|IWE Tribute to the Troops|
Logo, circa 2008
|Created by||Mr. Bayer|
|Starring||International Wrestling Entertainment Roster|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original airing||December 25, 2003|
Tribute to the Troops[edit | edit source]
IWE Tribute to the Troops is an annual event held by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE) together with Armed Forces Entertainment in December around Christmas since 2003 as a way of honoring the men and women of the United States Armed Forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Selected IWE wrestlers and employees travel to the said countries and interact with the members of the US Military for at least three days. The IWE Superstars regularly visit military camps, bases and hospitals, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital, during their travels to bolster the morale of the troops.
IWE then holds a special wrestling show in an open field, with the troop members in attendance for free. The show features matches involving selected Superstars and Divas from both Meltdown and Fusion.. The company then airs this, as well as videos highlighting their interaction with the members of the military, in a special televised program of the same title.
History[edit | edit source]
Awards and Honors[edit | edit source]
Past Tribute to the Troops (Results)[edit | edit source]
2003[edit | edit source]
December 25, 2003 in Baghdad, Iraq.
|1||The APA (John Goff and Ronny) defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team (Junior Remeriz and Jared Keller)||Tag team match|
|2||Kishi defeated Peter Damrow||Singles match|
|3||Brian McAlmond defeated Kevin Hunter||Singles match|
|4||Jessica Wilson defeated Katie Marie||Santa's Little Helpers Contest|
|5||Dustin Simpson defeated The Big Marc||Singles match|
2004[edit | edit source]
December 25, 2004 in Tikrit, Iraq.
|1||Steve Britz defeated Dupree||Singles Match|
|2||Martin McAlmond defeated John Karr||Singles Match|
|3||Steven Murnion defeated Kenzo||Singles Match|
|4||Brian McAlmond and Scott Wright defeated Matt Borske and Luther||Tag Team Match|
2005[edit | edit source]
December 19, 2005 in Bagram, Afghanistan.
|1||The Big Marc defeated Michael Ferry||Singles Match|
|2||Good Santa defeated Bad Santa||Singles Match|
|3||Dominic defeated Junior Remeriz||Singles Match|
|4||Dustin Simpson defeated James||Singles Match|
|5||Ric Flair (c) defeated Jonathon||Singles Match for the Intercontinental Championship|
|6||Ali Richards and Marie defeated Bailey Dalton and Ashleigh Taylor||Tag Team Match|
|7||Ryan Barnhart defeated Triple K||Boot Camp Match|
2006[edit | edit source]
December 25, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq.
|1||Dustin Simpson defeated Chris Gomez||Singles Match|
|2||Justin Eldridge defeated Junior Remeriz||Singles Match|
|3||Martin McAlmond defeated Johnny Linderman (with Denise)||Singles Match|
|4||Bobby defeated Steven Murnion||Singles Match|
|5||Keith Coleman defeated Josh Hooper||Singles Match|
|6||Michael Ferry defeated Kevin McAlmond||Singles Match|
2007[edit | edit source]
December 24, 2007 in Tikrit, Iraq
|1||Kris McGowan defeated Kevin McAlmond by disqualfication||Singles Match|
|2||Josh Hooper defeated Michael Ferry||Singles Match|
|3||Sari Pasma and Marie vs. Katie Barnhart and Victoria Lehr||Tag Team Match|
|4||Scott Wright defeated Steven Larson||Singles Match|
|5||D-Generation X (Triple K and Ryan Barnhart) defeated Tarry Anderson and Keith Coleman||Tag Team Match|
2008[edit | edit source]
December 20, 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq
|1||Dustin Simpson, Jesse Dern and Scott Wright defeated Kevin McAlmond, Kris McGowan and Big Marc||6-Man Tag Team Match|
|2||Josh Hooper, Justin Eldridge and Blake Wheeler defeated John Goff, Joe Linderman and Joe Smith||6-Man Tag Team Match|
2009[edit | edit source]
December 19, 2009 in Joint Base Balad, Iraq. IWE Diva Nicole served as ring announcer.
|Dark||Mikhail Schmalzried defeated James||Singles Match|
|1||Scott Wright and Steven Larson defeated Michael Ferry and Justin Eldridge||Tag Team Match|
|2||Joe Smith defeated Joe Linderman||Champion vs. Champion Match|
|3||Dustin Simpson (c) defeated Kris McGowan||Singles Match for the IWE Championship|
- Note: Tribute to the Troops was recorded before Joe Linderman lost his Intercontinental Championship and Dustin Simpson lost his IWE Championship at IWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs.
2010[edit | edit source]
The 2010 event will be held on December 18 in Fort Hood, Texas. This will be the first Tribute to the Troops event not to be held in Irag or Afghanistan. Diddy, Sherri Shepherd, Miss USA Rima Fakih, Cedric the Entertainer and Ariel Winter are scheduled to appear as celebrity guests. IWE announced that 2 versions of this show will air: a 60-minute version on December 18, 2010 on NBC and a 2 hour version on December 22, 2010 on USA Network.
December 18[edit | edit source]
|1||The Big Marc and Jose Serrano defeated Nick Kessler and Charlie Wilson||Tag Team Match|
|2||Dustin Simpson, Kevin McAlmond and Scott Wright defeated Joe Smith, James Marlen and Daniel Gonzalez||8-Man Tag Team Match|
December 22[edit | edit source]
|1||Steven Larson won by last eliminating Garrett||15-Man Battle Royal Match|
|2||The Big Marc and Jose Serrano defeated Nick Kessler and Charlie Wilson||Tag Team Match|
|3||B-Truth (with Nicole) defeated Kyle Johnson (with Riley)||Singles Match|
|4||Shannon, Katie Barnhart, and The Gozelanski Twins defeated LehrSon, Kassi Austin, and Denise||8-Diva Tag Team Match|
|5||Chris LeGreca fought Major Grimsley to a no-contest||Arm Wrestling Match|
|6||Dustin Simpson, Kevin McAlmond and Scott Wright defeated Joe Smith, James Marlen and Daniel Gonzalez||8-Man Tag Team Match|