Back in February of this year, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary series aired an extremely well-received episode detailing the rise and fall of the XFL, Vince McMahon’s 2001 attempt to compete with the National Football League. All of the major parties involved with the XFL were interviewed for the documentary, and there was even a pop-up XFL Hall of Fame to celebrate the episode.
Surrounding that 30 for 30 was a somewhat-expected groundswell of XFL nostalgia, and a fairly unilateral agreement that the league made a lot of important innovations, but never really got a fair shake. With this season of the NFL arguably being one of the worst in recent memory, and with fan unhappiness and concern about player safety at an all-time high, it’s not unreasonable to think it might be time to start looking for an alternative to the shield (no, not the “Sierra Hotel Indigo” Shield; the less-savory one).
On Friday, rumors started picking up steam that Vince McMahon might be considering bringing back his beloved XFL. While the initial rumors being passed around seemed questionable, David Bixenspan of Deadspin was able to get a comment directly from WWE, which might end up being surprisingly revealing … or could just end up being nothing much at all.
McMahon has started an outside venture, owned and funded by McMahon himself, called Alpha Entertainment. This new company isn’t tied to WWE, and could be for any number of outside opportunities, including pro football. What this means is that the possibility of a new XFL is absolutely on the table, but there is absolutely no way of knowing how probable or likely that reboot might be.
But there is a LITTLE bit of smoke to those rumors, at least.
We will have to sit back and see what the next step or announcement will be, and it could take months or longer for anything to materialize or be announced. But I think we’re all hoping for a new XFL, especially if it’s just a rebranded AFL or LFL. Long live the San Francisco Demons!
LONG LIVE THE TAMPA RUSEVS.