The XFL officially returned this weekend. The Vince McMahon alternative to the NFL closed its doors in 2001 but has returned with many changes and a lot of strength. New rules and a variety of new players made the debut between the DC Defenders and the Seattle Dragons a success as far as criticism is concerned. The crash was broadcast on ESPN and took place at the Audi Field in Washington and attracted 17,163 people, a good fact considering that the stadium has a capacity of approximately 20,000 viewers.
This new project aims to maintain the essence of classic American football, although with the inclusion of rules that accelerated the game. Unlike the NFL, XFL broadcasters will be able to discuss game metrics as they happen. And one of the aspects that stood out most was the promotion of players during break times, very WWE style.
But not only in that reference was made to the wrestling company of Vince McMahon in the micro since Los Angeles Wildcast player Jordan Smallwood scored a point during the other match of the first day and celebrated it with the pose from Randy Orton.
— Jordan Smallwood (@Jsmalls_17) February 9, 2020
Some personalities made an appearance in the match between the DC Defenders and the Seattle Dragons. Shane McMahon, son of Vince McMahon, was seen among the audience with Kevin Dunn to take pictures with fans. WWE’s best known is part of the show, like Jonathan Coachman, who acts as a host of set programs. Together with Alyse Ashton, he presented the pre-match in a program broadcast by ABC.
Each XFL team will organize five home games and schedules will depend heavily on divisional clashes. XFL East will feature DC Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis Battle Hawks and Tampa Bay Vipers and XFL West will consist of the Dallas Renegades, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats and Seattle Dragons.
The XFL will continue this afternoon with the broadcast of the game between New York Guardians and Tampa Bay Vipers at 2 ET on FOX. The game between Dallas Renegades and St. Louis BattleHawks will air at 5 ET on ESPN.