A pack of WWE stars are descending on Joint Base Lewis-McChord next Wednesday to film the show’s annual “Tribute to the Troops,” a special event airing on NBC in the week after Christmas.
WWE has presented the military-themed shows each holiday season since 2004. Some of the shows took place in the megabases of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, such as at Joint Base Balad in Iraq and at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
Bringing the show to Lewis-McChord gives the Evergreen State a chance to show off its military installations, a point Gov. Jay Inslee underscored when his office issued a press release announcing the event,
“We are very proud to welcome WWE to Washington state, home of WWE greats like Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine and Daniel Bryan,” Inslee said. “The men and women in the military, and their families, serve our state and our nation with admirable dedication. I know they are looking forward to Tribute to the Troops, and we are looking forward to saying thanks for all they do.”
Past shows have incorporated soldiers into the events. In 2010, for example, then-Fort Hood Commander Maj. Gen. William Grimsley got on stage for an arm-wrestling contest with the muscled entertainers. It ended in a generous draw with an assist from the program’s then heavyweight champion.
Lewis-McChord is distributing tickets to the event at this website. They’re free for troops and their families.
Navy families from Naval Base Kitsap also are invited.
The show is scheduled to air on NBC on Dec. 28.
"It's a great honor for Joint Base Lewis-McChord to host WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops show,” said base Commander Col. Charles Hodges in a press release. “This is a unique opportunity for our Service members and their families to be a part of something special. Many of our troops are passionate WWE fans, and the excitement is already building.”