The 2013 Tribute to the Troops was an event that took place at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Field, Hangars 3 & 4 in Fort Lewis, Washington. The event was billed as the "Most Patriotic Show of the Year." It is the 11th Tribute to the Troops show. It was broadcast on NBC on December 28, 2013.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State played host to WWE Tribute to the Troops 2013 as members of the U.S. Military and their families enjoyed an action-packed evening of WWE competition. Joining WWE this year in honoring the troops were “Access Hollywood” co-host Michelle Beadle, four-time Grammy nominee Daughtry and renowned comedian Jeff Dunham.
A Six-Man Tag Team Match was not originally scheduled for Tribute to the Troops. However, the intense rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Wyatt Family would not allow for a singles match between the former WWE Champion and Bray Wyatt to play out for the men and women of the U.S. Military.
There certainly is no love lost between Bryan and Wyatt, and their confrontation quickly degraded into an all-out brawl. The Eater of Worlds was relentless in his early offense, but his aggression towards Bryan may have blinded him – allowing Bryan to take control and a huge advantage in the contest. As Bryan was about to pin Wyatt and secure victory, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper interfered, resulting in a disqualification.
As Daniel Bryan was overwhelmed by The Wyatt Family, CM Punk ran to the ring in an effort to even the odds. SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero did not take kindly to the chaos and stated that the service members in attendance deserved order. As a result, she restarted the bout as a Tag Team Match pitting Harper & Rowan against Daniel Bryan & CM Punk.
The tag team battle began in similar fashion to the singles bout that preceded it. The animosity between Punk, Bryan and the Wyatt Family led to a physical and competitive match that saw the two former WWE Champions gaining an advantage thanks to their experience and speed. As Punk prepared to execute the Go To Sleep on Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt attacked, ending the match in another disqualification.
As The Wyatt Family attacked, John Cena made his way to the ring and unleashed on the creepy trio. The chaos that ensued again caught the attention of Vickie Guerrero, who announced a Six-Man Tag Team Match between Cena, Punk & Bryan and The Wyatt Family!
On the edge of their seats, the members of the U.S. Military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord were firmly in support of the trio of former WWE Champions as they battled the unorthodox and powerful Wyatts.
Momentum shifted back and forth, with the chaotic match starts and stops taking a toll on everyone involved – except the Cenation leader. Following The Second City Saint making the tag to Cena, the 11-time WWE Champion hit the ring in a rush of adrenaline. With Bray Wyatt and Rowan reeling on the outside of the ring, Punk hit the GTS on Harper, and Bryan nailed the massive competitor with a running knee before Cena secured the win with an Attitude Adjustment.
As Santino Marella made his way to the ring to the delight of the U.S. service members, Michelle Beadle interviewed base commander Colonel Charles Hodges about the impact of WWE Tribute to the Troops. Following the interview, Santino introduced four-time Grammy nominee Daughtry.
Following Daughtry’s performance, Fandango and Summer Rae danced their way to the ring with Fandango set to battle R-Truth.
Inspired by the U.S. troops stationed around the world, R-Truth – fresh off an inspiring handshake tour in the Middle East and Southeast Asia – entered Joint Base Lewis-McChord invigorated and immediately put his opponent on the defensive. Truth taunted Fandango with dance moves of his own that helped him maintain a psychological advantage while countering the dancing Superstar’s offense.
Although Fandango enjoyed a brief moment of keeping the former U.S. Champion on the ropes, R-Truth’s energy and the support of the U.S. Military proved to be too much, allowing The Rapping Superstar to overwhelm the tangoing two-stepper and secure victory.
The Bella Twins introduced ventriloquist and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham who brought laughs to Joint Base Lewis-McChord along with some of his friends. Dunham brought smiles to the base, but also attracted the attention of former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion Big Show.
During Jeff Dunham’s performance, Big Show made his way out, ready to get his match against Damien Sandow started. After taking a joke from Dunham and his dummy, Peanut, The World’s Largest Athlete made his way to the ring ready for action.
Sandow made his way to the ring, insulting his fellow Superstars, specifically Big Show, and expressing his desire to be the Champion of Champions. The self-proclaimed Intellectual Savior of the Masses only enraged The World’s Largest Athlete with his tirade and Big Show wasted no time making his opponent regret his words. Like R-Truth, Big Show also visited service members around the world and as a gift to them and the WWE Universe, he silenced Sandow with a huge KO Punch.
Following the contest, John Cena, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan made their way to the ring, leading Joint Base Lewis-McChord in a resounding “YES!” chant. The entire WWE locker room – setting differences aside – followed suit and joined the military in chanting “YES! YES! YES!
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark match: Henry & Langston (Big E. Langston & Mark Henry) defeated RybAxel (Curtis Axel & Ryback)
- Daniel Bryan (w/ CM Punk) defeated Bray Wyatt (w/ Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) by DQ (1:43)
- The Beard & The Best (CM Punk & Daniel Bryan) defeated The Wyatt Family (Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (w/ Bray Wyatt) by DQ (5:50)
- CM Punk, Daniel Bryan & John Cena defeated The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper) (7:00)
- Dark match: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young & Titus O'Neil) defeat 3MB
- Dark match: Rey Mysterio & The Usos (Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso) defeated The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins)
- Dark match: Brie Bella defeated AJ Lee, Aksana, Alicia Fox, Cameron, Eva Marie, JoJo, Kaitlyn, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella & Rosa Mendes in a 12 Diva Battle Royal
- Dark match: Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler
- R-Truth defeated Fandango (w/ Summer Rae) (1:47)
- The Big Show defeated Damien Sandow (2:05)
Daniel Bryan v Bray Wyatt
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan v Luke Harper & Erick Rowan
John Cena, CM Punk & Daniel Bryan v The Wyatt Family
R-Truth v Fandango
Big Show v Damien Sandow
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