WWE has been supporting the United States Armed Forces for quite some time and the promotion has been doing so in a number of ways such as holding a live sports entertainment/pro wrestling special event called Tribute To The Troops. The company started holding Tribute To The Troops in December 2003 and they have been holding this event for 17 straight years until 2019, when they decided against airing it on television, so WWE instead held a house show at the Marine Corps Air Station New River and the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
According to WrestleVotes, WWE will tape their 2023 Tribute To The Troops special on the December 8th episode of Friday Night SmackDown, but there is no word yet on when the event will air and if it will be shown on FOX as they have done in recent years.
The original idea behind Tribute To The Troops was to send the wrestlers to American troops stationed in the Middle East and tour different bases where they would meet with the Armed Forces. Not only has the event been held in the Middle East, but they have also been held in various bases in the U.S. The special returned in 2020, where the company started taping it immediately after episodes of SmackDown and airing it at a later date.
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This years Tribute to the Troops event will be coincide with SmackDown on December 8th from Providence, RI. Likely a post show taping as in years past.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) August 31, 2023