Sporting a heavily taped shoulder courtesy of Joe Coffey’s dastardly attack earlier in the night, Travis Banks put in a courageous performance on the biggest stage of his career as he faced Zack Gibson in the tournament Final. Yet, no amount of grit or determination from the gutsy underdog could quell the damage, especially once the piranha-like Gibson fixed his gaze on Banks’ bad wing.
Banks fought valiantly, using his good arm to blister Liverpool’s No. 1 with hard strikes. Banks even endured Gibson’s early attempt at locking in the Shankly Gates, forcing a rope break to the delight of the fans inside Royal Albert Hall. Later, Banks fought off the pain in his arm long enough to hit the Kiwi Crusher to claim a near fall.
Yet, after Gibson beat Banks to his feet following a late-game tope suicida by Banks, the end was in sight. Gibson reapplied the Shankly Gates back inside the ring and forced Banks into submission to claim the 2018 U.K. Championship Tournament. Banks demonstrated plenty of heart and grit, but the tenacious Gibson would not be denied. Following the win, Gibson had a heated staredown with the man he’ll challenge tomorrow, WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne.
Liverpool's No. 1 may be as despised as he is dangerous, but come tomorrow at the NXT U.K. Championship, will he also be recognized as the new WWE U.K. Champion?