The Tribute to the Troops 2008 featured an opening video package featuring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Marilyn Monroe as several entertainers who have performed overseas for American troops. Also included pretaped comments from President George W. Bush, shown to the crowd, in which he thanked WWE for their constant support of troops and their families over the years. The first Tribute to the Troops event to have a video wall as part of the production.
Included footage of Kelly Kelly, Rey Mysterio Jr., Eve, World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, and R Truth at Camp Echo. Featured footage of JBL, Mickie James, Chris Jericho, Maria, CM Punk, Eve, the Big Show, R-Truth, Batista, Cryme Tyme, John Morrison & Mike Mizanin, Cena, Kelly, Jeff Hardy, Mysterio, and Alicia Fox, set to Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" and Nickelback's "Gotta Be Somebody". Included Lilian Garcia introducing Cryme Tyme, who appeared dressed as Santa Claus; after Cryme Tyme said they loved every person in attendance, they had Santa's Little Helpers - Maria, Eve, Kelly, Mickie, and Alicia - come out, greet the troops, and throw merchandise out to the soldiers.
- Dark Match: Kelly Kelly defeated Maria
- Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, & R-Truth defeated John Bradshaw Layfield, John Morrison & The Miz (7:41)
- John Cena, Batista, & Rey Mysterio Jr. defeated Chris Jericho, the Big Show, & Randy Orton (9:50)
Other on-screen talent
Jeff Hardy, CM Punk, & R-Truth v JBL, John Morrison, & The Miz
John Cena, Batista, & Rey Mysterio Jr. v Chris Jericho, Big Show, & Randy Orton
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