Thursday, December 20, 2012

12/19/12 Tribute to the Troops

Sheamus & Randy Orton vs. Big Show & Dolph Ziggler: **1/4

Ryback vs. Alberto Del Rio: N/A

Miz vs. Damien Sandow: *1/2

Kane, Daniel Bryan, & R-Truth vs. Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, & Drew McIntyre: *1/2

John Cena vs. Antonio Cesaro: *1/4

President Obama with a message to start the show. This is the 10th Annual Tribute to the Troops. What started as JBL's idea has really taken off. This year's event was taped in Norfolk, VA. Large American flags hang from the rafters.

Right into Sheamus/Orton vs. Show/Ziggler. A lot of crowd energy. Cole notes the Shield attack even though this TTTT was actually taped before that. Ziggler and Sheamus go at it; Ziggler wants to tag out but Show fakes the "gotta fix my boot" spot. Orton legit injures his shoulder during this match (was working with Show at the time of the injury) and the Shield attack was the way to write him off TV for a few weeks. You can see the trainers tend to Orton outside the ring after Sheamus gets the tag. Orton still manages to get back in and hit two RKOs. Brogue Kick gets the three. Kudos to Orton for working through that shoulder injury.

Video messages from Fergie and the U.S. women's gymnastics "Fierce Five" (although only four shown). Layla and the muppets. Damn those muppets.

Flo Rida performs his newest single "Let it Roll."

Cena promo thanking the troops and telling them to enjoy the rest of the show.

ADR in the ring. It's Ricardo's birthday! "Happy Birthday" sung in Spanish. Ryback's hungry, though. Match lasts a couple minutes and then Ricardo gets involved. Match thrown out. Meathook to Ricardo and ADR. Ryback with Shellshocked to Ricardo. Nice birthday present. Another Shellshocked for ADR.

Kid Rock performs "Let's Ride."

More muppets. So they're all gonna be on Miz TV? Really? Really? Really?

Miz TV next. There's Kermit. We're exposing Kermit! Nice one with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" reference. Miss Piggy time! Marriage time! YES! Damien Sandow appears and Kermit's so happy. 78% have pictures of Sandow instead of Miss Piggy. Miz decks Sandow for Miss Piggy and we have a match.

Kermit and Miss Piggy watch Miz/Sandow. JBL wants bacon and frog legs for dinner. And that's why JBL rules. Yum. Decent match here. Sandow with the neckbreaker for two, then Miz rolls Sandow up to steal the win. Miss Piggy smothers Miz after the match. Now Miz knows how Kermit feels. Could challenge AJ Lee for Kiss of the Year at next year's Slammys.

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and LeBron James with a video speech.

Flo Rida back on stage to perform "Wild Ones."

Team Hell No needs a partner for a six-man tag against 3MB (coming up next). Daniel Bryan recommends Little Jimmy. Enter R-Truth. Oh, Little Jimmy's going to a wedding, so Truth will fill in instead. Let's kill some spiders! Kane blames DB for this. "It's not my fault!" Vintage Snitsky reference! The beard makes it all better.

DB with a NO YES war with the muppets. YES A GOAT! COUSIN DANIEL! YES! This was gold.

Six-man tag time. So Slater's the lead singer, Drew's on guitar, and Jinder's on bass. JBL with more cracks at 3MB and Cole. JBL's really on fire with the one-liners tonight. Truth with the blind tag and hits Little Jimmy on Slater for three.

Kid Rock back again to perform "Born Free."

Muppets are back to watch Cena/Cesaro. Muppets introduce Cena. A very pro-Cena crowd tonight. Another standard and short match. Cena does his moves of doom and wins it with the AA.

Cena with the closing speech to thank everyone. All the talent on the stage to applaud the troops. And Santa's here! Santino is Rudolph. Saw the Primetime Players, Usos, Tyson Kidd, Ryder, etc., all as reindeer. Natalya and Eve out to celebrate as well. Nice way to end the show.

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