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Vince McMahon forms and funds Alpha Entertainment: Possible XFL Revival


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7 minutes ago, JNLister said:

The theory I heard is that he's still into WWE, but he had to make it very clear this is all being done with his own money and that if it goes tits-up, WWE's finances aren't hurt. Without that distinction there's a risk stockholders would panic sell.

My main thought was that, even with that distinction, stockholders have always been jumpy at any suggestion that Vince might not be involved with WWE any more - the idea that he'll be dividing his time between WWE and Alpha Entertainment might scare a lot of people, and might even suggest that his heart isn't in WWE now. There's a lot more going on than "just" an XFL relaunch.

Is he a genius for doing this right before the Rumble, heading into the time when the most eyes will be on WWE - where, presumably, he can plug the hell out of this - or is he an utter lunatic for doing it when his workload and stress levels are already at their highest?

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This one won't allow protesting against racism.

It's The Rock. Vince would let him sleep with Linda.

Exactly, the USFL during the 80s was moderately successful when it ran as a Spring league.  It was only when it tried to be a direct competitor that it got stomped.  (Great ESPN 30 for 30 on it and I

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1 minute ago, BomberPat said:

Is he a genius for doing this right before the Rumble, heading into the time when the most eyes will be on WWE - where, presumably, he can plug the hell out of this - or is he an utter lunatic for doing it when his workload and stress levels are already at their highest?

Superbowl, init. The sport is on the lips of everyone in the US and around the world. This is the time if you want to get everyone talking about a competitor league for next season or for the off-season.

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Just now, tiger_rick said:

Superbowl, init. The sport is on the lips of everyone in the US and around the world. This is the time if you want to get everyone talking about a competitor league for next season or for the off-season.

True. And there's a convincing theory about how this all ties into Donald Trump's attacks on the NFL - aside from his longstanding dislike of them, when Trump started criticising players for protesting by taking a knee, Vince starting filing for football-related trademarks, and laying the groundwork for Alpha Entertainment. Now, the question there is whether it's Vince taking Trump's lead, Vince seeing an opportunity, or - a bonkers option that would have been unthinkable at any other point in my lifetime - that the President of the United States is allowing his public statements to be influenced by, and for the benefit of, Vince McMahon.

We know they're friendly - and for the amount of time Trump spends on Twitter, he actually only follows around 50 people; outside of the Trump family, members of his staff, FOX News hosts and Trump businesses, the number is down into the single figures, and one of those people is Vince McMahon...

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The timing (although probably planned for sometime - after NFL playoffs) could not be better. As an announcement, rather than a press conference, this gets eyes on Vince and WWE, without press questions potentially derailing it with the current situations. 

Interested to see what the outline for the product will be - teams, divisions, schedules. And as Matrix alluded to, will Mike Ashley be trying to get UK-exclusive merch rights?

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13 minutes ago, BomberPat said:

My main thought was that, even with that distinction, stockholders have always been jumpy at any suggestion that Vince might not be involved with WWE any more - the idea that he'll be dividing his time between WWE and Alpha Entertainment might scare a lot of people, and might even suggest that his heart isn't in WWE now. There's a lot more going on than "just" an XFL relaunch.

I imagine he thinks that can be mitigated by being very clear that he's still very much the boss and is capable of doing both - maybe even highlighting how he'll delegate responsibility during the XFL, this time? Even if it is bollocks, Vince isn't above talking shite to help stock.

I'm sure the stock will take a hit, but it would have been much worse if it was part of the WWE. this.

He's being very clear it's his money, not WWE's.
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An extreme optimist is going to have a hard time arguing otherwise, seeing how this usually ends up going for Vince.

Even the XFL brand, while infamous, has the stink of abject failure about it and mediocrity. It's like TNA for football fans. It's a weird one, because it's clearly a brand some will recognise, but not for the right reasons. IDK if starting with a new brand is the best way to star off, because he may be facing a battle to change the XFL stigma already doors.

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2 minutes ago, UK Kat Von D said:

Seems quite abrupt, would have thought Raw25 would have been a good time to announce the press conference. Going to assume this is being pushed forward to distract from the rape accusations 

Nah, when this story first broke, it was a journalist on Twitter specifically saying an XFL relaunch would be announced on January 25th. Maybe they didn't announce it at RAW 25 to further try and distance it from WWE.

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5 minutes ago, ColinBollocks said:

Even the XFL brand, while infamous, has the stink of abject failure about it and mediocrity. It's like TNA for football fans. It's a weird one, because it's clearly a brand some will recognise, but not for the right reasons. IDK if starting with a new brand is the best way to star off, because he may be facing a battle to change the XFL stigma already doors.

Can surely only be because of the documentary? Sure it was a failure the first time but the pub from the 30 for 30 enough to make people take an interest?

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