WWE wrestlers to visit troops in Iraq, Germany
Stars from World Wrestling Entertainment — better known as the WWE — are gearing up for their annual holiday performances in Iraq, with a planned stop at Landstuhl, Germany, on their way downrange.
In what has become an annual tradition, the wrestlers are scheduled to make stops, perform and sign autographs at 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 WWE stars scheduled to be on the tour are Vince McMahon, John Cena, JBL, Lilian Garcia, Undertaker, Edge, Randy Orton, Torrie Wilson, Hardcore Holly, Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Carlito, Bobby Lashley and Melina.
According to biographical information provided by the company, Lashley served three years in the Army before becoming a professional wrestler.
“This is more than an honor for us to be headed to Iraq,” he was quoted as saying in a news release. “As a gift from us, we’ll be delivering Xboxes to troops at each stop on our visit.”
The group plans to make a Dec. 5 stop at Ramstein Air Base and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, where they will meet wounded troops before heading downrange.
At a Madison Square Garden news conference earlier this month, company chairman McMahon said the tour had become more and more important to the organization each year.
“Many people think that WrestleMania is our biggest event,” he said. “But what we do in Iraq, meeting these troops and hearing their stories, this means more to us than WrestleMania.”