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WWE Tribute To The Troops, from Washington D.C.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Commentators:  Michael Cole, Byron Saxton, and JBL

If you missed last night’s Smackdown Live, click over here WWE Smackdown Results 12/13/16

Video:  Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon

Tonight, they are putting aside their differences, with Raw and Smackdown joining forces, to honor the troops.  For 14 years, WWE brings their show to the troops.

National Anthem:  Lilian Garcia

Segment Number 1:  Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens

Roman is here to thank the troops, they are the true heroes, and he is proud to be the United States Champion.  The WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the ring, saying it’s classy of Roman to come out and thank the troops.  But he forgot one person, and that’s Kevin Owens.  He has been carrying the Raw brand, and is the longest reigning WWE Universal Champion.  Reigns tells Owens he doesn’t get it, this isn’t about him.  This is about the men and women who fight for this country, and Kevin reminds us he isn’t an American, he is a Canadian.  Reigns said not for long, Owens reminds us this Sunday, they will face each other, and he is lucky the United States Title isn’t on the line, because if it were, he would beat him, take the title, put a Canadian flag on it, and call it The WWE Canadian Title.  That has a nice ring to it.  Reigns tells him to bring it, and before he can, Rusev comes out.

His country Bulgaria has better culture, a better tradition, and much better people living in it.  He also wants to talk about his ravishing wife, Lana.  They embrace with a kiss, and Reigns is appalled by that, saying let’s get an US soldier, to teach Rusev how to kiss.  Lana said that we are jealous because Rusev is the only man who can have her.  Reigns said he can take both men on, and before they get to the ring, Big Cass makes the save.  But here comes Mick Foley.  He issues a match the soldiers deserve.  Our main event tonight is Kevin Owens and Rusev taking on Roman Reigns and Big Cass.  Right here, in Washington D.C.  How ya doin’?

Tonight:  6-Man Tag Match

Next:  Fatal 4-Way To Determine Who Faces New Day

Match Number 1:  Cesaro & Sheamus Vs Gallows & Anderson Vs The Shining Stars Vs The Golden Truth

Sheamus and Cesaro work well together here, and they pick up the win, with Sheamus nailing Primo with a Brogue Kick, pinning him.  This Sunday, at Roadblock:  End of the Line, it will be New Day Vs Cesaro and Sheamus.

Winners:  Cesaro and Sheamus, by pinfall

Tonight:  Ziggler and American Alpha Vs The Wyatt Family

Next:  The Miz issues an open challenge

Segment Number 3:  The Miz

The Miz is here to thank the troops for being an inspiration for them, to be the star of The Marine franchise.  Wait until you get to see The Marine 5, coming out early next year.  But this is day 29 of The Miz IC Title Reunion Tour.  He is here to issue an open challenge to any Superstar, and here comes Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.  But he is not a superstar, and Fluffy says the fans are desired to see The Miz get a beating, and that is awesome.  He has the very man to do it.

Match Number 2:  The Miz (IC Champ) Vs Apollo Crews, in a non-title match

Fluffy kept taking selfies with The Miz and Maryse, and Crews picks up the win, rolling up The Miz.

Winner:  Apollo Crews, by pinfall

Tonight:  Big Cass and Reigns Vs Owens and Rusev

Next:  Ziggler and American Alpha Vs The Wyatt Family

Match Number 3:  Dolph Ziggler and American Alpha Vs The Wyatt Family

Orton picks up the win with a RKO, pinning Gable.

Winners:  The Wyatt Family, by pinfall

Segment Number 6:  Bayely, Charlotte, and Dana Brooke

Bayley is petting a dog about to be a service dog for the troops, and Dana Brooke makes a remark about the dog, and Bayley challenges Dana to a match, next.

Match Number 4:  Bayley Vs Dana Brooke

Bayley used Dana as a shield for Charlotte, then slapped on a Bayley to Belly for the win.

Winner:  Bayley, by pinfall

Next:  6-Man Tag From The Cruiserweight Division

Match Number 5:  Rich Swann (WWE Cruiserweight Champ), TJ Perkins, and Jack Gallagher Vs THE Brian Kendrick, Drew Gulak, and Tony Nese

Swann continues his hot string of victories, hitting a Superkick on Gulak, picking up the victory for his team.  This Sunday, it will be Swann Vs Perkins Vs Kendrick for the Cruiserweight Title.

Winners:  Rich Swann, TJ Perkins, and Jack Gallagher, by pinfall

Video:  HHH and Stephanie McMahon in Arlington National, in honor of the heroes

Segment Number 9:  The New Day

New Day are feeling very comfortable about their history-breaking Tag Team reign, but here comes The Club.  They are the most successful team in WWE history.  But here are The Shield.  Now this is awesome.  Did Seth just hear The Club say they are the greatest tag team in the history?  You believe that Roman?  Nah

That was sweet.

Match Number 6:  Roman Reigns (WWE US Champ) and Big Cass Vs Kevin Owens (WWE Universal Champ) and Rusev

Reigns and Cass pick up the win, when Reigns hits a spear, pinning Rusev.  Enzo was there for his partner, and Lana even laid him out.  But the big faces picked up the win, for the troops, sending them happy, and ending the show.

Winners:  Roman Reigns and Big Cass, by pinfall

Kevin’s Thoughts:

This was a nice way to give back to the troops, always enjoyable to watch.  And the best part was seeing three dominant factions, The Club, The New Day, and The Shield have an interaction.  Is that a preview for what’s to come?  Hmmmm.  Thank you so much to the troops, the men and women fighting for us.  You are the true heroes.