided that Rosemary was the best contender for Purrazzo since she had been dealing with Yung, James Mitchell, and the Undead Realm.
This was easily Rosemary's best singles match in ages. Rosemary was more of a brawler here, going against a technical wrestler in Purrazzo, who isolated the arm, and then went after the head, chasing the Cosa Nostra.
Post-match - Purrazzo and Lee antagonized Taya, but she took out both women and held the ring. We may be getting Purrazzo vs Taya soon.
Bullet Club Reunion - Over at Omega’s bus, Omega, Callis, and Karl Anderson talked about the old days and Big Fat Masa. Anderson said he had to leave for his match. Omega and Callis said that the old ‘Machine Gun’ from G1 Climax would take out Ethan Page in a minute and be back partying with them.
Impact Tag Team Title Shot on the Line
Karl Anderson vs Ethan Page - 7.5/10
The Good Brothers won the titles back at Turning Point, but in order for the The North to get a rematch, Ethan Page has to defeat Anderson in this match. The reason this is a one-on-one match is because Page took Gallows out of competition for a couple of weeks, and in a sense, Anderson is out for revenge too.
This was good, but it also just felt there, it had nothing that I will remember tomorrow. Some spots in the Bahh or the Eddie match I could always remember, but this one felt like day 11 in the Champion Carnival. This match to me exposed how good Page is as a tag team, but how irrelevant he can be in singles action. Anderson won with the gun stun.
Post-match - he North won’t be getting their tag team title match and seem to be heading to their end. There was some dissension after the match, Alexander took off his North jacket while Page pleaded with him that he had a plan and that everything was going to be fine.
Impact World Championship Match
Rich Swann (C) vs Chris Bey - 9/10
Ever since Rich Swann won the World title, many names have come after him, once of which was Chris Bey, who took the approach of talking trash of Willie Mack and beating him up. Two weeks ago, Bey tagged Swann with the art of finesse, and thus Swann finally agreed to get Bey in the ring.
As the match went on, both Bey and Swann increased the intensity to their moves. Bey started going for torture racks and yoshi tonics, while Swann pulled out a cartwheel phoenix splash. They had a striking exchange sequence, they followed with a pin reversal sequence, but Bey just couldn’t keep Swann down, which started to frustrate Bey more and more. In the same vein, Swann couldn’t keep down Bey with one of his shotgun kicks that he has been winning with, and so he had to hit a second one and the phoenix splash to finally win.
Match started with a slow pace, but this being Swann and Bey, they couldn’t help themselves and started gaining speed for an X Division style sequence of reversals, and this was the overall pacing of the match. They would slow down when Swann went for Bey’s head, or when Bey would work on Swann’s abdomen and back; yet, they would explode with speed during comebacks.
Great match, great pacing, just not as dramatic as most of Swann’s matches as of late. Chris Bey showed that he belongs in the main event scene.
Post-match - After the match, Moose came out to the ring, looking like a million dollars, TNA title in hand. Moose took the Impact title and gave it to Swann, making a silent impression on Swann that he is coming for the title.
Ok show by Impact. It was weird, this is still an Impact+ special to me, something that shouldn't be that relevant, but ever since last month, it seems like Impact is gonna start making these as legit PPVs now in terms of happenings. They had title changes, Omega, and some storyline conclusions here. This means more work for me and I wish it wasn't, but the truth is, Impact has been doing much better when you work with 4 main PPVs with 4 mid-season shows on TV to fit in between those big PPVs, but if these specials become a thing now, we're talking 12 PPVs a year again.
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