Tribute to the Troops

Tribute to the Troops

Monday Night Raw

December 24, 2007

Recap by Sassy

This is the 5th Annual Holiday Tribute to the Troops being broadcast from Camp Speicher, Tikrit, Iraq on the USA network.

Ringside announcers: Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler

Ring announcer: Lillian Garcia

Randy Orton from St. Louis, MO, weighing 225 lbs.

WWE Champion


Y2J Chris Jericho, weighing 220 lbs.

Troops favorite: Y2J Chris Jericho

My favorite: Y2J Chris Jericho

Winner: Y2J Chris Jericho by DQ

Orton was greeted with boos and jeers.  Iím surprised he had the courage to show up. Not too many soldiers will be impressed with Ortonís ďearly releaseĒ from the armed forces. Jericho entered the arena to many cheers, stopping to slap hands and even taking a camera to take picture for a couple of soldiers in the audience. He walked around the outside of the ring greeting the troops.  I understand it is the first time Jericho has been overseas to entertain the troops. It appears he wants to make it a memorable occasion.

Jericho has been watching real wrestlers judging by the way he is working the ring. Orton must have been watching something else. Why Jericho doesnít have the title is beyond me. Orton does squirm well. Jericho stops to take a camera from one of the fans and snaps a photo of Orton after Jericho has slammed his head into the steel steps.

And, true to WWE form, we have a


Back from commercial break, both men are inside the ring but it looks like Jericho is getting beat down. All I want for Christmas is what the troops are asking for Ė Jericho to get up and beat the tar out of Orton. (Lawler just said that Orton may be the only one here to get shot at by both sidesÖI canít believe I actually agree with something Lawler said!)  The Walls of Jericho are locked in and we hear bells, but they arenít ring bells. Itís good old JBL showing up when he isnít wanted. This may be the only time the troops hate JBL. JBL enters the ring. Jericho lets go of Orton to go after JBL and then gets caught by Orton in the RKO.

Orton leaves the ring and Jericho gets hit by the clothesline from hell courtesy of JBL. Yep, the troops have decided JBL is the enemy.

Promo for next Monday Night Raw, New Yearís Eve, Ric Flair versus Triple H in a career threatening match.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, we see film clips of the troops and WWE personnel. We see Jeff Hardy, Triple H, Kelly Kelly, John Cena (his arm is in a sling), Rey Mysterio, Maria, Lillian Garcia, Vince McMahon, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Layla, Mr. Kennedy, Hardocore Holly, Carlito, Ron Simmons and Mark Henry. Rey Mysterio had on a camouflage mask!

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for Best of ECW 2007, Christmas Night on the Sci-Fi channel.

Jeff Hardy from Cameron, NC, weighing 225 lbs.

WWE Intercontinental Champion


Carlito from the Caribbean, weighing 220 lbs.

Troops favorite: Jeff Hardy

My favorite:  I like them both

Winner: Jeff Hardy

Jeff shows up with face paint, which he says is his tribute to the troops. Jeff gets one giant reception from the troops while Carlito and his apple get a less than enthusiastic welcome. Carlito started to throw his T-shirt out to the crowd and then stopped and kept it. Hardy chants are loud as Carlito ducks under the ropes to keep Jeff away. The second time Carlito does the rope duck, Jeff nails him in the back with a dropkick to the joy of the fans. We have a lot of close pins but Jeff just canít seem to keep Carlito down for the three count. Jeff slides out of the ring to walk around and slap hands with the fans but when Carlito follows him, Jeff baseball slides him out to the guardrail. Jeff does a nice dive off the apron ring to clothesline Carlito down to the ground. Back in the ring, the troops keep count while Jeff pounds on Carlito. Jeff goes for a double stomp but Carlito rolls out of the way and Jeff meets the mat. Carlito back to his feet first. Jeff does a nice somersault off the ropes and takes Carlito down to the mat.  Jeff doesnít miss the next try at the double stomp but Jeff still canít keep Carlito down. Carlito counters the twist of fate with a swinging neck breaker, but he canít get the three count either. Carlito is now asking for his apple and he takes a couple of bites but Jeff catches him with a jawbreaker, nails the twist of fate, goes up for the swanton bomb, goes for the cover and gets the three count. Jeff throws his shirt to the crowd when he climbs up for the swanton bomb.

Another video film of the troops. Specialist Peter Van Cleave, Major Doug Kadetz, Major Todd Bajakian, Specialist Robert Dale, 131st Army Battalion, and Artist Sgt. John Carden who was recuperating from an injury and took up painting for his company. Great art Sarge!

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, more film of the troops and WWE personnel. Lt. Col. Mike Phillips who shows us a dining facility that was built to replace one that was taken out by a suicide bomber in 2004. Nineteen service personnel were killed during that attack. Philips didnít go to lunch that day and missed being in the building when the bomb exploded taking the lives of his friends. I couldnít get the list of names that was scanned on the plaque and Iím sorry I couldnít print them here.

Mr. Vincent Kennedy McMahon enters the arena and the ring to the semi boos of the troops. It would be difficult to hate him when he is one of the reasons, obviously, WWE personnel are there to entertain the troops. McMahon says that perhaps second only to the troops families, the WWE supports the troops no matter where they are in this world. Amen to that!  McMahon is there to introduce the Divaís Match.

Kelly Kelly from Jacksonville, FL


Layla from Miami, FL


Mickie James from Richmond, VA


Maria from Chicago, IL

Troops favorites: I think they like them all

My favorite: Mickie James

Winners: The Troops

McMahon is sitting at ringside for this match.

Before the match can begin,

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo for ECW, Best of 2007.

Layla and Maria are in the ring. Layla tags in Kelly and Maria tags in Mickie. Mickie certainly is playing up for the audience. Layla comes in to break up Mickieís pin of Kelly but Marie comes in and takes out Layla. As Maria and Mickie are working over the other two, McMahon breaks up the match and the troops do a lot of booing. He says we have seen enough of this match but the troops do not agree. McMahon says that Santa Claus is also not coming to Iraq this year but Santa does show up along with his elves who appear to be dressed as soldiers. Santa Claus has his arm in a sling Ė looks like John Cena found something to do after all in Iraq.  Santa calls McMahon a bad boy and Santa has bad news for McMahon. Santa reminds McMahon about when he was a small boy and he stole a magazine from a convenience store. It was a very naughty magazine. Santa says that Vince has always been a very bad boy. McMahon says he knows that this is not the real Santa but Santa says he has a letter that was written by a young McMahon to Santa Claus. Santa says the letter is nearly a hundred years old. Santa puts on his glasses. The troops respond that McMahon is old as dirt. The letter:

Dear Santa,

I havenít been the best this year but there are only two things I want.

I want a rooster, a giant rooster with a beautiful coat.

PS Can I have a Red Ryder BB Gun.

McMahon rips off beard and hat and it is John Cena who delivers the FU to McMahon, with one arm before saluting the troops. John Cena gets a standing ovation by the way.

Santa says he canít have a spoilsport ruin Christmas so he has the girls in the ring help him hand out the gifts in Santaís bag to the soldiers in the audience.

We see more film footage. Maj. Paul Paul M. Allmon, Sgt. McDonald, Brig. Gen. James C. Boozer, Sr., Maj. Gen. Paul P. Hertling, Captain Pat Roddy, Colonel Dave Sutherland.

Promo for WWE Royal Rumble, January 27, 2008, pay per view.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Task Force Iron Reenlistment Ceremony which took place earlier today where the wrestling ring stands.

Film clips of our troops.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, film clips of our troops and WWE personnel.

Rey Mysterio from San Diego, CA, weighing 175 lbs.


Mark Henry from TX, weighing 405 lbs.

Troops favorite: Rey Mysterio

My favorite: Rey Mysterio

Winner: Rey Mysterio

Mysterio comes in through the crowd and dives into the troops. The fans are on their feet as Mysterio heads to the wrestling ring. He stops to hand his shirt to one of the soldiers. Henry doesnít get a loud round of applause but he doesnít get as many boos as say, an Orton might. Henry is out to get Mysterio and tells him this is his last bout. Maybe Mysterio can borrow a tank.  Heís gonna need one! 

At the bottom of the screen during this match, the production crew in Iraq was run across the screen.

Henry gets Mysterio in a bear hug but Mysterio bites him on the forehead to make him let go. Henry sets Mysterio up for a splash but Mysterio rolls out of the way and goes up on the ropes to dive off and try for a cover. He doesnít get the three count. Mysterio does a baseball slide low blow and sets Henry up for the 619. Mysterio manages a roll up and gets the win. Mysterio exits the ring in a hurry Ė I donít blame him.

More film of our troops. We get a lesson in IEDís (improvised explosive devices). Sgt. Reynaldo Bermea, Sgt. John Carden, Staff Sgt. Glenn Furukawa, Staff Sgt. Daniel Floyd, Pvt. 1st Class Aaron Isbell, Sgt.1st Class Nick Guilbeau. Mark Henry says that he was proud of the guys, 18 and 19 years old, guarding the gates where anything could happen. Mr. Kennedy adds thanks to the troops.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, Patrol Base Olson with John Cena. Cena talks about Charlie Company, 101st Airborne Division, approximately 230 soldiers. Specialist Jeremy Haley on his second deployment is sending a message home  - a hello to his wife and his family.

Raw Rebound: Ric Flair versus Umaga. Flair wins the match and then finds out that he must face Triple H at Monday Night Raw on New Yearís Eve.

Chris Jericho gives us a rundown on his trip to Iraq since itís his first trip. Jericho says his trip to Iraq was to say thanks to everyone for the sacrifice they are making.

Commercial break.

Back from commercial break, promo - Friday Night Smackdown presents the greatest matches of 2007 this week. Iron Jackals Co. Daggeer Tikrit, Iraq

We have DX in Iraq!

Tag Team Match

The Game Triple H & HBK Shawn Michaels

D Generation X

HBK hands Triple H the mic. I believe everyone is on their feet for this entrance. Triple H asks for quiet. Triple H has a question Ė Are you ready? I believe they areÖand Triple H gives the troops major kudos. The USA chants are deafening. HBK takes the mic and gives the troops kudos again.


Umaga from the Isle of Samoa, weighing 350 lbs.


Mr. Kennedy from Green Bay, WI, weighing 243 lbs.

Troops favorites: Triple H and Shawn Michaels

My favorites: I like them all

Winners: The Game Triple H and HBK Shawn Michaels, DX

Commercial break before the match begins.

Back from commercial break, the match has begun and itís HBK and Kennedy in the ring. Kennedy entered the arena and made his way to the ring acting like the heel, but I think the troops had trouble buying it. Kennedy appeared to have interacted quite well with the troops while he was in Iraq. He has my respect for that. HBK goes for a super kick, but Umaga interferes when the refís back is turned. Kennedy tags in Umaga and Michaels could be in trouble here. Triple H wants the tag but HBK canít get to him. HBK chants are rampant in the crowd. Umaga is now on the booing end of the fans. Umaga tags in Kennedy and we have a double team until the ref makes Umaga get out of the ring. We now have Kennedy Sucks chants. Triple H is working the fans to get HBK fired up. HBK is back to the wrong corner and we have a double team again as Kennedy tags in Umaga. Umaga has the vice grip hold on HBK and the HBK chants begin again. HBK is back to his feet, but Umaga hits him with a head butt before tagging Kennedy back into the match. Kennedy delivers a rolling Samoan drop and goes for the cover but Triple H comes in to break it up. Kennedy tags Umaga back in and goes up to the second rope. Umaga dives but HBK rolls out of the way. HBK makes the tag as Umaga tags in Kenendy. Triple H takes down Kennedy and goes after Umaga. Triple H disables Umaga and delivers a spine buster to Kennedy and sets him up for the pedigree but Umaga breaks it up. HBK delivers the super kick to Umaga and then to Kennedy, Triple H delivers the pedigree to Kennedy, goes for the cover and gets the win.

After the match, Triple H and HBK invite members of the audience into the ring with them.

There are more film clips showing WWE personnel with the troops.


This website wishes to extend its thanks

to all of the men & women serving  overseas

especially in Iraq


And a special thank you to the WWE personnel who made the trip to entertain the troops.




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