If you smell what The Rock is … buy it.
As he has so often done in “Fast and Furious” movies, The Rock is here to save the world again – this time just a smaller world as the former struggling and current movie megastar teams up with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital to to buy the XFL, saving shutdown.
The league was headed for another unfortunate ending like in 2001, but Johnson, Garcia and RedBird Capital dove in to buy the Alpha Entertainment, the XFL’s parent company, for $ 15 million, bringing ownership to Johnson and Garcia – as long as the sale is approved in the coming weeks.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a long history with the league’s founder, Vince McMahon, as he was one of McMahon’s and WWF’s top sporting superstars in the ’90s and early 2000s. McMahon announced in 2018 that the competition would start again and set up a product in early 2020.
Together with Johnson, Garcia is a co-founder of Seven Bucks Companies, a group that has hands in the entertainment, marketing and brand industries.
The football league founded and restarted by McMahon showed quite a success in the return of 2020, with TV viewing figures and attendance during the first few weeks of the season.
Unfortunately for fans of the league, the coronavirus pandemic halted operations, kicking it into a rapid downward spiral, resulting in operations to halt and an uncertain future.
For the time being, it looks like the XFL will live on with wrestler / movie star / soccer player Johnson. Johnson played at the University of Miami and was a member of the 1991 Hurricanes National Championship team. Injuries derailed his college career and he was eventually replaced by Famer Warren Sapp’s future Pro Football Hall.