Full Details On Tribute To The Troops, Including Celebrity Appearances

WWE sent out the following press release today:

World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. : WWE® “Tribute to the Troops” Holiday TV Special to Air Saturday, December 28 at 8pm on NBC

Multi-platinum recording artist and four-time Grammy nominee, Daughtry joins WWE Superstars to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 11th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops holiday celebration that will air as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 28 at 8/7C on NBC.

WWE Tribute to the Troops is considered the most patriotic show on television. In the grand tradition of Bob Hope, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and in the U.S. for more than a decade. In recognition of these efforts, WWE received the first-ever Legacy of Hope Award, named after Bob Hope, in 2004. This year, the holiday tradition will be hosted by Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle and will include special messages from some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Will Ferrell, Bruce Willis, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Applegate and Stephen Colbert. Additionally, comedian Jeff Dunham will perform live for troops and their families.

The event will emanate from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, which is the largest operational base in the world and houses more than 100,000 civilians, troops and family members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. This celebration at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be the first time WWE has partnered with the United States Air Force for its annual holiday celebration. WWE worked closely with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in selecting the joint base for this show.

“We are very proud to welcome WWE to Washington state, home of WWE greats like Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine and Daniel Bryan,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “The men and women in the military, and their families, serve our state and our nation with admirable dedication. I know they are looking forward to Tribute to the Troops, and we are looking forward to saying thanks for all they do.”

“It’s a great honor for Joint Base Lewis-McChord to host WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops show,” said Colonel H. Charles Hodges, Jr., JBLM Joint Base Commander. “This is a unique opportunity for our Service members and their families to be a part of something special. Many of our troops are passionate WWE fans, and the excitement is already building.”

“Tribute to the Troops is WWE’s way of thanking those who have sacrificed so much for our country as well as those who continue to defend our freedom today,” said WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vince McMahon. “We are proud to continue this annual tradition with our partners at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Governor Inslee.”

As a part of the annual celebration, WWE Superstars and Divas will spend the day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and nearby Naval Base Kitsap, hosting Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying rallies and reading celebrations as well as making hospital visits.

WWE Tribute to the Troops will also chronicle WWE’s goodwill visit to our troops overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show® and R-Truth® and WWE Divas Eva Marie and Alicia Fox will travel overseas to spread some much needed holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.

Daughtry has won four American Music Awards, sold millions of albums and singles around the world, and continues to give back to the military by performing at deployment locations as well as sold out arenas around the world. Daughtry recently released the album “Baptized” featuring the single “Waiting For Superman,” which has garnered critical acclaim.

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is the editor of SEScoops.com and MMANews.com. He's been hooked on pro wrestling since 1989 and has attended 8 WrestleManias

  • d1l2g3

    I think it would be a good idea to do a “tribute to the troops” on board of a aircraft carrier.

    • heterosexual

      might be tough with limited space

      • Bro88

        The space wouldnt be very limited. They could do it on deck and if you’ve ever seen how big an aircraft carrier’s deck is, there’d be plenty of room. Plus the WWE would be able to have shots of jets and what not in the background. The hard part would be getting the Ok for that many people to board a carrier.

        • William Martin

          the last time they did something like that was when Lex Luger slamed Yokozuna

          • Bro88

            There’s proof that it can be done. But instead of being open to the public like that was itd be for soldiers only.

          • William Martin

            i hope they do, the last time was really cool

          • Bro88

            Yeah and it fit perfectly with the storyline for Lex and Yokozuna. Its too bad they usually go left field with the stories that play out during the shows nw cause they rarely make sense.

          • William Martin

            but it would be perfect for tribute to the troop

          • Bro88

            Itd be great for the troops but I still think they need to follow some kind of continuity with the stories.

          • William Martin

            i think the Tribute tot The Troops show should just be about entertaining the Soldiers and no Storylines

          • Bro88

            I think it should cause that makes it so the soldiers get to be a part of WWE history. Not just a forgetable show but something that actually mattered beyond it being a tribute.

          • William Martin

            how is tribute to the troops wwe show forgettable?

          • Bro88

            Can you remember anything off hand that happened? And if youve ever been to one I mean storyline wise and not who competed.

          • William Martin

            ive seen every snigle on on tv, i remember stone cold stunning john cena and big show one year

            i watch it cause its a Christmas tradition to watch it on tv, and when i watched it from 2003 till 2009 i would think of my dad who was deployed in iraq 3 times

          • Bro88

            So of all the shows you can only think of one segment? This segment actually had a story to it I imagine and left vivid imagery. That’s exactly why there should be stories. To leave a lasting image. If they are gonna do a show for the troops, go all out and make it one of the best shows they can possibly make, don’t half ass it and do random stories with random people who may or may not even be feuding at the time.

          • William Martin


    • Only God Says YES!

      that would be freaking awesome.

    • Bodacious Bob

      Cena and Orton both go for their titles, hanging overboard, and they both fall into the depths surrounded by great white sharks, piranhas, and jellyfish!!!

  • Bad News Buzzard Follower

    just dont let the old sin cara on the boat.

    • Orestis


  • WCWJobber

    I really used to like the old tribute to the troops in Afghanistan and Iraq but i understand how they cannot do that anymore

    • Bad News Buzzard Follower

      well there still soldiers deployed or on duty even if their not in iraq or afghanistan. i got 2 cousins over seas right now who would love be at the tribute shows

    • Zack Stinson

      At this point it just seems like a publicity stunt.

  • jake

    I live 45 minutes away from this, awesome!