WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced on Thursday that the XFL will make a return in 2020. The league ceased operations after just one season in 2001, due to poor ratings and NBC cancelling its broadcasting contract with the WWF.
Due do its massive failure (WWF and NBC lost a reported $35 million in a $100 million investment), and very short run, the XFL has been the front and center of many savage jokes.
Predictably, Twitter was at its best during and after Vince's announcement. For example, Jeopardy legend Ken Jennings had this to say when Vince said that players will not be permitted to take political stances during games:
I will be taking a knee during the Limp Bizkit song played before every XFL game.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) January 25, 2018
Former Cleveland Browns quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel also had a little bit of fun:
Speaking of the Cleveland Browns, Woody Paige at ESPN couldn't help but poke some fun at them:
XFL cities in 2020 should be San Diego, Oakland, St. Louis, Canton, San Antonio, Memphis, East Rutherford and Cleveland (which certainly deserves a pro football team).— Woody Paige (@woodypaige) January 26, 2018
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback in the Super Bowl era, but this Twitter user pointed out that he is not the GOAT of the XFL:
Tom Brady:— Brandon L Bentzburgh (@Bentzburgh) January 25, 2018
- 0 XFL MVP Awards
- 0 XFL Championships
- 1 XFL MVP Award
- 1 XFL Championship
It would also be quite fun to see Vince try to incorporate both the XFL and WWE into one. This gentleman came up with a genius idea:
The year is 2020. Rex Ryan's St. Louis Ligers win the #XFL Championship. Rob Ryan attacks Rex at championship ceremony & challenges his brother to a 2 out of 3 falls championship challenge. Rex accepts & Commissioner Terrell Owens books the match at Bart Starrcade I. Fin.— Ryan Talbot (@RyanTalbotBills) January 25, 2018
Oh, and what would be an XFL announcement without 'Woken' Matt Hardy's take?
Currently getting off a CRAFT with WINGS & was just exposed to the XFL news..— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 25, 2018
Well, MeekMahan positively knows how to get the POST-PANGAEA Plane buzzing..#XFL2020 & “Vince McMahon” (sic) are still currently at the PINNACLE of Social Media Trends across the globe. pic.twitter.com/yUZo0tfTMV
And finally, we had to include this one:
THIS JUST IN, the following moves will be legal in the XFL:— YourSports (@YourSports) January 25, 2018
- Single legs
- Double legs
- Stone Cold Stunner
- Pile Driver
- Shin Breaker
- And pretty much anything else that will drive ratings #XFL2020
Following his announcement of the XFL's return, Vince gave an insight on what the league will look like. McMahon is looking at bringing in eight teams (the same amount during its 2001 season), but wouldn't specify which markets he was looking at. He also said any player with a DUI history will not be allowed to join the league.
McMahon also outlined that he is hoping the season (which will be a 1o-game regular season schedule), will begin in January or February. The goal is to provide NFL fans with a football league during it's seven-month offseason.
We will see if the XFL's relaunch is successful. It's safe to say nobody but Vince has an idea of how it will turn out.