JBL Comments On Coming Up With The Tribute To The Troops Idea, Vince’s Reaction To It


During last week’s episode of WWE’s “The Bump”, JBL commented on coming up with the idea for Tribute to the Troops, Vince McMahon’s reaction to it, and more. You can check out some highlights from the show below:

On coming up with the idea of Tribute to the Troops: “I had gone to Afghanistan – I think it was the first civilian group to go after the invasion And after that, the next year, they said, ‘How about you go back with some WWE stars. I kind of went with the APHIS tour, with Sgt. Major Jack Tilly, the 12th Sgt. Major of the Army. And with Darryl Worley, some country singers, some movie actresses. And the next year, they said, ‘Why don’t you go back with Ron [Simmons], I think Terry Runnels, and Ivory went with us. WWE kind of put a group together. We were mainly in Southern Iraq in the summer. It was unbelievably hot. And I remember riding on one of these buses, and I grew up watching the Bob Hope USO specials. You know, Bob Hope used to do from South Korea or wherever our troops were. And I always thought that it would be cool to do something like that. And so just on this long bus ride with Ron, I came up with the idea of, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to come over and do something for the soldiers and actually put on an entire event in one of these places.’”

On Vince McMahon’s reaction: “He absolutely loved it … I don’t know if I emailed or called Vince, whatever it was. Told him about it, and immediately he started coming up with this idea of Tribute To The Troops. He said, ‘We’re gonna take over a plane. We’ll get a military plane, we’ll take over tons of video games, tons of DVDs. Give ’em to the soldiers, make it a big Christmas event. We’re not gonna stay in the Green Zone, we’re gonna go to all the foward-operating bases. Actually stay with the soldiers, eat with the soldiers, live with the soldiers. And split up in groups of three and four, and go all over the country, go places that civilians have never been before, to see soldiers that never got to see somebody that’s not in uniform.’

“And Vince right away came up kind of with this whole idea, him and Kevin Dunn together when I kind of gave the spark to it. So I get a lot of credit, especially in media because Vince is a very giving person and he wants his talent to get the recognition for stuff like this. But this was an idea WWE formulated and made. I was the spark. That part is true, but the fact that what they put together was just unbelievable. And it was done in a really quick fashion.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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