Back in the testosterone-fuelled days of 2001, Vince McMahon's XFL could've been accurately nicknamed the SEX-FL. Sophomoric behaviour was a rule of thumb, and the then-WWF tried to stir in elements of their pro wrestling programming with the football league by bringing Attitude to the gridiron.
It bombed spectacularly, and ended up costing Vince a ton of money.
People understandably scoffed when McMahon announced an XFL reprise several years ago, and there's been a healthy amount of giggling in the lead-up to 2020's relaunch. On Saturday night, it finally arrived – XFL 2020 presented two games that came hot on the tail of last weekend's fun Super Bowl LIV festivities. First, Seattle Dragons visited DC Defenders, and then the LA Wildcats made the trip to Texas to take on Houston Roughnecks.
It was an unpredictable night for this NFL mega-fan. Would the XFL's rule changes, technology tweaks and brand of football be up to scratch? Or, would this be another false dawn for McMahon and follow in the footsteps of 2001's experiment, and other costly WWE botches like ICO-PRO and the WBF?