Football

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says he's buying XFL out of bankruptcy

Former wrestling star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he has acquired the XFL for a reported $15 million US. The 48-year-old actor and ex-CFL defensive lineman made the announcement on Twitter.

Former WWE superstar spent 2 months with CFL's Stampeders in 1995

Dwayne Johnson said he has acquired the XFL. The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/Associated Press/File)

Former wrestling star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson says he has acquired the XFL.

The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million US.

The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before cancelling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The league suspended operations and laid off all of its employees on April 10 and filed for bankruptcy protection on April 13.

Since ending his wrestling career, Johnson has become a movie star, including in the "Fast & Furious" and "Jumanji" franchises.

Johnson, who hails from Hayward, Calif., was a defensive tackle for the University of Miami from 1991 to 1994, winning a national title his first year. He spent two months with the Calgary Stampeders in 1995.

Spring football is a difficult challenge, as the Alliance of American Football found out in 2019, not lasting a full season, either.

A previous version of the XFL also played one season in 2001.

With files from CBC Sports

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