The Rock and his business partners purchased the XFL when Vince McMahon could not revive it in the face of a pandemic. To be fair, McMahon had no idea a pandemic would pop up around the time he was bringing back the football league. There was talk that The Rock’s incarnation could partner with the CFL in some way, but that is not happening now.

The CFL’s official Twitter account sent out a blast on Wednesday morning where it was made 100% clear that they will not be partnering up with the XFL. They did talk about a partnership between the two football leagues, but a collaborative effort is not happening right now.

It was also said that the Canadian Football League is open to working together in the future, but they will need to figure out new ways to do so. At this time both sides have decided not to pursue and further talks.

The Canadian Football League (CFL) released the following statement on Wednesday:


“Our talks with the XFL, exploring the potential for collaboration and innovation, have been positive and constructive.

While we remain open to finding new ways to work together in the future, we and our XFL counterparts have jointly decided to not pursue any formal arrangements at this time.

We at the CFL are now squarely focused on preparing for August 5th and the start of our  2021 regular season, which will culminate December 12 with the playing of the 108th Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ontario.

We are looking forward to this year and  a bright future for our league.”

The Rock and his business partners purchasing the XFL brought a lot of attention to the defunct football league. Vince McMahon brought the XFL out of the ashes, but their 2020 season was short-lived due to the pandemic sweeping in and destroying our society as we knew it. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the XFL’s ratings had already started to slump from a very curious interest to an incredibly passive viewership.

Dwayne Johnson has been a part of one successful project after another. The XFL could turn to gold the moment he touches it, but the CFL has decided to let them do their own thing for now.

What’s your take on the XFL’s second comeback? Sound off in the comments!

H Jenkins

Years of experience in writing, journalism, and digging exclusive insider info for Ringside News opened the door for a new opportunity for Jenkins. With a history in finance, he broke into the journalism game by writing on blogs and other freelance websites before branching into sports and entertainment news. Being in tune with pop culture doesn't mean it has to make sense, but he tries. Favorite bands include any group from Seattle who formed between 1991 and 1999. 5 Ozzfests under his belt and 12 Warped Tours, but his last concert was a bluegrass AC/DC cover band that was not 100% terrible.

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