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WWE Tribute To The Troops To Air Tonight On NBC



WWE will air their annual Tribute to the Troops special tonight on NBC.  The following is the press released issued earlier this month by the WWE for the event:

WWE(R) “Tribute to the Troops” Holiday TV Special to Air Saturday, December 28 at 8pm on NBC

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec 04, 2013  — Multi-platinum recording artist and four-time Grammy nominee, Daughtry joins WWE Superstars to honor the United States Armed Forces with the 11th annual WWE Tribute to the Troops holiday celebration that will air as a one-hour television special on Saturday, December 28 at 8/7C on NBC.

WWE Tribute to the Troops is considered the most patriotic show on television. In the grand tradition of Bob Hope, WWE has been entertaining American military personnel both overseas and in the U.S. for more than a decade. In recognition of these efforts, WWE received the first-ever Legacy of Hope Award, named after Bob Hope, in 2004. This year, the holiday tradition will be hosted by Access Hollywood’s Michelle Beadle and will include special messages from some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Will Ferrell, Bruce Willis, Ryan Seacrest, Christina Applegate & Stephen Colbert. Additionally, comedian Jeff Dunham will perform live for troops and their families.

The event will emanate from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, which is the largest operational base in the world and houses more than 100,000 civilians, troops and family members from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. This celebration at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be the first time WWE has partnered with the United States Air Force for its annual holiday celebration. WWE worked closely with Washington State Governor Jay Inslee in selecting the joint base for this show.

“We are very proud to welcome WWE to Washington state, home of WWE greats like Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine and Daniel Bryan,” said Governor Jay Inslee. “The men and women in the military, and their families, serve our state and our nation with admirable dedication. I know they are looking forward to Tribute to the Troops, and we are looking forward to saying thanks for all they do.”

“It’s a great honor for Joint Base Lewis-McChord to host WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops show,” said Colonel H. Charles Hodges, Jr., JBLM Joint Base Commander. “This is a unique opportunity for our Service members and their families to be a part of something special. Many of our troops are passionate WWE fans, and the excitement is already building.”

“Tribute to the Troops is WWE’s way of thanking those who have sacrificed so much for our country as well as those who continue to defend our freedom today,” said WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vince McMahon. “We are proud to continue this annual tradition with our partners at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Governor Inslee.”

As a part of the annual celebration, WWE Superstars and Divas will spend the day at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and nearby Naval Base Kitsap, hosting Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) anti-bullying rallies and reading celebrations as well as making hospital visits.

WWE Tribute to the Troops will also chronicle WWE’s goodwill visit to our troops overseas. WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon, WWE Superstars Big Show(R) and R-Truth(R) and WWE Divas Eva Marie and Alicia Fox will travel overseas to spread some much needed holiday cheer to the men and women serving our country far from home during the holiday season.

Daughtry has won 4 American Music Awards, sold millions of albums and singles around the world, and continues to give back to the military by performing at deployment locations as well as sold out arenas around the world. Daughtry recently released the album “Baptized” featuring the single “Waiting For Superman,” which has garnered critical acclaim.

About WWE:

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About WWE’s Support for the U.S. Military:

WWE has been a strong supporter of the U.S. military through programs that boost morale for soldiers, offer free entertainment for active servicemen and servicewomen and provide workforce assistance for veterans. In 2004, the USO of Metropolitan Washington USO’s presented WWE with the first ever “Legacy of Hope” award (named after Bob Hope) for the company’s extensive support of troops and the  Operation Care Package Program. In 2012, WWE celebrated the 10th anniversary of its annual holiday special event, Tribute to the Troops, which has taken place on active military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as joint operating bases here in the U.S. Also in 2012, WWE established a partnership with Hire Heroes USA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping veterans find employment. WWE supports Hire Heroes USA through financial contributions and by utilizing all its assets, including TV broadcasts, live events, and digital and social media to generate awareness and raise funds. In addition, Hire Heroes is helping WWE implement a veterans hiring initiative and to enhance its military hiring practices.

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Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to maintaining and renewing key agreements, including television and pay-per-view programming distribution agreements; the need for continually developing creative and entertaining programming; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent McMahon; the conditions of the markets in which we compete and acceptance of the Company’s brands, media and merchandise within those markets; our exposure to bad debt risk; uncertainties relating to regulatory and litigation matters; risks resulting from the highly competitive nature of our markets; uncertainties associated with international markets; the importance of protecting our intellectual property and complying with the intellectual property rights of others; risks associated with producing and traveling to and from our large live events, both domestically and internationally; the risk of accidents or injuries during our physically demanding events; risks relating to our film business; risks relating to increasing content production for distribution on various platforms, including the potential creation of a WWE Network; risks relating to our computer systems and online operations; risks relating to the large number of shares of common stock controlled by members of the McMahon family and the possibility of the sale of their stock by the McMahons or the perception of the possibility of such sales; the relatively small public float of our stock; and other risks and factors set forth from time to time in Company filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently expected or anticipated. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and historical and projected cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends, general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant.

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