Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Is Vince McMahon Planning XFL Revival? Announcement Reportedly Could Come Soon

Is Vince McMahon Planning XFL Revival? Announcement Reportedly Could Come Soon

At the end of ESPN's recent "30 for 30" episode about the XFL, WWE owner Vince McMahon and former NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol - the two men who spearheaded the failed early-aughts competitor to the National Football League - mused about possibly giving it another go.

The timing of McMahon opening a new league could be due to the NFL's ratings struggles and complaints about the league's style of play after new rules have restricted how players tackle.

A WWE spokesperson issued the attached statement to me & @Deadspin in response to my inquiry about tonight's rumors of a soon to be announced XFL revival. The rumors are flying after word came down that McMahon is funding a new venture, Alpha Entertainment.

The new XFL could make waves right off the bat by proclaiming they are trying to do the opposite of what they did in 1999.

I hope McMahon instead uses the extra money to try and increase the popularity of the professional wrestling industry.


Everyone remembers the XFL from back in 2001 and if you don't then ESPN did an entire 30 For 30 on it recently and you can brush up on all your history here because we did in-depth coverage about the special.

The XFL was a failed American Football league that WWE owner Vince McMahon set up with NBC back in 2001. "He Hate Me" is the infamous nickname of player Rod Smart, who played for the XFL's Las Vegas Outlaws and went on to play in the 2003 Super Bowl as a member of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Wrestling writer David Bixenspan later contacted WWE, which confirmed McMahon has established a new corporation called Alpha Entertainment.

In the summer, the XFL trademark was filed by WWE to potentially revive the company.

At the time, McMahon claimed it would be the "xtra fun league" to the NFL's "no fun league", and used wrestling stars to promote the league and commentators, including Jim Ross and Jerry "The King" Lawler as the lead voices of the XFL.

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