WWE chairman Vince McMahon has plenty to be proud of. He single-handedly turned the wrestling industry into a global powerhouse and phenomenon. McMahon is also a billionaire, currently working to eventually hand over the company into the hands of his kids, Shane and Stephanie McMahon, as well as son-in-law, Triple H.
One thing that Vince would probably like you to forget, however, would be the failed XFL. McMahon and the WWF introduced the league in 2001, with the intention of providing NFL fans with an active football league during the summer.
McMahon’s XFL project failed miserably, lasting just one season. With awful ratings, NBC opted to cancel its contract with the XFL. It was reported that the companies lost a total of $35 million, and McMahon himself admitted the league was a failure.
But according to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, “WWE’s Production team has been working on video material geared towards promoting the impending return of the XFL of late,” and plans are in place for the league to return in 2020.
Per Johnson, the WWE will want to look at finding suitable facilities, head coaches and players before continuing operations. As he pointed out, Vince’s gamble of starting the league right after he announced its formation failed didn’t turn out so good. They’ll have to take their time on this one.
The XFL had lesser rules than the NFL, with an anything goes style. Defensive players were able to be more physical. Instead of the point after kicks, teams would have to score from the two-yard line to earn the extra point after a touchdown. And if a punter kicked the ball out of bounds, it’d be a 10-yard penalty.
Though the XFL itself didn’t do so well, a handful of notable CFL and NFL players participated in the league. Six players wound up winning a Super Bowl, including Tommy Maddox, Fred Coleman and Ron Carpenter.
The XFL was one of Vince McMahon’s worst decisions and by far his biggest failure of a businesses venture. But it appears as though it’ll be brought back to life one more time. We just have to wait and see in two years.
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