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Vince McMahon continues to tease XFL return

Alex Reimer
December 22, 2017 - 11:37 am

The hints about an XFL return keep getting stronger. Vince McMahon is one big tease. 

On Thursday, McMahon sold 3.34 million shares of WWE, which is worth $100 million. The money is being funneled to Alpha Entertainment LLC, a company McMahon has established to explore additional investment opportunities in sports and entertainment. The WWE’s filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says those opportunities include “professional football.”

Alpha Entertainment became linked to the XFL last week, when it filed for five trademarks related to the league. The news prodded the WWE to confirm Alpha is an entity of McMahon’s.

The murmurs about an XFL return started to surface last year, when the WWE attempted to trademark "He Hate Me,” the infamous nickname held by Rod Smart. In a 30-for-30 documentary that aired earlier this year, McMahon acknowledged he would like to enter the professional world again.

“I don’t know what it would be,” he said, per the Washington Post. “I don’t know if it’s going to be another XFL, or what it may be, or how different I would make it.”

Though the XFL failed spectacularly –– it debuted in 2001 and folded after just one season –– there appears to be an opening for another pro football league. It seems all too natural for McMahon to start up a league that doesn’t ban head shots and forces players to stand for the national anthem, for example. 

Perhaps that league would also receive the backing of President Donald Trump. Vince’s wife, Linda McMahon, serves in Trump’s cabinet as head of the Small Business Administration.