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The Rock announces XFL will relaunch in 2022

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The XFL won’t play next year but will relaunch in 2022 under the ownership of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Johnson teamed up with RedBird Capital and business partner, Dany Garcia, to buy the bankrupt XFL back in August. They paid $15 million for the league, which came just months after Vince McMahon folded.

The Rock confirmed the news in a post on his official Twitter account by writing the following:

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“XFL returns SPRING 2022. As owners, we’re proud to champion our XFL players, coaches, cities and fans into an electrifying 2022 season! It’s an uphill battle - but we’re hungry, humble and no one will outwork us. A league of culture, passion & purpose.���

The WWE Chairman and CEO cited COVID-19 for not being able to continue with the league. McMahon is still dealing with a lawsuit from ex-XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck

At the time, TV partners such as ESPN and FOX were still interested in airing games, which is one of the reasons that Johnson had an interest in buying the league.