A select number of WWE Superstars and crew will be heading to Baghdad, Iraq, in the beginning of next month to tape the Tribute to the Troops Christmas edition of Monday Night RAW. WWE Chairman Vince McMahon revealed this during an interview with website Zap2It.com while talking about RAW's 800th show celebration which airs tomorrow.
"We go to all the FOBs [Forward Operating Bases] where nobody goes. It's really cool to see the looks on the men's and women's faces when they see a touch of Americana. We actually get more out of it, I think, than the troops do," he said.
"The feedback you get is enormous. They so much appreciate any slice of Americana. It's really all about the troops. It's not about us. The matches and so forth are OK, but it's really about messaging and communication."
The exact dates and locations which will be visited by the WWE crew are not advertised prior to actually going to Iraq due to security issues.
This year's trip will be the company's sixth Tribute to the Troops show. In 2003 and 2004, the Smackdown! main crew did the tour in Iraq and Afghanistan respectively while in 2005, 2006 and 2007 it was the RAW team—with some additional Superstars from Smackdown! and ECW—who did the trips. In 2005 and 2007 it was also held in Iraq while in 2006 they went for their second show in Afghanistan.
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