The Rock celebrates the return of the XFL with a focus on the players

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on Monday announced the resurgence of the XFL during the NFC’s wildcard playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Arizona Cardinals.

Johnson appeared on “ManningCast” and was asked about his dealings with the XFL. He said he wanted to make the league focused on the players and their goals to achieve success in their football careers. He called owning the league a “full circle moment” for him.

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Jacques Patrick # 29 of the Tampa Bay Vipers carries the ball after scoring in the first quarter of an XFL match against the DC Defenders at the Raymond James Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

Jacques Patrick # 29 of the Tampa Bay Vipers carries the ball after scoring in the first quarter of an XFL match against the DC Defenders at the Raymond James Stadium on March 1, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.
(Julio Aguilar / Getty Images)

“Man, I can not wait. I’m so excited about the XFL. We want to create a cultural league, a league of opportunities, a league of passion. I often use the term ‘mana’. And mana is a Polynesian word it’s spirit. “It’s the thing that lights up your skin with goosebumps when you feel something, and there’s such a great feeling and momentum and mana behind this league,” Johnson said.

“As an XFL owner, my No. 1 goal and my No. 1 priority will always be the player and taking care of the players and creating those opportunities for them. I can’t wait.”

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Stock Photo - Actor Dwayne "The rock" Johnson poses after laying his hands in cement during his hand and footprint ceremony in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate his film "San Andreas," in Hollywood, California on May 19, 2015.

Stock Photo – Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson poses after laying his hands in cement during the ceremony for his hand and footprints in the courtyard of the TCL Chinese Theater to celebrate his film “San Andreas” in Hollywood, California, May 19, 2015.
(REUTERS / Danny Moloshok)

Johnson said there would be more announcements about the league over the next few weeks. He asked Peyton Manning what he thought of the league.

“It’s a great thing you do because there are a lot of players out there who do not get that shot to the NFL and we never hear about it. The chance to develop players for the NFL teams so they can go down and watch “It’s an amazing thing you do,” Manning said.

The XFL unfolded during the 2020 season as the coronavirus pandemic closed sports leagues across the United States

Joshua Crockett # 11 of the Dallas Renegades smiles before the XFL match against the New York Guardians at Globe Life Park on March 7, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.

Joshua Crockett # 11 of the Dallas Renegades smiles before the XFL match against the New York Guardians at Globe Life Park on March 7, 2020 in Arlington, Texas.
(Andrew Hancock / XFL via Getty Images)

In August 2020, Johnson teamed up with Dany Garcia, from The Garcia Companies and TGC Management, and Gerry Carindale, CEO of Redbird Capital, to buy the league from Alpha Entertainment.

The league started a week after Super Bowl LIV. It featured eight teams from markets across the United States. The league drew 3 million seere in its first week, but the audience slowed in the following weeks.

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The XFL will start again in 2023.

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