Impact Wrestling
Final Resolution 2023
December 9, 2023
Don Kolov Arena
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

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Final Resolution 2023, the final live event under the Impact Wrestling banner, took place at the Don Kolov Arena in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, December 9. In the main event, Zack Sabre Jr. made his Impact Wrestling debut alongside Josh Alexander in tag team action against the Motor City Machine Guns. 

Countdown to Final Resolution 2023
PCO def. Jessie V

The video feed for the pre-show started part way through this one, so I can’t really give it a rating. 

What I did see was fine enough. Jessie V is an Ontario guy and he’s got that hoss look, so he got a few bombs in here but the match was mostly just PCO hitting his signature bumps and spots on the way to getting a victory with the PCOSault. 

Countdown to Final Resolution 2023
Jack Price def. Aiden Prince

With good energy throughout and a lot of fast-paced action, this was definitely the strongest of the three pre-show matches.

Commentary did telegraph Price winning with their regular references to his win-loss record throughout the match but I didn’t mind it, and I didn’t mind the eyepoke finish either. Yes, it was a bit cheap, but it gives Price a bit of something about him going into the TNA rebrand. **3/4

Countdown to Final Resolution 2023
Frankie Kazarian def. Sheldon Jean

Sheldon Jean hasn’t overly impressed me during his Impact tenure so far but as Kenny King’s second, he seemed to have a solid spot carved out. However, with King having now left the promotion, he’s a bit of a loose end and at Final Resolution 2023 he was on job duty against Frankie Kazarian.

This was a fine little TV enhancement match, with Kazarian, who is due a big push in 2024 with the promotional rebrand, going over fairly comfortably. **¼

Impact Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (C) def. Brian Myers & Eddie Edwards (w/Alisha Edwards)

The Don Kolov Arena is a more intimate venue than Impact normally run and a combination of that and a hot crowd elevated most of the evening’s action.

That was particularly true in this tag title defence which I thought was really entertaining. The Myers and Edwards pairing really worked for me and is something I’d like to see them do more with moving forward. 

Austin and Bey, meanwhile, are always great and despite there being one awkward spot where Bey bumped notably early on a chop, they brought a good pace to this before they sealed victory with the 1-2-Sweet. ***¼

Post-match, Austin, and Bey were jumped by Trey Miguel and Zachary Wentz in a spot that likely kicked off their program for Hard to Kill

Jody Threat def. Alisha Edwards

Alisha Edwards ran down the Mississauga crowd after the tag title match, leading Director of Authority Santino Marella to set up this bout with local talent Jody Threat.

I’m not a fan of either woman’s work normally but this was broadly fine if a bit slow and plodding. There were an ejection spot early on with Eddie Edwards and Brian Myers and then after some back-and-forth action, Threat secured the win with an F5. **1/4

Impact Wrestling Digital Media Championship
Tommy Dreamer (C) def. Deaner

I didn’t like this at all.

While it’s not a story that I’d have told (we all know that belting up Johnny Swinger was the right call, Mr D’Amore), the story with Tommy Dreamer was about him winning the title. It very much should not be about 11 minute title defences. 

Deaner, coming off a two-month absence, was doing all this community theatre rubbish at the start by just shouting at Dreamer and it didn’t improve after that. He never felt like a particularly compelling heel act and while he put some effort in, the work was plodding and uninteresting as you’d expect from a Dreamer match in 2023.

Hopefully this second defence for Dreamer is the last in this title reign. *

Mike Bailey & Trent Seven def. The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz)

This was initially supposed to be a singles match between Miguel and Mike Bailey but following the angle post the tag title match, the aforementioned Marella made this a tag affair with Trent Seven debuting as Bailey’s partner. 

I thought this ended up being pretty good fun, with Bailey and Seven, affectionately dubbed ‘Speedball Mountain’ by the crowd, having decent chemistry and recording a somewhat surprising win over the former tag team champions. 

The finish was connected to the angle earlier in the show, with the ABC coming out to distract The Rascalz, and it could well mean that they run a three-way tag title match at Hard to Kill. ***¼

Post-match, Scott D’Amore offered Trent Seven a contract that he signed on Mike Bailey’s back. 

Seven is an interesting pickup. He’s obviously got baggage but his work as a mid-card heel in RevPro this year has been effective and I think that he’s someone that Impact can get something out of, particularly with guys in similar or lower spots like Kenny King and Heath leaving. I think he could be someone useful for Leon Slater to bounce off when he joins full-time and Seven will likely also be a useful creative voice for the promotion. 

Jake Something def. Jason Hotch

Continuing what was a very angle-heavy show, Jason Hotch jumped Jake Something with a chair earlier in the show as Something was cutting a promo.

That angle made the booking more competitive as it made Hotch, who I rate really highly but is typically an enhancement guy in Impact, feel a more viable threat to win.

The match itself benefitted as well as it was just a sprint, with Something just hitting athletic big guy spots and Hotch bumping around the ring like a mad man. All in all a good win for Something, who is due for a big push in 2024. ***

Street Fight
Moose def. Rhino

This initially started off very similarly to the match I saw these two have on Impact’s UK tour in October but it then descended into something I absolutely hated. 

Moose is supposed to be headlining the company’s big rebrand PPV as the challenger for the World Title. He feels cold as ice, and has done for ages, and instead of making him seem like a beast and a credible contender, they had him get deliberately disqualified and then have to rely on two ref bumps to beat a completely washed Rhino in a Street Fight.

Who does that help? Moose still feels a weak title threat but yeah, great, we’ve protected Rhino. Why? At his age and at this stage in his career, he can 100% take a loss to a younger guy at the top of the card. 

Utter rubbish that only avoids dud status thanks to Moose’s plunder bumping. ½*

Jordynne Grace & Trinity def. Deonna Purrazzo & Gisele Shaw

I was admittedly in a very grumpy mood after the last match, so I did struggle to get into this one.

The story was simple enough, with Knockouts champion Trinity and top contender Jordynne Grace forming a ‘can they co-exist?’ tag team ahead of their title match at Hard to Kill. They ultimately did co-exist better than the heels, with Grace sealing the win with a jackknife pin on Deonna Purrazzo.

My main issue was with the finish. While the idea of one person stealing the pin from the other is a standard booking tactic, that only works if you tag each other. Here, Grace just came and stole the pin from Trinity without tagging in. So, from a logic point of view, either the ref got it wrong with counting Trinity’s initial pin or with counting Grace’s pin. While it could have just been a botch, a mistimed spot, it felt so awkward and really irritated me. **

Post-match, Gisele Shaw laid out Deonna Purrazzo in an angle that looked and felt very much like the write off for Purrazzo who was finishing up with Impact at Final Resolution.

Josh Alexander & Zack Sabre Jnr def. The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley)

This show needed a strong finish after an up-and-down two hours prior to the main event and it certainly got it with this great main event.

Running just shy of 30 minutes, these four got a lot of time to work at a decent pace and build a slow-burn, classic feeling tag team match between four singles stars. 

Sabre Jnr and Alexander were always going to be the babyfaces here as the debuting import and the Canadian ace, and the Guns smartly played into that by working a more heel, cerebral style in the early going.

As it progressed, both teams engaged in some great technical exchanges as Shelley and Alexander renewed their hostilities and Sabre pitted his grappling wizardry against limb work specialists Sabin and Shelley.

The finish was a snap one too, with Alexander countering a hold from Sabin and drilling him with a C4 Spike to pick up the win for this team and crack my notebook. ****

Final Thoughts

The Impact Wrestling name came to an end with an odd show in Final Resolution 2023. With Impact on a weird run since Bound for Glory as they’ve done spots in the UK and Mexico and have started retooling their production for the TNA rebrand, the booking of this show felt like an afterthought and the action largely matched that.

The main event was great, as you’d expect, and I enjoyed the two men’s tag matches and the Something/Hotch match but nothing peaked too high and there were some real lows with Moose against Rhino and Tommy Dreamer beating Deaner. 

While the promotion have booked some big names for their TNA rebrand in January like Kazuchika Okada, Will Ospreay and El Hijo del Vikingo, Hard to Kill only has two matches confirmed and just one of them has any real intrigue or interest to it. 

They wanted to make a big splash in 2024 with the TNA rebrand and unfortunately Final Resolution, like much of the other stuff going on, didn’t do a lot to help their momentum.