“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
Surrounded 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