The Rock Says The XFL Is Returning in 2022

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The XFL, the professional football league that has already started and stopped twice, will get a third shot at success when it returns in 2022, Dwayne Johnson, one of the league’s new owners, announced this week.

In a hype video released Thursday, Johnson and business partner Dany Garcia spoke glowingly of the league and the opportunity it will provide players, coaches, cities and fans.

“Some look at this place and only see a football field. But it’s more than that. This is hallowed ground,” the two said. “This is an opportunity to build a league of culture, passion and purpose.”

In April with the coronavirus pandemic closing down the nation, Vince McMahon, CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, shuttered the Stamford-based league which had only played a few games. At the time, it also declared bankruptcy.

McMahon had relaunched the league in 2018 and took two years to set it up before the first games were played in early 2020. The league’s first foray at the turn of the century crashed and burned after one season.

A few months after the league’s second closure, WWE sold it to Johnson, Garcia and RedBird Capital Partners for $15 million, writes ESPN. The sale price is a fraction of the roughly $100 million McMahon reportedly spent to relaunch it.

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