Date: March 30, 2002
Location: Murphy Recreation Center – Philadelphia, PA
“American Dragon” Bryan Danielson, Christopher Daniels and Low Ki, the three wrestlers who headlined Ring of Honor’s first show -- The Era of Honor Begins -- in a Triple Threat Match a month earlier, now face each other in a one-night, round robin tournament.
Here’s a look at some of the top matches from Round Robin Challenge:
Bryan Danielson vs. Christopher Daniels
Christopher Daniels vs. Low Ki
Bryan Danielson vs. Low Ki (Special Guest Referee: Ken Shamrock)
Three of the top stars on the independent circuit -- all of whom would go on to win the ROH World Championship -- battled one another in a series of one-on-one matches to determine which of them is the better man.
All three matches exemplified the hard-hitting, in-your-face action and athleticism that sets ROH apart from any other pro wrestling promotion, and Danielson versus Low Ki was regarded by many wrestling fans and pundits as one of the best matches of the year. MMA and pro wrestling star Shamrock was brought in to be the special guest referee for that bout.
Jay Briscoe vs. Spanky (aka Brian Kendrick)
This intriguing matchup pitted the gritty, ground-based offense of Briscoe against the high-flying Spanky, and the result was an exciting contest in which blood was spilled and both competitors pushed themselves to the limit.
Xavier vs. James Maritato
Coming off his victory at The Era of Honor Begins, future ROH World Champion Xavier was pitted against Maritato, who had a shoot-fighting background. Maritato had made a name for himself in ECW and would go on to compete in WWE.
Some other noteworthy competitors on the card included future ROH World Champion Homicide, Joey Matthews, Amazing Red and Paul London.