WWE Tribute to the Troops has aired as a television special during the month of December since 2003. The show, as the name suggests, honors and entertains members of the United States Armed Forces. Since 2020, this show has aired on Fox and has primarily featured wrestlers from the SmackDown brand.

John Cena narrated a WWE video commemorating two decades of performing for the brave men and women of the United States military at Tribute To The Troops. The latest episode of Tribute To The Troops aired on Fox on December 17th. It was taped in November in Indianapolis.

WWE’s annual tribute to US servicemen and women stretches back twenty years, with the first event of its kind taking place on Christmas Day 2003, in a very different environment, war-torn Baghdad, Iraq. WWE Hall of Famer John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield has always been credited with the idea of Tribute To The Troops.

In a video posted to WWE.com, John Cena explains how the idea was implemented by those in the company.


Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida 2003. A devoted team of WWE Superstars and staffers volunteer their services in support of the men and women who risk all defending our freedom. No one could have imagined that this would be the first leg of an ongoing 20-year journey.

As we boarded the massive military plane, tensions were high. We were headed into a warzone. Final destination, Baghdad, Iraq.

Braun Strowman defeated LA Knight in the 2022 edition of Tribute To The Troops. Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler defeated Tamina and Emma, and Sheamus, Drew McIntyre, and Ricochet defeated Imperium. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Ringside News.

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