Wrestling fans across the world enjoyed an action-packed evening of WWE competition on Saturday, 28 December, early Sunday in Nigeria and Africa, as the pair of CM Punk and Daniel ‘Yes’ Bryan defeated Luke Harper & Erick Rowan via disqualification.
That was before the big fight of the night. The tag team battle began in similar fashion to the singles bout that preceded it. The animosity between Punk, Bryan and the Wyatt Family led to a physical and competitive match that saw the two former WWE Champions gaining an advantage thanks to their experience and speed.
As Punk prepared to execute the Go To Sleep on Erick Rowan, Bray Wyatt attacked, ending the match in another disqualification.
As The Wyatt Family attacked, John Cena made his way to the ring and unleashed on the creepy trio.
The chaos that ensued again caught the attention of Vickie Guerrero, who announced a Six-Man Tag Team Match between Cena, Punk & Bryan and The Wyatt Family!
That was the beginning of the real show, as the group comprising of John Cena, CM Punk and Daniel ‘Yes’ Bryan however defeated The Wyatt Family.
The stage turned to the popular ‘Yes, Yes, Yes’ show, as the spectators chorused the Bryan’s victory sign with enthusiasm.
On the edge of their seats, members of the U.S. Military at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, were firmly in support of the trio of former WWE Champions as they battled the unorthodox and powerful Wyatts.
Momentum shifted back and forth, with the chaotic match starting, stopping and taking a toll on everyone involved. Only the Cenation leader was left out.
Following The Second City Saint making the tag to Cena, the 11-time WWE Champion hit the ring in a rush of adrenaline.
With Bray Wyatt and Rowan reeling on the outside of the ring, Punk hit the GTS on Harper, and Bryan nailed the massive competitor with a running knee before Cena secured the win with an Attitude Adjustment. Their brilliant display received a loud applause from the stands.
The Bone Of Contention:
A Six-Man Tag Team Match was not originally scheduled for Tribute to the Troops. However, the intense rivalry between Daniel Bryan and The Wyatt Family would not allow for a singles match between the former WWE Champion and Bray Wyatt to play out for the men and women of the U.S. Military.
There certainly is no love lost between Bryan and Wyatt, and their confrontation quickly degraded into an all-out brawl.
The Eater of Worlds was relentless in his early offense, but his aggression towards Bryan may have blinded him, allowing Bryan to take control and a huge advantage in the contest.
As Bryan was about to pin Wyatt and secure victory, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper interfered, resulting in a disqualification.
As Daniel Bryan was overwhelmed by The Wyatt Family, CM Punk ran to the ring in an effort to even the odds.
SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero did not take kindly to the chaos and stated that the service members in attendance deserved order. As a result, she restarted the bout as a Tag Team Match pitting Harper & Rowan against Daniel Bryan & CM Punk.
Meanwhile, Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State played host to WWE Tribute to the Troops 2013 as members of the U.S. Military and their families enjoyed an action-packed evening of WWE competition on the night.
Amongst those who joined the WWE this year in honoring the troops were “Access Hollywood” co-host Michelle Beadle, four-time Grammy nominee Daughtry and renowned comedian Jeff Dunham.