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By Richard Trionfo on 2010-12-22 22:00:29
We are on tape from Fort Hood in Texas for the Eighth Annual Tribute to the Troops Show where World Wrestling Entertainment gives back to the United States Armed Forces. After years of doing this show overseas, they present their first show on United States soil. This is the two hour special that aired on USA Network and contains most of the things that aired on Saturday’s NBC special as well as new performances, matches, and comments.

We start off with President Barack Obama in the White House talking about how families across the country will be gathering with friends and family, him and Michelle want to wish the men and women in uniform a safe and happy holiday. They are grateful for their service and honor their sacrifice. Their thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is celebrating the holiday far from home.

Your announcers for tonight’s show are Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler. Jerry mentions that the crowd is approximately 50,000 people.

Match Number One: Battle Royal featuring John Morrison, Mark Henry, Ezekiel Jackson, Chavo Guerrero, Sheamus, Daniel Bryan, Chris Masters, Cody Rhodes, Vladimir Kozlov, Santino Marella, David Otunga, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, Michael McGillicutty, and Husky Harris

Nexus appears to have targets on their chests because when the bell rings, the other ten men circle Nexus and pair up on him. The members of Nexus go to the floor to regroup and wait for more people to be eliminated. Masters and Kozlov work over Rhodes while Jackson deals with Chavo. Masters and Morrison try to eliminate Sheamus but Sheamus fights from the turnbuckles back to the canvas. Chavo and Cody alternate on Santino. Masters puts Sheamus in the Master Lock but Sheamus escapes and he clotheslines Masters over the top rope to the floor. Bryan with a sleeper on Sheamus but Sheamus sends Bryan to the apron. Bryan goes up top and Sheamus returns him to the apron. Jackson throws Rhodes over the top rope but he stays on the apron. Chavo helps Cody eliminate Jackson. Bryan tries to eliminate Rhodes but Chavo helps Cody. Sheamus tries to eliminate Chavo but Chavo fights for his life.

Santino has Morrison on the top rope and then to the apron but Morrison fights back and returns to the ring. Rhodes with punches and elbows to Bryan. Santino with the cobra to Chavo, Morrison, Cody, and Bryan. Santino gets an Irish hammer from Sheamus.

Sheamus turns around and sees Mark Henry while everyone else is down. Nexus attack Henry and Sheamus and then they go after some of the other wrestlers. They swarm over Santino and Morrison tries to help. Harris punches Morrison and then the other members of Nexus eliminate Marella. Their next target is the other half of the tag team champions, Vladimir Kozlov and he is eliminated. They go after Chavo Guerrero and put him on top and he goes to the apron but a forearm eliminates Chavo. Cody raises Harris’ arm since they were pro and rookie but McGillicutty and Harris eliminate him.

We are down to nine men with Bryan, Sheamus, Henry, and Morrison on one side of the ring and the members of Nexus on the other side. There is going to be a rumble . . . RIGHT NOW as eight men battle in the ring with Sheamus watching from the corner. Harris and McGillicutty work on Morrison. Gabriel with a spin kick to Bryan and then Slater punches Bryan. Gabriel charges at Bryan and Justin Gabriel makes the second biggest mistake in a battle royal, he charged at someone against the ropes so he gets back body dropped to the floor and is eliminated.

Sheamus with a pump kick to Bryan and Daniel is eliminated. Harris with a clothesline to Sheamus while Morrison goes after McGillicutty and Otunga. Morrison punches Harris but Harris takes over and he punches Morrison and biels him across the ring. Michael kicks Henry while the others wait for Morrison to get up. Morrison eliminates Otunga and then he kicks and punches Harris. Morrison with kicks and punches to McGillicutty but Sheamus kicks Morrison in the back. Sheamus with an Irish whip to Morrison but Morrison with an elbow and a springboard round kick. Harris and McGillicutty throw Morrison over the top rope but Morrison goes to the apron. Morrison fights off Michael and Husky for a bit but McGillicutty eventually eliminates Morrison when Morrison tries a springboard move back into the ring.

Slater tries to Irish whip Henry but Henry throws Slater over the top rope to the floor. Michael and Husky work over Henry but Mark fights back and punches them off. Henry with a clothesline to Harris and then he eliminates McGillicutty. Henry with a head butt to Harris and then he eliminates Harris.

Sheamus clips Henry and then he kicks Henry and connects with an elbow to the head. Sheamus with a knee to the back and then he tries to send Henry into the turnbuckles but Henry stops him and sends Sheamus into the turnbuckles. Henry sets for a splash into the corner but he runs into a boot and Sheamus goes up top but Henry presses Sheamus over his head and he eliminates Sheamus to win the match.

Winner: Mark Henry

We go to commercial with comments from Taylor Swift.

We are back and the Bellas welcome everyone back to the show.

Diddy Dirty Money performs ‘I’ll Be Missing You’

We go to commercial.

We are back and Rima Fakih is the ring announcer for this match.

Match Number Two: Big Show and Kofi Kingston versus Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler

Show and Ziggler start things off and Ziggler punches Show but Show feels nothing and responds with a head butt. Show with a shhh chop across the chest and Ziggler goes down. Show asks the people if he should do another and since they ask for it, he gives it to them and Ziggler isn’t happy. Show with a head butt and then he stands on Ziggler’s chest. Show sends Ziggler into the turnbuckles and then he tags in Kofi who hits a slingshot leg drop and gets a near fall.

Kofi with an arm bar but Ziggler with a knee and elbow to the head. Ziggler punches Kofi but Kofi with a monkey flip. Kofi leaps into the corner and he punches Ziggler as the crowd counts. Kofi rolls to his feet and hits a European uppercut. Kofi is sent to the apron and Swagger tries to take advantage of the situation but Kofi kicks Swagger to the mat. Kofi with a shoulder to Ziggler. Kofi tries for a springboard move but Swagger pulls Kofi onto the apron and Kofi goes to the floor. Show tries to explain what happened to the referee but it does not matter.

Ziggler with a near fall on Kofi and then he puts Kofi in a rear chin lock. Kofi with punches and elbows but Ziggler with a kick. He tries for a Fameasser but Kofi counters with a power bomb and both men are down. Swagger and Show tag in and Show with a few clotheslines followed by a big boot. Show with a running butt splash in the corner followed by a shoulder tackle. Ziggler tries to interfere and Show sends Ziggler in the air and Dolph does not like the landing.

Kofi clotheslines Ziggler over the top rope and both men go to the floor while Swagger and Show remain in the ring. Show gives Swagger a choke slam and he gets the three count.

Winners: Big Show and Kofi Kingston

We go to commercial.

We are back and Kobe Bryant wishes all of the troops a Happy Holiday Season.

Trace Adkins is out to perform his song ‘I’ve Got My Game On’.

We go to commercial.

We are back and R Truth comes out with his special dancing elf Eve Torres and he wants to know what’s up.

Match Number Three: R Truth with Eve versus Ted DiBiase with Maryse

Ted misses a punch but Truth connects with a few punches in the corner. Ted with an Irish whip and Truth floats over and does a split followed by a leg lariat. Truth with a punch to DiBiase. Truth with a kick to Ted but Ted with a hot shot to Truth. Ted with knee drops and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Truth gets to his feet and he hits a belly-to-back suplex and both men are down.

Truth blocks a punch and connects with punches and kicks followed by clotheslines. Truth with a hip toss but Maryse gets on the apron to talk to Truth but Eve pulls Maryse off the apron. Ted comes from behind and tries for dream street but Truth with an arm drag and then he kicks Ted in the midsection and hits the scissors kick for the three count.

Winner: R Truth

We go to commercial.

Match Number Four: Kelly Kelly, Natalya, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella versus Michelle McCool, Layla, Alicia Fox, and Melina in a Diva Santa’s Helpers Match

Alicia and Nikki start things off and Alicia with a forearm and works on the arm. Alicia with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for a near fall. Alicia with an Irish whip and she tags in Melina who kicks Nikki while Michelle and Layla choke her. The referee tries to keep Nikki’s partners on the apron so they can’t help their partner. Melina with an Irish whip and then he sends Nikki face first to the mat. Nikki with a snap mare that sends Melina from the turnbuckles.

Kelly and Michelle tag in and Kelly with a Thesz Press and she slams Michelle’s head into the mat. Kelly with a head scissors take down and then she slams Michelle’s head into the mat. Kelly with K2 but Layla breaks up the cover. Brie with a drop kick to Layla. Alicia with an axe kick to Brie and she throws Brie to the floor. Natalya waits for Alicia to turn around to give her a discus clothesline. Michelle with a kick to the head of Natalya. Kelly slaps Michelle and then kicks her in the back and then hits a Fameasser fro the three count.

Winners: Kelly Kelly, Natalya, Brie Bella, and Nikki Bella

We go to commercial with comments from the cast of 30 Rock thanking everyone for their service and to have a Happy Holiday season.

We are back with footage of Sherri Sheppard and Hornswoggle coming to the ring to give out presents to the people in the crowd.

We are back and former President George W. Bush says that he is honored to join the WWE in saluting the men and women of the Armed Forces. He says that he is often asked about what he misses most about being President and he says that he misses being the Commander in Chief of the finest military the world has ever known. It was an honor to serve with men and women who volunteered in the face of danger. It was an honor to salute the men and women who inspire our country with their courage and resolve. It was an honor to visit bases at home and abroad, and be with the men and women who are taking their rightful place among the healers of our history. Over the past decade the WWE has supported the military in many important ways. Their superstars and staff have visited forward operating bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have comforted wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital. They offer free tickets to military personnel and provide support to the families of the fallen. He thanks the military families for supporting their loved ones and sacrificing so much.

Dirty Diddy Money are back out to perform ‘Coming Home’.

After the song, Sean Combs thanks the troops for what they do.

We go to commercial.

We are back with comments from Lindsay Vonn.

Major General William Grimsley, the commander at Fort Hood is in the ring with Kane for an arm wrestling challenge. The Major General gives Kane a chance to back down if he is scared. They go back and forth until Edge’s music plays and he comes to the ring to confront Kane.

Kane grabs Edge by the throat but Edge gets out of the choke slam attempt and he spears Kane.

Edge and the General celebrate in the ring.

Cedric the Entertainer comes out and he tells everyone to give it up for themselves. Cedric says that he was surprised that it was so cool for this visit because he is used to it being hot in Texas. He says that he dressed up as a Chilean miner for Halloween so he could introduce his wife to his girlfriend. He says that he had to kick out some family members for using too much aluminum foil. Cedric says that he tried to get out of a ticket by using the ‘celebrity card’ but it did not work.

We go to commercial with comments from Jimmy Fallon but he is interrupted by the Miz who slams Jimmy and Miz wishes everyone a Happy Holiday. Miz says that Jimmy is okay, but after he falls back down, he says that Jimmy is not okay.

We are back with Trace Adkins and he performs ‘Whoop a Man’s Ass’.

General George W. Casey Junior, the Army Chief of Staff has pre-recorded comments to thank the WWE for what they have done as well as the sacrifices that the troops have made.

We go to commercial with the hosts of the Today show (but not the hosts of Joel McHale’s favorite part, the fourth hour) to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season.

We are back and Kelly Kelly welcomes us back.

Match Number Five: Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton, and John Cena versus The Miz, Wade Barrett, and Alberto Del Rio

Cena and Miz start things off and Cena with punches and he sends Miz into the turnbuckles. Cena with an Irish whip and bulldog for a near fall. Miz with a kick and punch to Cena and he tags in Del Rio and Alberto kicks Cena. Cena is sent into the turnbuckles and kicks him again. Barrett tags in and Cena punches him but they each hit clotheslines and both men are down. Orton tags in and he hits a few clotheslines and Orton follows that with a power slam and he looks at the Miz and that allows Barrett to get to the apron.

Orton with an IEDDT and then he twists into the RKO push ups but when he tries for the RKO, Barrett is close enough to the ropes to push Orton away. Orton is sent towards his opponent’s corner and Miz tries to punch Orton, but Randy blocks it and he knocks Miz and Del Rio off the apron and to the floor. Barrett with a big boot to Orton. Barrett with kicks while Miz and Del Rio return to the apron. Miz tags in and he kicks Orton and sends him into the turnbuckles and kicks him. Miz tries for the Awesome Clothesline but Orton gets out of the corner and hits a clothesline of his own. Rey tags in and he hits a seated splash and springboard cross body for a near fall. Rey with a tilt-a-whirl head scissors that sends Miz into the ropes. Rey tries for the 619, but he is tripped by Alex Riley as he comes off the ropes.

Riley pulls Rey to the floor and then Barrett is tagged in. Barrett runs Rey’s back into the apron as we go to commercial.

We are back and Miz sends Rey into the turnbuckles before he tags Wade Barrett back into the match. Barrett with a suplex and he stands over Rey and then he Irish whips Rey and hits a back breaker and gets a near fall. Rey tries to roll to the corner while Wade thinks about the near fall but Wade stops him. Alberto Del Rio is tagged in and he kicks Rey and hits a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Del Rio with a sunset flip but Rey rolls through and kicks Del Rio in the head and both men are down.

Del Rio recovers first and he kicks Rey in the midsection. Del Rio with a back elbow and he tags in Barrett. Barrett gets over Rey and punches him until the referee pulls him off. Barrett argues with the referee before putting Rey on the top turnbuckle. Barrett with a punch and Rey almost falls to the floor. Barrett tries for a superplex but Rey holds on to the turnbuckle. Rey with head butts and a punch that knocks Barrett off. Rey with a cross body and both men are down. Rey tags in Cena and Del Rio is in too. Cena with a few flying shoulder tackles followed by a Blue Thunder Bomb and it is time for the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena tries for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz with a kick to Cena. Miz punches Cena but Orton with an Olympic Slam and then he does the RKO push ups. Riley pulls Miz to the floor and to safety.

Barrett comes in and he goes after Orton but Randy sees him coming and hits a back breaker. Cena sends Del Rio into Barrett and both men are sent into the ropes. Rey hits a 619 on both men and as Del Rio comes off the ropes he is given an Attitude Adjustment by Cena while Orton hits the RKO on Barrett and Cena gets the three count on Del Rio.

Winners: John Cena, Randy Orton, and Rey Mysterio

We go to credits.

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