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Will Vince McMahon’s Role With WWE Change After XFL Relaunch?

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Sports fans and the professional wrestling world knew it was coming – WWE founder and chairman Vince McMahon announced the return of the XFL.

During a press conference streamed on Alpha Entertainment, McMahon announced the XFL will return in January 2020. Although the WWE owner is funding the football league, things will be different this go around – no crossover with WWE, no flashy characters or gimmicks behind the league, just good old fashioned football that will go back to the football fans. It’s akin to Tommy Dreamer’s motto for his House of Hardcore promotion – “No politics, no BS, just wrestling.”

It’s a 180-degree from McMahon’s first foray into football in 2001.

The basics of the revamped XFL include eight teams to start each with 40 man rosters. There will be a 10-game season beginning in January.

The game will also feature a goal of only two hours – with the potential of eliminating halftime. Players won’t get to take a stance on issues on the field and any athlete with a criminal record will not play. McMahon is friends with Donald Trump, who is a WWE Hall of Famer and also criticized the NFL and players for sitting and kneeling during the National Anthem.

According to ESPN, the initial outlay is expected to be around $100 million, which is the same amount of WWE stock McMahon sold in December and funneled into Alpha Entertainment.

Of course there’s speculation as McMahon’s role with WWE going forward. McMahon said it will be two years before the XFL plays its first game, which he is time to get everything right.

McMahon also noted his duties with WWE will not change when the XFL launches. The WWE chairman said the press conference is most likely the last time he will be up front for the league. He said he would hire executives who know what they are doing.

It sounds like McMahon is learning his lesson in not spreading himself too thin when it comes to building the XFL and his duties in WWE. However, fans may not buy the idea of McMahon simple sitting back and letting a company play with his investment.

McMahon is has his fingers on the pulse when it comes to WWE – to borrow a phrase form Freddie Prinze Jr., the WWE is McMahon’s toybox and he doesn’t necessarily like others playing with his toys.

Sure McMahon will hire executives who know the game of football, but it’s highly unlikely he will sit back and let someone else have the final say with the XFL – especially when it’s $100 million he is investing.

Some folks are hoping McMahon’s newest venture results in him taking time away from WWE so that Triple H can step in and have sole booking power with the promotion. This would result in more long-term booking, similar to what fans see in NXT.

This also could change if McMahon decides to sell WWE or if the promotion decides to leave the USA Network and move to a new broadcast channel.

The only person who really knows all of this is McMahon himself. 

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? January 7, 2019

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The Good

For Raw, the main event between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental championship was a great match and a good way to end this rivalry and move forward with both competitors. Ambrose ended up winning after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Rollins. This made sense as the show opened with Rollins and Lashley brawling and these two have been at each other for the past few weeks. What’s really good to take out of this is now Rollins can focus on the Royal Rumble and Ambrose can focus on who is next contender is for his championship.

For Smackdown, the push for Shane McMahon and The Miz to go for the tag team championship was an entertaining way to help build this match up at the Royal Rumble. After Shane expressed aggressiveness and prove worthiness to earn a championship match, the Miz tried to impress him by going out there and challenging the Bar to that match by himself. The challenge was accepted and even though that isn’t what Shane meant, they are getting the match that wanted when they first formed.

The Bad

For Raw, the Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar “face to face” segment fell flat. Strowman struggled on his delivery of insults to Lesnar, and the “face to face” was more of just Lesnar walking around the ring over and over again without getting in Strowman’s face. At this point, anybody but Brock Lesnar needs to hold the Universal championship in order to give it a more important feel. 

For Smackdown, there was nothing they had that was really too bad. Smackdown was able to give proper time for all the rivalries they are building up. 

The Final Verdict

Smackdown has been hitting on all the right cylinders with their shows for a while now. Once they establish a championship match for the PPV, they give proper buildup and interesting scenarios for each one. Along with that, when Smackdown wants to build up a rivalry just for their show, they are able to do that effectively as well. While Raw does try to do the same, there segments and matches just don’t have the spark that Smackdown is able to deliver. So, with that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. In conclusion, the Royal Rumble is one of the big 4 PPV’s for the year of 2019 for WWE, and so far it looks like everything is going right for Smackdown while Raw is still trying to find their footing.

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Nikki Cross Posts Farewell to NXT

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WWE superstar Nikki Cross is on her way to the main roster, looking likely to land on the SmackDown roster.

Cross posted the following farewell to NXT, where he has spent the past few years, on her social media page:

See you down the road @WWENXT
This isn’t goodbye…we caused far too much mischief and had too much fun doing it for this to be it… pic.twitter.com/0Fk8wEEUzX— Nikki Cross (@NikkiCrossWWE) January 10, 2019

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Matt Hardy Hinting at In-Ring Return

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Matt Hardy may not be done wrestling after all.

The WWE superstar, and future WWE Hall of Famer, had been rumored to been winding down his career and transitioning to a backstage role in 2018 as he was dealing with a number of nagging injuries.

Hardy also posted a couple of videos, and posts on social media, that echoed those intentions, at least they appeared to.

Now, Hardy seems to be hinting at an in-ring return in WWE.

Excited to check out the 1st #RAW of 2019 tonight, especially with all the interesting things that are advertised. Most importantly, I need to see where all the pieces are positioned & moving to on the @WWE chess board.

ALMOST TIME TO GET BACK INTO THE GREAT GAME…. AGEEN! pic.twitter.com/WFXeCiHb1h— #WOKEN, yet #BROKEN, Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) January 8, 2019

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