At the 15th Annual Tribute to the Troops pay-per-view event, WWE Champion AJ Styles teamed up with Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura to battle their Clash of Champions opponents Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a 6-man Tag Team matchup.
Also in the night’s matchcard was a showdown between The Shield versus Samoa Joe and the Tag Team Champions Cesaro and Sheamus.
Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Usos teamed up with The New Day to battle the quartet of Chad Gable, Shelton Benjamin, Aiden English and Rusev in an 8-man tag team matchup.
The Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair defended her championship in a triple threat match against the duo of Ruby Riott and Carmella.
Lastly, Absolution’s trio of Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville squared off against the team of Mickie James, Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Below is a full recap of this year’s Tribute to the Troops pay-per-view event
LILIAN GARCIA SANG THE USA NATIONAL ANTHEM.
Superstar female announcer Lilian Garcia kicked off the show with a stunning ovation as she sang the United States national anthem.
WWE Superstars along with Triple H joined the men and women of the United States Naval Base San Diego in standing ovation for the incredible performance and joining the troops in loud “USA!” chants.
THE SHIELD VS. SAMOA JOE, SHEAMUS AND CESARO.
Following the eventful turnout from this week’s encounter, The Shield trio returned to action against their recurrent rivals The Bar and Samoa Joe.
Despite the hate in the sky, both teams didn’t fail to give the men and women of the United States Armed Forces an outstanding show as both teams brawled each other on the go.
In the end, The Shield stood tall after Roman Reigns delivered a groundbreaking Spear to Cesaro to claim the victory.
After the match, The Shield took a moment to thank members of the United States Armed Forces for a chance to entertain them all.
The Shield defeated Samoa Joe and The Bar.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR VS. RUBY RIOTT VS. CARMELLA
The Queen Charlotte Flair battled Ruby Riott and Carmella in a Triple Threat exhibition match.
Moments into the bout, Riott and Carmella found it advantageous to instigate a mutual alliance, attacking the Champion in a 2-to-1 onslaught.
After a long run of the beatdown by the Heels, ‘The Queen’ showed the true spirit of a champion as she laid out both opponents before clamping a Figure Eight Leglock on Carmella for the submission win.
After the match, the Champ thanked the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for their undying service.
Charlotte Flair defeated Ruby Riott and Carmella.
THE USOS AND THE NEW DAY VS. ENGLISH, RUSEV, GABLE AND BENJAMIN
Before the match kicked off, The New Day honoured the U.S Military with outstanding “New Day Rocks” chants modified to “USA” chants.
In the match, the four teams displayed what is to come at this Sunday’s Clash of Champions encounter with an amazing display of non-stop action.
After a couple of momentum shifts, Big E and Xavier Woods scored the win for their team.
The Usos and The New Day defeated English, Rusev, Gable and Benjamin.
ABSOLUTION VS. MICKIE JAMES, SASHA BANKS AND BAYLEY.
After coming to the aid of Asuka this Monday night on RAW, Banks Bayley and James battled the newest members of RAW, Absolution.
As the bout heated up, Banks and Bayley turned their attention towards Deville and Rose on the outside: leaving James to a near pinfall over Paige.
A slight distraction from the outside allowed James to be nailed by a Ram-Paige by Paige for the pinfall victory over the Babyfaces.
Absolution defeated Mickie James, Sasha Banks and Bayley.
MACHINE GUN KELLY’S PERFORMANCES
Superstar Platinum recording Artiste Machine Gun Kelly honoured the United States Armed Forces with the performances of “Let You Go” from his “Bloom” Album and “Home” alongside Sam Harris from X Ambassadors and Bebe Rexha.
AJ STYLES, RANDY ORTON, SHINSUKE NAKAMURA VS. SAMI ZAYN, KEVIN OWENS AND JINDER MAHAL.
The main event of the 15th annual pay-per-view showcased a 6-man tag team match involving AJ Styles, Randy Orton Shinsuke Nakamura and their Clash of Champions opponents.
Mahal, Owens and Zayn stepped into the frame ready for a fight and looking to build momentum this Sunday, December 17th.
The Heels scored the early advantage but later lost it to AJ Styles’ arrival.
The Singh Brothers did pretty well in scoring several distractions at ringside, but Styles was on alert to put them both away.
In the end, a Phenomenal Forearm hit Kevin Owens to the canvas; An RKO took out Jinder Mahal and a Kinshasha obliterated Sami Zayn for the win.
After the match, the trio of AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura posed in victory as the United States Armed Forces chanted blissfully.
AJ Styles, Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal.
- Fantastic Pre-Clash of Champions show by members of the Smackdown roster. Randy Orton, Nakamura and Styles were favourites in the main event match.
- The Shield and Charlotte Flair did impressively well in their bouts. Kudos to their huge “Thank You” speech in favour of the services of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.