XFL plans return for 2023 season

The XFL is planning a return to the field in 2023.

The 2022 XFL season had been put on hold pending the outcome of the conversations with the CFL. Following the joint decision by both leagues not to pursue any formal arrangements, The Rock and Dany Garcia announced the XFL will kick-off in 2023.

“The XFL is back,” The Rock said in a promotional video.

The most recent incarnation of the XFL lasted five games in 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic put their season on hold, which led to Vince McMahon filing for bankruptcy and selling.

Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and RedBird Capital were selected as the winning bidders last August for all of the assets of Alpha Entertainment LLC, the parent company of the XFL. It cost $15 million and the goal is to make the XFL a stable league in the future.

Its eight franchises are based in major United States cities: Dallas Renegades, DC Defenders, Houston Roughnecks, Los Angeles Wildcats, New York Guardians, Seattle Dragons, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers.

The original XFL lasted one full season in 2001.