Vince McMahon

A tweet by reporter Brad Shepard on Friday stating Vince McMahon was looking at reviving the XFL and could be announcing the move as early as June caught the attention of many in both the pro wrestling and sports media in the last 24 hours.

The tweet stated McMahon could be announcing the move on January 25, 2018.

Reporter David Bixenspan contacted WWE about the possibility and while the company didn’t specifically address the XFL, they didn’t outright deny the possibility.

WWE confirmed McMahon established a personally funded separate entity away from WWE called Alpha Entertainment to explore potential investment opportunities, including “professional football.” This of course fueled the rumors even more.

ESPN aired a “30 for 30” series earlier this year examining the history of the XFL franchise back in 2001. The end of the documentary even hinted at McMahon showing interest in possibly reviving the franchise in some form or fashion, notably working with the NFL.

Mainstream media outlets like the Washington Post, New York Post, Pro Football Talk and Yahoo have also started covering the story. ESPN has made no mention.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Well lets be honest Vince spent over a decade trying to make Cena the next Hogan/Austin ignoring fans screaming Cena Sucks. He’s now spent the last few doing the same with Regins of course he’s gone crazy enough to start his crap football league.

  2. I think he is saying “if” the NFL is struggling or at least a mess organizationally, it’s a better chance of someone coming in and planting seeds / getting some footing than if the NFL was focused and thriving at their highest level.

  3. I think Vince may have dementia…and I’m not being funny. He’s had crazy ideas before, but reviving the XFL? Wtf

  4. The whole boycotting the NFL was pretty manufactured. Every time it is on T.V., it leads the ratings. Sure they might have lost some fans, but it’s still a billion dollar industry.

  5. I agreed, that’s why I said “if” and was mainly just explaining what he was saying in his comment (IMO) – also, I can’t conceive of a way the XFL could thrive or even thrive in the format it was then.

  6. This will flop again (regardless of the NFL crisis or not) or surprisingly successed (regardless of the NFL or not). I’m going with the first one!

  7. Does it occur to anyone that WWE or Alpha Entertainment is possibly investing in other sports, besides football……like basketball, soccer, baseball, etc.

  8. Except the NFL is not as bad off as people like to pretend it is. And en of the day the same issue XFL faced the first time will be unable to land any real high level talent. And if the NFL is so bad off guess what than NO NETWORK will pick up a crap football league that failed already

  9. It will have its own distribution network this time so they can’t strangle him on advertising and time slots. I don’t like football but he now has the infastructure to make a real of it.

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