WWE Announcer Reveals What Vince McMahon Told Her At Tribute To the Troops
Although she announced she would be leaving WWE back in August, Lilian Garcia has remained a part of the WWE family. For one, WWE never formally announced her release, to say nothing of how she was still listed on the active roster until this week, when her profile was moved to the Alumni section of WWE.com. But most importantly, Garcia recently took part in WWE’s annual Tribute to the Troops event on December 13th.
In the latest episode of her podcast, Making Their Way To The Ring, Garcia discussed the stress she’s endured as a result of her father’s illness, which prompted her to leave WWE in the first place. It was the emotional stress of her father’s illness that made it hard to make it through her performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Tribute to the Troops. Not that anyone backstage even seemed to notice.
In particular, Garcia revealed the surprisingly touching comment Vince McMahon made to her backstage following her performance.
“It’s like a forever family, that I feel there. And then to see Triple H and Vince McMahon when I walked in and saw them…I mean, they both gave me this huge hug…When I got done singing and I went back to Vince and thanked him for everything, he was just like, ‘Damn girl! I don’t know if that was the best you’ve ever sung it, or we just miss you around here!’”
Ultimately, it comes across as though the door is open for Garcia to possibly return for special events like Wrestlemania. At the very least, it’d be great to hear her sing “America the Beautiful”, in large part because she’s a better singer than just about any outside celebrity WWE has ever hired to do the job for the big show. Either way, Garcia is a class act, and it was great to see (and hear) her again at Tribute to the Troops.
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