While it hasn't been around as long as 'WrestleMania' or the 'Royal Rumble,' few could argue that WWE's annual 'Tribute to the Troops' telecast isn't one of their most important. Since 2003, Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment has been putting on an exclusive live show for the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Up until 2010, WWE talent actually traveled to bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, but as more and more troops have started coming home, the decision was made to entertain troops stationed at military bases here at home. 2013's edition was filmed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, and WWE has now released some advance preview photos of the event.
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This first image features popular WWE "Diva" Natalya celebrating with the troops after a victory.
Here's a wide shot of the jam packed crowd, and the WWE's usual top-notch set design.
In this photo, what looks to be the entire WWE roster engages in wrestler Daniel Bryan's fan favorite chant of "Yes, Yes, Yes."
Here, WWE's Hornswoggle, R-Truth, and Rosa Mendes pose with the troops inside an aircraft.
The guy screaming up front is multi-time WWE World Champion John Cena, who has appeared at almost every 'Tribute to the Troops' event.
These last two shots are of Grammy nominated artist Daughtry performing for the crowd.
The 2013 installment of WWE's 'Tribute to the Troops' airs on Saturday, Dec. 28 at 8 p.m. on NBC. In addition to Daughtry, other celebrity guests include 'Access Hollywood's Michelle Beadle, and comedian Jeff Dunham. Pre-recorded holiday greetings will also air from big names like Will Ferrell, Bruce Willis, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Applegate, and Stephen Colbert.