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WWE Confirms Relaunch Of Tribute To The Troops

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According to Ryan Satin, WWE will air a 2020 edition of Tribute to the Troops on December 6. The first since it disappeared from the airwaves after 2018.

The special, which is designed to honour and entertain the brave and noble troops of the United States of America will air on Fox on the same date Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter speculates NXT will hold their next TakeOver event.

WWE did plan to carry on the tradition last year and even filmed several matches and segments with wrestlers and Marines at the Marine Corps Air Station New River and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. However, these were never aired.

The matches recorded for the show were Kevin Owens and Humberto Carrillo vs. Drew McIntyre and Andrade, The O.C. vs. Ricochet and The Viking Raiders, The Kabuki Warriors vs. Natalya and Sarah Logan, The Street Profits vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder as well as Seth Rollins vs. Eric Rowan.

After talk about them making the WWE Network and/or USA Network, the promotion decided not release the footage to the public. Their decision was frowned upon by many as it was said the holiday special would usually attract up to a million viewers per annum.

Since 2003, WWE have been airing annual Tribute To The Troops events on UPN, NBC or the USA Network with the inaugural event being staged at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq.

Since then, the show has seen high profile matches entertain the American troops such as Eddie Guerrero vs. Chris Benoit (2003), Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H in a Boot Camp Match (2005), John Cena vs. Edge (2006) and John Cena vs. Cesaro (2012) to name just a few.

There is no word yet whether this event will be live or pre-recorded at the WWE ThunderDome.