The Rock and his business partners bought the XFL, but it only lost them money. Now, a big announcement could give that company a better chance of success.
Dwayne Johnson made an appearance on FOX’s NFL pre-game show, initially paying tribute to Jimmy Johnson’s induction into the Dallas Cowboys Ring Of Honor the previous night. Then he had a big announcement for his own football company.
Following a commercial break, The Rock and his partner Dany Garcia announced the merger of the XFL and the USFL to create The UFL. This was a landmark deal for the XFL, a league that has seen a few incarnations.
Dwayne Johnson expressed the intention to enhance football, providing players and fans with an improved product. He also brought a spotlight to their goal of securing the future of spring football, which has experienced stops and starts in past decades.
The Rock once aspired to play in the NFL, and now he can provide players with another option. He shared his desire to give opportunities to those who narrowly miss making the roster cut. The Great One also aims to empower all the “54s” out there to pursue their dreams, noting that some players from last year’s leagues made it to the NFL this year.
The UFL will be broadcast on FOX and ESPN, with the first game scheduled for March 30th. The current plan is to feature last year’s champions from each league in the opening game.
WWE NXT Superstar Trirk Williams almost ended up in the XFL, but that didn’t come to pass. That was also years ago, so only time will tell what is next for him, but he left football in the rear view mirror.
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