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5 ways a WWE and XFL cross-promotion can happen

Modified 12 Feb 2020
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#4 Get some of the lesser-known WWE announcers to work on XFL games

Jim Ross, some guy, and Jesse Ventura at an original XFL game
Jim Ross, some guy, and Jesse Ventura at an original XFL game

If you watched the ESPN "30 for 30" documentary on the original XFL - or if you just watched the league games at the time - you probably have a good idea of the announce teams for the weekly games. Jerry Lawler, Jesse Ventura, and Jim Ross - all WWF associated figured - were part of the crew calling the action, along with Matt Vasgergian (best known for his MLB work for ESPN) and Mike Adamle, a former NFL player, American Gladiators host, as well as a WWE personality for a number of years.

During the first four games of the XFL's opening weekend, both Fox and ABC/ESPN's broadcast team were made up of strictly professionals unassociated (with one exception) with WWE - which makes sense. This new XFL is a lot more humble and wants to appear more legit than they used to. The league's most bombastic announce team member is Pat MacAfee, who is also involved in WWE's NXT brand. Oh, and also, he's awesome.

WWE also has a number of broadcast team members that really aren't that busy that could add something to these XFL broadcasts. Yes, I understand that the league itself is run by Alpha Entertainment and not WWE itself - and the broadcast teams for the games are decided by the networks they're run on. But, WWE has a LOT of great broadcasters that they simply don't have room for on their wrestling programming - WWE Network and otherwise - and letting them work for Alpha Entertainment, as well, would give them a lot more to do.

Published 12 Feb 2020, 11:06 IST
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