Recently, news broke that Vince McMahon has established a new company of sorts. The company’s name is Alpha Entertainment. This is a company separate from the WWE, meaning he alone has control over it and it would not be on the stock holder books. When news came out that Vince had plans to bring back the XFL, a response came from the WWE that seemed to confirm the rumors of Vince investing in a product like it….if not the actual defunct football corporation. Here’s the thing, while Brad Shepard of Nation One News claimed that McMahon would be bringing back the XFL with an announcement coming on January 25th, this was not confirmed by WWE.
WWE’s statement on the matter went as follows:
“Vince McMahon has established and is personally funding a separate entity from WWE, Alpha Entertainment, to explore investment opportunities across the sports and entertainment landscapes, including professional football. Mr. McMahon has nothing further to note at this time.”
Vince has always been interested in investing in sports even outside the xfl
McMahon has expressed interest in buying a soccer club and even thinking his XFL idea could work if he tried it again without the same mistakes as before. The problem is that WWE shareholders and the board would never go for Vince trying to revive the XFL on the company’s dime. He may have full ownership and could do what he wants as majority owner, Chairman, and CEO. The issue is that there are ways to stop it and they are not good for McMahon.
Vince is a smart man, and he knows everything on this subject. So this is why he’s establishing a completely separate company from WWE, which will allow him to do what he wants without any sort of say-so other than his own. Interestingly, McMahon has thought of buying teams in pro-sports on many occasions, including ones local to him. The problem is that he always seemingly felt like he needed to stick to controlling and making WWE the best product he could. WWE has added their movie studio for connecting to the entertainment world more, and the WWE Network where they can explore various things involving their talent.
Do not be shocked if McMahon does not bring back the XFL but instead, he invests in a pro-team possibly even in football. There has also been interest in investing in stadiums similar to Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner. Jerry has an investment in the Las Vegas stadium being made, where the Oakland Raiders are set to move. Vince McMahon and Jerry Jones are not so much close friends, but they get along relatively well. It would not be shocking if McMahon wanted to be like Jones and simply invest in things that could make money in the long-run.
Vince is a visionary who sees money in far more than just football these days
There is a theory among many. Vince McMahon knows where the future is headed, which is why he makes decisions the way he does. While he may not be impressive in the creative side of storylines like he used to be, McMahon is still a genius at marketing. He was ahead of the game on social media, well before any pro sport had a focus on it. He also saw how streaming was going to be massive and made the WWE Network around it. He also knew that his son-in-law had big plans to make the future talent better than the current, and he signed off on the WWE Performance Center.
Eventually WWE NXT was born and Vince signed off on letting things play out there the way Triple H saw it. He’s made sure his daughter Stephanie picked up every piece of the trade, so that she knew how to properly run things when Vince ultimately left. Vince also noticed how he had to market certain people today versus how he would before, which is why everything has gone differently for him when it comes to that area. The thing is, McMahon sees the future in some ways and knows where to go and what makes sense.
While the XFL makes sense to bring back, he knows the only thing that would make it work is if his football promotion relaxed the rules a bit….allowing for bigger hits and more impressive games. Rules and the entertainment portion could be different, but marketing players and getting teams in would just be a huge hassle. See, Vince knows that this would be a much bigger issue than it needs to be….but he also knows that there are things that could change in the sports world. So what could be better than bringing the XFL back?
Instead of football, mcmahon could be preparing to invest in mixed martial arts(MMA)
People think that McMahon does not like MMA, and for the most part he isn’t a fan…neither is Triple H. Yet The Game has been seen at numerous UFC events over the years. It is widely assumed that Vince wants to head toward MMA because of the growth and how much it’ll continue to grow. People in UFC often make no more than a guy or girl in WWE, and for limited fights per year. It’s easy to bring in talent to the world of MMA, and Vince would have the money to pay top dollar for these men and women.
It’s hard to compete with the UFC, but Bellator MMA has done an impressive job of not only poaching talent but having good events. In passing rumors it’s been assumed that Vince wanted to buy into the UFC, and his son Shane McMahon almost did at one point years ago. Both regret this not going down, and there’s a theory that since McMahon has already established a huge entertainment brand with WWE, he could make sure an MMA promotion had all the same glamour his WWE shows do.
The only difference is that you would see real fights. People would question if what we’re seeing would be real beforehand, as McMahon could be trying to make a wrestling promotion with the guise of it being real. However, if he’s sticks to the idea of a real fighting promotion it would surely work. It’s already huge all around the world and only getting bigger. WWE also had connections to several stars who would have an interest in working there. Plus they have the marketing ability with Vince to make this as big as UFC and any other MMA company.0
To top it off, it would be funded away from WWE. So it’s failure or success would be on Vince alone. Think about it, it’s not that crazy to assume of Vince McMahon. He’s done far crazier. Could we be seeing a future WFC or XFC? Don’t be shocked if we do.
The Real Things We Know
Vince clearly has an interest in many sports, but it’s likely football is still his direction despite any of the things mentioned above. McMahon and co. have been trademarking or renewing trademarks of various things that lead to us believing football is coming. While it’s clear MMA is an interest, there is no telling what could come from McMahon next. Do not not be shocked to see football, but do not be shocked to see something else either.