Almost 20 years after the league's swift rise and fall, WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that league would "re-imagine" football in 2020, promising a shorter, faster-paced and easier-to-understand game.
A WWE spokesperson, in a statement to Deadspin, said, "Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football". He sold 3.34 million WWE shares for $100 million in part to fund Alpha Entertainment.
There will be eight teams and 40 players per roster, however, McMahon kept the cities and players very close to his chest, revealing little to no info regarding who else will be involved in the XFL.
McMahon is planning on bringing back the XFL in 2020, he said in a press conference on Thursday. When the XFL first launched, it required a delivery model through TV that put it in competition with the NFL.
He also promised fans will be able to watch the league's game on a variety of platforms and that the XFL will have "no crossover whatsoever" with WWE stars. In an announcement on Thursday, McMahon said the XFL would begin competition in 2020. He is also promising the new XFL will be extremely family friendly, adding the league would only accept players who were quality human beings, and people who had a DUI wouldn't be allowed. This new football league was a departure from the NFL, as there were a few rule changes like no point after touchdown kicks, and a player scramble for the ball rather than kickoff for the start of the game. "We are going to try to get to two hours". The regular season will have 10 games and a postseason with to semifinals. 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.
What one has to expect here is a somewhat toned-down version of the XFL more akin to the NFL and college football but with enough unique elements that will set it apart from the pack. "When they tune in, I don't know if they want to be dealing with political issues and things of that nature", McMahon said to reporters during the league's official announcement.
The original incarnation of the XFL was documented in a recent ESPN 30 For 30 titled 'This Was the XFL'. Since 2005, he has continued to make occasional appearances, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009. The original league gained attention from nicknames like "He Hate Me" on Rod Smart's Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.