WWE Superstars on the Today show
WWE Champion John Cena and Raw Diva Torrie Wilson played Santa's elves recently on NBC's Today show. They collected toys from the crowd in New York City's Rockefeller Center for Today's toy drive. Cena and Wilson also spoke about WWE's Tribute to the Troops.
"As you can see with the toy drive, everybody's in a giving mood. We want to invite everybody to WWE's Tribute to the Troops on Christmas day, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. on the USA network, to give some thanks," Cena told Today hosts David Gregory and Campbell Brown.
"WWE went over to Baghdad, Iraq. We spent a week with the soldiers over there. The very last day we set up shop, we set up a ring and put on a live performance for all the men and women who defend our country," Cena explained.
The WWE Champion told the hosts the recent Tribute to the Troops trip was WWE's fourth and his third. Cena admitted he wasn't scared to go to Iraq.
"You couldn't believe how high the morale is, how much respect we get. We truly are in the safest hands in the world," Cena said.
"We actually traveled hundreds of miles in Blackhawk helicopters every day. I can't even tell you the names of the places we went, because they were so small," a Santa hat-clad Wilson said. "They were very grateful guys."
While the Superstars performed at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Cena said some of them traveled deeper into Iraq to meet the troops.
"We pretty much went up to the front lines, most of the forward operating bases. I was part of a small group that went to Fallujah to Camp Taji. You get to meet everybody -- not just the folks at Camp Victory," he explained. "We went out to where the action was taking place as well."
Cena also pointed out that Gen. George Casey, Commander of Multi-National Force-Iraq who thanked WWE for visiting the troops, will make an appearance on the Tribute to the Troops show airing Christmas night at 9 on the USA network.