ROH NIGHT OF APPRECIATION
Date: April 27, 2002
Location: Murphy Recreation Center, Philadelphia
This event was so named in honor of international superstar Eddie Guerrero, who had just re-signed with WWE and was making one last appearance in ROH.
While one legendary figure was leaving, however, a future legend in AJ Styles made his ROH debut.
Here’s a look at some of the top matches from Night of Appreciation:
Eddie Guerrero and Amazing Red vs. SAT (Joel and Jose Maximo)
Before saying goodbye to ROH fans, Guerrero teamed up with up-and-coming high-flyer Red to take on the Maximo brothers, one of the top tag teams on the independent circuit.
AJ Styles vs. Low Ki
Low Ki had already established himself as one of the top stars in ROH, while Styles was looking to make a strong first impression on ROH fans.
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson vs. Spanky (Brian Kendrick) vs. Paul London vs. Michael Shane vs. John Hope in a Gauntlet Match
All of the competitors in this match were graduates of Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels’ Texas Wrestling Academy and were determined to prove they were at the head of the class.
Some other noteworthy competitors on the card included Jay Briscoe, Joey Matthews and James Maritato.