The 15th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event was held on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at Naval Base San Diego. The show itself will air as a two-hour special on Thursday, Dec. 14, (8/7 C on USA Network) during WWE week.
Thanks to social media, and a couple WWE Superstars who wanted to give folks an inside look, fans are starting to get some hints as to what that show is going to look and feel like. Always a special event, this year's show has a naval feel to it as it will be taking place near the base of a United States Navy ship.
Samoa Joe released the following photo on Twitter showing off what looks to be a WWE ring being set up outside the ship, a setting that will bring a unique look and feel to the show.
WWE started the tradition of Tribute to the Troops in 2003 and the show was a way to honor United States servicemen and women. In the WWE, the Tribute to the Troops show holds a special place in the hearts and minds of many WWE Superstars. It is especially meaningful to Vince McMahon, very much known as a patriot.
In many instances, the show has taken place overseas in some of the warring countries for which U.S. troops have been stationed. This year, military personnel will get to experience first hand the fun and excitement that is WWE live action.
WWE Superstars won't just be performing in a live event, they'll be part of a number of activities which include a Be a STAR bullying prevention rally, as well as hospital visits and military outreach initiatives.
“We are thrilled to welcome WWE for their 15th annual Tribute to the Troops celebration, continuing what has become a great tradition during the holiday season,” said San Diego Naval Base Commanding Officer Capt. Roy Love. “The servicemen and women of San Diego could not be more excited, and look forward to participating in this inspirational event.”
Vince McMahon has called this the most important show WWE does all year. This episode might be one of the more unique shows the WWE does too.