Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says he's buying XFL out of bankruptcy
Former WWE superstar spent 2 months with CFL's Stampeders in 1995
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