Wrestlers begin holiday tour at FOB Warhorse
World Wrestling Entertainment stars have kicked off their annual holiday tour of bases in Iraq, with one of the first stops being Forward Operating Base Warhorse in Baqouba.
Among the stars visiting the troops of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division were Randy Orton, Edge, Carlito, Jeff Hardy, Chris Masters and the ever-popular Torrie Wilson, one of the WWE’s self-proclaimed “Divas.”
“We wanted to come out here to build morale. This means the world to me we are here, I just hope it means the world to the soldiers also,” Hardy was quoted as saying in a military news release.
The wrestlers met with soldiers, signed autographs and handed out gifts during the event, held in a base gym.
“When they come out here, they put themselves at risk just so we can meet them and get some pictures. That’s really special,” said Pvt. James Johnson, of the 215th Brigade Support Battalion.
The wrestlers — along with company chairman Vince McMahon — are scheduled to visit 25 locations in Iraq. One of the shows will be taped for airing Christmas night on the USA Network.
For security reasons, the dates and locations of the tour stops are not publicly released.
Among the other WWE stars on the tour are John Cena, JBL, Lilian Garcia, Undertaker, Hardcore Holly, Shelton Benjamin, Bobby Lashley and Melina.
According to biographical information provided by the company, Lashley served three years in the Army before becoming a professional wrestler.