WWE News: WWE's annual Tribute to the Troops show suffers decline in ratings
A decline in ratings observed for WWE's Tribute to the Troops show.
On December 13, 2016, WWE aired its annual Tribute to the Troops Show at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The viewer rating for this year's show was 1,383,000 airing on the USA Network. The ratings have been comparatively lower than last year's Troops show (1,802,000).
According to a report from WrestlingNewsWorld, since 2010, a consistent decline has been observed for these yearly Troops shows. Starting from 2010, the ratings for that year's show were 3,010,000. Ratings for the 2011 show saw a loss of 240,000 viewers with only 2,770,000.
In 2015, a year that proved pretty bad for the WWE ratings wise, the promotion had a significantly lower 1,802,000 for their Troops show. A lot of factors, for the downfall of viewers for this particular show, could be considered, but the two major factors were; John Cena's absence due to injury, and the fans' hatred towards Roman Reigns.
This year's show was the first dual-branded event ever since the brand extension. Lilian Garcia, who'd parted ways with the company to look after her ailing father, opened the show by performing the national anthem.
The show featured stars such as Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, Apollo Crews, The Miz, and much more. Comedian Gabriel Iglesias also made a special appearance. The video below shows a backstage segment featuring The New Day, The Club, and The SHIELD from this year’s Troops show:
The video below shows a match between Bayley and Dana Brooke from this year’s Troops show:
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