WWE is well known for the PPVs it conducts. Aa through the year, we get to see many fabulous PPVs and witness some legendary and miraculous matches and fights. WWE conducts many big PPVs like WrestleMania, Hell In A Cell, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam and many more. And throughout the week, we watch RAW every Monday night (Tuesday morning in India) and SmackDown every Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in India).
Apart from all what we see on the television, WWE keeps on conducting several other shows all around the world regularly, but these are not broadcasted on the television. And, included are some small, but awesome PPVs. These aren’t broadcasted live on television, but some of them are posted on the YouTube channel of WWE.
And, one of these is Tribute To The Troops. In this PPV, WWE pays tribute to the army personnel who remain busy protecting the citizens from enemies, completely detaching themselves from the outer world. WWE superstars come up with some dream matches and perform them in the ring, completely surrounded by soldiers from every side.
This year’s event was filmed in Fort Hood, Texas, on December 4, where we were treated to four matches featuring some of the biggest names in the company, including a tag team match with stars from Raw and SmackDown teaming up to take on their respective rivals.
This year’s Tribute to the Troops also had some good matches and dream teams. Let’s take a look at the matches –
1. The Riott Squad vs. Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina
The first entry? The New Day entered dressed like Santa, an elf and a reindeer and hyped up the crowd by throwing shirts and their trademark Booty O’s and talked about some holiday stuff.
The first match was the combination of two storylines – Ronda Rousey’s feud with Nia Jax and Natalya’s feud with Ruby Riott. But interestingly, Ruby chose to sit out so that Logan and Morgan could have their time. In a match where Nia and Tamina dominated most of the match, the four other women chipped in with some entertainment too, and the crowd cheered most whenever Rousey was tagged in. And the highlight was when Rousey double arm bared Morgan and Logan to win the match.
Grade – B+
2. Elias and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre
The second match saw the two faces teaming up to take on their respective heel opponents. Unsurprisingly, Drew and Lashley dominated first half of the match, or rather most part of the match, and the baby faces tried to make a comeback whenever they could until the deciding tag was made. After Bálor took out both McIntyre and Leo Rush, Elias scored the pin with a sunset flip over Lashley.
Grade – C+
3. Miz TV and Charlotte and Becky Lynch vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville
The Miz actually received a warm welcome with the crowd chanting “Miz is Awesome “ before he started his show by introducing Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch. But, the show was interrupted by Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose, thus giving way to a tag team match.
It was shocking to see Becky spending most of the time on the apron considering her popularity among the crowd, as Charlotte single headedly took out both of their opponents, ignoring the tag request by Lynch. In fact the only thing Lynch did was getting the submission victory by putting Deville in the Disarmher.
Grade – C+
4. Seth Rollins and AJ Styles vs. Dean Ambrose and Daniel Bryan
This was the dream team I was talking about and this was the dream match that the crowd wanted. SmackDown and RAW teamed up when we saw the team of Rollins and Styles taking on Ambrose and Bryan. A classic heel versus face match.
We surely know the talent these four possess, and it was not surprising to see these superstars put up a fantastic main event. Ambrose and Bryan tried to take advantage on their opponents in the starting, but as always, the good guys had the win when Styles hit Bryan with the Phenomenal Forearm.
Grade – A+