WWE aired their 18th annual Tribute to the Troops last night on FOX.
Featured below is a recap, including video highlights released by the company:
The following report comes courtesy of Richard Trionofo and Pwinsider.com.
18th ANNUAL WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS 2020
We begin with a look back at the history of Tribute to the Troops.
We are in the ThunderDome and your announcers are Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and John Layfield.
John says the biggest honor he has as a member of the WWE is Tribute to the Troops.
Match Number One: Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, Rey Mysterio, Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins versus Dolph Ziggler, Elias, Sami Zayn, Baron Corbin, and Robert Roode
Rey and Ziggler start things off and Ziggler with a waist lock and take down. Ziggler with a punch to Rey. Ziggler with a sunset flip but Rey rolls through with a drop kick for a near fall. Ziggler with a standing drop kick and he tags in Roode. Roode kicks Rey and Roode with an Irish whip but Roode charges into a drop toe hold. Jeff with a splash off Rey’s back into Roode. Hardy with a reverse atomic drop and leg drop. Hardy follows with a drop kick and splash for a near fall. Bryan tags in and kicks Roode.
Bryan with a European uppercut and Irish whip. Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner and he gets a near fall. Roode with a back elbow and he tags Elias in. Elias sends Bryan into the turnbuckles and chops Bryan. Elias with punches and an Irish whip. Bryan flips over Elias in the corner and hits a flying clothesline. Bryan with kicks to the chest. Elias with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee. Bryan comes off the turnbuckles and is met with a knee.
Elias gets a near fall. Elias goes after Hardy and everyone starts to brawl. Rey with a seated splash off the apron to Zayn. Bryan with a suicide dive to Elias. Ford with a flip dive onto everyone and we go to commercial.
We are back and Ziggler with a thrust kick to Bryan for a near fall. Ziggler with an Irish whip and Roode tags in. Ziggler with a splash and Roode with a kick and neck breaker for a near fall. Roode with a chop that sends Bryan into the corner. Roode with punches in the corner. Roode mocks the ‘yes’ chant before putting Bryan on the turnbuckles. Roode sets for a superplex but Bryan blocks it and Bryan head butts Roode to the mat.
Bryan with a missile drop kick. Bryan makes the tag to Rey and Corbin tags in. Rey with a drop kick to the knee and a satellite head scissors. Rey punches Corbin in the corner and Corbin sends Rey to the apron. Rey with a shoulder and kick. Rey with a seated splash followed by a bulldog out of a wheelbarrow for a near fall. Corbin with a choke breaker to Rey. Zayn tags in and he goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Rey lands on his feet and he kicks Zayn. Dawkins tags in and clotheslines Zayn and hits a jumping back elbow. Dawkins with a spinning splash into the corner followed by a bulldog for a near fall.
Elias makes the save and Rey with a drop kick. Ziggler with a super kick to Rey. Roode with a spinebuster. Rey sends Roode into the ropes and hits a 619. Dawknins sends Corbin over the top rope and Zayn with a rollup for a near fall. Dawkins with a swinging neck breaker and he tags in Ford who hits the Seven Star Frog Splash.
Winners: Rey Mysterio, Daniel Bryan, Jeff Hardy, Daniel Bryan, Montez Ford, and Angelo Dawkins
We go to commercial.
We are back and the Fox NFL Sunday panel talk about the troops.
Lacey Evans and Jay Glazer are at Marine Corps Air Base Miramar.
We have a push up contest and Lacey joins in.
It is time for a performance from Hardy.
We take a look at the interaction between the WWE Superstars and the troops. This year, they were able to meet virtually.
We go to commercial.
We are back with Troy Aikman, Joe Buck, and Erin Andrews.
Match Number Two: Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair versus Bayley and Natalya
Bayley and Sasha start things off and they lock up. Sasha with a wrist lock and waist lock followed by a single leg take down. Sasha with a side head lock. Bianca tags in and Bayley with forearms to Bianca and Sasha. Bianca blocks a drop toe hold and picks up Bayley. Bayley with forearms and Natalya tags in. Natalya with a front face lock and Bianca with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Bianca with a shoulder tackle and splash for a near fall. Bianca gets Natalya on her shoulders and she has words for Bayley. Bayley makes the save but Bianca with punches.
Sasha tags in and Bianca presses Sasha over her head and press slams her onto Natalya and Bayley as we go to commercial.
We are back and the Fox MLS panel talks about the troops.
Bayley with a reverse chin lock on Bianca and Bianca is sent into the turnbuckles. Natalya tags in and they send Bianca into the turnbuckles. Bianca with an inside cradle for a near fall. Natalya stops Bianca from making the tag. Bianca kicks Natalya away and Sasha tags in. Sasha with a head scissors to Natalya after knocking Bayley off the apron. Sasha with a jumping knee from the apron and a slingshot double knee strike. Sasha goes to the turnbuckles and hits Meteora but Bayley breaks up the cover.
Sasha blocks a kick and connects with a knee on Bayley. Bianca with a handspring moonsault onto Bayley. Natalya with an elbow but misses the discus clothesline. Natalya with a slingshot atomic drop and then Sasha trips Natalya and applies the Banks Statement. Natalya is rolled into the center of the ring and Natalya taps out.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair
We take a look at the appearance of Santa Claus in 2007.
We go to commercial.
We are back with comments from Drew Brees, Terry Crews, and Rob Gronkowski.
Match Number Three: Miz (with John Morrison) versus Drew McIntyre
Drew with a waist lock and Miz gets to the ropes. Miz with a kick and punch but Drew blocks a punch and sends Miz into the corner. Drew with punches and kicks followed by a chop. Miz goes to the floor. Drew chops Miz on the floor and then Morrison tries to sneak up on Drew but Drew sees him and sends Morrison over the ringside barrier. Miz with a kick and DDT.
Miz backs Drew into the ringside barrier. Miz goes up top and Drew stops him and crotches Miz. Drew with a chop and he sets for a superplex but Miz crotches Drew. Miz sets for a move from the turnbuckles but Drew pulls himself up and hits a superplex on Miz. Drew with clotheslines and an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Drew with another overhead belly-to-belly suplex followed by a neck breaker.
Morrison tries to pull Miz to the floor but Drew pulls Miz back and Morrison comes into the ring by accident. Miz with a thumb to the eye and Miz with a rollup using the ropes for a near fall. Drew punches Morrison to knock him off the apron. Drew escapes the Skull Crushing Finale and hits the Future Shock DDT. Drew with a Claymore for the three count.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
We go to credits.
REACTION: WWE TRIBUTE TO THE TROOPS 2020
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