Tuesday, December 04, 2007

The W.W.E. Goes To Iraq

In what should be a pretty big story - hey I don't see Phil Schmucknick going to Baghdad to read some of his "gnarly" columns - World Wrestling Entertainment is heading for Iraq for a few days for some wrestling, autograph signing, and some schmoozing.

The W.W.E. superstars took off in a cargo plane from the Charleston Air Force Base for the annual "Tribute to the Troops" program. For the last few years they have done this, by either going to Iraq or Afghanistan. The show will air on the USA Network, December 24, at 9 p.m.

Due to security concerns, the trip was hush hush until just a little while ago when the news was put up on the W.W.E. website. Mickie James (pictured above) is one of the many heading to Iraq. From what I have read, Vince McMahon leaves it up to the performers as to whether or not they want to go or not. The great thing is that year after year all of the big stars go. I remember last year when they were in Camp Victory in Baghdad, you could clearly hear bombs exploding and see clouds of smoke in the not too far off distance!

The trip also explains why E.C.W. was moved to Thursday night, instead of airing in its usual Tuesday time slot. E.C.W., which airs from 10-11 p.m., will go head-to-head with T.N.A.'s second hour. Should be interesting to see how the ratings shape up.

I give these folks a lot of credit for going into a warzone and performing for the troops, but the real credit of course goes to our men and women in uniforms who so willingly fight for our freedoms.

Keep it in the Ring!

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