One of the best WWE events of the year is the Tribute to the Troops show that takes place just before Christmas and honors the United States Armed Forces for their hard work and contribution to our country.
It is a very low-key show, without a whole lot of storylines. It is just a simple way to get WWE to do what it does so well when it wants to: entertain. There will be some matches, promos, a special concert attraction, but for the most part, it is just fun to put all the personalities together for the troops.
This year's show, which will air on Dec. 19 on NBC as a one-hour special, was taped on Sunday night in Norfolk, Virginia. The actual event runs longer than 60 minutes, so the spoilers will have more content than you are likely to get when the show airs on television.
Here is a complete rundown of all the spoilers (courtesy of NoDQ.com) for the 10th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops event.
|Sheamus and Randy Orton def. Big Show and Dolph Ziggler|
|Ryback def. Alberto Del Rio via DQ|
|Kane, Daniel Bryan and R-Truth def. Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal|
|Miz def. Damien Sandow|
|Layla def. Eve|
|Brodus Clay, Sin Cara, Great Khali and Hornswoggle def. Primo, Epico, Tensai and David Otunga|
|John Cena def. Antonio Cesaro|
Most Important Match
As mentioned before, there are not a lot of storylines that WWE follows up on during this show. It is a fun way to get everyone together and just have wrestling matches.
However, if I were to single out one match as important for the continuation of ongoing storylines, it would be the opener with Sheamus and Randy Orton defeating Big Show and Dolph Ziggler.
Sheamus and Big Show have been battling over the World title for the last three months. It is interesting that this particular match was taped for a Dec. 19 show, three days after Show and Sheamus wrestle at TLC in a Chairs Match.
Will the title even be acknowledged on television?
Plus, Ziggler may or may not have the Money In the Bank briefcase since his match with John Cena at TLC will be for the contract.
Again, it's entirely possible WWE just doesn't even acknowledge the briefcase on a show like this. It would just be interesting to see if WWE puts those two items on the show with the stars who may not have them anymore by the time the event airs.
If WWE's idea is to push Ryback as the new Goldberg, it is really starting to lose a grip on what made that character work so well for WCW in the late '90s.
Goldberg's aura wasn't tied to the fact that he won every match, but rather that he won every match by pinfall. He was steamrolling everyone in his way to the point where no one could imagine who was going to stop him.
Having Ryback defeat Alberto Del Rio via disqualification when Ricardo Rodriguez interferes doesn't really do Ryback any favors, because it looks like he just backdoored his way into another victory.
After Ryback got screwed at Hell In A Cell because of a corrupt referee and was attacked by The Shield at Survivor Series, fans are going to start losing faith in his "streak" and potential as a monster.
Is it really that hard to have Ryback go over Del Rio on an event that doesn't mean anything for long-term storylines?
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