WWE head McMahon resurrects XFL football league

Vince Mc Mahon Reportedly Sets Timeframe For XFL Return Will WWE Be Involved? 0By Nick Paglino on Jan 24 2018WWE

Thursday morning, the WWE reported that Vince McMahon was to make an announcement at 3 PM Eastern Time.

"We're gonna give the game back to the fans", said McMahon in a live announcement under the banner of Alpha Entertainment, a separate media company from the WWE. Despite a successful opening weekend from a ratings standpoint, the league lasted just one season. It was not immediately clear if Birmingham would be involved in the new league, as McMahon said decisions on franchise cities are "not close to being made".

McMahon also noted the new XFL would have no crossover with World Wrestling Entertainment.

McMahon said the game of football will be "reimagined" in the XFL. During a press conference on Twitter (starts at 26:00), Vince McMahon revealed that indeed the XFL would be coming back to television in 2020.

With swathes of NFL fans in the United States turned off by the national anthem protests, many believe McMahon could strike gold if he does decide to bring back the XFL. McMahon said the location of the teams, the team names or the precise format of games has not been determined. "It won't be me", McMahon said. During the 2017 season, NBC broadcast a Titans-Steelers game using the SkyCam as it's primary camera. This could be Johnny's chance to start his professional career over, and get rid of the stigma of having played (and being the last QB to win a Sunday game) for the Cleveland Browns.

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Vince McMahon is expected to announce an XFL revival. He's a former first-round pick and his fame grew to a point where he was one of the buzziest names in the entire National Football League, though his play on the field rarely rose to that level. Though he did mention that the players have to be "good human beings" as well as good players.

According to PWInsider, WWE's production team has begun working on video footage for the eventual return of the XFL. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.

Of course the XFL has a cult status in the annals of popular culture, with ESPN making a 30 for 30 about the league a year ago and the film being widely well receive McMahon was asked did the positive reaction play a part in his decision to bring the XFL back. The most memorable name from the original '01 season came from runningback Rod Smart, who had "He Hate Me" on his jersey.

McMahon is funding the league himself with an initial investment of $100 million, and he will continue his services to the WWE, though he says the two sports leagues will not cross over in any way.

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