The Rock Has Bought (Part of) the XFL – Folks, the XFL Is Back!
One of the biggest sports casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic was the XFL. Just when things were gettin’ good, too. The XFL had something fun going on. Spring football has always appeared to be a weaker offering, and several leagues haven’t succeeded in putting quality content out through the airwaves. But, the XFL was beginning to buck that trend – it was entertaining, people were actually watching, and it felt like the commitment was there to make it in this world. Some great storylines, the teams were, by and large, competitive. I mean this, folks – I was all in on the XFL.
And then, the pandemic happened. Whispers of cancelled seasons were spreading throughout the sports communities, and the XFL was one of the first ones to come out and shut it all down. But, the real back-breaker was when they announced that they just wouldn’t be coming back. Plain and simple, it was over.
Just when it looked like they had a chance, that frigid bitch Mother Nature came in and said, “nah bro.” The XFL was dead.
Well, now, it looks like the brand might not be DEAD dead after all. The Rock has been reported as a partial owner of the league, and it sure seems like there could be interest in a revival of the brand.
Dwayne Johnson is one of the new owners of the XFL. The actor, producer, and former WWE star is part of a group the purchased the failed football league, founded by WWE CEO/chairman Vince McMahon, out of bankruptcy following its failed 2020 return season.
I do think it’s kinda funny that the XFL just can’t seem to shake its wrestling roots. From Vince McMahon to The Rock, we’re just swappin’ the title belt here, it seems.
But, if there’s one guy who can bring it back, it’s The Rock. I don’t know that there’s anyone more universally beloved than Dwayne Johnson. If that man ran for President, it would be a landslide. No contest. Over before it happens. Hell, we don’t even have to be talking about the XFL – we could be talking about anything, and The Rock could make it a success. Legit lawn darts? Unsafe, but people would love ’em if The Rock went to bat for ’em. American Gladiators? YUGE. I could go on and on.
My hope is that that same commitment to making the XFL a success will be there with this new ownership group, and once this whole pandemic things blow over, this league will get a chance to finish what it started back in the spring of 2020.
Viva la XFL, baby. It’s back.
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