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Punches, punchlines and rock & roll: WWE brings wrestling, comedy and music to JBLM

WWE superstar Big E Langston flies high over his opponent Ryback during a wrestling match, Dec. 13, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The WWE Tribute to the Troops event, which entertained thousands of JBLM service members and family members, featured dozens of WWE superstars and divas and included performances by the rock band Daughtry and comedian Jeff Dunham. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

WWE superstar Big E Langston flies high over his opponent Ryback during a wrestling match, Dec. 13, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The WWE Tribute to the Troops event, which entertained thousands of JBLM service members and family members, featured dozens of WWE superstars and divas and included performances by the rock band Daughtry and comedian Jeff Dunham. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Approximately 4,000 service members and their families attend a World Wrestling Entertainment match, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The nationally televised event took place in a McChord Field hangar, which WWE production crews transformed into a wrestling arena. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Approximately 4,000 service members and their families attend a World Wrestling Entertainment match, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The nationally televised event took place in a McChord Field hangar, which WWE production crews transformed into a wrestling arena. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

WWE superstar John Cena pounces on his opponent, Luke Harper, Dec. 13, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Cena and Harper were among 40 WWE entertainers who visited JBLM to entertain service members and families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin.)

WWE superstar John Cena pounces on his opponent, Luke Harper, Dec. 13, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Cena and Harper were among 40 WWE entertainers who visited JBLM to entertain service members and families. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin.)

Rock band Daughtry performs under the tail of a C-17 Globemaster III in McChord Field's hangar four, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. The band's performance was part of the World Wrestling Entertainment's Tribute to the Troops event at JBLM. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Rock band Daughtry performs under the tail of a C-17 Globemaster III in McChord Field's hangar four, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Wash. The band's performance was part of the World Wrestling Entertainment's Tribute to the Troops event at JBLM. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his sidekick, Peanut, perform for service members and family members, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Dunham's performance was part of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event which entertained approximately 4,000 people. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tobin)

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and his sidekick, Peanut, perform for service members and family members, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Dunham's performance was part of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event which entertained approximately 4,000 people. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Tobin)

Audience members react to a joke by comedian Jeff Dunham, Dec. 11, 2013, at the the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Approximately 4,000 service members and family members were treated to the event featuring 40 WWE superstars and divas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Audience members react to a joke by comedian Jeff Dunham, Dec. 11, 2013, at the the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Approximately 4,000 service members and family members were treated to the event featuring 40 WWE superstars and divas. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Comedian Jeff Dunham performs Dec. 11, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Dunham performed his routine between wrestling matches, held at a McChord Field hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Comedian Jeff Dunham performs Dec. 11, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Dunham performed his routine between wrestling matches, held at a McChord Field hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Audience members laugh during a performance by comedian Jeff Dunham, Dec. 11, 2013, at the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event took place at a hangar at McChord Field and provided entertainment for 4,000 service members and family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Audience members laugh during a performance by comedian Jeff Dunham, Dec. 11, 2013, at the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event took place at a hangar at McChord Field and provided entertainment for 4,000 service members and family members. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

A final check of lighting and sound is performed prior to opening the doors to ticket holders, Dec. 11, 2013, at the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. McChord Field's hangar four was transformed into a wrestling arena in which 4,000 service members and family members were treated to a free show which included live music and comedy performance interspersed among wrestling matches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

A final check of lighting and sound is performed prior to opening the doors to ticket holders, Dec. 11, 2013, at the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. McChord Field's hangar four was transformed into a wrestling arena in which 4,000 service members and family members were treated to a free show which included live music and comedy performance interspersed among wrestling matches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

World Wrestling Entertainment production crewmembers sit suspended in lighting rigs, Dec. 11, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Crews transformed a hangar at McChord Field into a wrestling arena which sat 4,000 and was surrounded with various military vehicles and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)
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World Wrestling Entertainment production crewmembers sit suspended in lighting rigs, Dec. 11, 2013, during the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Crews transformed a hangar at McChord Field into a wrestling arena which sat 4,000 and was surrounded with various military vehicles and aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena, poses for photos, Dec. 11, 2013, at the conclusion of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event featured wrestling matches by 40 WWE superstars and divas, along with performances by comedian Jeff Dunham and rock band Daughtry. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)
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World Wrestling Entertainment superstar John Cena, poses for photos, Dec. 11, 2013, at the conclusion of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event featured wrestling matches by 40 WWE superstars and divas, along with performances by comedian Jeff Dunham and rock band Daughtry. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

Professional wrestler John Cena shakes hands with a child, Dec. 11, 2013, at the conclusion of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event entertained approximately 4,000 service members and family members stationed throughout  the Puget Sound area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)
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Professional wrestler John Cena shakes hands with a child, Dec. 11, 2013, at the conclusion of the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The event entertained approximately 4,000 service members and family members stationed throughout the Puget Sound area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)

World Wrestling Entertainment Diva, Rosa Mendes, tacks on a stripe to the recently promoted Tech. Sgt. John Hruska, 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage NCO in charge, Dec. 11, 2013 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Mendes, along with other WWE entertainers, toured McChord Field signing autographs as part of their Tribute to the Troops visit to JBLM. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Truskowski)
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World Wrestling Entertainment Diva, Rosa Mendes, tacks on a stripe to the recently promoted Tech. Sgt. John Hruska, 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron central storage NCO in charge, Dec. 11, 2013 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Mendes, along with other WWE entertainers, toured McChord Field signing autographs as part of their Tribute to the Troops visit to JBLM. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Truskowski)

World Wresting Entertainment superstar, R-Truth, chats with Airmen during lunch at the McChord Field dining facility, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. WWE superstars and divas toured JBLM meeting and greeting service members prior to putting on a show at a McChord Field hangar later in the evening. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Truskowski)
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World Wresting Entertainment superstar, R-Truth, chats with Airmen during lunch at the McChord Field dining facility, Dec. 11, 2013, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. WWE superstars and divas toured JBLM meeting and greeting service members prior to putting on a show at a McChord Field hangar later in the evening. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jason Truskowski)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Approximately 4,000 service members and their families packed McChord Field's hangar four, which was transformed into a wrestling arena, to witness World Wrestling Entertainment's Tribute to the Troops event here, Dec. 11.

The event featured 40 WWE superstars and divas taking turns brawling in the ring at center stage, as well as performances by comedian Jeff Dunham and rock band Daughtry.

The night's main event at the hangar was the conclusion of a day-long visit to JBLM.  Earlier in the day, the superstars and divas visitied multiple locations around JBLM to meet and greet service members, sign autographs and learn about various missions throughout the installation.

The event is scheduled to be televised nationally Dec. 28, on NBC.


A final check of lighting and sound is performed prior to opening the doors to ticket holders, Dec. 11, 2013, at the WWE Tribute to the Troops event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. McChord Field's hangar four was transformed into a wrestling arena in which 4,000 service members and family members were treated to a free show which included live music and comedy performance interspersed among wrestling matches. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)
(McChord Field's Hangar 4 sets the stage for the WWE Tribute to the Troops, Dec. 11, 2013 - U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Sean Tobin)
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