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Sports Illustrated Article Title History
WWE Hardcore title defeating Crash Holly (July 6, 2002);
WWE Hardcore title defeating Crash Holly (July 7, 2002);
In the Beginning:
Chris Nowinski holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University.
Chris Nowinski (going by Chris Harvard) was a contestant on the first season of WWF/MTV Tough Enough.
~~~Chris Harvard was one of three males to make it to the final round, but lost out to fellow trainee,
Maven. Chris Harvard turned this setback into motivation and was determined to eventually make it to the WWE anyway.
Chris Harvard began taking bookings from Independant Wrestling federations all over the world.
Chris Harvard (not under contract) participated in the Wrestlemania X-8 fan Axxess event.
Chris Harvard signed a developmental contract with the WWF and wrestled at live events and in dark matches.
World Wrestling Entertainment – Harvard Graduate:
Chris Nowinski was saddled with the a heel “Hardvard Snob” gimmick, looking down on people for being dumber than he is.
June 10, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski debuted in the WWE helping William Regal beat Bradshaw in a European title match!
June 17, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Spike Dudley in his WWE in-ring Television debut. June 24, 2002 – RAW: William Regal and Christopher Nowinski defeated Bradshaw and Spike Dudley.
July 1, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Hardcore Champion, Bradshaw, in a non-title match. July 6, 2002: Chris Nowinski defeated Crash Holly to become the youngest person to win the WWE Hardcore title.
~~~ Chris Nowsinki lost the WWE Hardcore title to Bradshaw during the same match due to the 24/7 Rule.
July 7, 2002: Chris Nowinski defeated Crash Holly to win the WWE Hardcore title once again..
~~~Chris Nowsinki lost the WWE Hardcore title to Bradshaw during the same match due to the 24/7 Rule.
July 8, 2002 – RAW: Bradshaw and Trish Stratus defeated Christopher Nowinski and Jackie Gayda.
July 22, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski got into a fight with the Undertaker, who delivered a big power bomb to Nowinski. July 29, 2002 – RAW: The Undertaker defeated Christopher Nowinski.
August 5, 2002 – RAW: Booker T and Goldust defeated Christopher Nowinski and William Regal.
August 12, 2002 – RAW: Christopher Nowinski and Molly Holly defeated Spike Dudley and Trish Stratus.
August 26, 2002 – RAW: Bubba Dudley and Spike Dudley defeated Christopher Nowinski and William Regal w/Molly Holly. ~~~Chris Nowinski heroicly rescued Molly Holly, as she was about to be put through a table by Bubba Dudley.
September 2, 2002 – RAW: Bubba Dudley and Trish Stratus defeated Chris Nowinski and Molly Holly in a Tables match!
September 4, 2002 – OVW “Fall Brawl”: Charlie Haas defeated Chris Nowinski.
September 9, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Tommy Dreamer.
September 23, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinksi was beaten up by Tommy Dreamer inside a Harvard Classroom. ~~~Dreamer whacked Nowinski in the face with kendo stick! (consider yourself written out of WWE storylines)
September 2002: Chris Nowinski will be out of action after having surgery to remove a marble-sized benign tumor on his left jaw.
October 2002: Chris Nowinski’s jaw surgery was successful, and he is progressing well. Out of action for 6 weeks.
World Wrestling Entertainment – Trainer vs Student:
October 14, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski insulted his former trainer Al Snow for not picking him in the Tough Enough finals. ~~~Later that night, Chris Nowinski defeated Tommy Dreamer with perculiar help from Al Snow.
October 21, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Jeff Hardy with help from Al Snow.
October 28, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Booker T by DQ when Al Snow jumped up and interfered. ~~~Before the match, Chris Nowinski told Al Snow that he would have been a WWE Superstar with OR without Tough Enough.
November 11, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Al Snow with his feet up on the ropes!
November 18, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated Al Snow in a “School of Hard Knocks” match.
November 25, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski claimed Maven only won Tough Enough because of his ‘sick’ mother. ~~~Maven jumped on Chris Nowinski, who beat on Maven before their match even began — leaving him laying unconscious.
December 9, 2002 – RAW: DLo Brown and Chris Nowinski defeated Maven and Al Snow.
December 16, 2002 – RAW: Chris Nowinski defeated the Tough Enough Champion, Maven!
December 23, 2002 – RAW: The Hurricane defeated Chris Nowinski with help from Maven.
January 6, 2003 – RAW: Test defeated Christopher Nowinski but was attacked by DLo Brown after the match. January 13, 2003 – RAW: Maven and Test defeated DLO Brown and Christopher Nowinski.
World Wrestling Entertainment – Part Time OVW:
January 15, 2003 – OVW Taping: Charlie Haas and Rob Conway defeated Lance Cade and Chris Nowinski w/Kenny Bolin in a dark match.
January 27, 2003 – RAW: Chris Nowinski tries to spoil the debuts of Tough Enough winners John and Matt but is chased off.
February 5, 2003 – OVW Taping: Nova and Rhyno defeated Chris Nowinski and Doug Basham. February 9, 2003 – Heat: Tommy Dreamer defeated Christopher Nowinski.
February 12, 2003 – OVW Taping: Nova defeated Chris Nowinski by DQ. February 16, 2003 – Heat: Spike Dudley defeated Christopher Nowinski.
February 17, 2003 – RAW: The Hurricane defeated Christopher Nowinski.
February 24, 2003 – RAW: Christopher Nowinski defeated Jeff Hardy by DQ.
February 26, 2003 – OVW Taping: Chris Nowinksi w/Crash Holly defeated Nova. March 30, 2003 – Heat: Christopher Nowinski defeated Al Snow.
March 31, 2003 – RAW: Scott Steiner defeated Christopher Nowinski.
April 11, 2003 – OVW Spring Breakout: Nova defeated Chris Nowinski. April 27, 2003 – Heat: Christopher Nowinski defeated Shark Boy.
April 28, 2003 – RAW: Scott Steiner and Test defeated Christopher Nowinski and Rico.
May 11, 2003 – Heat: Christopher Nowinski defeated Mark Bartolucci.
May 12, 2003 – RAW: Goldust, Test and Scott Steiner defeated La Resistance and Christopher Nowinski.
May 25, 2003 – Heat: The Hurricane defeated Christopher Nowinski.
June 1, 2003 – Heat: Christopher Nowinski defeated Spike Dudley.
June 8, 2003 – Heat: Spike Dudley and Tommy Dreamer defeated Rodney Mack and Christopher Nowinski.
June 15, 2003 – Heat: Christopher Nowinski defeated Maven.
June 15, 2003 – Bad Blood: Chris Nowinski and Rodney Mack beat The Dudleyz when Nowinski used his facemask as a weapon. June 16, 2003 – RAW: The Dudley Boyz and Ivory defeated Rodney Mack, Christopher Nowinski and Jazz.
June 23, 2003 – RAW: Maven pinned Chris Nowinski (now managed by Theodore Long) in less than 20 seconds! Chris Nowinski was taken off television after suffering from post concussion syndrome.
World Wrestling Entertainment:
May 24, 2004: Chris Nowinski is finished as an in ring performer but may be offered a P.P. or business role with the company.
July 2004: Chris Nowinski will be representing the WWE as a “political correspondent” at the Democratic National Convention.
December 9, 2005: Chris Nowinski hosted a local improv group in Boston’s theater performance on Christmas at the Tribe Theater.
December 12, 2005 – RAW: Chris Nowinski pitched an idea to Mr. McMahon about making a Harvard Graduate the GM of RAW.
October 2006: Chris Nowinski released a book about head injuries entitled, “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis”
June 2007: Chris Nowinski co-founded the Sports Legacy Institute to increase the safety of contact and collision sports.
~~~An organization dedicated to furthering awareness of and research on sports-related head injuries.