The 2016 Tribute to the Troops was an event that took place at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.. The event is billed as the "Most Patriotic Show of the Year." It was the 14th Tribute to the Troops show. It was taped on December 13, 2016 and broadcast on USA Network on December 14, 2016.
After Lilian Garcia kicked things off with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” United States Champion Roman Reigns emerged to show his appreciation for the real champions —every serviceman and -woman in the crowd and around the world.
Universal Champion Kevin Owens, Rusev and Lana soon interrupted The Guy to redirect praise onto themselves and to their respective countries —insulting the United States in the process. With Roadblock: End of the Line coming up this Sunday, it wasn't long before their war of words turned volatile. Yet, as Owens and Rusev began to circle the ring, Big Cass joined The Big Dog to even the odds.
In light of these events, Raw General Manager Mick Foley decided to create a huge main event showdown: Rusev & Owens vs. Big Cass & Reigns.
Looking to earn the right to battle Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line, Cesaro & Sheamus, Golden Truth, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson and The Shining Stars went head-to-head in a Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contenders’ Match.
In the end of the knockdown, drag-out contest, Cesaro & Sheamus ultimately emerged victorious after they presented Primo & Epico with the holiday gift of an incredible high cross-body block from The Swiss Superman and a pair of Brogue Kicks from The Celtic Warrior.
The always-outspoken Miz came to Tribute to the Troops to boast about his starring role in “The Marine” film series and to issue an open challenge. Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias was on hand to introduce the Superstar who would accept the challenge, Apollo Crews.
At the height of the action that followed, Iglesias began taking selfies of himself with both Maryse and Miz outside the ring, enraging Miz in the process. This caused a disruption that allowed Crews to deliver an earth-shattering kick to The A-Lister and roll him up for the victory.
However, as Crews and Iglesias celebrated, the Intercontinental Champion quickly clarified that his challenge had not been for his title.
In the contest's final moments, the ominous titleholders emerged from all-out bedlam with the advantage, setting the stage for The Eater of Worlds to hurl Chad Gable into The Viper’s waiting RKO for the three-count.
Following an exchange of insults backstage, Bayley went one-on-one against Dana Brooke. In Bayley’s corner sat young Charlie, a special dog from “The Today Show” who is training with America's VetDogs to become a service dog for veterans and first responders.
When the action moved outside the ring, Bayley hurled Dana into the interfering Charlotte before pinning The Queen's protégé with the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex.
In the 14th Annual Tribute to the Troops, where RAW, SmackDown LIVE and WWE 205 Live Superstars all appeared on the same show, WWE Cruiserweight Rich Swann, TJ Perkins & Jack Gallagher went head-to-head with The Brian Kendrick, Tony Nese & Drew Gulak in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.
After things had completely spun out of control, Swann seized the opportunity and hit Gulak with a monster kick. This allowed the titleholder to pick up the huge victory en route to the WWE Cruiserweight Title Triple Threat Match this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line!
Following an earlier altercation, United States Champion Roman Reigns teamed with Big Cass to lock horns with Universal Champion Kevin Owens & Rusev. The showdown a true struggle for momentum as KO is poised to battle The Big Dog for the WWE Universal Championship and Big Cass is ready to take on Rusev this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line,
Prior to the match, Enzo Amore returned from a Bulgarian beatdown to take to the mic with Big Cass. But when the talking was over, all four Superstars went to battle, leaving everything on the canvas. In the closing moments of the action, Reigns delivered a Superman Punch to The Prizefighter and Speared The Bulgarian Brute to give his team the huge victory.
Yep, this just happened! Raw Tag Team Champions The New Day, Club members WWE Champion AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Kurt Anderson and, yes, former Shield cohorts United States Champion Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose stood toe-to-toe backstage to debate which group is the best in a Tribute to the Troops moment to remember.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Cesaro & Sheamus defeated The Club (Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows) and The Golden Truth (Goldust & R-Truth) and The Shining Stars (Epico & Primo) in a WWE Raw Tag Team Title #1 Contendership Fatal Four-Way Match
- The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper & Randy Orton) defeated American Alpha (Chad Gable & Jason Jordan) & Dolph Ziggler
Other on-screen talent
Foley makes a huge Tribute to the Troops main event
Fatal Four Way Match
Apollo Crews v The Miz
The Wyatt Family v American Alpha & Dolph Ziggler
Bayley v Dana Brooke
Gallagher, Swann & Perkins v Gulak, Kendrick & Nese
Big Cass & Roman Reigns v Kevin Owens & Rusev
Tribute to the Troops 2016 Handshake Tour
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