McMahon originally debuted the XFL in 2001 but it only lasted for one season. "A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, 'You were the one who screwed this up, ' or 'You made this thing a success'". This time around it will be a straight forward football league. With only four teams in each "conference", it makes sense to only have two teams from each play in the postseason for a championship bout.
McMahon said the National Football League controversies had nothing to do with the XFL re-launch and the plan had been in place "for some time".
The players' salary structure is still in development, but players will be paid to play and paid more to win.
The announcement of the return of the XFL is now sparking speculation about pro football returning to St. Louis. An interesting note is that the games, according to McMahon, will be 2 hours from start to finish ideally.
It sounds, well, better than the original XFL, which - let's face it - was a disaster... aside from some of the cool innovations like mic'd up players and on-field cameras.
"We will present a shorter, faster-paced, family-friendly and easier to understand game", McMahon said.
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"This could be a gimmick-free XFL, perhaps without nicknames such as Rod Smart's "He Hate Me" stitched on the back of his uniform".
"It'll have nothing to do with politics or social issues", he said.
At the turn of the millennium, it was McMahon who launched the XFL with the help of the World Wrestling Federation (WWE's former name) and broadcaster NBC. So if he's got the goods, he's willing to play ball.
McMahon said the XFL would return in 2020 but offered few other details about the late winter/early spring football league.
He went on to put football fan's fears to bed by saying there would be no crossover between the WWE and the new XFL.