Not long after ripping down a gate and getting roasted by Ryan Reynolds, The Rock took to Twitter to announce the return of the XFL, in 2022. Dwayne Johnson, who bought the sports league with partners Redbird Capital Partners and Dany Garcia in August after Vince McMahon ran it into bankruptcy, announced spring 2022 would be when their teams retake the field. Previously, they had considered playing a 2021 season in a one-city bubble, but the ownership group didn’t want to rush things and lose their opportunity to do it right.
Johnson said in his statement, “As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season! It’s an uphill battle – but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us. A league of culture, passion, and purpose.”
He also included a pretty strong hype video.
XFL returns SPRING 2022 🏈
As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season!
It’s an uphill battle – but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 1, 2020
“This will be earned. We’ll give it every last energy of football energy we have in the tank…” the league said in its video. “This is for the players, the coaches, the cities, the fans. We are hungry, we are humble and no one will outwork us. The XFL is back. Back for the love of football.”
COVID crushed the XFL season, which was very entertaining, in its infancy. Then the entire workforce was basically laid off before filing for bankruptcy. The XFL’s president said in a press release the league didn’t want to rush its return and lose the momentum the new ownership group was building.
“For the love of football and for the safety of our players and fans, we’ll be back on the field in 2022,” he said. “The opportunity before us is too big to rush back. We want to do this properly with care and thought for everyone who loves football.”
Spring 2022, life should be back to normal (or something close to it). And I’ve got no doubt The Rock can succeed where that jabroni McMahon failed. And even if he doesn’t, it will be an entertaining go of it.