Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

America Supports You: Troops to Get Free Wrestling Broadcast
American Forces Press Service ^ | July 20, 2005 | unattributed

Posted on 07/20/2005 5:59:29 PM PDT by SandRat

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2005 – World Wrestling Entertainment will offer its July 24 Pay-Per-View special, "SmackDown! The Great American Bash," free for broadcast on American Forces Network as a way of thanking servicemembers and their families for their service to America. "While our men and women of the Armed Forces are serving throughout the world, we know they are away from their homes and their families, so we are pleased to provide them with a little piece of home as a token of our thanks for all they are doing during this challenging time," said Kevin Dunn, WWE executive vice president of television production.

The program will be broadcast from the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y., and will be available to servicemembers and Defense Department civilians stationed in more than 177 countries and U.S. territories, according to a WWE news release.

"For over 60 years, AFN has been dedicated to bringing our military men and women serving overseas the most popular American broadcasts," said Larry Marotta, AFN television chief. "Thanks to the continuing generosity and support of WWE, our wrestling fans will be able to enjoy even more WWE, and they'll be able see it free on AFN Spectrum almost as soon as they would if they were watching at home."

WWE has a long history of supporting American troops. WWE superstars were some of the first celebrities to visit wounded servicemembers as they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. WWE has sent millions of dollars worth of T-shirts, videos and DVDs, promotional items, magazines and CDs to military personnel operating on the front lines, WWE officials said.

For the past two years, WWE superstars also have performed a televised holiday special from Iraq, which was broadcast to troops around the globe.

WWE received the Legacy of Hope Award from the United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington for its efforts in support of the troops and to raise funds in support of USO Operation Care Package.

"The armed forces have shown WWE great support during our base visits and hospital visits so we look at this broadcast as one way we can honor all of them for their bravery and courage," Dunn said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afn; americasupportsyou; armedforces; cds; dvds; magazines; smackdown; tshirts; uso; videos; wrestling; wwe
LETS GET READY TO RUMMMMMBBBLLEEEEEEE!!!!!
1 posted on 07/20/2005 5:59:30 PM PDT by SandRat
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Kathy in Alaska; Fawnn; HiJinx; Radix; Spotsy; Diva Betsy Ross; ...

ping


2 posted on 07/20/2005 5:59:57 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Drumbo

I'll bet you already knew about thissun... :o)


3 posted on 07/20/2005 6:10:05 PM PDT by Titan Magroyne (Wet Burqa Contest Winner)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat; txradioguy; All

COOL Rack itt LOLOL!


4 posted on 07/20/2005 6:15:17 PM PDT by SevenofNine (Not everybody in, it for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

The WWE has made itself the quintessential all-American company. I'm not real big on wrestling anymore(not for years), but they get a big thumbs up anyways.


5 posted on 07/20/2005 6:55:15 PM PDT by infidel29 ("It is only the warlike power of a civilized people that can give peace to the world."- T. Roosevelt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ducks1944; Ragtime Cowgirl; Alamo-Girl; TrueBeliever9; anniegetyourgun; maestro; TEXOKIE; ...
"For over 60 years, AFN has been dedicated to bringing our military men and women serving overseas the most popular American broadcasts," said Larry Marotta, AFN television chief. "Thanks to the continuing generosity and support of WWE, our wrestling fans will be able to enjoy even more WWE, and they'll be able see it free on AFN Spectrum almost as soon as they would if they were watching at home."
6 posted on 07/20/2005 8:40:08 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

This move makes me proud that I bought some of their stock. They pay an okay dividend, but I need them to go up for me to get out of the red.


7 posted on 07/20/2005 8:48:13 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Calpernia

Thanks for the ping!


8 posted on 07/20/2005 8:50:32 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: SandRat

BTTT!!!!!!


9 posted on 07/21/2005 3:07:38 AM PDT by E.G.C.
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson