We’re still quite a ways away from the relaunch of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s XFL, currently slated to begin in February of 2020. While the brand is currently on the lookout for bodies to fill positions for the league ranging from players to front office personnel and everything in between, more information on how much the reboot will cost McMahon has been revealed today.
Darren Rovell of ESPN, who spoke to the XFL’s new CEO and Commissoner Oliver Luck (read about his hiring here) is reporting that McMahon has been informing insiders he expects to spend roughly $500 million on the league for its first three seasons. Previously, Vince sold $100 million of his WWE stock to put into Alpha Entertainment LLC, which was created solely for the new XFL in order to keep it separate from McMahon’s wrestling company. Luck stated the following to Rovell regarding the amount of money being put into the project:
“People were focused on the $100 million, but the truth is that doesn’t even get us to the 20-yard line.”
Luck would also add that the biggest cost will be player and coach salaries as the average for a team’s 40-man roster is expected to be around $75,000, $30,000 more than the original XFL average. On top of that, insurance coverage to cover player injuries is said to hit more than $10 million per year for premiums.
EA’s Take: One thing nobody can never say about Vince is that the guy doesn’t have the “grapefruits” to take a roll of the dice on something he believes in. My biggest issue with all of this is how they’re going to compete with the NFL, on top of the also announced AAF headed by Dick Ebersol which is set to launch a year before the XFL. Personally, I love me some football, but I don’t even watch college. The NFL is so ingrained in me that I just see no reason why I would stop watching it or even WANT to watch another, lesser league. Does the NFL have its issues? Of course it does, but let’s be real here. If you have a favorite team like I do (New England Patriots, go ahead and hate on me haters), why would I go from watching the greatest quarterback who ever lived to tuning into a bunch of players that couldn’t make it to that league? That’s one of the problems the XFL had before and I’m sorry, I don’t see how that’s been fixed regardless of how many other original issues have been rectified. I certainly think the legalization of gambling could be a good thing for the XFL because people who are into that will bet on anything, so maybe that’s the “saving grace”? I guess we just have to wait and see.
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Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle (2/18/19)
Start your Monday off with comments on news regarding Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch and more!
Jason shuffles into Monday with the Chairshot Wrestling News Shuffle! Today we take a look at news on Chris Jericho/IMPACT, AEW Ticket Sales, Becky Lynch, and more!
More On IMPACT Offer To Chris Jericho
Chris Jericho was recently a guest on Wrestling Observer Radio, and during the broadcast he discussed the offer that IMPACT wrestling made to him a few months ago: (credit to Fightful for the transcription below)
“In my mind, from a pure business standpoint, I’m worth as much as Brock Lesnar to WWE as far as what I bring to the table. That’s the watermark that I had. For me to go back to Vince, I want that kind of a deal. When I was starting to talk with Tony (Khan) and New Japan and Impact as well– Impact offered me a hell of a deal for a four match series. We’re talking mid-seven figures. They have some cash as well.”
AEW Double Or Nothing Ticket Sale Notes
Cody Rhodes took to Twitter a few days ago and provided some interesting stats on ticket sales for AEW Double Or Nothing:
• Tickets purchased from all 50 states domestically(plus Puerto Rico / D.C)
• 9 countries. Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, Costa Rica, Finland, Germany, Panama, Austria
• 1st same day sellout for pro-wrestling in Vegas ever!
Thank you fans for going “all in” on this dream. pic.twitter.com/F5oi8A7uDu
— Cody Rhodes (@CodyRhodes) February 13, 2019
Why The Women Didn’t Headline Elimination Chamber
Initially, it was thought that the historic Women’s Tag Team Championship match would headline the Elimination Chamber pay per view, however, according to Fightful, Vince McMahon made the change to swap the match out with the men’s Elimination Chamber match. McMahon felt the women’s match would get the reaction desired to close out the show.
Becky Lynch Re-Injures Knee At Live Event
While it appears to be only in storyline, Becky Lynch appeared to re-injure her knee after attempting to attach Charlotte Flair at a house show Saturday evening.
— WWE (@WWE) February 17, 2019
WWE Elimination Chamber Results: WWE Championship Match
Was Daniel Bryan able to walk out of WWE Elimination Chamber still BOTH the Planet’s and WWE Champion?
Six men fought it out in the main event of WWE Elimination Chamber for The New Daniel Bryan’s WWE Championship. Did the Planet’s Champion retain?
The six men involved were:
- Kofi Kingston (with Big E and Xavier Woods, starting in the near right pod)
- Jeff Hardy (starting in the far right pod)
- Randy Orton (starting in the near left pod)
- AJ Styles (starting in the near left pod)
- Samoa Joe (starting in the ring)
- WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (with Eric Rowan, starting in the ring)
Does he have an advantage? All 4 of the last 4 (non-tag) Elimination Chamber matches have been won by first time entrants.
— WWE Stats & Info (@WWEStats) February 18, 2019
Kofi Kingston was THE fan’s favorite headed into this match. But he started in a pod, as the first two men in the match were Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel Bryan (the Ring Of Honor fan in me is happy).
Order of events:
- Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe started the match at 0:00
- Kofi Kingston entered the Chamber at 5:16
- AJ Styles entered the Chamber at 10:27
- AJ Styles eliminated Samoe Joe at 14:34
- Jeff Hardy entered the Chamber at 15:14
- Daniel Bryan eliminated Jeff Hardy at 17:58
- Randy Orton entered the Chamber at 19:57
- Randy Orton eliminated AJ Styles at 22:21
- Kofi Kingston eliminated Randy Orton at 24:01
- The final two men in the match were WWE Champion Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston
- Daniel Bryan pinned Kofi Kingston at 36:35 to retain the WWE Championship
.@TrueKofi with the trust fall!
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) February 18, 2019
Daniel Bryan last eliminated Kofi Kingston to win the Elimination Chamber match and retain the WWE Championship
Follow along with Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Coverage!