Former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson says he has acquired the XFL.
The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million US.
The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before cancelling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The league suspended operations and laid off all of its employees on April 10 and filed for bankruptcy protection on April 13.
Since ending his wrestling career, Johnson has become a movie star, including in the “Fast & Furious” and “Jumanji” franchises.
Johnson, who hails from Hayward, Calif., failed to catch on in the National Football League and was cut after two months with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League.
Dwayne Johnson was on Stamps practice roster in 1995. He later gained fame as a wrestler and actor <a href=”https://twitter.com/TheRock?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TheRock</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/TBT?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#TBT</a> <a href=”http://t.co/v704KgwrLq”>pic.twitter.com/v704KgwrLq</a>
He was a defensive tackle for the University of Miami football team from 1991 to 1994, winning a ring with the Hurricanes in ’91.
Spring football is a difficult challenge, as the Alliance of American Football found out in 2019, not lasting a full season, either.
A previous version of the XFL also played one season in 2001.