NXT has been coming to Milwaukee since January 2016 and has delivered a consistent, quality event each time out. The shows always feature the type of athletic wrestling that NXT has become known for: unique Superstars and great matches from top of the card to the bottom. It’s the best bang for the buck that WWE offers and has yet to disappoint in front of a Turner Hall crowd.
If there is one thing that NXT hasn’t been great at, it’s announcing ahead of time who is going to be there. The official WWE website doesn’t help either, as it reads “Featured Superstar information for this event is not yet available,” and will likely stay that way until the event happens. The Turner Hall event page features a picture that gives some clue, but that picture also features Shayna Baszler and The Street Profits—two acts that have since left NXT for Monday Night Raw.
To figure out who exactly is going to be on these shows before they happen, you need a PhD in social media stalking. The only way to find out who might be there is by scrolling through Twitter and Instagram for clues. Some wrestlers like Mia Yim make it easy, while other wrestlers force you to scour for airport pics and Cinnabon check-ins.
It’s safe to assume some NXT wrestlers will be in Milwaukee this Friday night, though, and there will be wrestling matches at Turner Hall. Without knowing much beyond that, here’s 22 wrestlers who may or may not be at NXT’s Milwaukee event on February 21.
(UPDATE 2/20: WWE has posted who will be at Friday’s NXT event. We’ve put “confirmed” by our correct predictions)
Keith Lee (confirmed)
The NXT North American champion is one of the fastest-rising stars in all of professional wrestling right now with recent strong appearances at Survivor Series and the Royal Rumble, and his show-stealing performance against Dominik Dijakovic at NXT TakeOver: Portland. Lee is dummy thicc and one of the most athletic big men in the history of wrestling. He’s yet to wrestle in Milwaukee—either for NXT or anywhere else—so hopefully that changes here.
Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae
These two haven’t appeared in Milwaukee since the June 2018 show, which is amazing when you consider they were offered free food from Vanguard.
Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler, and Wesley Blake
This trio, known as The Forgotten Sons, were a big part of the show the last time NXT came to Turner Hall. They had two matches involving their members and won both, meaning Turner Hall heard their music played four times. Those who lived through that won’t mind if NXT forgot their Sons this time around.
Bianca Belair (confirmed)
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Tommaso Ciampa (confirmed)
Ciampa is a Massachusetts native who made his way to Milwaukee and made it his home. The city has since adopted him as one of their own. As a result, he often gets the loudest ovations of the night when he makes his way to Turner Hall, no matter what his alignment is on the heel/face scale. Tommaso missed eight months of 2019 with a neck injury before making his return late in the year. He’s been brought along slowly since his return, but did appear at non-televised NXT events two weeks ago, so there is a strong chance of a homecoming here.
An absolute legend in women’s professional wrestling, Martinez finally made her national debut with NXT earlier this year. While Mercedes has traveled the world wrestling, she’s never wrestled in the Cream City.
Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne (confirmed)
The new NXT Tag Team champions have been a ton of fun since coming together, and Milwaukee would be delighted to see them take their show on the road. Riddle kicked his sandals off at Turner Hall in 2018, but Pete Dunne has never appeared in Milwaukee as a wrestler. That needs to be remedied here, bro.
Joaquin Wilde, Chelsea Green, Robert Stone, and Shotzi Blackheart
These four could all be making a return to Milwaukee after last appearing at Turner Hall for one of the two Zelo Pro shows at Turner Hall. The four are a great example of both the endless talent budget of NXT and its great eye for talent. Shotzi was last seen in Milwaukee winning the Mondo Lucha Women’s Championship at The Cooperage. A title defense seems unlikely, but expect a reaction befitting a Mondo Lucha champion if she appears.
Velveteen Dream (confirmed)
Velveteen Dream is very familiar with Milwaukee as he has been in the main event of two shows here. He’s another wrestler coming back from an injury and he made his dramatic return on NXT television earlier this month.
Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish (confirmed)
These four, the Undisputed Era, have been a big part of the successful formula that NXT has created. Since their debut, they have been all over the shows that NXT has brought to Turner Hall, and often been involved in the best matches on the show. The group is in flux right now after losing some of their titles within the last month, but it would be very weird if the Turner Hall crowd didn’t get a chance to yell “BAY BAY” at Cole on Friday.
Finn Balor (confirmed)
Finn Balor’s abs appeared in the main event of the first NXT event to ever take place at Turner Hall show. Since then, he left to find fame and fortune on the main roster of WWE, winning the WWE Universal Championship (for a day) and Intercontinental title during his time there, before making his return to NXT. A “Finn Freeze” at the Fonz statue is long overdue.
The former University Of Wisconsin wrestler and Franklin native made his NXT Milwaukee debut in April of 2019, where he stole the show with his air guitar playing. Great NXT Milwaukee moment or greatest NXT Milwaukee moment?