Former WWE referee of over 20 years, Jimmy Korderas, has posted a new blog on CSRWrestling.com about the first WWE Tribute To The Troops event, which at the time was overseas. Here is an excerpt from the blog:
We flew on a military aircraft and from takeoff shenanigans filled the flight. The excitement level among everyone on board was high as the entire group was both stoked and a little nervous about going. Even the military personnel accompanying us were enjoying themselves getting to see the WWE superstars let their hair down and be themselves.
On the night before the big event, I experienced one of the coolest moments of my life. When the United States Army is stationed on foreign land, they abide by the laws of the country they are stationed in. For example, while in Iraq, the men and women of the U.S. military could not drink alcohol because it was illegal for Iraqi citizens at the time. Booze was available for civilians; you just had to go back to the airport to buy it. Ring announcer Tony Chimel and former WWE referee Brian Hebner got a ride to the airport and picked up two cases of Corona and some Cuban cigars. That evening, Chimel and I, flanked by an armed staff sergeant, stood outside of Saddam’s palace, sipping on a Corona and smoking a Cuban cigar while in the far distance we heard gun and mortar fire. It was a surreal moment that neither one of us will ever forget.
You can read the entire blog here.