Trial by Combat ends with Fury on top!

fury_tbc“You will face your fear. And you will lose.” These words from IPW Director Daniel Burnell became prophecy for Travis Banks this past Saturday night at Trial by Combat.

The night started brutally with a Tables Match that pitted Travis Banks against Curt Chaos. Both men sought to end the match early by utilizing the tables around the ring, but it would ultimately be in the centre of the ring where the match would be decided. Banks powerbombed his challenger through a table, got the pin and the right to advance in the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship Gauntlet.

In the second phase, The Investment’s hopes were pinned on the perennial bruiser Pat Schisk to bring the championship back under Burnell’s control. Travis Banks refused to fall in line with Director’s plans and locked in the Lion’s Clutch to send Pat Schisk packing with no gold.

The stage was then set for the main event, where Banks prepared to defend his New Zealand Heavyweight Championship in a triple threat match against the Agents of Change, Jakob Cross and Aaron Henry. AOC took early control of the match as the fight spilled outside and Banks struggled to gain space from the double team attack. When the physicality returned to the ring, however, the momentum shifted and the champ began to show the Agents what getting down to business his way was all about. Continue Reading

Trial by Combat for Travis Banks

banks_tbcSurrounded and ambushed at Escalation, the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship seemed destined to be ripped from the grasp of Travis Banks by Daniel Burnell & The Investment. All those traits that make Banks a man, a competitor and ultimately a champion, led him to overcome the biggest obstacle ever put in front of a New Zealand Heavyweight Champion. At least, that’s what we thought until the revelation that he must face every single member of The Investment at Trial by Combat.

Every time he steps into the ring his cherished gold will be on the line, and never before has the New Zealand Heavyweight Champion been backed into a wall like this. A clear sign that Daniel Burnell has determined that the reign of Travis Banks must end at all costs.

For the first time in history the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship could be on the line multiple times in one night! An unprecedented Gauntlet has been thrust upon one of the greatest champions of the modern era, and as we know, champions are at their very best when the odds are so substantial. Continue Reading

“He’s an amazing athlete. But he’s a man I can’t trust.”

banksFor Travis Banks, being New Zealand Heavyweight Champion has always been the number one goal. Heart, desire, passion and an almost unmatched training ethic has seen him achieve his objective, but all his hard work may prove to be in vain as a Chaos on the rise is directed his way by a power driven Head of The Investment.

Daniel Burnell has made it clear in recent months that the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship belongs only within his Investment Portfolio, and the fact Banks has ownership of the gold has meant that a chaotic attack has been launched against the “Peak of Perfection” and his championship reign. Immediately after New Heights on May 17, we caught up with IPW Director & The Investment Head Daniel Burnell to see if we could garner more information on his seeming obsession to lock up The Ultimate Prize once again within his Investment Portfolio. Continue Reading

Historic Ladder Match set for New Heights!

The Agents of Change put their gold on the line in a Ladder Match!

The Agents of Change put their gold on the line in a Ladder Match May 17 at New Heights!

May 17 will see two teams collide in an historic first for New Zealand Professional Wrestling. With the IPW Tag Team Championship suspended high above the ring, TnT and The Agents of Change will put their bodies and careers on the line when they employ the use of ladders to grasp the gold!

It’s been the greatest tag team rivalry in New Zealand history, one that was born in kind with the rebirth of Impact Pro Wrestling in July last year and one that has seen each of the four men battered and bruised. But neither team could have imagined that the fate of their careers could be decided in a match designed to punish bodies and manipulate minds. Due to the intense physicality, Ladder Matches have been rare in Impact Pro Wrestling but it seems fitting that such a match is likely to put an end to an even rarer rivalry. Continue Reading

2014 Live Event Recap: Liam Fury wins The Eliminator!

Liam Fury overcame 19 other competitors to win The 2014 Eliminator!

Liam Fury overcame 19 other competitors to win The 2014 Eliminator!

Twenty competitors in The Eliminator had one thing on their mind at Genesis, and that was the contract that guaranteed them a shot at The New Zealand Heavyweight Championship whenever they desired. And after one of the most chaotic Eliminator’s in history it would come down to The Investment’s Curt Chaos and Impact Pro Wrestling’s Liam Fury to decide just who would leave with the highly sought after contract.

After back and forth action between Chaos & Fury it came down to one violent kick struck by Liam Fury, giving him the moment of opportunity to climb to the top and nail Chaos with his Shooting Star Press, to delight fans and leave Genesis with a guaranteed shot at The Ultimate Prize firmly in his pocket. Continue Reading

2014 Live Event Recap: Banks finally claims gold!

Banks overcame the odds to finally claim back his gold!

Banks overcame the odds to finally claim back his gold!

The Investment’s days with the New Zealand Heavyweight Championship are over after Travis Banks dethroned Vinny Dunn to become a two-time titleholder on Saturday.

Banks began his main event bout at The Good, The Bad & The Ugly with a flurry of offence that caused Dunn to bail out of the ring in an attempt to regroup. Banks gave Dunn zero room to breathe though, and helped “Te Tahi” into a seat at ringside before rushing in with a massive boot to knock him to the floor.

Dunn caught a lucky break when he countered an Irish whip from Banks and flung him against the ring post before rolling back into the ring, where he remained in control of the match. Continue Reading

2014 Live Event Recap: Dunn retains at NYT!

Dunn lived to fight another day thanks to the dirty tactics of The Investment!

In news that should surprise no one, Vinny Dunn has retained his IPW Championship via underhanded tactics at IPW New Year’s Takeover.

The triple threat match between Dunn, James Shaw and Travis Banks had been promised earlier in the night to be clean and without ambushing from The Investment. With that in mind, Vinny Dunn appeared to be alone in his title defence.

The match began with Shaw and Banks trying to one up each other until they decided two-on-one attacks would work better. However, the alliance was short lived as Dunn would be ejected from the ring early and the match truly turned towards every man for himself.

Shaw and Banks would try and get victories early over one another using a Stretch Muffler and a Lion Clutch respectively. However, Dunn managed to keep breaking up the possible submissions before he could lose his championship. Continue Reading

2013 Live Event Recap: The Investment take control!

The Investment took control at Nightmare!

The Investment took control at Nightmare!

Travis Banks has been screwed out of a championship victory against Vinny Dunn by a new group known as The Investment.

Nightmare Before Xmas‘ Fans Bring the Weapons, IPW Championship main event began with a series of chops between champ Vinny Dunn and challenger Travis Banks.

Banks came out on top, and Dunn attempted to escape by running around the ring. Unfortunately, this was Fans Bring the Weapons; nowhere was safe.

As fast as Banks could reach for them, the strangest of weapons were being used to his advantage. A wooden tube, a toaster, a cabbage, and a Hulk hand were used in quick succession by the number one contender. A plastic table would then be used to prop Dunn up on the outside, allowing Banks to hit a devastating dropkick from the apron.

Eventually, Dunn managed to turn the match back around by forcing a ladder that Banks was going to use into his own face. Dunn would then hit a massive spear, but Banks was somehow able to kick out at the referee’s two-count.

Dunn would attempt to follow this up with the Muscle Buster, but Banks managed to roll through for a pinfall attempt and also getting a two-count. Continue Reading