Soner Dursun (c) vs Travis Banks
FutureShock Adrenaline Championship
Masonic Guild Hall, Stockport, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom
(reviewed 10/26/2017) It’s nice to see Banks for the first time outside of PROGRESS, as I’ve been repeatedly told that’s where his worst work has been as of late. He’s enjoyable here as a heel, not explicitly evil or anything but willing to take cheap shots to get ahead and more than willing to fuck with the crowd and his opponent when he’s in control. Along with Dursun’s clean cut babyface junior heavyweight shtick, it makes for a solid little match. Your typical highspot fare from two guys of this size and style, but it’s less tedious than similar matches in other promotions even if it strays into “omg he kicked out of my big move!” territory late in the run. After one such emotional outburst, Banks berates the referee and gives him a little shove, prompting the referee to push him right back into a rollup from Dursun to retain the title.