With today being Veterans Day, I felt that it would be only appropriate to highlight one of the WWE’s most respected and well done traditions. Around every Christmas, the WWE airs a show called “Tribute To The Troops”. The WWE will fly out to where soldiers are being stationed at in the middle east (for the most part) and will put on a live show for them, outdoors. With today being veterans day, this is a day where we are are honoring the men and women who have and are serving in the United States and Canadian Military, this article;e is serving the same overall purpose to highlight the one show of the year that is dedicated to the the militarily.
The show’s idea derived from both John Bradshaw Layfield and Ron Simmons (The APA) when they took a trip over to the middle east to visit wounded soldiers and talk with them, meet with them and congregate with the men and women. JBL would take this idea over to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, about the WWE, as a whole, traveling over to where the soldiers are stationed and putting on a show for the troops. In 2003, this idea would be born into a reality as the first Tribute for the Troops was aired, from Baghdad, Iraq. The first main event for Tribute To The Troops would be John Cena vs The Big Show.
Not only is the show a wrestling show, but in addition the WWE Superstars see to it to spend time with these soldiers (or all ranks), talk about their experience, their families back home, their children, their aspirations. They also visit wounded soldiers as well, who may be in the military hospitals, to express their gratitude and in addition to spend some quality time with them.
The WWE has really gone out of their way to see to it that the troops are always taken care of. their appreciation is not just limited to “Tribute To The Troops”, but in addition, when military personnel attend WWE live events, military gets free tickets to the show. A very noble way of saying “Thank You”.
I don’t think there is a soul out there who does not have a full appreciation of what the military men and women do for our country. Even though the show is a 60 min show and it may not parallel with the current story lines at the times, when you actually watch it you have a fulfilling sense of joy that overwhelms you when you see the appreciation on the faces of the soldiers, because that is what matters. Why? Because its all for them.
To All The Men And Women who have served in the United States Military; on behalf of Rant Sports and myself, I just want to say “THANK YOU!”
Maurice D. Proffit is a writer for Rant Sports