Darby Allin and Sting def. House of Black (Brody King and Buddy Matthews) in a No Disqualification Match
It was wise to have this open the episode while the crowd was still somewhat hot/awake (this was taped immediately after Wednesday's Dynamite in the same venue). Unfortunately, they didn't sound like they were into most of what we saw until the end. It was a fun brawl, but we see this sort of stuff all the time in AEW and, for me, they've lost their luster. The Great Muta showing up and saving Sting was an awesome touch given their history and I'm happy the audience appreciated that. House of Black have eaten defeat quite a bit lately, so let's move them on from this feud and onto something where they can win.
Dante Chen def. Bryson Montana
Chen has settled nicely into his enhancement role on Level Up where he helps the lesser-experienced prospects get better. I haven't seen too much of Montana yet on his own to get a grasp of what he's capable of, but he's passable from what I can gather and I thought he had a decent showing here. This was an adequate opener with a nice pace and the crowd was into Chen.
Sami Zayn Acknowledged Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns
This was truly tremendous television. First of all, it was an awesome visual seeing all of The Bloodline in the same place at the same time since Solo Sikoa was added at Clash at the Castle. It was a solid segment to start the show that only got greater by Reigns teasing that Zayn would be booted right then before giving him a new "Honorary Uce" shirt instead. That was a wonderful swerve. The betrayal is coming eventually, but I'm happy they're holding off a little longer.
Pre-Show: Bullet Club (Juice Robinson, Ace Austin and Chris Bey) def. Jason Hotch, Shogun and Jack Price
A lot has changed with Robinson since we last saw him on IMPACT programming teaming with David Finlay. He's since turned heel and joined Bullet Club. He'll also be facing Jon Moxley in an AEW World Championship Eliminator match this coming Wednesday on AEW Dynamite, so that's pretty cool. This simply served as a showcase for Bullet Club to remind viewers of their dominance and get them back on track.