22nd Dec2018

‘WWE Tribute To The Troops 2018’ Review

by Nathan Favel


Welcome to this year’s Tribute To The Troops review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have… a lazy card to honor a bunch of people that deserve better than this. Let’s whip out a big ol’ salute to people who are forced to wear camouflage as we run through this Tribute To The Troops.

Match #1: Ronda Rousey & Natalya def. Nia Jax & Tamina and Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan

The following is courtesy of WWE.com:

The opening contest of Tribute to the Troops featured a Women’s division Tag Team showdown between three tandems, Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey & Natalya against Nia Jax & Tamina against Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan of The Riott Squad. In the height of the hard-fought showdown, The Baddest Woman of the Planet triumphed for her team when she locked in the double armbar on Logan & Morgan to make them both tap-out. In the aftermath, Rousey shared a heartfelt moment with the men and women in uniform, expressing her gratitude to the United States Armed Forces as the true champions.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – Ronda hit some people, so there’s that. The match was nothing special and really reminded you that this is show is just a publicity stunt.

Match #2: Elias & Finn Bálor def. Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre

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Moments after Morgan Wallen performed, the music continued with the emergence of Elias, as he teamed with Finn Bálor against Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley (flanked, as always, by the outspoken Lio Rush). When Elias took off after Rush for interrupting the action, Lashley intercepted the strumming Superstar and dropped him to the canvas for the near three-count. Finn broke up the pin, though, before diving over the ropes and onto McIntyre on the ringside floor. When Rush leaped up on the apron to grab Lashley’s arm to prevent him from being rolled up for the pin, Finn kicked him back down again before giving a second boot to Lashley that opened the door for Elias to get the victory.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – It wouldn’t sell tickets any-where, but we got three great wrestlers and a good character who came together to compete in a bout that you will forget long before it even finishes.

Match #3: Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

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In an impromptu tag team match, reluctant partners Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair took on Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville. Though Rose & Deville managed to keep Flair cut off from her partner for a good portion of the match, the resilient Queen fought back. When she finally did tag in The Irish Lass Kicker, however, a distraction by Rose prevented the referee from seeing the exchange and The Man was denied access into the contest. Charlotte soon turned the tables on her opponents. But, when she did, Becky opted to tag herself in and make Deville tap-out with the Dis-arm-er, effectively stealing the win away from her one-time friend-turned bitter adversary.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – This was several minutes of my life I’ll never get back. The action was fine, but this was just too meaningless to care about.

Match #4: (Main Event) AJ Styles & Seth Rollins def. the “New” Daniel Bryan & Dean Ambrose

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In the main event of Tribute to the Troops 2018, WWE Champion the “New” Daniel Bryan & Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose joined forces in a cross-brand dream match against AJ Styles & Seth Rollins. Ambrose attacked Rollins before the bell, introducing a level of all-out bedlam between the four Superstars right off the bat. And in the height of the intense showdown, Ambrose broke up Styles’ Calf-Crusher on Bryan, once again provoking complete mayhem in the contest. But, when Rollins moved out of the line of fire, Bryan accidently kneed The Lunatic Fringe. The Architect then hit Bryan with an earth-shattering kick, before Styles knocked Dean clear out of the ring. As Rollins dove at his former Shield brother on the ringside floor, Styles hit Bryan with the Phenomenal Forearm which earned him a huge victory over the WWE Champion.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – The wrestling was excellent, but the match was pretty flat, so if you ever wondered what it would be like to see four great wrestlers waste their time in front of people who would be the perfect candidates to have a great match, then this is what you’ve been waiting for.

Final Verdict: 2/5

I know that this is just a pity parade that Vince puts on to patronize the American Amry, but can you at least give them some-thing better than a cheap house show?


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