Can you smell what The Rock is cooking?
WWE star and actor, Dwayne Johnson, has agreed to purchase the XFL for $15 million, saving the league after it declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April. Johnson and his investors -- which include his business partner and ex-wife, Dany Garcia, along with RedBird Capital Partners -- plan to revive the league.
The Rock confirmed the acquisition in a post on Twitter Monday.
With my trail blazing partner @DanyGarciaCo & Red Bird Capital, we have acquired the XFL. With gratitude & passion I’ve built a career with my own two hands and will apply these callouses to our @xfl2020 brand. Excited to create something special for the fans! #XFL #fullcircle.
With my trail blazing partner @DanyGarciaCo & Red Bird Capital, we have acquired the XFL.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 3, 2020
With gratitude & passion I’ve built a career with my own two hands and will apply these callouses to our @xfl2020 brand.
Excited to create something special for the fans! #XFL #fullcircle pic.twitter.com/LprJ6HjglD
Johnson, 48, played college football at the University of Miami before becoming a professional wrestler and one of Hollywood’s most-known actors. He also played football with the CFL Calgary Stampeders in 1995.
The Vince McMahon-owned league shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, eventually leading to its bankruptcy decision. The filing came just days after XFL COO Jeffrey Pollack informed employees the league was suspending operations and all employees had been laid off.
This was McMahon’s second attempt at developing a professional football league after the XFL folded in 2001 due to low viewership.
While the resurrected league drew mixed reviews, the XFL’s Seattle Dragons dominated in attendance. They drew an XFL record with 29,172 fans in attendance at their home opener against the Tampa Bay Vipers and surged past 10,000 in season-ticket sales in February.
Could Johnson breathe new fire and bring back Seattle's beloved Dragons? The Emerald City hopes so!