WWE stars invade JBLM for a 'Tribute to the Troops'
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- The stars of the WWE, World Wrestling Entertainment, have taken over Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It's all for a holiday televised "Tribute to the Troops."
Superstar John Cena is leading the entourage as they join the troops at the firing range, on board a Stryker vehicle and at special personal gatherings.
"It's great to be around guys and gals like these folks right here," said Cena. "Their enthusiasm not only for us being here, but for their jobs and their service. It's outstanding."
Cena's been in uniform himself starring in the movie 'The Marine.' "These guys are the real deal. I'm just a guy who tries to do it justice in Hollywood."
"We're just really appreciative," said Army Lt. Tom Kendall. "I know a lot of my soldiers, a few if not a lot of them, look up to these guys as role models. We enjoy watching the show."
It turns out the feeling is mutual with members of WWE like Prime Time Players Titus O'Neil and Darren Young. "They have a passion for serving our country and it's just amazing," said Young. "It's awesome, man, " said O'Neil. "These guys are heroes."
"It's definitely awesome," said soldier Chad Wilson. "I've been in the Army about 5-1/2 years now and it's the first time I've done anything like that."
This is the 11th year the WWE stars have visited military bases to put on a full show to say thanks to the military. The televised "Tribute to the Troops will air Dec. 28.