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The Rock announces XFL relaunch for spring 2022

The next relaunch of the XFL is targeted for 2022.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Dany Garcia released a video today announcing that the XFL will return in spring 2022. The league was purchased by Johnson, Garcia, and RedBird Capital Partners for $15 million this August.

“The XFL represents the idea of ultimate opportunity; it’s a league of soul and culture, anchored by the pursuit of dreams and love for the game, that we couldn’t be more proud to lead,” Garcia and Johnson said in a press release. “Every XFL player, coach, city and fan is our top priority and we couldn’t be more excited to champion them in an electrifying 2022 season. We are the new XFL -- hungry, humble and no one will outwork us.”

"For the love of football and for the safety of our players and fans, we’ll be back on the field in 2022,” XFL President and COO Jeffrey Pollack said. “The opportunity in front of us, with our new ownership, is simply too big to rush back. We want to do this properly with care and thought for everyone who loves football, especially our players, coaches, partners and fans."

After the original version of the league lasted for one season in 2001, Vince McMahon announced in 2018 that the XFL would relaunch under his new Alpha Entertainment group. The revived XFL then kicked off this February. But five weeks into the season, play was stopped in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league suspended operations in April and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Johnson and Garcia's video announcing the return of the XFL for 2022 is available to watch below: