Confirmed: Vince McMahon Is Bringing Back The XFL

The XFL is set to return in 2020.
Here then-future Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Tommy Maddox of the Los Angeles Xtreme holds the league championship trophy in the air after Los Angeles beat the San Francisco Demons 38-6

On Monday he took a "Stone Cold Stunner" on "WWE Raw", then on Thursday he'll announce he's starting a new football league.

Rumours of the XFL's return started late past year when it emerged that Vince had taken $100 million of his own money out of WWE and put it into a new venture, the parent company of the new XFL "Alpha Entertainment". McMahon has created Alpha Entertainment separate from WWE and recently sold 3.34 million shares of WWE stock (about $100 million worth) in order to help fund the company.

In the the official announcement streamed online Thursday afternoon, McMahon said the two-year delay to launch will allow them to "get it right".

In addition to the five XFL trademarks, Alpha Entertainment also trademarked "URFL" and "UrFL." Given that the XFL launched so quickly in 2001 only to burn out after one season, it appears that Vince McMahon is taking a more methodical approach for the reboot.

Vince claimed that the football league, which he now states will "reimagine the game of football", was always something he wanted to bring back. McMahon said the selection of cities in the new XFL will be announced in the next few months, and a mix of major and mid-major markets will be considered. McMahon said it hadn't been decided yet if nicknames would be used with the new XFL.

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"We're there to play football", he said.

"We're going to give the game of football back to fans", McMahon said as he stressed his desire to see the new XFL put fans above all. Rumors about the XFL revival picked up in the wake of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary titled "This Was the XFL" which aired in February 2017 and after National Football League protests.

What one has to expect here is a somewhat toned-down version of the XFL more akin to the NFL and college football but with enough unique elements that will set it apart from the pack. He will still be the chairman and head of WWE creative. Players received a larger paycheck each week if they won their game, and touchdown celebrations were encouraged-something the NFL got lenient on during the 2017-18 season, as the league cut back on penalties for excessive celebration. The new XFL also won't include the politics many believed have plagued the National Football League in recent years, he said.

There were eight teams in the original XFL: San Francisco Demons, NY/NJ Hitmen, Orlando Rage, Los Angeles Xtreme, Las Vegas Outlaws, Memphis Maniax, Birmingham Thunderbolts and the Chicago Enforcers.

McMahon said the NFL's current issues did not factor into his decision to reform the XFL, adding that the league would not be a platform for political or social issues.

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