What I liked about the segment is that by making the Smackdown crew attack Raw that way, it paints the picture of there being a rivalry between the two shows, which doesn’t normally exist when you watch them. I thought last year’s Survivor Series was a boring show for the most part because Smackdown vs. Raw really didn’t matter much. Sure, Smackdown’s guys won a great match against Raw ’s team, but after it was over it meant nothing. At least when you have a story going into it with wrestlers trying to tell us their show is better and they want to prove it, that can mean something.
Since 2013, WWE has agreed to donate $ million to the foundation, making it the largest benefactor the nonprofit has publicly acknowledged. During that period, Nowinski and his foundation staff have reached out to the families of 12 deceased athletes to acquire their brains for researchers to study for links between repetitive head blows and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative brain disease that has been diagnosed in hundreds of sports and military veterans, many of whom have committed suicide or succumbed to drug overdoses.