Tyler Bate vs Mark Haskins
Super Strong Style 16 Tournament 2017 Quarter-Finals
Electric Ballroom, Camden, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
(reviewed 10/02/2017) Most of a good match here, unsurprising considering the talent between these two men. They really go at it here with loads of tight, pithy strikes and spots back and forth, highlighting the animosity between the guy who was forced to give up the title due to injury and one of the guys who has terrorized the company while the other guy’s been away. It’s not as emotional or cinematic as it would be in a main event scenario, but for the second match on a card this has a lot of spunk and underlying tension. Sadly that plays into the tiresome interference finish, but for what it’s worth, it’s not nearly so bad as it’s been in the past few months and it serves to further Bate’s story in this tournament. It’s a necessary evil, and besides, there’s plenty of action here to enjoy before all that.