March 15, 2001 |
Wrestling fans have proved themselves to be a fairly loyal bunch, making the World Wrestling Federation's "Smackdown!" the top-rated show on UPN. But that loyalty doesn't necessarily extend to the WWF's maverick chairman, Vince McMahon. WWF fans are not flocking to McMahon's Xtreme Football League.
February 3, 2001 |
Emerging from a black stretch limousine in Mobile, Ala., Vince McMahon slips into his trademark character, the power-crazed wrestling promoter. It's not a hard fit. McMahon, chairman of the World Wrestling Federation, is the nation's most powerful wrestling promoter. But now it's show time. As the cameras catch him outside the city's sold-out Civic Center, he flies into a screaming rage at his driver and fires him for delivering him late.
February 7, 2001 |
The XFL's first weekend was a ratings success but not an artistic one as television critics across the country bashed the fledgling professional football league and its business and broadcast partner, NBC. Some didn't like the quality of play, some didn't like the camera angles, some didn't like the cheerleaders, some didn't like commentator Jesse Ventura, and many didn't like the crassness of it all.
April 19, 2001 |
The XFL will be back next season, only its games will not be televised by NBC, league founder Vince McMahon said Wednesday. "There's nothing official, but as for NBC showing games on Saturday nights, that's not going to happen," McMahon said during an interview about the first year of his football league. A month after McMahon announced the formation of the XFL early last year, NBC came in as a 50-50 partner.
February 12, 2001 |
The XFL, the new smash-mouth-ear-nose-and-throat football league, debuted to surprisingly strong ratings. Its success is already fueling speculation that the league's formula of violence, gloating and extreme cheerleader anatomy will soon influence all areas of American culture. Here are some of the copycat ideas being considered: The XBA Much as the XFL modified NFL rules to outlaw the "fair catch," the XBA will immediately implement the "no blood, no foul" guideline for its basketball games.
February 4, 2000 |
Professional football is returning to the Coliseum--but don't expect to see Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis or any other big-name stars. It's not the NFL. It's the XFL. And what is the XFL? It's a new professional league, set to open play in February 2001, according to Vince McMahon, owner and chairman of the World Wrestling Federation. The XFL is his baby. And, no, the games' outcomes will not be scripted, he says.