Sami Zayn Makes Pilgrimage To Mecca, Shawn Michaels On NXT Battleground In Lowell, More | Fight Size

Here's your fight size update for Thursday, May 25, 2023:

- Sami Zayn completed an Umrah, a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy city of Mecca. Sami will wrestle in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever at WWE Night of Champions.

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- Ahead of WWE NXT Battleground in Lowell, Massachusetts, Shawn Michaels spoke to the Lowell Sun about his memories in the New England city.

“I’m still trying to remember if I’ve ever wrestled at Tsongas Center,” said Michaels. “But I’ve always been a big fan of the Lowell Auditorium. You talk to any WWE superstar; they’ll tell you the Lowell Auditorium is one of the greatest places ever, because it was so small, and the fans were right on top of you. The energy and electricity in that building was always fantastic.

“That was also the first place where the young ladies started flashing us,” said Michaels. “So, there were a lot of memorable experiences I’ve had in Lowell. I’m thrilled going back there. I want our young men and women here at NXT to experience that. The Boston area is just electric. It’s that kind of energy and passion that makes you fall in love with this.”

- Check out five hidden details in the new WWE World Championship design.

- On Fri, June 16th at Guardians of the Southeast, Kaia McKenna makes her ACTION debut taking on Billie Starkz. Also, Damyan Tangra seeks revenge against former tag partner Alex Kane.

- Matt Cardona is living the dream.

- Zelina Vega is also living her dream.

- Here's your timetable for AEW Double or Nothing Fan Fest.

- Bianca Belair, Montez Ford & Mustafa Ali take in an incredible view of Dubai from atop the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

- New Day will be featured on Celebrity Prank Wars

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- Watch the greatest victories and moments from Roman Reigns’ 1,000-day Universal Championship reign.

- MLW announced that Ichiban will be making his MLW debut on July 8 on Philadelphia at the 2300 Arena.

From MLW:

Tickets Now Available at

Major League Wrestling (MLW) today announced Ichiban will make his debut on the FUSION TV taping portion of the July 8 Never Say Never event Saturday, July 8 at Philadelphia’s 2300 Arena.

The pride of the NumberOneDojo is coming to Major League Wrestling. Impressing league officials as he’s unleashed a fury of lethal puroresu on the northeastern wrestling circuit, the exceptional middleweight now embarks on a new challenge: MLW.

“All roads lead to the 2300 arena as Ichiban makes his MLW debut,” states a representative from NumberOneDojo, Ichiban’s fight camp. “The NumberOne Dojo’s Kokujin Katana will once again travel into unknown territory, looking to test his might against the best. Ichiban wishes to prove himself here in the Major League by fighting MLW’s strongest warriors & giving them a lesson in the way of the ONE.”

Ichiban will compete as part of the FUSION portion of the card.

League officials are in talks with several prospective fighters and expect to announce Ichiban’s July 8 bout shortly.


World Heavyweight Championship
Hammerstone (champion) vs. Alex Kane (with Mr. Thomas)


Gene Snisky in action!

The debut of Ichiban!

Some of the athletes and talent signed to compete and appear include:

Jacob Fatu

BOMAYE Fight Club

Mance Warner

Rickey Shane Page



Delmi Exo

World Tag Team Champions Samoan SWAT Team

"Hot Sauce" Tracy Williams

Tony Deppen

Sam Adonis

1 Called Manders

Mr. Thomas

Matthew Justice

Matt Striker

Mandy León

Mister Saint Laurent

Sam Laterna

More athletes and matches will be announced at

Tickets start at $15 at Tickets will also be available day of show at the box office unless the event sales out in advance.

FITE+ Premium Live Event broadcast begins at 8PM ET.

General Public Doors Open: 5:30 p.m. with a special bell time of: 7:00pm.
The venue is located at: 2300 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

5:30 p.m.: Early entry for front row ticket holders
6:00 p.m.: Doors open for general public (all ticket holders)
7:00 p.m.: Fusion Showtime

8:00 p.m.: MLW premium live event on FITE+

The world of MLW never stops. See you at the historic 2300 Arena for Major League Wrestling!

2300 Arena (previously named Viking Hall, ECW Arena, New Alhambra Arena, Asylum Arena and The Arena) is a multipurpose indoor arena used primarily for professional wrestling, boxing, mixed martial arts, and concert events. The 2300 Arena also hosts fashion shows, corporate and private parties, political rallies, conventions and more.

The venue is located at: 2300 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19148

- Jetlagged but ready to make history, The Phenomenal One touches down in Jeddah and previews the days ahead leading into this Saturday’s World Heavyweight Title Match against Seth “Freakin” Rollins at WWE Night of Champions.

- Bianca Belair and The Street Profits will appear on VH1’s Wild ‘N Out tonight at 9:30 pm EST.

- The following talents are scheduled to appear at Wrestling Open tonight:

Scheduled To Appear At Wrestling Open “Season 02, Episode 21” 5/25/23:
• 50 Cal
• Andy Brown sponsored by @PatsFanBE
• Bobby Orlando
• Brad Baylor
• Brad Hollister
• Brett Ryan Gosselin
• Brian Milonas
• Brother Greatness sponsored by Jeff Pedersen M.D.
• Bryce Donovan
• Channing Thomas with Sidney Bakabella
• Dan Barry
• Dante Drago
• Delmi Exo
• Dezmond Cole sponsored by @PatsFanBE
• Dustin Waller
• Gabriel Skye sponsored by @PatsFanBE
• Gal Barkay sponsored by Bruce David Millet Photography
• Grayson Kelly
• Ichiban
• Jack Tomlinson
• Joe Ocasio
• Julio Cruz
• Kylon King
• Landon Hale sponsored by Zeke Dane Photo
• Paris Van Dale
• Pedro Dones
• Perry Von Vicious
• Ray Jaz sponsored by
• Ray Lyn sponsored by Jeff LaBarge
• Rip Byson
• Ryan Clancy sponsored by Jeff Pedersen M.D.
• Ryan Mooney
• Steven Stetson
• Tiara James
• TJ Crawford sponsored by Jeff Pedersen M.D.
• Tyree Taylor sponsored by Jeff Pedersen M.D.
• Victor Chase
• Westfield Kelly
*** Card Subject To Change ***

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