The annual WWE Tribute to the Troops celebration is a way for the WWE Universe to give thanks to America's Armed Forces with a wild night of sports-entertainment. Here are 10 of the wildest moments from the star-spangled event.12/07/2017 - 13:45
Raw SuperShow results: Big Show trapped John Cena in his painful clutches
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – With Money in the Bank and the 1,000th episode of Raw looming, Interim General Vickie Guerrero revealed only past WWE Champions will compete in the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Charlie Sheen was announced as the Celebrity Social Media Ambassador for Raw 1,000, and Sycho Sid was the special blast from the past Superstar. And making his return to ring action, Chris Jericho took on John Cena, who felt the wrath of a dangerous Big Show.
Jack Swagger begged Vickie Guerrero for a U.S. Title Match
Before Raw SuperShow, Jack Swagger begged Interim GM Vickie Guerrero for a United States Championship Match. Only after Swagger got down on his knees, did Vickie finally give in and agree to a match. Later, the Interim GM kicked off Raw by announcing the first match of the night would be a Three-Way Elimination Match.
Daniel Bryan won a Three-Way Elimination Match
Vickie Guerrero kicked off Raw SuperShow by reminding the WWE Universe that the WWE Board of Directors appointed her Interim GM. Her first order of business was announcing a Three-Way Elimination Match.
With AJ watching from a backstage monitor, WWE Champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane went to war. With Bryan reeling, Punk signaled for the Go to Sleep, but a big boot from Kane thwarted Punk’s plan. As the battle waged on, The Big Red Monster went on the offensive. But interrupting his moment was AJ, who came skipping to ringside. Capitalizing on the distraction, The Second City Saint blasted Kane with the GTS to eliminate him. But Bryan quickly swooped in with a kick to Punk's head to seize the victory.
After the match, Vickie announced a No. 1 Contender’s Contract-on-a-Pole Match for later in the night between Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler, with the winner facing World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus for his title this Friday on SmackDown.
Big Show def. Brodus Clay
After Big Show mercilessly pummeled Brodus Clay’s leg into the steel ring post, he was left reeling. But Clay fought back with a headbutt. However, when Clay tried to slam Show to the canvas, things didn’t go as planned and he wound up directly under the crushing weight of The World’s Largest Athlete for the pinfall.
Adding insult to injury, Show brutally punched Clay in the head as he was being helped away from the ring by WWE officials.
United States Champion Santino Marella def. Jack Swagger
After begging Vickie Guerrero to give him a United States Championship Match ( WATCH), Jack Swagger took on U.S. Champion Santino Marella, who was defending his title for the first time on Raw since April 16. With a hard-hitting DDT followed up with The Cobra, the champion dispatched of Swagger, as well as his hopes of capturing the coveted title.
Only former WWE Champions to compete in WWE Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match
Following up on a tweet from earlier in the day that he would make an historical announcement, John Cena came to the ring to address the WWE Universe in person. After Cena recalled the fate of former GM John Laurinaitis using a slew of “Star of Wars” references ( WATCH), Chris Jericho returned to Raw and interrupted the Cenation leader. As the two mixed words, Cena revealed his big news. “In order to stop Big Show, for the first time ever, I’m putting myself in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match,” he said.
But Jericho was not impressed with Cena’s declaration, and went on to tout his history in Money in the Bank Ladder Matches and the importance of such a potentially career-altering encounter. After Jericho revealed he, too, would compete at Money in the Bank, Vickie Guerrero emerged to put a twist on things. She revealed that the WWE Board of Directors declared the WWE Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match would include only former WWE Champions, which includes: Kane, Big Show, Jericho and Cena. ( PREVIEW)
Following the Money in the Bank news, the Interim GM announced Cena would face Jericho later on Raw for the first time in two years.
Sycho Sid def. Heath Slater
Honoring the 1,000th episode of Raw on July 23, Sycho Sid returned to compete. But spoiling his introduction by Lilian Garcia was Heath Slater, who came to the ring first to declare: “I rule the world.” However, Slater paid the price for his rudeness when he came face to face with the 317-pound former 2-time WWE Champion. Although he last competed on Raw on June 9, 1997, Sid was in fine form and stopped the music of the One-Man Band with ease. ( SID'S SUPERSTAR PROFILE | PLAYLIST: SID'S GREATEST RAW MOMENTS)
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio ended in a No Contest
As Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio fought tooth-and-nail for possession of a championship contract in a No. 1 Contender’s Contract-on-a-Pole Match, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus emerged and halted their match with major news. He revealed that Interim GM Vickie Guerrero decided that The Celtic Warrior would defend his title against both competitors in a Triple Threat Match this Friday on SmackDown.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank announced
WWE Champion CM Punk will put his title on the line at Money in the Bank against Daniel Bryan. Interim GM Vickie Guerrero announced the WWE Championship Match on Twitter during the night on her account @ExcuseMeWWE. ( PREVIEW)
Charlie Sheen to be first-ever Raw Celebrity Social Media Ambassador
Award-winning actor Charlie Sheen, star of the new FX sitcom, “Anger Management,” will join WWE as the Celebrity Social Media Ambassador for the historic 1,000th episode of Raw. (FULL RAW 1,000 COVERAGE). During the three-hour milestone event July 23 at 8/7 CT on USA Network, the “winning” actor will entertain his 7.5 million Twitter followers and the WWE Universe all night long with his unique 140-character analysis of the action. ( FULL STORY)
Brock Lesnar to respond to Triple H's SummerSlam challenge next week
Brock Lesnar will respond to Triple H's SummerSlam challenge next week on Raw. ( FULL STORY)
AJ won a Divas Summertime Beach Battle Royal; spoke candidly about her love life
With kicks flying, a ring full of Divas mixed it up with each other and Interim GM Vickie Guerrero. As the battle waged on, AJ eliminated Divas Champion Layla. But when Vickie thought she eliminated AJ, the spitfire Diva brought the fight to the GM. In the end, AJ shoved Guerrero from the ring to capture the summertime win.
AJ addressed her feelings for WWE Champion CM Punk, Kane and Daniel Bryan
Raw kicked off with AJ explaining her feelings for Kane, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk, saying it would be best if they all went their separate ways. Later, after coming to ringside during the night’s 3-Way Elimination Match, she got an earful from Kane, who said it would be best if they stayed away from each other. Later, she apologized to Punk for what happened in his match and addressed their future. ( WATCH)
During Raw, the WWE Universe voted on Twitter has to whom they want AJ be with. Check out the results from the @wwe Twitter poll: POLL RESULTS
John Cena def. Chris Jericho by Disqualification
In their first match in two years, Chris Jericho appeared to have John Cena right where he wanted when he had him locked in the Walls of Jericho. But before a winner could be declared, Big Show charged in and dropped his massive frame down on the Cenation leader, ending the bout in a disqualification. Next, with the match over and Jericho out of the ring,The World’s Largest Athlete brutalized Cena with a chokeslam, followed up with a Colossal Clutch. Only after Cena turned blue in the face, did Show finally release him from his grasp and drop him in a lifeless heap in the ring.