On December 1, 2011, NBC and WWE announced the 2011 edition of WWE Tribute to the Troops would air December 17, 2011 on NBC. On the December 5 edition of Raw, it was also announced the show would also air on the USA Network on December 13, 2011. The event was taped December 11, 2011 in Fayetteville, North Carolina at the Crown Coliseum (though WWE said on-air that they were actually at Fort Bragg), the taping was performed in front of U.S. military service members from the nearby Fort Bragg military base and their families. This is also the first Tribute to the Troops that was taped indoors rather than outdoors. Lilian Garcia‘s performance of The Star-Spangled Banner was edited out of the USA Network broadcast.
The event featured a pre-recorded message from President Barack Obama. Nickelback performed the clean version of “Burn It to the Ground“, the theme song of Raw, and “When We Stand Together“. Sgt. Slaughter made a special appearance, supporting Zack Ryder ringside. Maria Menounos also made a special guest appearance, teaming with Kelly Kelly, Eve Torres, and Alicia Fox to defeat The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) and The Bella Twins in an 8 Divas Tag Team Match, in which she pinned down Phoenix for the victory. George Wallace performed some stand-up comedy. Mary J. Blige performed “Need Someone” and “Family Affair“.
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