• John Cena, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, promotes the WWE's "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign at the Tolson Youth Activity Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around the post taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. "Be a Star!" Cena cheered to the children as they roared back, "Not a bully!"

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    John Cena, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, promotes the WWE's "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign at the Tolson Youth Activity Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than...

  • John Cena, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, signs a little boy's Cena apparel during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around the post taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    John Cena, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, signs a little boy's Cena apparel during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around the post taking pictures and...

  • World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar The Big Show slaps The Miz during the WWE's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011.

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    World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar The Big Show slaps The Miz during the WWE's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking...

  • Spc. Ashley Stewart, a medic with 44th Medical Brigade, and daughter Khalia, 4, dance during Nickleback's performance at the World Wrestling Entertainment's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    Spc. Ashley Stewart, a medic with 44th Medical Brigade, and daughter Khalia, 4, dance during Nickleback's performance at the World Wrestling Entertainment's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C...

  • A Soldier shows their appreciation to the World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars and Divas during the WWE's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    A Soldier shows their appreciation to the World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars and Divas during the WWE's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went...

  • World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars Jack Swagger and Zack Ryder grapple during the WWE's free  "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    World Wrestling Entertainment Superstars Jack Swagger and Zack Ryder grapple during the WWE's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort...

  • A Soldier waves an American flag during the World Wrestling Entertainment's free  "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    A Soldier waves an American flag during the World Wrestling Entertainment's free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking...

  • Wade Barrett, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, jumps out of the tower at the Advanced Airborne School during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg December 9-10. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011, leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    Wade Barrett, a World Wrestling Entertainer Superstar, jumps out of the tower at the Advanced Airborne School during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg December 9-10. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg...

  • Beth Phoenix, a World Wrestling Entertainer Diva, fits her championship belt onto a Soldier during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families, leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    Beth Phoenix, a World Wrestling Entertainer Diva, fits her championship belt onto a Soldier during the WWE's Superstars and Divas visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., Dec. 9-10, 2011. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg taking...

  • WWE Diva Eve prepares to land after making a tandem skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute team in Laurinburg, N.C., Dec. 9, 2011.  More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families Dec. 9-10, 2011, in advance of a free "Tribute to the Troops" show at the Crowne Coliseum Dec. 11, in Fayetteville, N.C.

    WWE Superstars, Divas surprise Soldiers at work

    WWE Diva Eve prepares to land after making a tandem skydive with the U.S. Army Parachute team in Laurinburg, N.C., Dec. 9, 2011. More than twenty WWE Superstars and Divas went around Fort Bragg, N.C., taking pictures and signing autographs for...

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Dec. 14, 2011) -- For Spc. Ashley Stewart last Friday started like any other Army day. She woke up, went to physical training, got some exercise in, showered, ate a nutritious breakfast, and then she headed into work for another normal day of being a combat medic in the Army.

It wasn't until a white van pulled into her unit's work area that her day started to get a little strange. Things got even crazier when the van door opened and World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar John Cena stepped out.

"When the door opened and I saw him, I screamed and couldn't help but run and tackle him!" Stewart said, a medic with 44th Medical Brigade.

Stewart wasn't the only one surprised by a Superstar or Diva from the WWE this past weekend at Fort Bragg. More than twenty Superstars and Divas went around the post taking pictures and signing autographs for Soldiers and families leading up to their free "Tribute to the Troops" show Sunday evening at the Crowne Coliseum in Fayetteville, N.C.

"We are out here for our annual 'Tribute to the Troops' show," said Wade Barrett, a WWE Superstar. "At the WWE, we like to support the U.S. troops in all our endeavors around the world."

Besides signing autographs and taking pictures, the Superstars and Divas also had a chance to try their hand at some Army training during their visit.

"It was a lot of fun throwing the live hand grenade," Barrett said. "I was amazed of the size of the grenade versus the size of the explosion. I didn't think something that small could create an explosion that big. It was definitely a lot of fun, and an experience I will keep with me a long time."

Of course, no one's trip to Fort Bragg is complete without some good airborne training.

"Jumping out of the tower was a pretty cool experience," Barrett said. "It was great; a nice glide down as well as a real good adrenaline rush, and something I would definitely recommend."

Another important part of the Superstars and Divas visit was the promotion of their "Be a Star" anti-bullying campaign to military children at the Tolson Youth Activity Center.

Alicia Fox, a WWE Diva, shared with the children how she had been bullied when she was younger and how to overcome it.

"When you are being bullied or witness someone being bullied, you don't stand by and watch it or let it happen," she explained. "You stand up and tell an adult so you can help stop the bully!"

Cena also spoke to the children about the anti-bullying campaign ending the discussion with a loud chant from the children.

"Be a Star!" Cena cheered to the children as they roared back, "Not a bully!"

One child in the crowd who really enjoyed the Superstars and Divas visit was Demetrius Mendoza, 6, the son of Spc. Alfred Mendoza, a generator mechanic with 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

"I want to be a WWE wrestler when I grow up just like John Cena and Zack Ryder," Mendoza said, still ecstatic from getting to meet Cena and the other wrestlers.

All around Fort Bragg, the WWE Superstars and Divas were making Soldiers' and family members' day with their unannounced visits.

"It really boosted morale having them come by," said Stewart, who also attended the free 'Tribute to the Troops' show. "It's still just so surreal that I got to meet John Cena. This was the best Christmas present and post-deployment present I could have asked for."

As for the Superstars and Divas from WWE, they considered the visit a privilege and were honored to give back to the Soldiers who fight for their freedom.

"I just really want to say thank you from me and obviously everyone else at WWE," Barrett said. "Thank you for what you do. We have a lot of respect for the job you guys do, and we really appreciate you guys keeping us all safe."

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