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Jim Ross On Why The New XFL Has a Fighting Chance, Vince McMahon’s Reaction To the Original XFL’s Failure

February 2, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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– On the latest Grilling JR, Jim Ross weighed in on the upcoming XFL relaunch and how Vince McMahon reacted to the first XFL’s failure. The XFL is set to kick off its 2020 season next weekend, with a lot of eyes on it to see if it can succeed where the 2001 iteration failed. JR explained how he thinks the extra time put into the new league will give it a fighting chance and noted the shorter turnaround time hurt the original version. Highlights from the discussion, and the full podcast, are below:

On what he thinks of the new XFL: “Fighting chance. It’s got a fighting chance because of the TV deals they have in place with FOX and ESPN. Fighting chance because they’ve been preparing for the launch for two years, not 90 days. Fighting chance because they’ve got some of the best coaches that were available, including my friend Bob Stoops coaching the Dallas franchise. Former Oklahoma coach for almost 20 years. So yeah, it’s got a fighting chance.”

On the original XFL’s failure: “We didn’t know it, we didn’t want want to be told, but we didn’t have a fighting chance when we started the other, the original XFL. You can’t put teams together with any kind of chemistry, without playing ample scrimmages or exhibition games, or whatever the hell you want to call them. And for a team to build chemistry and teamwork continuity in 90 days. Because you’re putting everything together. Hell, you’re still checking out uniforms, man, the week of the show, week of the game.”

On talking to Vince about the XFL’s failure: “I had the first meeting with Vince after the XFL went belly-up. I was on his calendar, might have been one of our normal meeting times. And I talked with [McMahon’s personal assistant] Beth Zazza, ‘Is the boss gonna want to meet today?’ She said, ‘Oh yeah, yeah. He’s fine.’ He just lost $50 million, I think it was, something like that. Some ridiculous amount of money that I’d have walked out on a ledge [over]. I said basically the same thing. ‘What could we have done differently?’ He said, ‘Not a goddamned thing, JR. The way it was laid out, we did the best we could with what we had, but I wouldn’t change a thing.’ And he lost a lot of money, but he said, ‘It was a calculated risk. And I would do it all over again. Because I believe in the concept.’

“So here we all, all these years later with the same dream he had about he believes in the concept. But he went about it a whole different way. He got real football people to run the XFL. We’ll see how good the game is. The quality of football will be better. I have not read all the rule changes and the amendments to the rules. As long as they don’t get too hokey, I’m okay with it. But if they’re gonna get too far away fro basic football, I’m not interested. I don’t think it’s gonna happen.”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Grilling JR with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.

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Jim Ross, XFL, Jeremy Thomas