December 18, 2010
WWE with another noble effort at "Tribute to the Troops"
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling
After several years of heading overseas, WWE is staying stateside for this year's edition of "Tribute to the Troops" in front of a large crowd in Texas. The show was another solid effort from WWE, who put on a good, fun show from those in attendance.
Tonight's show emanates from Fort Hood, Texas. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler are our hosts in front of an estimated 50,000 people.
To start things off, Diddy Dirty Money performs "Comin' Home." Following the performance, Diddy thanks the troops for their efforts.
Taylor Swift is next and she also thanks the troops.
Match #1 - Kofi Kingston & Big Show vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler
Show and Ziggler start things off. Show lights him up with chops to the chest. Ziggler's down and Show stands on his chest sans use of the ropes. He brings in Kingston. Kingston counters a Ziggler arm drag with a nice monkey flip. Kingston tries to springboard in the ring but Ziggler takes the ref and Swagger pulls him down and Kingston hits his head hard on the apron.
Ziggler goes for a Fameasser but Kingston hops up and power bombs him. Both men tag their partners and Swagger runs right into a big boot. Then Swagger runs into Show's big butt. Ziggler comes flying in and Show throws him in the air. Kingston clotheslines Ziggler and Show hits Swagger with the choke slam for the pin.
Winners via pinfall: The Big Show & Kofi Kingston
Trace Adkins is here to perform "Whoop A Man's Ass."
Former U.S. President George W. Bush is here with a taped message. He says the thing he misses most about being president is being the Commander in Chief of the greatest military.
Cedric the Entertainer is here now. He tells some "jokes."
Match #2 - Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton & John Cena vs. Wade Barrett, Alberto Del Rio & The Miz
Orton scoop slams Barrett and gets in the face of The Miz. He hits Barrett with the draping DDT. He goes for the RKO but Barrett shoves him into his corner and hits him with a big boot.
Mysterio in with Miz now. He goes for the 619 but Alex Riley trips him and pulls him out of the ring.
Heels have Mysterio isolated in their corner. Barrett with a backbreaker. Del Rio in now and Mysterio kicks him in the head. Del Rio is able to tag Barrett back in, though, and he punches Mysterio from the mount. Barrett goes for a superplex but Mysterio headbutts him down and comes off the top with a big crossbody and gets the tag to Cena on Del Rio. Five-Knuckle Shuffle hits. He goes for the Attitude Adjustment but Miz breaks it up. Orton in and he hits an Angle Slam and goes for the RKO but Riley pulls Miz out. Barrett takes a backbreaker and Cena pushes him into Del Rio and they go into position for the 619, which Mysterio hits. Orton RKO's Miz and Cena hits the Attitude Adjustment on Del Rio and pins him.
Winners via pinfall: John Cena, Rey Mysterio & Randy Orton