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XFL 3.0: "The Rock" Says It Can Work

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Everyone knows about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s resume, and very few out there can compete with it. His success in the ring and at the box office is well known around the world, but now we will see how successful he can be in a different area: professional sports league ownership.

Johnson is part of a group that recently purchased the XFL out of bankruptcy from WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon’s private company “Alpha Entertainment.” McMahon had relaunched the XFL earlier this year but had to halt operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, it will be up to “The Rock” and his group to reimagine the league and what it can be heading into 2021 and beyond. A lot of that will apparently fall on Dany Garcia, Johnson’s ex-wife and business partner who led the way in this acquisition.

No mention has been made of when the XFL could return to the field, but the league could end up being somewhat of a “proving ground” for student athletes like Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley, who have opted out of the 2020 college football season, especially in today’s uncertain climate. This worked for former West Virginia safety Kenny Robinson, who played for the XFL’s St. Louis Battlehawks and ended up being drafted in the 5th round by the Carolina Panthers.

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"Even though it was only five games, I've played on a high level that the other college guys haven't," Robinson said in an interview before April's NFL Draft. "I played with people who were in the NFL. I was coached by NFL coaches. There's nothing you can replace that with. A lot of guys can't get that. And I've been around veterans and learned from those people."

 

With the Rock’s group now backing the league and Johnson’s passion for the sport having played for the University of Miami in the early 1990’s, the XFL version 3.0 has a real chance to succeed whenever it decides to kick off.

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