Dwayne «The Rock» Johnson hopes the third time is the charm.
The XFL is back for a third season, with the league restarting on Saturday afternoon. It was revived at the beginning of 2020, but the pandemic cut the season short and the league disappeared.
However, the WWE legend, along with Dany Garcia and Gerry Cardinale, purchased the league from Alpha Entertainment just a few months later.
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Johnson heralded the beginning of a new opportunity for the players, most of whom are former college players who didn’t make it to the next level.
«When they told you the dream was over, but here’s the truth: your dream is just beginning. Because what you’re going to do, you’re going to go out on this field, and you’re going to line up, and you’re going to show the world what it’s like to be really hungry with that chip on my shoulder. I know, because I have the same chip. And we’re here, because the XFL’s X represents the intersection of dreams and opportunity. You bring the dreams, we bring the opportunity.»
Johnson wore a jersey number 54. The number represents that most players in the league were the «54 man» in NFL training camp: rosters are made up of 53 players.
Prior to his WWE and acting career, Johnson was an NFL hopeful at the University of Miami. He won a national championship his first year, but was often a substitute and only played two months on a practice roster for a Canadian Soccer League team.
The Arlington Renegades, the Houston Goons, the San Antonio Brahmas, the St. Louis BattleHawks, DC DefendersOrlando Guardians, Seattle Sea Dragons and Vegas Vipers will fight for the XFL title.
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All games will be played at Choctaw Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the former home of MLB’s Texas Rangers.