18th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops special will air next month on FOX. The news was first reported by Ryan Satin.
According to the report, This year's event taking place inside of the WWE ThunderDome, the company's state-of-the-art setup at the Amway Center which showcases a plethora of virtual video walls, will include servicemen and women from all over the United States with their families.
On December 6, adjacent to Sunday’s regional NFL broadcasts, viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 1:00 PM ET can watch WWE Tribute To The Troops at 4:30 PM ET.
Viewers with an NFL matchup airing at 4:05 PM ET, on the other hand, can watch the special at 3:00 PM ET.
WWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual professional wrestling event held by WWE and Armed Forces Entertainment, which takes place during the month of December (specifically during the holiday season) since 2003, to honor and entertain the United States Armed Forces members.
In the early years of the event, WWE put on shows for troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, with performers and employees traveling to these countries and interacting with troops, as well as visiting military camps, bases, and hospitals.
In recent years, WWE has done the show in the U.S., promoting events at (and nearby) domestic military bases, as well as visiting sites such as Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital.
The idea of the event is credited to wrestler John "Bradshaw" Layfield, who suggested it to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon.
In 2010, WWE held its first domestically hosted Tribute to the Troops, from Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas on December 11. It aired on NBC on December 18 for one hour, with a message from former president George W. Bush. A two-hour version of the show aired December 22 on USA Network.
The 2019 edition marked the first time that the event would not be aired on television.
WWE first held the event in December 2003, from Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, and aired it on Christmas Day as a special episode of WWE SmackDown. In the main event, John Cena defeated Big Show.
WWE will be hosting virtual meet and greet sessions with WWE Superstars and military members as a way of paying back for their sacrifices.
WWE will make an announcement on which celebrities will be appearing at this year's event in the coming weeks.
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