Tony Khan Salutes the Brave as AEW Offers “Free” Tickets to Active Military Members at US Events

Published 11/11/2023, 9:17 PM EST

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With Veteran’s Day taking place, several organizations announced different promotions aimed specifically at military personnel. While WWE announced their plans for the upcoming Veterans Day, Tony Khan and AEW took part in the day of remembrance by offering free tickets to active service members.

Tony Khan and AEW’s salute to brave soldiers

For a limited time, AEW will be providing one free ticket for active military members for AEW live events. Military personnel can present their military IDs at the box office of the venue to redeem their free tickets. However, only one free ticket is redeemable per ID and the offer is applicable “while supplies last.”


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This is the first time AEW will be participating in the Veteran’s Day celebration. Its rival, WWE, has been honoring the veterans since 2003. The Stamford-based promotion has been holding an event called Tribute to the Troops, in collaboration with Armed Forces Entertainment. According to the promotion, it is one of the most patriotic shows in WWE history.


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But WWE has decided to take things to the next level this year. The promotion has announced their ‘biggest’ plans to celebrate the holiday this year.

WWE’s Big Plans for Veteran’s Day


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On the latest episode of SmackDown, WWE showed clips honoring the individuals who were and still are in the line of duty. The clip showed how wrestling had an impact on their lives and how the sport helped soldiers on various occasions. To commemorate this spirit, WWE made an announcement that they will be hoisting the largest American flag in the United States. The flag is said to be 3,040 square feet long and will be hoisted outside the company’s new headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. This will be a new addition to the company’s ongoing practice of conducting the Tribute to the Troops show.

The show itself first aired in 2003 and was held at Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq. Since then it is broadcasted during the holiday season. The only time the program was not aired on television was back in 2019. This year’s episode is set to coincide with the SmackDown on December 8, 2023. It will be broadcast from Providence, Rhodes Island.


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While offering free goodies to veterans and active service members is a common thing, chances are that AEW might follow in WWE’s footsteps and orchestrate a similar show specifically for military personnel. This could also lead to a conflict between the two promotions, not unlike the NXT vs AEW airing a few weeks ago. Do you think AEW will be doing something different with their shows for the occasion?

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Shaikh Aerajuddin


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