If ya smell what The Rock is … buying.
As he’s done in “Fast and Furious” movies so many times, The Rock is here to save the world once again — just a smaller world this time, as the former wrestling and current movie megastar has partnered with Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital to buy the XFL, saving it from shutdown.
The league was heading for another unfortunate end as it did in 2001, but Johnson, Garcia and RedBird Capital swooped in to purchase the Alpha Entertainment, parent company of the XFL, for $15 million, putting ownership in the capable hands of Johnson and Garcia — as long as the sale is approved over the coming weeks.
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has a long history with league founder Vince McMahon, as he was one of McMahon and WWF’s prized sports entertainment superstars in the ’90s and early 2000s. McMahon announced in 2018 that the league would restart, and it fielded a product in early 2020.
Along with Johnson, Garcia is a co-founder of Seven Bucks Companies, a group that has hands in entertainment, marketing and brand industries.
The football league founded and restarted by McMahon showed a decent level of success in its 2020 return, with TV ratings and attendance steady through the first several weeks of the season.
Unfortunately for fans of the league, the coronavirus pandemic shut down operations, sending it into a quick downward spiral resulting in the ceasing of operations and an uncertain future.
For now, it looks like the XFL will live on with wrestler/movie star/football player Johnson. Playing at the University of Miami, Johnson was a member of the 1991 Hurricanes national championship team. Injuries derailed his college career, and he was eventually replaced by future Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp.