Chris Nowinski on his fallout With Vince McMahon

Feb 4, 2011 - by Steve Gerweck

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Chris Nowinski Discusses His Much-Publicized Fallout With Vince
McMahon,  Whether Or Not The WWE & TNA  Have Done Enough In Creating
A Greater  Company Awareness On Concussions  & Their Impact In Pro
Wrestling,  Being  Consulted By Mr. Kennedy After He Suffered His Recent
Concussion  &  The Integration Of His Injury Into A Reality-Based
Storyline With  “The  Blueprint” Matt Morgan In TNA, The Return Of WWE’s
“Tough  Enough,” If The  Program Can Gravitate Towards Today’s Audience
As It  Did A Decade Ago, The Likelihood Of Seeing A “Tough Enough”
Season I  Reunion/If He Would Consider Taking Part In It, The Evolution
Of The  Sports Legacy Institute, The Initial Reaction He Was Faced With
When  Establishing Concussion Research & Analysis As The Next
Chapter Of  His Career, Plus The Impact Of The 2009 Congressional
Hearings Into Reviewing/Analyzing The Effects Of Head Trauma/Brain
Injuries Suffered By Current/Former NFL Stars & How This Has
Affected/Will Continue To Affect The Sports World
The President & CEO of The Sports Legacy Institute, former WWE
superstar, & “Tough Enough” alumnus, Chris Nowinski, was one  of the
  featured guests  on this week’s live edition     (01/31/11) of the  
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Chris joined The Big Mosh & “The Chairman of the Board” Todd
Vincent for  his exclusive interview with The Monday Night Mayhem Radio
Network,   which is  now   available in Windows Streaming Media or via
the official   MNM  Podcast on   iTunes:
Chris Nowinski/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Streaming Audio):
Chris Nowinski/Monday Night Mayhem Interview (MNM Podcast on iTunes):
Interview highlights courtesy of The  Mayhem’s official correspondent, Paterson from New Jersey:
Whether he believes Vince McMahon &
the WWE, along with Dixie Carter & TNA have done enough in creating a
greater company awareness on concussions & their impact in the
professional wrestling industry, plus why he feels that TNA World
Heavyweight Champion Mr. Kennedy should be credited in putting his
health first before his career after suffering a serious concussion: “I’ll
tell you, they have been doing a lot. I have spoken to  Vince &
Dixie in the past few months. With the TNA situation, it was  exciting
for me when I got a call from Ken Kennedy when he got his  serious
concussion, and he called me to ask who should he see. That’s a  big
culture change. No one asked him to push through it, no one asked  him
to not put his health first, and the fact is they even turned it into a
storyline. Ken & Matt (Morgan) have been tremendous in raising 
awareness of this issue.”
His thoughts on the return of WWE’s “Tough Enough” &
whether or not the program can gravitate towards today’s audience like
it did when he was a part of the show’s first season ten years ago: “I
am  excited to see it come back. I think it was a missed opportunity to
  drawing in new fans. Wrestling is different. You don’t want to 
necessarily show how the sausage is made from day one, so I hope they’re
  clever about what they teach the wrestlers. I may actually tune in,
but I  think it’s a good idea to bring it back.”

evolution of The Sports Legacy Institute over the past four years, the
initial reaction he was faced with when establishing concussion research
& analysis as the next chapter of his career, & the impact of
the 2009 Congressional hearings into reviewing/analyzing the effects of
head trauma/brain injuries suffered by current/former NFL stars: “It’s
been a long road. It’s funny you  mentioned  the talk at St. Mary’s
High School (in Buffalo, NY), because that  was the  first I did. Back
then, people thought it was a little too  aggressive and a little crazy.
Now suddenly, everyone’s on board. Back  in 2007  (when the SLI was
founded), the world wasn’t ready for it. There was  a lot of push back
from everybody, whether it was athletes,  coaches, all  the way to the
NFL. It’s just been a climb ever since. The  congressional  hearings in
2009 helped finally push it over the top, where the NFL  finally changed
their stance and has become essentially a  leader on  this. The world
has changed, and people have bought into  this.”

Much more   is  contained in Chris’ exclusive
interview with The Monday Night  Mayhem Radio Network,  including his
candid thoughts & comments on his much publicized fallout with Vince
McMahon, whether or not he would consider being a
part of a “Tough Enough” Season I reunion as part of the program’s
return to television, the WWE’s attempts to increase their awareness in
preventing & treating concussions, if he would have ever expected a
wrestling promotion to center a storyline based around concussions, the
people/organizations that were initially skeptical of his research now
finally understanding its importance, the most profound thing he has
learned during his time involved in the Sports Legacy Institute, his
plans to continue to work with the NFL after Super Bowl XLV, plus so
much more! Mayhem Nation: Stay up-to-date with Chris’  amazing work on
the latest studies & treatments of brain trauma in  athletes by
logging on to his official website (at and by following The Sports Legacy Institute online (at &
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