Each year, World Wrestling Entertainment produces its Tribute to the Troops special during the holiday season.
The special blends the action of WWE with the variety shows for which Bob Hope was so famous. Musical and comedic acts have become staples of the show in recent years, and, in many ways, it has become one of the most relaxed, fun shows on the calendar.
This year, the show emanates from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
What went down when WWE rolled into the largest operating base in the world for the show Vince McMahon and John Cena have referred to as the most important of the year?
Let's find out, courtesy of our friends at WrestlingInc.com.
Location: Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington
Broadcast Team: Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield (presumably)
- Dark Match: Big E. Langston and Mark Henry defeated Ryback and Curtis Axel.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Erick Rowan by disqualification when Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper interfered.
- Daniel Bryan and CM Punk defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan via disqualification when Bray Wyatt interfered.
- Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and John Cena defeated the Wyatt Family.
- The Prime Time Players defeated 3MB.
- The Usos and Rey Mysterio defeated The Shield.
- Brie Bella won a Divas battle royal, last eliminating AJ Lee.
- Kofi Kingston defeated Dolph Ziggler.
- R-Truth defeated Fandango.
- Big Show defeated Damien Sandow.
- Musician Daughtry and comedian Jeff Dunham also performed for the troops.
The 2013 edition of Tribute to the Troops appears to continue the show's tradition of delivering crowd-pleasing results and matches that mirror ongoing rivalries presented on Raw and SmackDown.
Daniel Bryan's match with Erick Rowan kicked off the evening's festivities, which makes sense considering Bryan's conflict with the Wyatt Family over the last two months. The involvement of CM Punk into the fray is also logical given the fact that he and Bryan feuded with the cult-like faction heading into the Survivor Series.
John Cena's involvement is interesting and, given the fact that the show will air after TLC, leads one to wonder if he will become the next target of the Wyatts or if his involvement is simply to present a super babyface team.
The latter is more likely.
The other match that stands out is Rey Mysterio and The Usos taking on The Shield.
All six Superstars have been involved in some outstanding tag team matches in recent weeks and The Usos, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have demonstrated phenomenal chemistry with each other dating all the way back to July's Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
The outcome of the match, which sees Mysterio and The Usos pick up the win, may seem surprising at first glance, but considering the festive nature of the show, babyface victories should be expected and they are here in spades.
Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler is a face-versus-face match that should, at the very least, be good for a few minutes of excellent wrestling, while the remainder of the card is filled with a number of midcard acts.
Daughtry and Jeff Dunham may not be preferred entertainment for everyone, but WWE has done another great job of presenting acts the entire family can enjoy.
The most important aspect of the show is the interaction between Superstars and service members, as well as the greetings the soldiers send to their families and friends across the country.
The men and women who protect and serve the United States deserve to have the spotlight shone on them, and World Wrestling Entertainment has done an exemplary job of that each December for the past 10 years.
Expect 2013 to be no different.
You can catch all of the action from WWE's Tribute to the Troops special on USA Network at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 28.