In 2010, WWE started a yearly tradition with Tribute To The Troops. That first event took place at Fort Hood and many more military bases both in American and abroad have hosted the event since. This year they will not be airing that special on television.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that it is unclear why USA Network passed on airing Tribute To The Troops this year. They held the event, but they’re not airing it.
“So they taped — I shouldn’t say taped — they did Tribute To The Troops Friday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. It was not taped for television. There is no Tribute To The Troops television show this year.”
“Nothing else, they sent people you know and did their thing. For whatever reason the USA Network didn’t want the show. I don’t have an answer. I mean it’s been on television for god knows how many years — it feels like forever. So I was really surprised when I heard that.”
USA Network has an extra WWE show on their weekly line-up this year with NXT. They have turned Tribute To The Troops into part of “WWE Week” in the past along with an airing of NXT. Perhaps every week is WWE week on the USA Network now so they figured that they didn’t need Tribute To The Troops.
It’s unclear why USA Network passed on Tribute To The Troops this year. For some people, they will need to alter their holiday traditions because they could have very well included that show which has been on the air for nearly a decade now.
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