Travis Banks is thankful for the opportunities.
Travis Banks has been grinding to get where he is in the sport of professional wrestling for the past 10 years. The current PROGRESS World Champion made it to the finals of the second-annual WWE U.K. Championship tournament where he fell in defeat to Zack Gibson. Regardless of the outcome the New Zealand native is thankful for the amount of success he has been able to achieve in the past three years with winning the PROGRESS World Title, the 'Super Strong Style 16' tournament, and competing at WrestleMania Axxess among other accomplishments. Banks reflected on the past three years of his career while being interviewed by the 'Daily Star'.
"If you told me 3 years ago when I first got to the U.K. that not only would I be PROGRESS champion, wrestling for the WWE and at the Royal Albert Hall I would have called you crazy." He said. "I couldn’t have imagined an opportunity like that was in front of me, so I always try and keep that mentality about me and keep myself grounded. However being PROGRESS Champion and reaching the finals in a WWE tournament also brings a feeling of pride and joy. Moments and championships like this is what I have been working towards for ten years."
Banks is the head honcho of the PROGRESS Wrestling roster and he discussed how his fellow roster-mates have brought many of eyes over to the U.K. wrestling scene and he also went on to explain how being in the United Kingdom has elevated his game.
"PROGRESS, along with the talent on the shows, have brought many eyes to British wrestling and put a magnifying glass on the amount of talent the scene here has." He continued, "As much as I appreciate the places that gave me my start in New Zealand there just wasn’t enough of what I wanted there on those scenes. Unfortunately at that current moment in time the opportunities and eyes weren’t on N.Z. and I wanted to really make a career of professional wrestling. The U.K. was just starting its crazy rise in popularity and selfishly I wanted to be apart of it. I didn’t expect it to go so well but the timing couldn’t have been better for me."
On September 30th PROGRESS Wrestling will be hosting the biggest U.K. wrestling show in 30 years at 'Wembley Arena' and Travis Banks is looking to hold on to the PROGRESS World Title so he can defend it against the 2018 'Super Strong Style 16' tournament winner Zack Sabre Jr.