The 2017 Tribute to the Troops was an event that took place at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, California. It was the 15th annual Tribute to the Troops. It was taped on December 5, 2017 and broadcast on USA Network on December 14, 2017.
Before the action got underway at the 15th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops, former longtime ring announcer Lilian Garcia returned to deliver a rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. WWE Superstars joined the men and women serving at Naval Base San Diego in standing for the incredible performance and joining the troops in “USA!” chants
Following an all-out brawl between The Shield and Samoa Joe & the Raw Tag Team Champions, the trios battled each other in singles competition on Raw. Although Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus, and Roman Reigns successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Cesaro, Samoa Joe managed to defeat Dean Ambrose – no thanks to Jason Jordan – only intensifying the rivalry further.
Despite The Big Dog being set to defend the Intercontinental Title against Samoa Joe on Raw, The Hounds of Justice were ready for a fight, and the USS Dewey provided the perfect backdrop to a Six-Man Tag Team battle pitting The Shield against Samoa Joe and the Raw Tag Team Champions.
There was certainly no love lost between the trios, but The Shield maintained a strong wave of momentum throughout the contest. Although Samoa Joe and the Raw Tag Team Champions did their best to slow The Hounds of Justice, the relentless offense and teamwork of Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns proved to be too much, as the Intercontinental Champion picked up the victory with a ring-shaking Spear to Cesaro.
After the match, The Shield took a moment to thank the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces in attendance.
Before Charlotte Flair defends the SmackDown Women's Championship in a Lumberjack Match against Natalya at WWE Clash of Champions, The Queen battled Ruby Riott and Carmella at Naval Base San Diego. On SmackDown LIVE, Natalya helped The Riott Squad initiate a 3-on-1 assault on Charlotte until Naomi sprang to the rescue. Wisely, Charlotte entered Naval Base San Diego with Naomi at her side, as The Riott Squad and other Lumberjacks-in-waiting Lana and Tamina surrounded the ring.
While Triple Threat rules were in play, Riott and Carmella found it to be mutually beneficial to team up against The Queen. Displaying the true spirit of a champion, Charlotte not only managed to keep her opponents at bay, but also regained her focus following a distraction from Natalya, who was observing the match.
Although Ms. Money in the Bank and Ruby Riott showed a team effort, Carmella saw the opportunity to score a pinfall against Charlotte, first throwing Riott out of the ring and kicking her after a near-fall. Unfortunately for Carmella, the shift in attention allowed The Queen to recover and apply the Figure-Eight Leglock for the win.
Following the match, Charlotte addressed the servicemembers in attendance, thanking them for their service and acknowledging they, especially the women who serve, are the true champions.
Machine Gun Kelly, Sam Harris from X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha performed “Home,” the official theme song of WWE Tribute to the Troops, from “Bright: The Album.”
Before the action got underway in the Eight-Man Tag Team Match during TV's most heartwarming and patriotic show of the year, The New Day honored the U.S. military by leading the servicemembers at Naval Base San Diego in a “New Day Rocks” chant, modified to say “USA.”
Although The New Day and The Usos will be at odds at WWE Clash of Champions in a Fatal 4-Way SmackDown Tag Team Title Match, they joined forces with the SmackDown Tag Team Champions to face a quartet made up of the other two teams in the battle on Sunday – Aiden English & Rusev and Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.
The highly competitive matchup offered a glimpse of the type of action and athleticism that will be on display at Sunday's pay-per-view. While the team of English, Rusev, Gable and Benjamin put forth a valiant effort, the teamwork of Jimmy & Jey Uso and The New Day created a nearly unstoppable force as the Power of Positivity reigned supreme, and Xavier Woods and Big E picked up the victory for their squad.
After coming to the aid of Asuka on Monday Night Raw to fend off common enemies in the dangerous new Absolution trio, Sasha Banks, Bayley and Mickie James collided with Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a Six-Woman Tag Team Match.
With a score to settle, the trio of Bayley, Sasha and Mickie remained laser-focused on stopping Absolution's momentum and sending a clear message that the Raw Women's division would not be intimidated by them. As The Legit Boss and Bayley took the fight to Rose and Deville on the outside, Mickie nearly secured a pinfall on Paige before turning her attention to the brawl outside the ring.
After diving to the outside and ending the brawl, Mickie returned to the ring, but Paige was ready and savagely drove her opponent into the turnbuckle. Paige then seized the opportunity to execute Ram-Paige for the win.
Machine Gun Kelly performs his hit song "Let You Go" from the album "Bloom."
At WWE Clash of Champions, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura will team up to battle Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn – with SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon and General Manager Daniel Bryan as Special Guest Referees. If Owens and Zayn lose, they will be fired from WWE. Also at WWE Clash of Champions, WWE Champion AJ Styles will defend his title against Jinder Mahal – thus making this Six-Man Tag Team Match at TV's most heartwarming and patriotic show of the year an absolute must-watch.
With momentum for WWE Clash of Champions at stake, both trios were ready for a fight, with Owens struggling to gain an early advantage against The Viper. Throughout the contest, the teamwork of Nakamura, Orton and Styles proved to be the deciding factor, as the team of Mahal, Zayn and Owens had to rely on The Singh Brothers to turn the tide.
However, the advantage was short-lived, as Styles came into the fray and unleashed a relentless offense on KO. As the contest swung back and forth, chaos soon broke loose as all the participants brawled all over the ring, leading to a Phenomenal Forearm on Owens, an RKO to Mahal and Nakamura delivering a stinging Kinshasa to Zayn for the win.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
- The Shield (Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) defeated Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Sheamus
- Charlotte Flair (w/ Naomi) defeated Carmella (w/ Tamina & Lana) & Ruby Riott (w/ Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan) by submission
- The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) and The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) (w/ Kofi Kingston) defeated Rusev & Aiden English and Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin
- Absolution (Paige, Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville) defeated Bayley, Sasha Banks & Mickie James
- Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles defeated Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Jinder Mahal (w/ The Singh Brothers)
Other on-screen talent
The Shield vs. Samoa Joe, Cesaro & Sheamus
Charlotte Flair vs. Carmella vs. Ruby Riott
Machine Gun Kelly, Sam Harris and Bebe Rexha performed for the troops
The Usos & New Day vs. Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin, Rusev, & Aiden English
Absolution vs. Mickie James, Bayley, & Sasha Banks
AJ Styles, Randy Orton, & Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, & Jinder Mahal
- Tribute to the Troops 2017 results
- Tribute to the Troops 2017 at WWE.com
- Tribute to the Troops 2017 on WWE Network
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