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Vince McMahon set to announce new football league WWE Network/Screenshot

According to reports, Vince McMahon is not only bringing back the XFL, but will be announcing the return date on Thursday.

Via a report from PWInsider, WWE’s production team has been working on video packages geared towards promoting the impending return of the XFL. Moreover, that the return of the defunct league is scheduled for 2020.

ESPN has also issued its own report, essentially confirming PWInsider’s. It is worth noting ESPN has a business relationship with the WWE, with the company often leaking information to the worldwide leader in sports for the sake of publicity.

Does that seem like an outlandish report? Well, only a few hours after the report surfaced, WWE tweeted out the following:

Bah gawd, Lawler, he’s really going to do it!

McMahon hasn’t been shy about wanting to bring back his football league. He did hint at the possibility of an XFL revival during the league’s ESPN “30 for 30” documentary last year.

It is not yet known if McMahon’s league will be yet again called the XFL, but the formation of Alpha Entertainment, which McMahon liquidated some of his WWE assets to form, appears ready to get the ball rolling.

All of this, mind you, comes following reports that the WWE might not only be looking for a new broadcast home, but that FOX is interested in purchasing the company.

Are we headed to a WWE without Vince McMahon? Is an XFL return a bad idea?

Triple H has previously commented on the idea of WWE without McMahon, but it seems plausible that something big is happening behind the scenes.

Brad Shepard was first to report that WWE was bringing back the XFL:

Only time will tell, but a pro wrestling loving nation, as well as XFL enthusiasts, will have their collective eyes peeled at 3:00 Eastern on Thursday.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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