WWE Tribute to the Troops 2014
December 17, 2014
Columbus Civic Center
First In-Ring Segment:
Hulk Hogan comes to the ring with a giant American Flag. Hogan says that he wants to tell you something, brother. When he looks out at this arena and sees all of the brave faces and heroes. It makes him proud to live in the United States, brother. All that you have given him, everything that you have sacrificed to secure our freedoms and make this country great, he wants to thank everyone.Miz comes out and he is accompanied by Damien Sandow. Miz tells Hogan that on behalf of the assembled members of the United States Armed Forces and the star of the Marine 3, he wants to say ‘You’re Welcome’. Portraying Sergeant Jay Carter was an honor in his career. It was a highlight of his career. It was an honor to portray a member of the Armed Forces on the screen. He says that everyone should be honored by his performance. When you think pillar of strength, you think of The Miz. John Cena comes out and goes to the ring.
John wants to apologize for the Miz. He has come down with amnesia or he drank way too much. He says that Miz played a Marine, but this is an Army base. When he thinks of toughness, he thinks of the United States Armed Forces. When he thinks of the Miz, it is something more metrosexual. Like a Ryan Seacrest, wait, Ryan would kick Miz’ butt. Miz and Sandow laugh and Miz tells Cena he is not funny. He is a modern day Bob Hope on a USO tour. He inspires the military to achieve greatness. Their commanders always tell their troops to ‘Do it for the Miz’. That is how great he truly is. Cena says a lot of commanding officers have given great speeches to their troops, but he does not think that anyone ever said ‘Do it for the Miz’. You sit here thinking you are this enormous big deal, but this is a big deal. Being here for these people is a big deal. You are standing in the ring with Hulk Hogan. The greatest superstar in the history of the WWE. That is a big deal.
Cena says that he will leave it to public opinion. He asks everyone if they think Miz is a big deal and they boo him. Miz says it is Hulk Hogan is in the ring with The Miz, not what Cena said. Cena has jealousy written all over his face. He is jealous that he beat Cena at Wrestlemania 27. He is jealous that Miz is better looking. John is jealous that everyone knows that he plays a more convincing soldier than John ever could. Cena says it is not a delusional fantasy, Miz is not awesome. He sucks. Miz tries to punch Cena but Cena blocks it and he punches Miz and sends him to the floor. Sandow stands in the ring between Hogan and Cena and then he throws a punch at air and then he sends himself over the top rope to the floor. Seth Rollins comes out and he is joined by Kane, Joey Mercury, and Jamie Noble. Luke Harper comes out as well. Not to feel left out, Big Show makes his way to the ring. They surround Hogan and Cena and then get on the apron. They get into the ring and Hogan fights off some of the guys while others focus on Cena. Dolph Ziggler, Ryback, and Erick Rowan make their way to the ring and they all send Big Show over the top rope.
First Match: The Usos vs. Goldust & Stardust
Goldust and Jey start things off and Goldust pushes Jey but Jey with an uppercut and then Jey is sent to the floor and he returns and punches Goldust. Stardust tags in and they lock up. Stardust with a side head lock. Stardust lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and he moves around the ring as only Stardust can. Stardust with a kick and punch but Jey with an Irish whip. Jey does not charge into the corner so Jey with a slam. Jimmy tags in and he hits a sliding clothesline followed by a leg drop for a near fall. Goldust punches Jimmy when Stardust distracts the referee. Goldust sends Jimmy into the turnbuckles. Jimmy floats over and he does some dancing that confuses Goldust. Jimmy blocks a punch and he connects with an uppercut and he sends Goldust to the floor. Jimmy punches Stardust and then Jimmy and Jey with a double clothesline that sends Stardust over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy and Jey with stereo planchas and we go to commercial.
We are back and Jey punches Goldust. Stardust makes the blind tag and he pulls down the ropes and Jey falls over the top rope to the floor. Stardust with kicks to Jey on the floor. Stardust with a boot to the back and he stomps on Jey’s hand and kicks him in the ribs. Stardust with a boot to the midsection. Stardust with a quarter nelson and chin lock. Jey with an arm drag but Stardust with a punch and then he drops down to kick Jey and he gets a near fall. Goldust tags in and he kicks Jey. Goldust gets a near fall and he applies a reverse chin lock. Jey with punches but Goldust with punches of his own. Jey takes care of Stardust and Goldust. Jey back drops Goldust over the top rope to the floor. Jimmy tags in and he clotheslines Stardust and he connects with an uppercut and Samoan drop. Jimmy with a forearm into the corner and Stardust falls into the corner. Jimmy sets for the running butt splash and avoids Goldust to connect. Jimmy with an enzuigiri to Goldust and then Jey hits a plancha. Stardust with a springboard round kick to Jimmy for a near fall. Stardust runs into an uppercut and Jimmy hits a corkscrew senton for a near fall. Stardust sets for a reverse DDT but Jey with a super kick. Jimmy and Jey with a double super kick and then they go up top for a double Superfly splash and the three count.
Winner: The Usos
We heard thank you messages from the following celebrities, NBC The Voice Coaches, Katherine Heigel, Tom Brokaw, Jamie Fox and Cameron Diaz, The crew of Today Show, Larry the Cable Guy,
Florida Gerogia Line plays their hit Cruise.
Second Match: Santa’s Little Helpers Battle Royal
Paige vs. Nikki Bella vs. Brie Bella vs. Naomi vs. Natalya vs. Layla vs. Cameron vs. Summer Rae vs. Emma vs. Rosa Mendes
Brie goes after Paige while Emma works over Rosa. Emma dances for no reason and Emma shows what is under Rosa’s jacket. Emma punches Rosa but Rosa eliminates Emma. Rosa dances in the center of the ring and Summer stops her because she has to dance.. Rosa and Summer have been eliminated by everyone else. Cameron looks at her compact and Naomi takes it to distract Cameron and then she eliminates Cameron. Paige with a head butt to Naomi.
Brie kicks Alicia while Nikki holds her. Brie returns the favor and she connects with a forearm to Alicia followed by a double drop kick and they push Alicia to the floor to eliminate her. Paige goes to the ring post while Natalya and Naomi fight on the corner. Paige grabs some mistletoe and the Bellas kicks Paige off the apron to eliminate her. Brie pulls Naomi down and she kicks Natalya. Naomi with a Thesz Press to Nikki but Naomi tries to use her rear end to knock Nikki down but Nikki with an Alabama Slam. Naomi is sent to the apron and Brie misses a baseball slide on Natalya and she eliminates her self. Naomi pushes Natalya and Nikki to the floor to win the match.
We see footage of the WWE wrestlers visiting Fort Benning. Daniel Bryan says that they are the superstars. Others comment about what they are doing as we see video and photos of their interactions.
Third Match: Boot Camp Match
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Ambrose tells Wyatt he is ready to go to war and they exchange punches until Ambrose gains the advantage. Ambrose hits Wyatt with a backpack and he runs his forearm across Bray’s face and then he hits a running drop kick. Wyatt with an uppercut and then he runs Ambrose’s face across the netting on the ropes. Wyatt chokes Ambrose in the ropes. Wyatt with a slam and head butt followed by uppercuts. Wyatt sets for a splash into the corner and Ambrose with a forearm followed by a bulldog. Wyatt rolls to the floor and Ambrose sets for a suicide dive and he connects. Dean sends Wyatt into the ring post and then he slams Wyatt’s head into an ammo case. Dean hits Wyatt in the ribs and then sends Wyatt back into the ring. Dean goes under the ring and he throws some chairs into the ring. Ambrose puts a chair in the turnbuckles. Wyatt hits Dean in the head with the kendo stick and then he hits Dean in the ribs and back.
Wyatt sends Dean off the ropes and hits him in the throat with the kendo stick. Wyatt with punches and he gets a near fall. Ambrose with punches to Wyatt but Wyatt with a jab to stop Dean. Wyatt sends Dean into the chair that Dean wedged into the turnbuckles and we go to commercial. We are back and Wyatt with a cravate but Ambrose with punches. Wyatt with a knee and head butt. Wyatt misses with the kendo stick when he swings it but he does not miss with a cross body using the stick. Wyatt with punches and kicks to Ambrose. Wyatt goes to the turnbuckles with the kendo stick and then he comes off and is met with a punch to the midsection.
Ambrose grabs the kendo stick.Wyatt tries to stop Ambrose from using it, but that fails and Ambrose hits him repeatedly and then he hits a White Russian Leg sweep on Wyatt. Ambrose picks up a chair and he goes to the turnbuckles for an elbow drop and he connects and gets a near fall. Ambrose goes to the floor and he goes under the ring and he finds a table so everyone is happy because they wanted tables.
Ambrose puts the table in the ring and he sets it up but Wyatt does the crab walk and he sends Ambrose through the table with a uranage but Ambrose kicks out. Wyatt kicks Ambrose and then he goes to the floor for a new table. Bray looks at Slaughter and he puts the table in the ring. Wyatt gets in Slaughter’s face at ringside and he tells Slaughter to get him some. Wyatt returns to the ring and he sets up his table. Wyatt approves of his set up of the table while Slaughter takes off his boot at ringside. Ambrose with a rollup while Wyatt was distracted by Slaughter. Wyatt with an uppercut and Ambrose bounces off the ropes and hits a lariat. Ambrose is given the boot by Slaughter and he hits Wyatt with it. Ambrose puts Wyatt on the table and he goes up top for an elbow drop and he gets the three count.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
Rusev & Daniel Bryan Segment:
Lana says that they are thrilled to be here. It is their honor to be in the presence of the symbol of true dominance in your United States Champion Rusev. Rusev says that he has crushed every American hero. Every one. He says that he has proven the dominance of mother Russia over and over again. Lana says that you are all pathetic. She says the super athlete stands here and all you can say is “USA”? She tells everyone to shut up and Rusev tells everyone to sit down. Lana says if you will not kneel for the great super athlete, kneel for your new true greatest leader Vladimir Putin. Lana says that the soldiers disappoint her. If Putin was your leader, you would be a great super power instead of a pretend one. You disagree? Who will stand up for your country? Who is foolish enough to challenge the Great Mother Russia?
Daniel Bryan’s music plays and he comes out to the stage. He says that is what you two don’t understand about Americans. No matter the circumstances, we don’t back down. It doesn’t matter if you are five foot five or seven foot two. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or Republican. We fight. If you don’t like it here, you can go back to Russia. Lana says that it is a touching speech, but what is your comeback? She calls Daniel a little American troll. Rusev asks Daniel if he worries about you, you half man? Do you think you can beat Rusev? Daniel asks Rusev if he wants to do this in front of these people? In front of the troops? Daniel says that we will come from anywhere to defend our freedoms. When you challenge him, you challenge everyone in this arena. He means proud Americans can come from over the wall. A few men leap over the guardrail and get on the apron. They can come from the sky and they repel from the ceiling. If you want a fight, we can fight right now and Daniel makes his way to the ring. Bryan stands in the ring and Rusev decides to leave the ring.
Fourth Match: John Cena, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan vs. Seth Rollins, Kane, Luke Harper and Big Show
Ryback and Rollins start things off and they lock up. Ryback backs Rollins into the corner and he misses a punch. Rollins with a kick and punches to Ryback. Rollins kicks Ryback in the corner but Ryback runs Rollins into the turnbuckles and connects with shoulders and follows with a biel for a near fall. Ryback with a wrist lock and Rowan tags in. Rowan with a forearm and he slams Rollins. Rowan with a splash for a near fall. Rowan with a side head lock and he runs Rollins into the turnbuckles. Ziggler tags in and he punches Rollins. Ziggler with a neck breaker followed by a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a wrist lock but Rollins with a punch. Harper tags in and he punches Ziggler. Harper sets for a delayed vertical suplex but Ziggler gets on his feet and he tags in Ryback who hits a delayed vertical suplex of his own and he gets a near fall. Ryback with shoulders in the corner and Ziggler tags back in and he punches Harper. Ziggler with a standing drop kick and he keeps Harper from making the tag. Harper with an uppercut and he tags in Rollins who punches Ziggler. Rollins tries for a belly-to-back suplex but Ziggler lands on his feet and he hits a drop kick followed by a splash into the corner. Ziggler hits a hesitation DDT and things break down as all eight men battle. Rollins and Ziggler are the only men in the ring as we go to commercial.
We are back and Show with a forearm to Ziggler’s back. Show stands on Ziggler’s back and the referee warns him. Show picks up Ziggler and sends him into the turnbuckles. Kane tags in and he kicks Ziggler. Kane with a suplex and he gets a near fall. Kane with a reverse chin lock. Ziggler gets to his feet and he punches Kane but Kane with an Irish whip. Kane runs into a knee but Kane with a side slam for a near fall. Rollins tags in and he kicks Ziggler. Rollins tries to draw Cena into the ring but the referee stops Cena. Rollins keeps Ziggler from making the tag and he stomps on the back and chest. Rollins stomps on Ziggler’s arm and then he taunts Cena. Rollins tries to stomp on the hand but Ziggler moves and he hits a Fameasser. Both men are down. Harper and Cena tag in and Cena with two flying shoulder tackles followed by the Blue Thunder Bomb. Cena with the Five Knuckle Shuffle and then he gets Harper up for a moment but Rollins tries to interfere. Cena puts Harper in an STF and Kane breaks it up. Rowan with a spinning back heel kick to Kane. Rollins with a knee of the turnbuckles. Ryback press slams Rollins onto Mercury and Noble. Show with a choke slam to Ryback. Ziggler escapes a choke slam and he hits a super kick. Cena with an Attitude Adjustment to Show and then he gives Harper an Attitude Adjustment for the three count.
Winner: John Cena, Erick Rowan, Ryback and Dolph Ziggler
Josh’s Grade for Tribute to the Troops: 10/10
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