WWE CEO Vince McMahon created the XFL, a football league without all the rules protecting players safety. This was in 2001, and it was a massive failure as it only lasted one season.
Flash forward almost 17 years later and there are rumors that McMahon may be trying to revive the league, according to a WWE spokesperson.
EXCLUSIVE: Vince McMahon is looking to bring back the XFL and may announce it on January 25th, 2018.
— Brad Shepard 🤘🏻 (@TheBradShepard) December 16, 2017
This comes immediately after ESPN produced a documentary about the XFL.
Coincidence? Probably not.
XFL co-founder Dick Ebersol and McMahon spoke hinted at the possibility of the failed league trying to make a comeback in a clip in the documentary.
“Do you ever have any thoughts about trying again?” Ebersol asked McMahon (via Pro Football Talk).
“Yes I do,” McMahon responded. “I don’t know what it would be. I don’t know if it’s gonna be another XFL or what it may be or how different I would make it. It seems like in some way it would tie in either with the NFL itself or the owners.”
This would provide a football alternative for many fans, and players for that matter, who do not like the the new rules implemented in the NFL to protect players safety. Such rules like targeting and illegal hits to the head have been a very controversial issue the NFL has faced recently.
Nonetheless, this would be solely for entertainment purposes as the top football talent in the world will always reside in the NFL; the XFL would only showcase players who were simply not good enough to make a career in the NFL.