WWE’s Tribute to the Troops opened up with footage of the soldiers welcoming WWE RAW and charging the camera before we go into a video package. Joey Styles then welcomed us to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan and then the music of Vince McMahon hit as he made his way towards the ring. Vince got on the mic and said the WWE is here in Afghanistan, and they are here to entertain and spread some Christmas cheer. He said Santa Claus himself will make his very first world tour stop right here in Bagram Air Base. He said Santa doesn’t understand what to give certain individuals for a Christmas present. He doesn’t know what to give the negative media types back home, who have forgotten the troops. He said their story is a beautiful story, with a happy ending. It’s a story of duty, honor and sacrifice to your Nation, but more importantly, it’s a story of accomplishment. Wherever in the world, the men and women in the Armed Forces get the job done. He says the media types should stop telling their story’s and start telling theirs. He said as for what Santa should give to the elite members of the media, he suggests Santa give them a nice big bag on Reindeer poop. He says they are here to tell their story, and say thank you, and let you know America supports you! The troops chanted “USA, USA”, and then McMahon introduced Lilian Garcia to the ring. Lilian and Vince embraced and then Vince said “ATTENTION!” and Lilian sang the National Anthem. The troops heavily chanted “USA” as we went to commercial.
We are shown footage of the RAW crew stopping off in Germany on their way to Afghanistan and meeting some of the Troops over there. We are then shown the Big Show talking about the troops, and Triple H meeting an injured soldier, with news headlines praising WWE for their efforts spliced in. Art Myers, the Director of Entertainment for the Troops talks about getting so many e-mails asking when WWE are coming back to entertain the troops.
Referee: Michael Chioda
The music of Carlito hit in the desert as he made his way to the ring, and he’ll be facing the Big Show!
Show cornered Carlito and then Carlito unloaded with right hand but Show shoved him off, and then to the outside. Show went to bring Carlito back in, but Carlito raked the eyes and then went to work on Show. Carlito went up top and dived off, but Show caught him by the throat and then nailed the chokeslam for the win!
Winner – The Big Show
Show high fived the troops at ringside, and he looks to be having the time of his life here in Afghanistan.
A video was shown of the mine fields in Afghanistan, and when their jumpers landed in 2001, there was six to eight million land mines in the area. This year there are four million left. Sgt. Robert Boyce showed us around the place, and pictures were shown of troops clearing mines from the base. Another soldier shows us the different types of mines, and they then blew up a bunch of mines with C4. They went into the bunkers, and then they blew up the mines.
In the ring:
The Coach is in the ring and he introduces Santa Claus. Santa made his way down, but he was tall and wasn’t wearing the traditional red outfit. Coach asked him for his message for the troops, and Santa said he has known Vince McMahon since he was a little evil boy, and while he has grown up to be a good supporter of the troops, he has to disagree with him about one thing. Mr. McMahon said the world has forgotten about our troops, well Santa Claus says who cares. There may be some brave people here, but this place, if it was any better, would suck. He said a person of his distinction came here and had to use a porta-potty. He said there was no Dom Perignon for his Reindeer, and they should rename it Rehabistan. He said he has flown over all of this world, and he knows bad people when he sees them. He said this year, Santa Claus is cancelling Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Groundhog Dog, Oktoberfest, there will be no more holidays. He said he is cancelling their leave and to show him some respect. It’s obviously JBL by the way. He says he hopes they have a rotten Christmas…and then more Santa music played and out came another Santa in a red suit. Coach says he is a little confused and there can’t be two Santa’s here at the same time. The real Santa says he will be packing his sleigh and delivering to all these men and women in Afghanistan. JBL said the other ho, ho, ho’s around here are the Divas. The red Santa said he proposes a no holds barred match to settle it. The red Santa is Mick Foley by the way.
No Holds Barred
JBL went to work on Foley with right hands in the corner. Foley then nailed him with his sack and then continued his assault with the sack. Foley grabbed some tongues and took them to JBL’s balls. Foley took off his Santa suit and then nailed JBL with a pillow. JBL came back with a big boot and went for the Clothesline From Hell, but Foley ducked and hit a Double Arm DDT. Foley then put Socko on and shoved it down JBL’s gullet for the win.
Winner – Mick Foley
Meeting The Media:
A video package is shown of the media in Afghanistan meeting John Cena and Trish Stratus in a press conference.
Footage is shown of Rita Cosby: Live and Direct, and Rita joined the WWE on their trip of Afghanistan. Comments were shown from Triple H and Vince McMahon. The Superstars were shown meeting the troops, and comments from Rita were shown, joking she has earned her Diva stripes.
Referee: Michael Chioda
The music of Shelton Benjamin hit and he will be facing Snitsky here in singles action.
Benjamin went to work with kicks and right hands but then Snitsky nailed a shoulder block. Snitsky took off the turnbuckle pad and then went for a suplex but Benjamin countered into a neckbreaker. Benjamin hit some lefts and rights and then a flying forearm. Benjamin hit a running knee lift and then went up top. Benjamin hit a flying clothesline and then hammered away with right hands. Benjamin went for a splash but Snitsky moved and Benjamin hit the exposed turnbuckle. Snitsky then hit a big boot for the win.
Winner – Snitsky
A video package is shown of the Taliban Tavern that the troops use in Afghanistan. It used to be a Taliban operations mud hut, but it’s been transformed into a bar for the soldiers, and is open 24/7.
Non Title Match
The music of WWE Champion, John Cena, hit in the desert as he made his way to the ring for action with Chris Masters. Rita Cosby was shown watching the action in the crowd.
Cena and Masters got face to face and then locked up. Masters backed Cena to the corner and broke clean. They locked up again and Cena grabbed a side headlock. Masters sent him to the ropes but Cena came back with a shoulder block for two and then went back to the side headlock. Masters reversed and locked in a side headlock of his own, and then nailed a shoulder block.
Cena then hit a drop toe hold and locked in a front chancery into a side headlock. Masters sent him to the ropes but Cena held on and then Masters charged at him, but Cena ducked and pulled down the top rope and Masters fell to the floor. Cena followed out but Masters met him with right hands and then sent him face first into the ring steps. Back inside, and Masters hit a double axe handle to the back, and then locked in a front face lock. Cena fought out and then Masters locked in the Master Lock out of nowhere! Cena struggled and Masters tossed him down before Cena broke it.
Masters went up top and dived off but Cena got his boot up. They traded right hands and then Cena hit a flying shoulder, and then a pair of clotheslines followed by a belly to back sitout powerbomb. Cena then pumped up his sneakers, and scored with the Five Knuckle Shuffle. Cena then hit the FU for the win.
Winner, the WWE Champion, John Cena
Another video package aired with comments from Triple H, Maria, Shawn Michaels and Chris Masters. Footage is shown of the WWE Superstars interacting with the Troops.
A door was shown, which earlier on one of the troops said can’t be entered because it hasn’t been cleared for mines. Maria was about to go through it, and Candice stopped her. Trish and Ashley were then shown getting ready.
Santa’s Helper Divas Tag Match
The music of Trish Stratus hit as she made her way to the ring, and she will be teaming with Ashley to take on Candice Michelle and Maria! They are all dressed festively.
Maria and Ashley started out with a tie up and Maria grabbed a side headlock and took Ashley down. Maria jumped around celebrating and then Ashley rolled her up from behind for two. Candice tagged in and she wants some of Trish. Trish tagged in and Candice backed off to the outside. Candice got bodysurfed by the troops and then got back into the ring. Candice did her Go Daddy dance, and then laid on the middle rope. Trish pushed her to the outside and then laid on the ropes herself. Back inside and Trish hit a Thesz press, and went for the tilt a whirl, but she got the referee by mistake.
Candice pulled Trish down by the hair, and then Trish came back with some forearms and then chopped Candice in the corner. Candice came back with a kick to the face and then went to tag Maria. Maria was busy posing for the troops as Candice went to the middle rope, but Trish went for the Stratusphere. Candice threw him off, and then hit the whirlybird headscissors. Ashley tagged in and they hit a double elbow drop. Candice rolled Ashley up in the corner and grabbed the tights for the win.
Winners – Candice Michelle and Maria
Maria and Candice hugged and kissed the troops at ringside, and then Candice climbed into the crowd.
More footage is shown of troops talking about a section coming under fire, and one of the troops saving the lives of his comrades. Another solider is shown and he has been awarded with a silver star after blocking the enemy with a helicopter and took many shots. Some buildings are shown named after troops who have given their lives to their country, and then a memorial was shown of two troops who died in action earlier this year.
Another video package was shown of the arena being set up for the show. Troops were shown playing around in the ring.
Boot Camp Match
The music of Triple H hit in the arena as he made his way to the ring and he’ll be facing Shawn Michaels in a Boot Camp Match here in Afghanistan! Michaels brought a camcorder down to the ring with him and taped the troops on his way down.
Michaels and Triple H locked up and Triple H grabbed a side headlock. Michaels sent him to the ropes but Triple H came back with a shoulder block. Michaels and Triple H locked up again and Triple H got another side headlock, and hit a shoulder block for a second time. Michaels came back with a hip toss and then an arm drag into an arm bar. Triple H took Michaels to the corner and then hit an elbow to the face, but Michaels then hit an arm drag and locked in the arm bar.
Triple H sent Michaels to the ropes but Michaels hit a shoulder block, and then a backslide for two before going back to the arm drag and the arm bar. Triple H hit a right hand knocking Michaels to the outside. Back on RAW and we are in the ring and Triple H back dropped Michaels to the outside. Triple H nailed a right hand and fought up the aisle with Michaels. Triple H went for the Pedigree on the floor but Michaels back dropped out of it. Michaels grabbed a sand bag and tossed it at Triple H, and H caught it. Michaels then nailed him in the head with another one, and unloaded with right hands. Triple H grabbed a gas can and nailed Michaels in the head before moving back to ringside. Triple H and Michaels traded right hands and then Triple H hit a knee to the gut but then Michaels unloaded with more right hands.
Back in the ring and Michaels chopped at Triple H in the corner, and then sent him hard to the other corner, and Triple H flipped over the turnbuckle to the outside. Michaels hit Triple H with a mop but then Triple H threw him face first into the ring post. Back in the ring and Michaels went for a right hand but Triple H moved and Michaels nailed the referee. Triple H hit a DDT and covered but the referee is down. Another referee hit the ring and made the count, but Michaels kicked out. The referee and Triple H got in a shoving match, and then Triple H mocked him and laid him out with a right hand, before tossing him outside. Triple H gave Michaels a slam and then went to the middle rope. Triple H dived off but Michaels got his foot up and both men are down. The original referee is up as Michaels and Triple H traded right hands. Michaels hit the flying forearm and then nipped up.
Michaels hit the atomic drop and then a clothesline, followed by another. Michaels hit the scoop slam and then went up top and came off with the elbow. Michaels started to tune the band but missed Sweet Chin Music and Triple H went for the Pedigree but Michaels hit a double leg takedown and catapulted Triple H into the turnbuckle and then hit Sweet Chin Music of the win!
Winner – Shawn Michaels
Shawn Michaels celebrated his win with the troops and we went into a final video package to end the show.
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